Wayne State is an engaged and motivated community of scholars with a shared commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, the significance of discovery, the value of community service, and the importance of informed dialogue to a stable and prosperous society.
Wayne State University enrolls nearly 32,000 students, of whom 89 percent are from Metro Detroit with the remainder from outstate Michigan, nearly every U.S. state and more than 60 foreign countries. Wayne State has the most diverse student body among Michigan’s 15 public universities, reflecting the cultural richness of Southeast Michigan and the strength of our programs. As a university committed to excellence, Wayne State supports a thriving program for top scholars in its Irvin D. Reid Honors College; as a university of opportunity, Wayne State also enrolls a certain percentage of students who may require academic and financial assistance, and provides tailored programs to help these students take best advantage of its vibrant community of learners.
The student body is diverse in both age and background: More than 41 percent are minorities (25 percent African-American); the mean age for the total undergraduate, graduate and professional student population is 27.1 years; and many students work while attending school.
Wayne State’s community of scholars is open to those who meet the University’s high standards of academic achievement, intelligence, initiative and the kind of personal integrity that leads to good citizenship. Wayne State welcomes students from many different cultural, socioeconomic, religious and national backgrounds, in the conviction that our intellectual capital and social energy profit from diversity.
The faculty is the core of Wayne State’s academic community and the University’s most valuable asset. Through teaching, scholarship, research and mentoring, our faculty creates and maintains a responsible community of learners across disciplines. Many of our faculty members are national or international experts in their fields, and many are widely published in books and scholarly journals. Twenty-nine members of Wayne State’s faculty have the title of distinguished professor, the highest recognition for academic achievement.
Wayne State University has 2,958 faculty members, of which 1,816 are full-time. There are 1,043 tenured and tenure-track faculty, and the University has a campaign to increase this number through recruitment. The University also has a large number of talented part-time faculty members who provide students the benefit of their experience in the field.