Wayne State facts

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  • One of the nation’s 50 largest public universities, with Michigan’s most diverse student body.
  • More than 370 degree and certificate programs in 13 schools and colleges.
  • Annual research expenditures of nearly $260 million.
  • Nearly 400 student organizations.
  • Nearly $357 million in financial aid was awarded in 2012; lowest undergraduate resident tuition of Michigan’s three research universities.
  • Affiliations with more than 100 institutions worldwide.
  • Among only 3.5 percent of U.S. universities with the Carnegie Foundation classification of RU/VH (Research University, Very High research activity).
  • The Department of Chemistry was ranked among the top 100 in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, which studied more than 1,000 universities and published results of the best 500.
  • Wayne State is a partner with Michigan State University and the University of Michigan in the University Research Corridor, helping create a vibrant state economy.
  • Wayne State’s swimming and diving teams have swept the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships three years in a row.
  • With more than 1,600 students, the School of Medicine is the nation’s largest single-campus medical school.
  • TechTown, Wayne State’s research park and business incubator, serves nearly 120 tenant companies.
  • The Hilberry Theatre, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, is the nation’s first and longest-running university graduate repertory theatre.
  • Sixth-largest Detroit employer.
  • Alumni of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts include a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and recipients of and nominees for the Grammy, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe, Obie, Screen Actors Guild and Caldecott awards.
  • A leader in green technology, the College of Engineering was first in the nation to launch an electric-drive vehicle engineering program and offer an alternative energy technology master’s program.
  • Home to the only National Institutes of Health branch dedicated to the study of premature birth and infant mortality. Since locating to Detroit in 2002, the Perinatology Research Branch (PRB) has produced life-saving research, cared for more than 20,000 at-risk mothers, contributed more than $350 million to Michigan’s economy, and employed more than 130 physicians, researchers and staff members.
  • Awarded a new 10-year contract in 2013 to continue the PRB’s groundbreaking research. Studies have concluded that the PRB’s economic impact during this period will exceed $347 million, and new earnings to Michigan residents over the contract’s life are expected to total $143 million.
  • Study abroad opportunities in 20 countries on five continents.
  • One of only six Michigan universities selected for the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program, designed to address a significant shortage of math and science teachers.
  • Seventy-five Percent of WSU's 240,000 alumni live in Michigan, providing leadership for the state's economic renewal.
  • About thirty percent of Michigan's practicing physicians — and more than forty percent of practicing physicians in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties — received all or part of their medical training at Wayne State University.
  • Seventy-five percent of Wayne State Law School graduates live and work in Michigan.
  • The international reputation of the Junior Year in Munich, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013 as America's oldest study abroad program in Germany, attracts students nationwide from more than thirty universities, colleges and Ivy League schools. The JYM program is affiliated with Germany's number one ranked research university: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

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The Wayne State University Fact Book is a compilation of detailed information about the university’s purpose, resources, activities and people. The Fact Book is relevant and useful to current and prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, the media and others with an interest in the university.

The information has been compiled by the WSU Office of Budget, Planning and Analysis. Your comments or suggestions are welcome. Call 313-577-2001 or email budget@wayne.edu.

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