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Alternative admission pathways

APEX Scholars

APEX Scholars is an alternative admission program designed to assist students with admission to and graduation from Wayne State University. The program is based on the philosophy that students who are interested, committed and willing to invest their time can succeed academically when provided with appropriate support services.  

To be considered for APEX Scholars, you must be referred through the undergraduate admissions referral process. After referral, you must schedule and attend the New Student Holistic Review to be considered for one of the WSU Bridge programs.

Referred applications to APEX Scholars will be reviewed holistically, including evaluation of full academic record, types of classes taken, grade trends and personal history.

Summer and Fall Bridge programs 

Summer Bridge is a rigorous, eight-week program designed to determine if you can progress in a degree program and graduate from Wayne State.

  • Courses are designed to improve academic skills and strengthen student awareness and responsibility.
  • As a Summer Bridge student, you are required to stay on campus during the program and participate in mandatory student success activities.
  • You must pass all Summer Bridge courses with a C average or better to be admitted into the APEX Scholars program.
  • Summer Bridge is offered free of charge if you’re selected for participation.

Fall Bridge is 16-week program with the same qualifications, expected outcomes and requirements as the Summer Bridge program.

  • Fall Bridge students must pass the following courses:
    • English 1010/1020
    • Communication 1010
    • APEX 1000

Tuition costs and other fees associated with the Fall Bridge program are the responsibility of the student.


If it’s determined that you need additional skills prior to enrolling at Wayne State, you will be referred to the TRIO Educational Opportunity Center. This program will help guide you to the most appropriate alternative to immediately enrolling in a four-year research university. You may be referred to community colleges, vocational or technical education alternatives.

Other admission options

  • Nonmatriculant admission status allows you take classes at the undergraduate or graduate level without enrolling in a degree-seeking program. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 313-577-2100 to learn more.

  • The visitor program gives you the opportunity to take classes for personal enrichment instead of credit. As a visitor student, you are responsible for half of the freshman tuition costs and half of the registration fee. Contact Educational Outreach at 313-577-4665 for more information.