The WSU education experience

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Wayne State University has been making an indelible contribution to a city, to a nation and to the world for nearly 150 years. With more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges, we have something for everyone.

Academic Excellence

At Wayne State, how our students learn is just as important as what they’re taught. Our faculty members, renowned for their expertise, provide mentorship-style education to our students, passing on their knowledge both in and out of the classroom. This is especially important in the area of research. Our students don’t have to wait until graduate school to be involved in making real, groundbreaking discoveries — from day one, they’re working alongside professors in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Many of our students never imagined that their educations would include an intensive research element. But our professors see unique qualities in their students and help them succeed where they never thought possible. That’s what mentorship is all about.


Wayne State is one of the nation’s 50 largest universities. With students from nearly every state, more than 60 countries, and various cultures and classes, it’s Michigan’s most diverse student body. We offer study abroad opportunities in 20 countries across five continents, giving students the chance to immerse themselves in a different culture and work alongside their peers in other countries.  Wayne State students collaborate closely, learn from one another and have their perspectives expanded from these interactions. They leave prepared to be global citizens who understand how to work with people from various backgrounds and around the world — a major advantage in the workplace.


With its green spaces and walking paths, our 200-acre campus provides students with access to a traditional college experience. But beyond our campus borders, students have Detroit — a vibrant and exciting city undergoing a dramatic resurgence. Our students are at the doorsteps of dozens of global corporations and medical and industrial networks, as well as world-class shops, restaurants, boutiques, museums, theatres and sports venues. Our urban setting is a vital part of Wayne State’s identity and gives our students access to something unique among our peers — the chance to be involved in the rebirth of a great American city.

Why choose WSU?

  • Nearly 1,800 full-time professors and instructors who share their expertise with students in lecture halls, classrooms and labs.
  • The Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Award enhances opportunities for students to participate in research and creative activities under the guidance of faculty and receive an award of up to $2,300.
  • Michigan’s only public, urban research institution. WSU has been headquartered in Detroit since 1868.
  • A partner with Michigan State University and the University of Michigan in the University Research Corridor, helping create a vibrant state economy.
  • More than 3,000 students live on campus in university housing and enjoy the benefits of living and learning in Midtown.
  • Whether living on campus or commuting, Wayne State offers a variety of on-campus options to dine, shop, park and play.
  • Wayne State is located in the second-largest theater district in the United States.
  • Study at locations across Southeast Michigan in six extension centers.
  • More than 400 student organizations to choose from, including 11 fraternities and 15 sororities.
  • The Blackstone LaunchPad offers career guidance, resources and advice to student entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors.
  • The Law School was ranked number 87 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
  • 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.
  • The School of Business Administration is annually listed as an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review.
  • 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.
  • The School of Medicine's 2015 Total Success Match Rate is 97.5 — well above the national average.
  • More than 1,150 new jobs were created through TechTown, Wayne State’s research park and business incubator, between 2007 and 2013, giving students an opportunity to bring their research to the world.