Campus culture

Our students

Nearly 28,000 students call themselves Wayne State Warriors. WSU is home to students from nearly every state and 60 countries — the most diverse student body among Michigan’s 15 public universities and a microcosm of the real world.


Wayne State students benefit from a traditional college experience in a nontraditional setting. You’ll walk from lecture halls to libraries to modern residence halls on tree-lined paths. But just a few steps away is a vibrant city bustling with entertainment and enrichment opportunities. Whether you immerse yourself in the sound of the world-renowned Detroit Symphony Orchestra, head down Woodward to cheer for the Tigers or catch a Broadway production at the Fox, there is plenty to see and do. 

Explore our city

Living on campus

More Wayne State students are discovering how living on campus is helping them achieve personal and academic success. With less than a five-minute walk to classes, libraries and other important locations, living on campus offers convenience that you can’t find anywhere else. Our modern residence halls were all built after 2002 and feature the same comforts of home, including wireless internet, laundry rooms, workout facilities and various dining options.

Learn more about campus housing

Commuting to campus

We make it simple for students who commute to campus to make the most of their time at WSU. Our mobile app makes it easy to find a parking spot, and our free shuttle service can take you almost anywhere in Midtown. Class doesn't have to be the only reason to stick around; endless dining options, world-class cultural attractions and a wide variety of on-campus events will make you want to kick back and stay awhile. 

Staying active

Students have an abundance of resources available to them on campus to stay in shape. The Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center is the all-in-one source for activities like fitness classes, intramural sports and adventure programs. One of the most popular buildings on campus, the RFC is an all-purpose recreation facility offering more than 70 hours of group fitness classes per week, a 30-foot high climbing wall, putting green and full-size gymnasium with two basketball courts.

Learn more about the Recreation and Fitness Center

Community engagement

Wayne State students have the opportunity to apply their learning for the betterment of the community and the city as a whole. WSU and it's active student body take pride in being a key player in the city's unique urban Renaissance. From student start-ups to service learning, our students make a meaningful impact on the city they call home.

  • In the past five years, Wayne State's student-athletes have committed 38,422 community service hours to various organizations throughout Metro Detroit.
  • Through service-learning, students in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College test classroom principles and theories with local organizations, working with staff and clients to advance their education and make a real impact on the community.
  • During Alternative Spring Break Detroit, students spend their vacation time doing volunteer work throughout the city, cultivating a greater understanding and appreciation for Detroit and its communities. 

Learn more about community engagement at WSU