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 startups to service learning, our students make a meaningful impact on the city they call home.

  • Wayne State is a partner in the Live Midtown program, which has attracted 1,605 new residents and contributed to the neighborhood’s 97 percent occupancy rate.
  • Nearly 3,000 students live in Wayne State’s residence halls and apartments, creating demand for local retail, dining and entertainment.
  • Approximately 80 people from more than 45 businesses, organizations and media outlets have attended WSU’s Detroit Orientation Institute, which helps business leaders and decision-makers learn more about the city.
  • Nearly 1,200 jobs have been created through TechTown, Wayne State’s business incubator, since 2007.
  • Nearly $350 million has been contributed to the economy by the Perinatology Research Branch, located at Wayne State’s School of Medicine. 
  • Wayne State students collected nearly 21,000 items and distributed more than 1,300 basic need bags through the 2015 Basic Needs Drive.
  • Hundreds of students have chosen to volunteer at local nonprofit organizations through the annual Alternative Spring Break Detroit program.
  • School of Medicine faculty members provide more than $60 million annually in uncompensated care to Detroit residents.
  • Wayne State student athletes had nearly 9,500 combined hours of volunteer service in 2014-15 — the highest in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  
  • Wayne State’s HIGH Program has provided financial assistance to help numerous homeless and financially challenged students pursue their degrees. To date, 94 percent of participating HIGH Program seniors have graduated successfully or are on track to graduate in winter 2015.  
  • More than 1,000 girls from schools across Southeast Michigan have received an introduction to scientific research and STEM education through the GO-GIRL program.
  • Irvin D. Reid Honors College students provide more than 5,000 tutoring hours annually to eight Detroit Public Schools through the Detroit Fellows Tutoring Project.
  • College of Engineering Community Engagement Summer Camps engaged more than 200 local elementary, middle and high school students in engineering and robotics work in 2014; 300 students are expected to participate in 2015.  
  • The Giant Steps Teen Conference, hosted by the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, brings together more than 250 local ninth- and tenth-grade students from diverse backgrounds each year to discuss their diversity and find common ground. 

Learn more about community engagement at WSU