Wayne State University is a nationally recognized research institution dedicated to preparing students to excel in an increasingly fast-paced and interconnected global society. As Michigan’s only urban research university, Wayne State occupies a unique niche as a catalyst for investigating and helping to resolve the myriad issues facing residents of the contemporary urban environment.
Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan’s public universities. Students from nearly 100 countries attend classes on the main campus. Wayne State students not only are part of a richly diverse learning and social community; the university also is in the forefront of the globalization movement in higher education with a wealth of opportunities for internationally themed coursework and study-abroad programs.
Wayne State takes its responsibility to its city and state very seriously, and, as an urban university, supports the conviction that American society is infinitely strengthened by the participation of people from many cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Such participation ideally begins with the ability of higher education to assist ethnic and racial minorities in particular, but citizens of all cultures and races in general, to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to function in the broader community as responsible, productive citizens. Wayne State University therefore routinely accepts a number of high-risk but promising students from the adjacent urban and metropolitan areas; many of them thereby receive a chance for academic and personal growth that almost certainly is unavailable elsewhere.
By providing an opportunity for higher education to disadvantaged students with obvious potential, and by assisting them with programs promoting academic and person achievement, Wayne State adds to Michigan’s complement of skilled, informed, productive and taxpaying citizens. The university shares the risk, of course; some students simply will not make it. But those who do succeed because Wayne State went the extra mile are an especially precious resource.