The Wayne State University Alumni Association has been building loyalty and support among alumni for more than 70 years. No matter where they are in life or in the world, alumni association members stay connected through special events, personal and professional development, exclusive discounts, member-only publications and many other benefits.
- More than 75 percent of Wayne State University’s 230,000 alumni live in Michigan, providing a diverse and skilled talent pool for employers.
- About 30 percent of practicing physicians in Michigan, and 43 percent of practicing physicians in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties received all or part of their medical training at Wayne State.
- 75 percent of the Law School’s graduates live and work in Michigan; 18 percent of judges on the Michigan Court of Appeals and six judges serving in U.S. district courts are Wayne State law alumni.
Wayne State University centers and institutes
Centers and institutes are chartered by the Board of Governors and play an integral role in the university’s effort to encourage innovative scholarship, provide service to society, and strengthen its performance as a nationally recognized research university. The following is a list of Wayne State University centers and institutes:
- Institute for Organizational and Industrial Competitiveness
- Manufacturing Information Systems Center (MISC)
- Institute for Learning and Performance Improvement
- Bioengineering Center
- Center for Automotive Research
Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
- Center for Arts and Public Policy
Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Center for Chicano-Boricua Studies
- Center for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics
- Center for Peace and Conflict Studies
- Center for the Study of Citizenship
- Confucius Institute
- Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues
- Labor Studies Center
- C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development
- Ligon Research Center of Vision
- Center for Health Research
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Center for Urban Studies
- Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies
- Developmental Disabilities Institute
- Humanities Center
Vice President for Research
- Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
- Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
- Center to Advance Palliative-Care Excellence
- Institute for Information Technology and Culture
- Institute for Manufacturing Research
- Institute of Environmental Health Science
- Institute of Gerontology
- Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
The University sponsors 16 varsity sports including three which compete at the NCAA Division I level (women’s ice hockey, and men’s and women’s fencing). The additional 13 sports are baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, softball, men’s and women’s swimming/diving, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. The nickname of Wayne State’s intercollegiate teams is ‘Warriors.’ All of Wayne State’s teams, except hockey (College Hockey America) and fencing (Midwest Fencing Conference), participate in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). WSU has had athletic teams since 1918 and has 377 All-Americans, 10 NCAA Division I Team Championships, 544 Academic All-Americans and 47 NCAA Individual National Champions.
Wayne State University Press
Founded in 1941, Wayne State University Press is a leading publisher of Great Lakes books, Judaica and African American studies, and a range of other scholarly and general interest titles. WSU Press is an established mid-sized university press that publishes approximately 40 new books and six journals per year. In 2009, the Library of Michigan named four WSU Press books to its list of 20 Michigan Notable Books.
Wayne State University Public Radio — WDET 101.9 fm
WDET has been a community service of Wayne State University since 1952. The station plays an important role in the university’s goal to develop community partnerships as a catalyst for the region’s social, cultural, economic and educational enrichment. WDET also runs the Detroit Radio Information Service, which offers free reading services to people who are blind or print-impaired. It is the only service of its kind in the region.
Wayne State University Theatre
Wayne State University theatre is Detroit’s oldest noncommercial theatre. It is one of the nation’s leading educational theatres. Nearly 200 students are enrolled and/or participate in the three theatres it operates. Each year these theatres play to the second-largest audience in Michigan — second only to the audience at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, where tours of New York musicals and plays, and pre-Broadway tryouts are presented.
WSU’s Hilberry Theatre is the nation’s only true graduate rotating repertory company. Students from across the country come to Detroit to participate in its rigorous audition process, and only about 50 of the most promising theatre artists are accepted each year.