Wayne State University, founded in 1868, is committed to preparing its students to excel in a fast-paced and interconnected global society. It combines the academic excellence characteristic of a major research university with the practical experiences of an institution whose history, location and diversity make it a microcosm of the real world. Wayne State is Michigan’s only urban research university, and contributes significantly to the progress and positive ambience of its home city.
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 49 states and more than 60 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 freely to assist persons of all cultures and races to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to function in the broader community as responsible, productive citizens.