About Wayne State
Mission and values
Our mission is to create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities. Our guiding values cut across organizational boundaries, bind us culturally, and permeate our strategic and tactical initiatives. They are the defining traits of the WSU community, starting with our leadership. Learn more in our 2022-27 strategic plan.
When we work together, drawing upon various talents and perspectives, we achieve better results.
We keep our word, live up to our commitments, and are accountable to ourselves and each other.
We are unafraid to try new things and learn by both failure and success.
We strive for the highest quality outcomes in everything we do.
Diversity and inclusion
We value all people and understand that their unique experiences, talents and perspectives make us a stronger organization and better people.
We are proud of our long history as an anchor institution in Detroit and will continue to serve our community while playing a lead role in the city's resurgence.
Hit the ground career ready
Thanks to career learning opportunities like internships, job shadowing, clinical experiences, service learning and hands-on research, Wayne State students begin preparing for “what’s next” long before they graduate. These "learning by doing" opportunities help deepen a student's educational experience through application in real-world contexts, instilling marketable skills like critical thinking, leadership and communication that build a strong foundation for long-term career success. That’s one more reason why Wayne State graduates are in high demand in the marketplace. Below are just a few recent Warrior grads who sat down with us to tell their story.
From the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts to General Motors
From College of Engineering to Siemens
From College of Engineering to Microsoft
Schools and colleges
Our faculty experts come from across the globe to deliver a world-class education with countless research opportunities through our 13 schools and colleges.
Mike Ilitch School of Business
More than 37,000 business alumni, including top-level executives, have been trained to enhance the economic vitality of the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and the world.
College of Education
Home to the only American Art Therapy Association-approved art therapy program in Michigan.
College of Engineering
Home to the nation’s first electric-drive vehicle engineering program.
College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
Alumni include a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and recipients of and nominees for the Grammy, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe, Obie, Screen Actors Guild and Caldecott awards.
Offers 240 graduate and certificate programs across the curriculum.
Irvin D. Reid Honors College
Offers an academically rigorous and culturally engaged program to a community of nearly 2,000 high-achieving WSU students with majors across the curriculum.
School of Information Sciences
Educates students from more than 40 states, plus Canada, Europe and the Middle East.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
More than 300 labs available for undergraduate research opportunities across multiple disciplines.
Named a Best Value Law School by The National Jurist and preLaw magazine nine years in a row.
School of Medicine
Nearly 40% of Michigan’s practicing physicians received their training here.
College of Nursing
The neonatal nurse practitioner program is the first of its kind in Michigan.
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Home to the only pathologists’ assistant program in Michigan.
School of Social Work
More than 1,000 students enroll each year to earn a B.S.W., M.S.W., Ph.D. or one of four graduate/postgraduate certificates.
We are the only urban research university in Michigan, with annual research expenditures of $244.2 million
Wayne State is a partner with Michigan State University and the University of Michigan in the University Research Corridor, one of the nation’s top academic research clusters
Our main campus is located in Midtown Detroit — the heart of the city
With over 300,000 alumni worldwide, Warriors make a global impact