Other universities offer a semester in Detroit; we offer every semester in Detroit. Our students experience real-world urban challenges and the excitement of being a part of the solution in addressing them.

— President M. Roy Wilson

M. Roy Wilson became the 12th president of Wayne State in 2013, joining the university to build on an impactful career in medicine and higher education. 

Wayne State University is governed by an eight-member Board of Governors elected by Michigan voters. The board is responsible for selecting the university presidents, supervising the control and direction of university funds, setting tuition and other fiscal policies, determining compensation for services, and conferring degrees.

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.

  • Collaboration

    When we work together, drawing upon various talents and perspectives, we achieve better results.

  • Integrity

    We keep our word, live up to our commitments, and are accountable to ourselves and each other.

  • Innovation

    We are unafraid to try new things and learn by both failure and success.

  • Excellence

    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.

Then and now

Wayne State’s history began in 1868, when five physicians who witnessed the crude medical treatment on Civil War battlefields committed themselves to advancing health education and care in Detroit. They founded the Detroit Medical College, which has since transformed into our School of Medicine.

Today, our main, 200-acre campus in Midtown Detroit is home to nearly 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States and 70 countries.

Discover the Warrior experience

Who are Warriors?

At Wayne State University, passion meets purpose. With endless opportunities to conduct research, accelerate health care and social justice work in our community, and contribute to the city’s culture and growth, Detroit is a destination like no other.

Every day, our faculty, staff and students participate in the reinvention of a great American city — and we invite you to make your mark here.

  • 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 274,000 alumni worldwide, Warriors make a global impact