Academic and research excellence

With academic excellence and pioneering research at the center of our mission, it’s no wonder that undergraduate and graduate students choose to attend Wayne State. Whether you’re interested in studying medicine or mechanical engineering, or graphic design or geology, you can gain hands-on experience in the classroom and out in the real world courtesy of faculty members who are renowned for innovation and expertise in their fields. We're increasingly known for our interdisciplinary research in areas such as health sciences and disparities, the environment, entrepreneurship and data analytics, human services and education, manufacturing, language and the arts. From the lab to the stage, you can expect to make a measurable impact in our neighborhood and around the world. 

  • Michigan’s only urban research university
  • A proud member of the University Research Corridor with the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, generating 95% of statewide research and supporting economic growth across Michigan
  • Ranked in the top 1.4% of universities worldwide Center for World University Rankings
  • Best business school  Princeton Review
  • No. 2 medical institution for research in Michigan  U.S. News and World Report
  • Top 100 law school, second in Michigan  U.S. News and World Report
  • Named one of the nation's best law schools for bar prep The National Jurist
  • Top-ranked physician assistant program in Michigan  U.S. News and World Report
  • Social work program ranked in country's top 20%  U.S. News and World Report
  • Nursing-anesthesia program ranked in the country's top 20% U.S. News and World Report
  • Home to IBio, a $90 million facility dedicated to eliminating health disparities in Detroit
  • Home to TechTown, Detroit's most established business accelerator and incubator
  • Home to the Hilberry Theatre, the nation's first graduate repertory company
  • We've helped faculty innovators submit more than 800 patent applications since 2009
  • Wayne Law provides pro-bono legal services to 100+ clients annually