Wayne State facts

Since 1868, Wayne State University has provided students with a world-class education in the heart of Detroit, one of the nation's most exciting cities. Our accomplishments go beyond the classroom, impacting our community and contributing to a better state, nation and world.

  • 24,000 students
  • 3,000 full-time faculty experts
  • 375+ academic programs
  • 300,000 alumni living and working around the world

Committed to academic excellence.

  • School of Medicine boasts a 99% match rate
  • The College of Nursing’s B.S.N. program placed at No. 31 among the nation’s undergraduate nursing programs in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 2024 Best Colleges, ranking among the top 5% in the country.
  • Listed at No. 201 in U.S. News & World Report’s national university rankings, and No. 109 in its top public schools rankings.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Wayne State’s computer science program among the top 25% in the country according to its 2024 Best Colleges list.
  • In 2021, 62 of WSU's student-athletes maintained a 4.0 GPA a school record
  • The National Jurist and preLaw magazines have recognized Wayne Law as a Best Value Law School for the past eight years
  • Clinical Laboratory Science graduates in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences have a 100% job placement rate
  • Online master's in criminal justice named among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

Live, learn and play in Detroit.   

  • More than 3,200 Warriors call campus home, living in 7 residence halls and apartments
  • Steps from world-renowned galleries, restaurants, theatres, arenas and corporations
  • 500+ student organizations to find your place
  • 18 NCAA teams, including baseball, basketball, football, softball, swimming and fencing
  • Campus events provide countless opportunities to explore Detroit, meet new friends and serve the community
  • Located in the second-largest theatre district in the United States
  • The new WSU Fieldhouse is home to Wayne State Warrior basketball and the NBA's Motor City Cruise
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers internship and career partnerships with numerous, highly regarded Detroit institutions, including:
    • Detroit Institute of Arts
    • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
    • The Motown Museum
    • The Henry Ford

Research with an impact. 

  • Awarded $320M in research awards, grants and contracts in 2021
  • Highest Carnegie Foundation classification for research activity
  • College of Engineering was home to the nation's first electric-drive vehicle engineering program
  • $244M in annual research expenditures
  • 150+ patents awarded to WSU researchers since 2016
  • The Integrative Biosciences Center leads the way in understanding and reducing health disparities facing Detroit and other urban areas
  • Over the last 20 years, the Perinatology Research Branch (PRB) has produced lifesaving research; cared for more than 25,000 at-risk mothers; contributed more than $350 million to Michigan's economy; and employed more than 130 physicians, researchers and staff members

Ensuring opportunity for all.

  • $351M in financial aid provided to students annually
  • Michigan's most diverse campus, with nearly 1,100 students coming from 70 countries outside of the U.S.
  • Lowest tuition of Michigan's three major research universities
  • Zero out-of-pocket expenses for Detroit residents and graduates of Detroit high schools
  • Warrior Way Back is a debt forgiveness program allowing students to return and finish their degrees
  • 3 satellite campuses bring WSU to communities throughout the state
  • Mike Ilitch School of Business recognized as a top business school for veterans by Military Times

Dedicated to Detroit.

  • Irvin D. Reid Honors College students have offered 61,000+ hours of tutoring in eight Detroit public schools since 2004
  • 2,300+ middle school students throughout the Detroit area engage with science, technology, engineering and mathematics education during Wayne State's annual STEM Day.
  • Each summer, 400 middle and high school students enrich their mathematics skills at a six-week camp hosted by Wayne State's Math Corps program
  • Hundreds of Warriors have volunteered at local nonprofit organizations through Alternative Spring Break Detroit
  • Nearly 90 students in Wayne Law's clinics provided 14,195 hours of work on behalf of clients during 2020-21, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Wayne State student-athletes have provided more than 80,000 hours of community service over the last decade

Fueling Michigan's economy.

  • TechTown, WSU's business incubator, and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses have created 14,277 jobs since 2007
  • Nearly 75% of Wayne State alumni remain and work in Michigan
  • $406M raised in startup and growth capital through TechTown since 2007
  • Contributing to a $19.3B economic impact through the University Research Corridor, our partnership with University of Michigan and Michigan State University
  • WSU's Midtown location opens opportunities for internships and careers with renowned industry partners, including:
    • Ford Motor Co.
    • General Motors Co.
    • Stellantis
    • Beaumont Health
    • Henry Ford Health                                                                                                                              
    • Quicken Loans
    • DTE Energy
    • City of Detroit
    • Amazon
    • Microsoft
  • 800+ employers partnered with the Mike Ilitch School of Business's Career Planning and Placement Office

Fact Book

The Wayne State University Fact Book is a compilation of detailed information about the university's purpose, resources, activities and people. The Fact Book is relevant and useful to current and prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, the media and others with an interest in the university.

The information has been compiled by the WSU Office of Budget, Planning and Analysis. Your comments or suggestions are welcome. Call 313-577-2001 or email budget@wayne.edu.