2020/2021 Admissions process updates

We are excited to welcome our future Warriors to Wayne State in the fall of 2021. We've adjusted our admissions policies to accommodate our incoming students, standing firm in our commitment to making education accessible for all.

Keep in mind the following changes as you are applying to Wayne State or starting with us for the first time this fall.

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Fall 2021 applicants

Applying to Wayne State

The application for fall 2021 is now live. Prospective freshman students can apply using Wayne State's application or the Common Application. Transfer students should use the Wayne State application to apply.

Test optional

Prospective freshman students who have not taken the SAT or ACT or who have completed the SAT or ACT, but do not want their scores considered, can pursue the test-optional pathway for fall 2021. In addition to our academic profile review, students selecting this option will be required to:

  • Submit a recommendation form from an academic reference
  • Complete short essay questions2
  • Submit a complete list of leadership activities, extracurricular activities, community involvement and work experience

1 Common App materials, including the activities section, letters of recommendation, and the essay may not satisfy the test-optional requirements. Students completing the Common App should check their WSU-specific application status portal for a list of outstanding requirements.

Applicants need to complete two essay prompts selected from five available prompts (links to an external pdf).

Admitted students may need to complete placement testing at Wayne State to determine appropriate course placement.

Students that apply via the test-optional pathway will be considered for merit scholarships. Admitted students that complete their applications by Dec. 1, 2020 and complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid will be notified of their merit scholarships in December 2020.

Transcripts and grades

Changes to your school district operations this year may make it difficult to obtain your transcripts from your high school. A school official may submit your transcript electronically by emailing admissions@wayne.edu or use of a transcript exchange service like Parchment or SCOIR. Transcripts may also be submitted via mail:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Wayne State University
P.O. Box 02759
Detroit, MI 48202

Review of courses

We understand the pandemic has changed the way in which we are educated, and the circumstances are beyond our control. We recognize remote course delivery is not preferred by some students. With this in mind, we will continue to review applications holistically for each student. If your school district has adopted a grading scale of pass/no pass or credit/no credit to support students in this time of transition, we will continue to hold students harmless where they will not be disadvantaged for admissions and scholarship consideration if they did not receive a letter grade in a course.

Transferring credit

You can receive a maximum of 64 transfer credits from other institutions to be applied toward graduation. Wayne State's degree audit software, Degree Works, will evaluate a student's transfer credits and place courses in the way that best fits the student's degree program. Courses that are beyond the 64-credit limit will fall into the "Not Counted" area on your degree audit and will not apply toward the 120 (or more) required for a degree.

A school official may submit your transcript electronically by emailing admissions@wayne.edu or use of a transcript exchange service like Parchment or SCOIR. Transcripts may also be submitted via mail:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Wayne State University
P.O. Box 02759
Detroit, MI 48202

English language proficiency

Due to the novel coronavirus, we are now accepting the Duolingo online exam as an English proficiency assessment. Students will need a minimum score of 125 for admission to Wayne State. Review our English proficiency requirements for details about each of the test options.

Connect with us

We are very excited to welcome visitors back to campus for walking tours. The health and safety of our guests and campus community is our top priority. You can expect an experience that showcases the best of campus life with a small number of guests. At this time, we are prioritizing students admitted for the Fall 2021 semester who have not had the opportunity to visit campus.For the latest updates on the campus response please visit the Warrior Safe is Warrior Strong site.

We also offer weekly virtual engagement sessions to fit your schedule, including online info sessions and 1:1 counselor appointments.

Submitting final grades

We understand that many schools have had to make the decision to adjust their grading scale and course delivery methods as a result of the pandemic. We acknowledge that these circumstances were beyond your control, and we will not penalize students for changes to their grading scales, as long as the high school has awarded your high school diploma.

A school official may submit your transcript electronically by emailing admissions@wayne.edu or use of a transcript exchange service like Parchment or SCOIR. Transcripts may also be submitted via mail:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Wayne State University
P.O. Box 02759
Detroit, MI 48202

Register for fall classes

Enrolling in the courses you need will help you stay on track to complete your degree. Your academic advisor is available to help talk through your schedule and make sure you are on the right path.

Financial aid and scholarships

The pandemic may have impacted the financial circumstances of your family. Our Office of Student Financial Aid counselors are here to help talk you through your options to continue to make college affordable for your family.

Connect with us virtually at one of our "OFSA 2 U" or Special Circumstances financial aid sessions or individually with a Financial Aid counselor in the Office of Financial Aid. Email studentservice@wayne.edu to connect with a counselor.

AP/IB scores

We have made the decision to keep the previous scoring equivalents for credit and will honor Advanced Placement (AP) from the online test and accept the certificates from the International Baccalaureate (IB). Submit your test scores for evaluation and the correct placement in your courses.

Connect with us

Starting college can be a lot of information to take in. We want to ease the transition for you and offer a variety of virtual engagement sessions for admitted students, including 1:1 online appointments with admissions counselors, financial aid sessions and Admissions Bingo to help us do just that.

Delaying/deferring admissions

Wayne State University offers of admission and merit scholarship offers are valid for the term that they are granted for. If you would like to delay or defer your start term at WSU, you will need to submit a new online application for your intended start term. 

Our application for 2022 semester will open on August 1, 2021. This includes start dates of January 2022 (Winter 2022 semester) May/July 2022 (Spring/Summer 2022) and August 2022 (Fall 2022). For freshman students, we encourage you to complete your application by December 1, 2021 for priority merit scholarship consideration. 

Should you wish to delay or defer your enrollment at WSU, here are the steps that you should take: 

  1. Notify us via email at admissions@wayne.edu that you do not plan to enroll for Fall 2021 
  2. If you have applied to live on campus, please review and complete the required steps to request cancellation of your housing contract. The $125 Housing application fee is nonrefundable. 
  3. Complete an online application for your new start term by the December 1 priority scholarship deadline at wayne.edu/apply 

The $50 enrollment deposit is refundable before May 1. 

If you are considering or pursuing a gap year program, we encourage you to reach out to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to discuss your plans. Some gap year programs grant college credit, which may impact your student type and potential future merit awards.

Coronavirus updates

Wayne State continues to monitor the ongoing development of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the progression of cases in Michigan. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of State and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). As conditions evolve and new information becomes available it is important to note some plans may change. Continue to monitor the Warrior Safe is Warrior Strong site for the latest information.

Fall 2022 applicants

Applying to Wayne State

The application for fall 2022 will open on August 1, 2021. Prospective freshman students can apply using Wayne State's application or the Common Application. Transfer students should use the Wayne State application to apply.

Test optional

Prospective freshman students who have not taken the SAT or ACT or who have completed the SAT or ACT, but do not want their scores considered, can pursue the test-optional pathway for fall 2022.

Questions

Contact Undergraduate Admissions, where our staff is available to help you step-by-step through the admissions process. We invite you and your family to take a virtual tour or join us for a virtual campus visit to see what we have to offer, including our beautiful 200-acre campus right in the heart of Detroit.

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