Admissions process updates

We are excited to welcome our future Warriors to Wayne State University. 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 2023 applicants

Applying to Wayne State

The application for fall 2023 is now live. Prospective first-year 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 first-year 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-optional1 pathway for fall 2023. 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 questions using two of the five available prompts
  • 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.

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, 2022 and complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid will be notified of their merit scholarships beginning in early 2023.

Transcripts and grades

Changes to your school district operations may make it difficult to obtain your transcripts directly from your high school. A school official may submit your transcript electronically by emailing 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

All college-level classes from regionally accredited colleges with a grade of 2.0 (C) or above will transfer. There are no specific limits to the number of transfer credits. However, each academic program has specific requirements that must be satisfied, which helps determine the best number of credits to transfer. 

Courses transfer as the number of credits earned at the college where students took the class. This is true regardless of the number of credits the Wayne State equivalent course is worth. Each transferred course will match one of the following types of credit:  

  • Equivalent credit: course(s) that are determined to satisfy a specific requirement and/or prerequisite.  
  • Department credit: course(s) that don't closely match a specific WSU course but transfer into the academic department. Usually major elective credit.  
  • Elective credit: course(s) that don't match a specific WSU course or "fit" into an academic department. Usually transferred as general elective credit (GEN 1XXX or GEN 2XXX). Elective credit can be used to complete graduation requirements.  

A school official may submit your transcript electronically by emailing or using 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  

Questions? Contact the Transfer Student Success Center at or 313-577-2487 

English language proficiency

We are now accepting the Duolingo online exam as an English proficiency assessment. Students will need a minimum score of 120 for admission to Wayne State. Review our English proficiency requirements for details about each of the test options.

Connect with us

Take a look at our campus and sign up for a campus visit. We also offer a virtual tour option if you're unable to visit campus at this time.  

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 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

Our Office of Student Financial Aid counselors are here to help talk you through your options to make college affordable for your family. Connect with a Financial Aid counselor in the Office of Financial Aid. Email 

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 virtual engagement sessions for admitted students.

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 2023 semester will open on August 1, 2022. This includes start dates of January 2023 (Winter 2023 semester) May/July 2023 (Spring/Summer 2023) and August 2023 (Fall 2023). For first-year students, we encourage you to complete your application by December 1, 2022 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 that you do not plan to enroll for the semester in which you were admitted for.
  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

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.

Admissions and support for displaced students in Ukraine

Wayne State University will make admissions exceptions for displaced undergraduate and graduate students from Ukraine.

WSU will assist any student in Ukraine who wants to enroll in or transfer to the university. We have removed barriers to enrollment and displaced students will not be required to submit official transcripts or documents at this time.

Wayne State will accept unofficial documents and work with students individually based on their unique circumstances. This policy will help displaced students continue on a degree-seeking path with less interruption in their studies.

Students who have questions about this temporary process or want to begin their application can email for personal assistance.

Coronavirus updates

Wayne State continues to monitor the ongoing development of the coronavirus pandemic and the number 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 including vaccine mandates for guests and students.


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 or in-person campus tour to see what we have to offer, including our beautiful 200-acre campus right in the heart of Detroit. 

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