You are considered a Canadian student if you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. If you are a U.S. citizen living in Canada, you should complete the university application for domestic undergraduate students.

Admission requirements

Incoming first-year students

  • You must have a total GPA of 68 percent. Alternatively, if you have a GPA between 62-67.5 percent, you must also have a minimum SAT score of 990 (math and reading) or a minimum composite ACT score of 21. 

  • All of your additional documentation, including test scores, must be official, attested or in its original form.

  • Submit an SAT/ACT score, or submit test-optional documents (two letters of recommendation, two essays, and an activities list).

  • Submit all application documents by December 1 to be considered for merit-based scholarships

Transfer students

  • You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and at least 24 transferable credits from any colleges, community colleges or universities you have attended.

    • Use the transfer credit equivalency tables to find out which credits will transfer to WSU.

    • If you don't have 24 transferable credits, we will review your official high school transcript. If this is the case, make sure you meet first-year admission requirements.

  • All of your additional documentation must be official, attested or in its original form, including test scores.

If you plan to apply to a professional program such as nursing, social work, or pharmacy and health sciences, contact these programs individually for additional requirements.

How to apply

  • Complete the university application for undergraduate students.

  • Submit copies of all transcripts to:
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    Wayne State University
    P.O. Box 02759
    Detroit, MI 48202

  • Have all official transcripts translated into English by an accredited transcript evaluation agency.

    • Make sure we also receive original official transcripts in your native language.

  • Provide descriptions of the courses on your transcript so we can appropriately transfer credit.

  • Submit your signed statement of financial support and supporting bank statement.

  • Provide proof of citizenship (e.g., passport or signed photograph).

  • Include a photocopy of your current visa documents if you hold non-immigrant status.

Enrollment deposit

When you accept your offer of admission, you must also submit a $50 enrollment deposit to secure your place at WSU. The deposit is nonrefundable after May 1 for first-year students and June 1 for transfer students.

Additional requirements

  • English translations of documents must bear the seal/stamp of the issuing institution.

  • Your statement of financial support cannot be older than six months.

  • Bank supporting documentation must show the dollar amount equivalent to the financial requirements for undergraduate international students.

  • Checks drawn on foreign banks should carry the notation "Payable in U.S. funds, plus service charges."


Submit all application materials by the appropriate date, depending on the semester in which you plan to start classes.

  • Fall (September-December) August 1
  • Winter (January-April) December 1
  • Spring/summer (May-August) April 1

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

OSAP is a loan and/or grant program for students who reside in Ontario, Canada. Students who complete an OSAP application may be eligible for the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan (COISL), which is funded by both the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada. Detailed information, including online application procedures and deadlines, is available on the OSAP website. You are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the start of classes.

OSAP forms requiring signatures should be submitted to the Student Service Center. Please allow a week to 10 days for all processing, especially during peak periods at the start of a new semester. 

Another loan option for Canadian students is available through Global Education Management Services (GEMS). Learn more about features, program requirements and how to apply on the GEMS website