From student to scholar

An integral part of success as a college student lies in knowing when you need help. Wayne State University offers many free resources to help and support you in having a positive, successful college experience. Some of the most common resources used by students helping to aid their transition to scholars are noted below. 

  • Academic Success Center (ASC)


    The Academic Success Center offers services and programs designed to support your long-term academic success. This office is located on the first floor of the Undergraduate Library. The ASC offers student success workshops throughout each semester; find out more about upcoming workshops.

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

    CAPS provides free and confidential mental health assessment, counseling, case management and referrals to currently-registered Wayne State students. If you are interested in setting up a session with a counselor, follow the steps below:

    1. Request an initial consultation online. (This link is only active Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
    2. CAPS will verify that you are an enrolled WSU student.
    3. Once your student status is verified, you'll receive a link by email to schedule the initial consultation. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
    4. Students meet remotely with the counselor through Microsoft Teams.
  • Dean of Students Office (DOSO)


    You may be interested in these offerings from DOSO:

    • 507 student organizations are currently registered on campus. If you want to start a new student organization, DOSO can help you begin that process and can also help you find funding for your student organization.  
    • DOSO oversees the Campus Activities Team (CAT), which hosts events every day of the week on campus. Learn more about these events by checking the DOSO website or looking at the university events calendar.  
    • They can help you get blue books and scantrons, and help resolve food or clothing insecurity you may have. DOSO oversees the W Pantry and Thrift Shop, which offers food, clothing and other related services to current students free of charge.
    • Other support services include Alternative Spring Break Detroit, voter registration, community engagement events, and events like Festifall.
  • Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE)


    OMSE seeks to cultivate a safe campus environment where the identities of all students who engage with our office are valued, promoted and celebrated.  

    • OMSE coordinates events and offers initiatives that positively address and impact retention and graduation rates of students who arrive at WSU underrepresented and at risk. 
    • OMSE has an exclusive space reserved for students to collaborate and study. The study space is open during regular office hours from Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
    • OMSE welcomes you to come to all the events and activities they offer. If you are struggling to find your community on-campus, OMSE is a great way to develop a support system.
  • Student Disability Services (SDS)

    Student Disability Services  provides customized support to students with disabilities. If you think you need support, please schedule an appointment with this resource center to start the process.

    • Accommodations can include any of the following: Alternative testing, interpreters, alternative text formats, note taking assistance, assistive technology, emotional support animals, and use of SDS exam/study rooms.  
    • Accommodations and services are individualized and based on student documentation, so it is critical to submit sufficient documentation that supports your need for appropriate and reasonable accommodations. If needed, you can start your accommodation plan online. Note: It is recommended that you start the process before the semester starts and you can begin even if you have not yet registered for courses.  
    • Your accommodation plan must be renewed at the start of each semester; it is your responsibility to set up a meeting with SDS to do this.
    • Note: All exams need to be scheduled with SDS at least 4 days prior to the exam date and time. You can physically request a waiver from the office if you miss this time frame, however, your exam must be taken in the SDS space at the date and time that the rest of the course will be taking their exam. 
  • Writing Center


    The Writing Center is on the 2nd floor of the Undergraduate Library (UGL) and appointments can be scheduled online. Both in-person and online appointments are available and if you need to cancel an appointment, you can do that via their website as well.  

    • The purpose of the writing center is not to write your assignments for you; it is to help you build confidence, have assignments corrected and get writing guidance.
    • Commonly discussed topics include paper organization, research, content and improving sentence structure.
    • Important: You must have specific content to work on before you attend your appointment.