Wayne State University

Wayne State University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University is a 4-year, public school enrolling approximately 31,000 students that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Wayne State University the School for You?

Wayne State University is just over three miles, or an 8-minute drive, from downtown Detroit, Michigan. The school was established in 1868. Today, the school rests on a 200-acre campus and offers more than 400 academic programs. Find out if Wayne State is right for you by comparing the pros and cons listed below:


  • Accepts advanced placement (AP), international baccalaureate (IB) and college level examination placement (CLEP) credits
  • High number of academic programs
  • Acceptance rate is 10.5 percentage points higher than the national average


  • Total cost is $4,359 higher for in-state and $2,904 higher for out-of-state than the national average for 4-year public schools
  • Graduation rate is 14 percentage points lower than the national average and 34.7 percentage points lower than the state average

Wayne State University at a Glance

Wayne State operates 13 colleges and schools: the School of Business Administration; College of Education; College of Engineering; Graduate School; College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts; Law School; Irvin D. Reid Honors College; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Library and Information Science; College of Nursing; School of Medicine; School of Social Work and the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Through these colleges and schools, it offers about 125 bachelor's, 140 master's and 60 doctoral degree programs. It also offers approximately 30 professional, specialist and certificate programs.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in 2011, Wayne State boasted a 77% retention rate for full-time students and a 36% retention rate for part-time students. The school states that its student body hails from 49 states and 60 countries. In 2011, according to the NCES, 70% of the school's undergraduate student body was age 24 or younger and 97% were Michigan residents.

If you're a graduate student wanting to work while earning your degree, you won't be alone. The NCES reports that, in 2011, 44% of graduate students attended class on a part-time basis.

In its 2013 rankings, U.S. News and World Report ranked the university's nursing anesthesia program number 17 in the country, nursing midwifery program number 19 in the country and nursing program number 50 in the country. At that same time, U.S. News and World Report also ranked the school's library sciences program number 20 in the nation.

Getting In & Financial Aid at Wayne State University

Wayne State accepts undergraduate applications online and does not use the common application. For admission, applicants must have a composite SAT score of 990, composite ACT score of 21 or have scored a minimum of 410 on each GED test with a 450 overall GED score. The school has a rolling admissions policy for domestic students, but specific deadlines for international applicants, which are listed in the chart below.

The university states that, in 2012, it awarded $272 million dollars of financial aid funds. The school's priority financial aid application deadline is February 15 and its regular financial aid application deadline April 30. The school awards scholarships based on merit, student type, field of study and need. It also participates in Michigan's 'No Worker Left Behind' program, in which qualified applicants pursuing one of several specified field of study receive tuition assistance.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) Rolling admission for domestic students**
International students: August 1 for fall semester, December 1 for winter semester and April 1 for spring and summer semesters**
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013) Priority FAFSA deadline of February 15***
Regular deadline April 30***
Admission Notification Date 2-3 weeks following submission of all application materials**
Application Fee (2013) $50**
Acceptance Rate (2011) 76%*
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $9,809 for in-state and $20,921 for out-of-state undergraduate students*
$12,308 for in-state and $27,184 for out-of-state graduate students*
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 9.5%*

Student Life at Wayne State University

Wayne State operates seven libraries, including law and medical libraries. At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, the school's libraries had approximately four million volumes of text, 700,000 electronic books and about 2.2 million unique titles in their collections. The libraries also house 14 special collections, including ones focusing on the founder of modern nursing practice, Florence Nightingale, juvenile texts and rare Michigan history books.

The school's 200-acre campus houses an athletic campus, softball field, baseball field and natatorium. It also offers a multipurpose indoor athletic facility that holds four tennis courts and a sprint track. A 30-foot climbing wall is installed in the school's recreation and fitness center.

The school operates three residence halls. It also offers furnished and unfurnished apartments to both undergraduate and graduate students.

During their studies, students can join Greek societies or participate in intramural sports or National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) II athletic teams. There are also a campus newspaper and student groups focusing on dance, film, politics and campus ministries.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city*
Student Population (2011) 30,765*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 42% to 58%*
Percent of Full Time Students (2011) 63% undergraduate, 56% graduate*
Percent of In-State Students (2011) 97%*
Percent of International Students (2011) 2%*
Retention Rate (2011) 77% for full-time students*
Campus Housing Available Yes**
Number of Libraries Seven**
Extracurricular Activities Intramural and intercollegiate sports***
Greek life***
Noteworthy Three theaters and a planetarium located on-campus***

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics; **Wayne State University; ***College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: The Welcome Center, 42 W. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  • Phone: (313) 577-3577