Wayne State University

Wayne State University

Wayne State University, also known as Wayne state or WSU, is a research intensive university located in Detroit, Michigan, United States. It was established in the year 1868. The main campus is spread across an area of 203 acres. The university is organized into the following schools and colleges:

  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Graduate School
  • Irvin D. Reid Honors College
  • Law School
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Social Work

WSU's sports teams are nicknamed the Warriors. They compete in the NCAA Division II in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) for all sports except ice hockey. Their women's ice hockey program participates at the NCAA Division I level in the College Hockey America (CHA) conference.

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Wayne State University
656 West Kirby Street
Detroit , MI 48202
General Phone: (313) 577-2424

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Wayne State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching949multilingual education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational supervision, instructional media design, educational research, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, ...
Business and Management814business management, logistics, accounting, finance, labor relations, organizational behavior, labor studies, human resources management, MIS, ...
Liberal Arts796American studies, East Asian studies, African-American studies, foreign language and literature, linguistics, comparative literature, Slavic languages, German language, French language, ...
Engineering457biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, materials science, plastics engineering, industrial engineering, ...
Science396biology, molecular biology, radiation biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, anatomy, immunology, physiology, neurobiology, pathology, ...
Therapy and Counseling393psychology, school psychology, educational psychology, communication disorders, genetic counseling, mental and social health services, physical therapy
Family and Social Work379food and nutrition, family studies, public administration, social work
Medicine362gerontology, medicine, medical scientist, pharmacy, pharmaceutics and drug design, public health, medical physics, health professions
Law243law, banking and finance, tax law, legal research
Nursing and Emergency Medicine185registered nursing, adult health nursing, nurse anesthetist, neonatal nursing, nursing science, mental health nursing, various nursing
Media178communication studies, journalism, radio and television, public relations
Art Studies132art studies
Medical Support and Technology106audiology, pathology assistant, radiation therapist, physician assistant, clinical lab tech
Computer Science and Engineering105computer and info science, information science, computer science, computer engineering
Security and Law Enforcement89criminal justice and safety
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy85sports and fitness management, occupational therapy, vocational counseling, dietitian
Engineering Technician81engineering technology, electronics tech, electromechanical tech, hazardous materials tech, industrial tech, manufacturing tech, mechanical engineering tech, computer systems tech
Music52music, music performance
Drama and Performing Arts48dance, drama
Mathematics48mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Construction Trades31apparel and textile marketing
Medical Administration17environmental health, occupational health
Funeral and Mortuary Science14funeral direction
Religion and Philosophy12philosophy
Architecture and Planning11urban planning
Photography and Commercial Art11film studies
Conservation and Resource Management8environmental science
Fine Arts4art history and criticism

Number of programs and degrees for Wayne State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,78181
Master's degree2,271103
Doctor's degree22144
Postbaccalaureate certificate345
Post-master's certificate16224
First-professional degree5373

Wayne State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Wayne State had a total enrollment of 32,380 students (21,697 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 90%
Part-Time 10%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 64%
Graduate 30%
First Professional 6%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 50%
Black 27%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 6%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 15%
20-21 14%
22-24 22%
25-29 20%
30-34 10%
35-39 6%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%
State unknown1%

Wayne State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 69 %
Part-Time 37 %

Wayne State Room and Board (2007)

Wayne State offers campus housing for 1,663 of its 21,697 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Detroit, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Wayne State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1623
ACT Math1623
ACT Composite1723

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Wayne State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,109
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,379
Room and board $ 6,932
Room charge $ 4,452
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,480
Books and supplies $ 950
Other expenses $ 1,800

Financial Aid:
Wayne State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 232900)

Wayne State Faculty

Wayne State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track148114
Non-tenured and not on tenure track381362

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year47$146,02211$129,137
Associate professorcalendar year27$109,43216$113,377
Assistant professorcalendar year25$81,02048$82,848
Instructorcalendar year1*8$84,564
Lecturercalendar year10$65,42714$66,847
All faculty totalcalendar year110$114,35897$90,965

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year190$110,39844$105,470
Associate professoracademic year137$85,82096$78,938
Assistant professoracademic year115$72,01195$66,733
Instructoracademic year2*21$63,733
Lectureracademic year45$51,55869$49,965
All faculty totalacademic year489$88,897325$71,828

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Wayne State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports6496160

Wayne State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Labor Studies
Labor and Industrial Relations
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Technical Teacher Education

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Polymer/Plastics Engineering

Engineering Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Tech
Engineering Technology, General
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Funeral And Mortuary Science
Funeral Direction/Service

Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law (LLM, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
Tax Law/Taxation (LLM, JSD/SJD)

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Italian Language and Literature
Library Science/Librarianship
Middle/Near Eastern/Semitic Languages, Lit & Linguistics, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Public/Applied History and Archival Administration
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Urban Studies/Affairs

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant
Physician Assistant

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Health/Medical Physics
Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)
Medicine (MD)
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Environmental Toxicology
Geology/Earth Science, General
Molecular Biology
Molecular Toxicology
Neurobiology and Neurophysiology
Oncology and Cancer Biology
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physics, General
Physiology, General
Radiation Biology/Radiobiology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Educational Psychology
Genetic Counseling/Counselor
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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