Wayne State University

656 West Kirby Street, Detroit, MI 48202

School Details

Wayne State is a public research university that is located on a 203 acre urban campus in Detroit, Michigan.  The campus houses over 142 education and research buildings that are in the heart of Detroit.  WSU also operates six extension centers in the Detroit metro area that offer a limited selection of courses.  Wayne State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

WSU was established in 1968, and is Michigan’s third largest university.  It is one of the 30 largest universities in the country.  Over 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at WSU, and the school consists of 13 schools and colleges that offer more than 400 major subject areas.  In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, specialist and certificate programs are also offered.  

WSU’s colleges and schools include the School of Business Administration, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, the Graduate School, the Law School, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Irvin D. Reid Honors College, the School of Social Work, and School of Medicine, which is the largest single-campus medical school in the country, and has an enrollment of more than 1,000 medical students.  

The student to faculty at WSU is 16:1, and the most popular majors include psychology, biology/biological sciences, organizational behavior studies, criminal justice/safety studies and accounting.

WSU is the only urban research institution in Michigan, and is well known for its contributions in the sciences.  WSU is classified as a Research Intensive University, by the Carnegie Foundation.  WSU has partnerships with Michigan State University and the University of Michigan that allows the schools to work together to research and develop ways to help the economy of the state of Michigan.

WSU is dedicated to preparing its students to succeed in a fast paced and interconnected global society.  Students attend from all 50 states and over 65 countries, and are part of a richly diverse learning and social community.  WSU is in the forefront of the globalization movement in higher education, and offers study abroad programs, and opportunities for internationally themed coursework.

Students are encouraged to get involved in activities outside of the classroom, and WSU has something for everyone.  Students can join one of the school’s 200 student organizations, attend an on campus play, concert, art exhibit or dance recital, attend a Warrior athletic event, participate in intramural or club sports, or work out at the recreation and fitness center.

WSU offers an online learning program that is a flexible alternative to taking traditional on-campus courses.  WSU offers fully online programs that include a BSW in social work, master of education in instructional technology, master of education in career & technical education, & master of library and information science, and certificates through the College of Education, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, and School of Library and Information Sciences.  Degrees with online options in which all or most of the degree requirements can be completed online include MBA in Business Administration, Doctorate in Transitional DPT, and certificates through the College of Education and College of Engineering.  individual online courses can also be taken.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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