#5 Best Public Universities in Michigan

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

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Wayne State University overview
Location Detroit, Michigan
Online wayne.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
Wayne State University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Wayne State University, located in Detroit, Michigan, is a public research institution founded in 1868, which consistently contributes to the urban revival of its home city. Nestled in the heart of the cultural center of Detroit, the university's urban campus is noted for its blend of Gothic and modern architecture, with options for on-campus living available to students. The university offers a comprehensive range of programs with notable strengths in business, engineering, law, medicine, and the sciences, emphasizing research and practical experience. With a moderately selective admissions process, Wayne State attracts a diverse student body from across the nation and international communities. The university does not have an emphasis on intercollegiate athletics as a defining characteristic.

In the most recent statistical year 14,002 prospective students applied, and 10,547 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,577 enrolled in the school.  16,985 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 6,645 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $12,933 plus fees of $1,742. WSU is ranked 582 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












WSU is rated within the top 50% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Wayne State University overview
SAT 1040/1260
ACT 21/28
GPA 3.42

Applications Accepted

Wayne State University overview
Applications Due Aug 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend

Michigan Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Wayne State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,316
Other Fees$1,742
Room and Board $11,321
Budget for Other Expenses$4,236
Total One Year Cost$31,548

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Wayne State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,316
Other Fees$1,742
Room and Board $11,321
Budget for Other Expenses$4,236
Total One Year Cost$48,237

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$51,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

26% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Wayne State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 17%
Psychology 10%
Education 9%
Health Professions 8%
Biology 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=172644 IPEDS survey data for Wayne State University.

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