Detroit, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$21,735 ($10,190)
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5 College Junior

Diversity: New faces and experiences everywhere!

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone here is so very open to different people. There is so much diversity and many different cultures here. So many different foreign exchange students come here and bring their culture for us to experience. You for sure will see something new. Something you'd never expect

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Wayne State is very diverse. I've met students from all types of backgrounds and cultures. I do believe that is a positive attribute of the university

4 College Senior

Diversity: A great research university in a primarily Black city that is also a commuter school (mainly) and a neighbor of the largest Arab community in the country attracts a healthy variety of students.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity on campus is awesome, but needs to improve.


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  • 174th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kirsten Freitel
Marshall, Mich.
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Wayne State University is centrally located in Detroit, where there are people from all sorts of ethnic, economic, religious, and sexual backgrounds. Dearborn, a city a few minutes away, has the largest Arabic population in the United States, and WSU has a large Arabic population also. The school has about 35,000 students, so there are plenty of other ethnic backgrounds represented, as well. You will see or meet someone of nearly every imaginable ethnicity or nationality here.

Whatever your background, there is probably a related group or club you can join to help you meet other students with similar backgrounds. Examples include religious groups and the GLBT community. The school embraces this diversity and does things like provide rooms and mats for praying and allow the GLBT community to decorate campus for National Coming Out Day. Also, many international students come to this University because of its research opportunities here. They have the option of living in on-campus housing with their families, which can help ease homesickness since they can make traditional meals and conduct celebrations together. Also, international students can network and meet others who are doing research. Overall, the students here are very tolerant of other cultures and many try to understand and learn about them. It’s a great school for diversity.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 21%
20-21: 21%
22-24: 25%
25+: 31%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 17%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 68%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There are students here who participate in alternative lifestyles, but nobody really cares because WSU allows everyone to freely express their opinions and views. The student organization Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies (GLBTA) welcomes members at anytime and is active on campus.
Political Activity
Overall, WSU students seem to be liberal. There are some conservative students, but everyone respects one another. The liberal students seem to be more active on campus, but you don't see them daily.
Economic Status
The WSU student body is very economically diverse. Some lower-income students attend the school for free to help keep students in Detroit, other students are here on full academic scholarships, and some are paying their own way through college.
Most Common Religions
Students here don't seem to be very religious. There are religious organizations on campus, but they don't have a strong presence.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 91 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 10% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 27% Liberal
  • 9% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 90 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 37% Not sure
  • 24% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 91 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 90 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 90 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 33% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 62% Very accepting.


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