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5 College Freshman

Academics: Business and Pre-Med are the best.

4 College Freshman

Academics: So far I have loved my classes at Wayne State. They are not the best, definitely not the most challenging, but very good for where I am in life and in my education.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I really enjoyed my first semester in college. I studied a lot, reviewed my notes, and I was happy when I got a 4.0 GPA.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I just got into a new program

3 College Junior

Academics: They provide you with a lot, depending on the class. Some professors are amazing while others only care about their pay checks.

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Wayne State University is known for its law and engineering programs, and the medical school is recognized as one of the top in the nation. But even though Wayne State has a good local and international reputation, its national reputation is weaker because of its location in Detroit—many shrug off the University before they learn how safe the campus is. WSU is a research-based university, which leads to many exchange students and well-known professors coming here. WSU teachers are experts in their fields, and many have been published. The professors are willing to help you if you put in the effort. They are always available for help or even just to talk because they generally want to see the students succeed. If you show them you are serious about learning and want to succeed, many will help you out by writing letters of recommendation or being a little more lenient on grading. A lot of professors remind their students weeks in advance when tests and papers are due, unlike teachers at other schools. Overall, Wayne State professors are encouraging, insightful, and helpful.

Your workload will be dependent on your class schedule. If you are taking organic chemistry, there will be a lot of homework, but if you are taking American Government, there won’t be much work other than assigned readings. Of course, if you want to truly succeed or go above and beyond the basic requirements, plan on studying frequently. Since many students apply to WSU’s medical program, you will always see people hitting the books hard, studying for the MCAT, and reading textbooks for fun because they are curious and willing to learn.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,057
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,075
Total FT Faculty
1,806
Faculty with Terminal Degree
76%
Average Faculty Salary
$85,791
Full-Time Retention Rate
75%
Part-Time Retention Rate
48%
Graduation Rate
28%
Programs/Majors Offered
160
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 44%
  • 20 to 49 students: 46%
  • 50 or more students: 10%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • 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
  • Irvin D. Reid Honors College
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Medicine: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Social Work: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Other: Critical thinking
  • Other: Oral communication
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Other: City-wide adult education program
  • Other: Off-campus courses for credit
  • Weekend college
Online Courses
There are many classes and even full programs offered online at Wayne State.
Best Places to Study
  • Arthur Neef Law Library
  • Purdy/Kresge Library
  • Science & Engineering Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Find a buddy in each class and trade information.
  • Form study groups.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Get your homework done early.
  • Go to orientation.
Did You Know?
Wayne State's School of Medicine is the largest in the U.S. with more than 1,000 students.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 79 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 77 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 16 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 60% Joique Bell - Lions running Back
  • 30% Lily Tomlin (attended) - actress
  • 10% Tim Meadows - actor, comedian
  • 0% Larry Joe Campbell - actor

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 15 responses

  • 20% This was my dream school.
  • 67% This was one of my top choices.
  • 13% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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