Wayne State University, Student Body

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Wayne State University (WSU) is a public research university located in Detroit, Michigan, United States, in the city's Midtown Cultural Center Historic District and Wayne State University Buildings Historic District. Founded in 1868, WSU consists of 13 schools and colleges offering 370 programs to nearly 28,000 graduate and undergraduate students. It is currently Michigan's fourth-largest university and one of the 100 largest universities in the United States.


In fall of 2013, Wayne State had a total of 27,897 students at the campus: 18,602 undergraduate students, 7,216 graduate students, and 2,079 professional students. In 2013, there was a total of 2,167 first-time undergraduates who enrolled, and 1,883 transfer students. Wayne State had students from nearly every U.S. state and 60 countries enrolled in fall 2013. Wayne State has a very diverse campus and the demographics of the university can be viewed on the table “Wayne State Demographic.” For first-to-second year students, there was a 77% retention rate for full-time students. The main age group of the university is 22-24 with 25% of the undergraduate students, 23% are between 20 and 21, and 22% between the ages of 18 and 19. There are 1,755 full-time instructional faculty members and 1,035 part-time faculty.

Wayne State offers on-campus housing and 2,708 students took advantage of that. In 2013, 1,456 students lived in residence halls and 1,297 students lived in on-campus apartments. This makes the university predominantly a commuter school for students. About 89% of students come from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. There are 11,292 students from Wayne County, 6,065 from Oakland County, and 4,935 students from Macomb County. Oakland and Macomb County each have an interstate (I-75 and I-94, respectively) that runs through the county right to the main campus, providing commuter students with an easy route to classes.

During the 2013 school year, there were 4,845 degrees and certificates granted to students: 2,657 bachelor's degrees, 1,956 master’s degrees, 777 doctoral and professional degrees, and 232 certificates. Of the 4,845 degrees awarded, the top five schools and colleges that awarded degrees and certificates in 2012 to 2013 were: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with 1,613 awarded, School of Business Administration with 676 awarded,College of Education with 638 awarded, College of Engineering with 476 awarded, and the College of Fine, Performing and Communication arts with 432 degrees or certificates awarded. The other 1,568 degrees or certificates that were awarded came from the School of Law, School of Library and Information Science, School of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy & Health Services and the School of Social Work.

Since 2008, the average number of credit hours that a student takes each semester has increased. The average for undergraduates was 11.3 credit hours a semester. Graduate students had an average of 7.4 credit hours a semester and Professional students had an average of 19.4 credit hours a semester

Wayne State also offers the Irvin D. Reid Honors College, where the top incoming students are invited to Scholars Day and receive a scholarship to the university. In 2013-14, 1,564 students were enrolled in the Honors College. Thirty-six percent of those students obtained a rank of National Merit or Presidential scholars and 18% who made Wayne State Gold scholars. The Wayne State Gold scholars had a mean high school GPA of 3.91 and a mean ACT (test) score of 27.9. The National Merit finalists had a mean GPA of 3.91 and Presidential scholars had a mean GPA of 3.87. The National Merit finalists had a mean ACT score of 33.7, while the Presidential scholars had a score of 29.1.

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