Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

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Leading the nation in game-changing fields

Wayne State University is a premier urban public research institution located in the heart of Detroit—a city renowned as both the birthplace of the automotive industry and America’s next tech hub. 

Nearly 27,000 students come from every state and nearly 80 countries to form Michigan’s most diverse campus, where education is not confined to the classroom. Offering more than 340 academic programs, we create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities.

Wayne State offers more than 50 Engineering degree and certificate programs and 19 different departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Our Engineering curriculum leads the nation in game-changing fields such as electric-drive vehicle technology and alternative energy. Students learn from faculty experts who engineer the world at all levels, from nanoscale biomedical innovations to colossal manufacturing plants. The foundation of the College of Engineering is rooted in its High Impact Practices, created to ensure every student gains the technical and personal skills needed to embark on a successful career. Students are immersed in a hands-on learning environment, studying under world-class faculty recognized for their pioneering research and development in interdisciplinary fields and disciplines.

Hands-on learning is not limited to the College of Engineering. In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students work side-by-side with our expert faculty to change the understanding of the world in more than 300 on-campus labs. Students gain experience that allows them to put knowledge into application—receiving opportunities to get out of the classroom and get into laboratories, research centers, and natural environments to get a firsthand look at potential careers. Whether through biomedical breakthroughs, archaeological discovery, a new chemical development, or something else entirely, Wayne State is committed to advancing knowledge.

Our students benefit from Wayne State’s unique identity as a public urban research university holding the Carnegie Foundation’s highest classification for research and community engagement, with annual research expenditures of more than $221 million. We have countless opportunities for hands-on learning, not just in our laboratories but throughout the community, through partnerships with local hospitals, and with access to Michigan’s amazing natural resources.

Career placement
As a college student, one of the most important things you will do is find an internship and/or job. Career Services provides a wide variety of career planning services to assist all Wayne State students in their endeavors. Because of our experience-based approach to learning, Wayne State students and graduates are highly sought after for internships, co-ops, and job placements at the myriad corporations and institutions headquartered in Metro Detroit and far beyond. 

Student population: Nearly 20,000 undergraduates

Student-faculty ratio:

Number of academic programs:
340, divided into 13 schools and colleges

In-state tuition and fees:

Out-of-state tuition and fees:

Room and board:
$10,382 (varies depending on meal plan option, room type, and occupancy)

• Biomedical
• Chemical
• Civil
• Electrical
• General
• Industrial
• Information Systems Technology
• Mechanical

• Computer
• Construction Management
• Electric Transportation
• Electrical/Electronic Engineering
• Electromechanical Engineering

• Astronomy
• Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
• Biomedical Physics
• Chemistry
• Dietetics
• Environmental Science
• Geology
• Neuroscience
• Nutrition and Food Science
• Physics

• Actuarial Mathematics
• Mathematical Economics
• Mathematics
• Statistics 

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