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Wayne State University

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Introduction

Wayne State University is a large public university in Detroit, Michigan. The school defines its first priority as “to develop new knowledge and encourage its application,” and also states that “In the arts, it fosters creativity and strives for excellence in performance and exhibition.” the university’s Carnegie designation is as a Doctoral/Research-Extensive Institution. WSU defines its first priority as “to develop new knowledge and encourage its application,” and also states that “In the arts, it fosters creativity and strives for excellence in performance and exhibition.”

History

The university was begun as Detroit Medical College, which ultimately became the university’s medical school, in 1868. Other colleges had their beginnings in similar programs in 1881 (Education) and 1917 (Liberal Arts). The institution became a four-year degree-granting institution in 1923. Graduate courses were added in 1930. Finally, all of the colleges were united under the same administration in 1933. Today, there are five extension centers located throughout the Detroit metropolitan area in addition to the main campus.

Academics

The university is composed of twelve different schools and colleges: the School of Business Administration, the College of Engineering, the College of Education, the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, the Graduate School, the Law School, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Library and Information Science, the School of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the College of Science, the School of Social Work, and the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs. There is also an honors program for undergraduate students, with an emphasis on urbanism and service.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in over 120 different disciplines, including accounting, career and technical education, civil engineering, English, geology, kinesiology, labor studies, management, mechanical engineering, mortuary science, music, nursing, occupational therapy, peace and conflict studies, public affairs, sociology, teaching, theatre, and urban studies. Some of these programs are only available through a co-major program, and some offer both a BA or a BS.

Master’s degrees are awarded in business administration (MBA), taxation, education, engineering, art (including an MFA), music, theatre, library and information science (MLIS), classics, German, philosophy, public administration, basic medical sciences, cancer biology, nursing (MSN) clinical laboratory sciences, nursing anesthesia, linguistics, social work (MSW), geography, industrial relations, and interdisciplinary programs, among others.

The school awards a number of doctoral degrees, in fields such as education, counseling, engineering, communication, theatre, interdisciplinary studies, economics, history, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, audiology, mathematics, and speech-language pathology.

Professional degrees are awarded in the College of Pharmacy, the School of Medicine, and the Law School. There are a number of dual degree programs between the Law School and other fields. There are also certificate and specialist (Ed.S.) graduate programs.

Accreditation is granted by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Unique Programs

More than 30 unique centers and institutes call Wayne State home, each falling under the operation of a school or college. They vary greatly in size, focus, and mission. Many of them specialize strictly in academic research, while others work in the external community to improve society.

The College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs hosts seven different centers and institutes: Center for Chicano Boricua Studies, Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues, Labor Studies Center, Center for Peace & Conflict Studies, Skillman Center for Children, State Policy Center, and the Center for Urban Studies.

The School of Medicine also includes seven centers: Center for Healthcare Effectiveness Research, Ligon Research Center of Vision, Morris J. Hood Jr. Comprehensive Diabetes Center, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Center for Molecular Medicine & Genetics, and the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth & Development.

Other outstanding centers and institutes fall under the power of the Provost and of the Vice President for Research.

Admissions

Incoming freshmen with at least a 2.75 GPA have no SAT or ACT requirements for admissions, but submission of test scores is still required. Those applicants with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.74 must have an ACT score of at least 21 or an SAT score of at least 970. High school graduate with a 2.75 GPA or higher must submit test scores, but there is no minimum score requirement. Students with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.74 must have ACT scores of 21 or SAT scores of 970. Applications to the undergraduate programs are accepted through August 1 for the fall semester, with a modest application fee of $30. Music and dance majors must also audition. Applications can be submitted on-line.

The admissions department offers an impressive array of special circumstance admissions programs, including programs for first generation college students, students over 60 years of age, Latino students, and those who do not intend to seek a degree.

Graduate students must provide the following for admissions to the graduate school: transcripts, application and fee, and other materials as required by the department. Students applying to the Medical School, Law School, or College of Pharmacy apply though those schools and not through the office of Graduate Admissions.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available with a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. The university has a “blanket” set of requirements for any student to qualify for financial aid: demonstrate financial need, high school diploma, degree-seeking, registration with Selective Service, and be in good standing on all student loans.Student loans are considered via the FAFSA.

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Students

Over 30,000 students are enrolled at any time, the majority of which are from the tri-county area surrounding the campus. Some of the more popular attractions include the 30-foot climbing wall in the Recreation Center and Warrior hockey games. First and second year students can take in all of the action by living in one of the North and South Residence Halls. The dorms offer double- or triple-occupancy, complete furnishings, study rooms, high-speed Internet, and 24-hour staffing.

The main library offers electronic catalogs and on-line databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site. Books can be borrowed state-wide. There are also specialized libraries for law, medicine, and other fields. The special collections include rare Michigan texts, African-American history collections, and children’s literature.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Warriors compete in NCAA Division I. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and tennis. Women’s sports include basketball, softball, and tennis. Hockey is a predominant attraction to all Wayne State students and alumni. Teams compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the College Hockey Association.

The athletic department also offers internships to students interested in writing and public relations.

Traditions

The University only recently adopted the Warrior as its mascot, having previously used the Tartar since 1927. The Victory Bell makes its way to football games, among other events, and is a lasting symbol of Wayne State spirit. Wayne State also has a “Warrior of the Week” award, which recognizes a certain student-athlete for his or her accomplishments throughout the year.

Local Community

Detroit is home to seven different major entertainment venues, in addition to being home to professional football, baseball, and basketball teams. More than a dozen museums and galleries offer the best in art, including the Michigan Press Photographers Association, Pewabic Pottery, and the Museum of African-American History. Those with an interest in history and other liberal studies may choose to visit the Holocaust Memorial Center, Detroit Historical Museum, or the Detroit Zoological Institute. And for the musically inclined, Detroit is home to the Jazz Corner, Rackham Symphony Choir and the Detroit Blues Society.

The University is located in downtown Detroit, within the University Cultural Center area. There are nearby theaters, museums, performance halls, and sporting venues.

Information Summary

Ranks 20th in Michigan and 630th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.01
Robbery 26 0.08
Arson 2 0.01
Burglary 18 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 55 0.18
Arrest 3 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 9,512 1.33
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 344 0.05
Forcible Rape 427 0.06
Robbery 4,962 0.70
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15,994 2.24
Larceny 16,456 2.31
Vehicle theft 11,368 1.59

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Detroit, MI 48202
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population21,870 (21,870 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,011 (2.24 people per house)
Median Household Income$20,708
Families3,990 (3.27 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2613

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 857th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $10,654 $10,654 $24,454
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,314 $1,314 $1,314
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $355 $355 $815
FT Graduate Tuition $13,300 $13,300 $28,808
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,548 $1,548 $1,548
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $554 $554 $1,200
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,586 $23,586 $36,206
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $26,408 $26,408 $39,028
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $17,091 $17,091 $29,711

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $29,855 $62,130
Medical Degree — Required Fees $1,935 $1,935
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $22,682 $45,635
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $2,054 $2,054
Law Degree — Tuition $27,266 $29,963
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,801 $1,801

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,809 $10,190 $9,809 $10,190 $20,921 $21,735
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,100 $1,122
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,696 $9,026
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,890 $1,927
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,640 $8,813
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,950 $5,082
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,635 $4,761

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 11,524 (4,822 male / 6,702 female)
Admitted 8,786 (3,762 male / 5,024 female)
Admission rate 76%
First-time Enrollment 2,167 (971 male / 1,196 female)
FT Enrollment 2,075 (924 male / 1,151 female)
PT Enrollment 92 (47 male / 45 female)
Total Enrollment27,897

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

452nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,117
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,573
Board Fee$3,230

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 304 825 128 324 22 2,876 295 4,845
Accounting 19 22 5 10 80 7 144
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 12 1 3 1 45 5 67
African-American/Black Studies 7 1 1 9
Anatomy 1 1
Anthropology 5 1 2 23 1 32
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management 9 19 1 29
Applied Mathematics, General 2 3 5
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 7 1 8
Art Teacher Education 1 2 1 14 1 19
Art/Art Studies, General 13 2 2 1 76 7 102
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law 1 1
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 1 2 3 11 1 18
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3 3 1 7
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 16 8 21 2 48
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 1 7 1 14 4 28
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 11 3 4 43 105 13 181
Biotechnology 2 2 4
Business Administration and Management, General 25 35 24 3 114 20 223
Chemical Engineering 5 1 25 31
Chemistry, General 7 1 1 2 20 2 34
Chemistry, Other 2 1 1 4 11 1 21
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 3 13 16
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 3 1 6 1 12
Civil Engineering, General 7 4 1 3 29 2 47
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 6 9
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 4 1 4 13 2 24
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 3 4 4 5 63 80
Computational Science
Computer Engineering, General 5 1 2 8
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Computer and Information Sciences, General 23 6 2 2 27 60
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 4 4
Counseling Psychology 1 1 4 6
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 5 1 1 11 2 20
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3 51 4 4 65 5 134
Curriculum and Instruction 4 7 3 15
Dance, General 2 8 1 12
Dietetics/Dietitian 3 1 1 11 3 19
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 6 7
Dispute Resolution 6 1 2 9
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 8 1 1 23 1 35
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 3 1 5
East Asian Studies 2 1 7 1 11
Economics, General 5 5 10 22 3 47
Education, Other 2 4 6
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments
Educational Evaluation and Research 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 16 1 1 8 26
Educational Psychology 1 1 1 1 4
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 10 2 1 7 1 22
Educational/Instructional Technology 3 10 1 15 6 35
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 22 6 9 30 2 70
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 5 1 8 14
Elementary Education and Teaching 11 3 1 1 31 6 54
Engineering Technology, General 3 2 1 2 9
Engineering, Other 5 7 2 5 19 39
Engineering/Industrial Management 3 11 2 16
English Language and Literature, General 2 12 3 1 45 2 65
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 3 10 1 14
Environmental Health 3 3
Environmental Science 1 1 9 12
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 2 3
Finance, General 7 8 2 2 20 39
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 4 5 2 22 1 50 8 95
Foreign Language Teacher Education 3 2 5
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 2 1 4 1 17 25
Funeral Direction/Service 1 6 2 26 35
Genetic Counseling/Counselor 5 5
Geography
Geology/Earth Science, General 7 1 9
German Language and Literature 1 5 7
Gerontology 3 4 1 8
Health Communication 3 3 6
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 1 5 27 3 38
Health Teacher Education 1 2 6 2 11
Health/Medical Physics 1 1 7 3 12
History, General 4 1 1 32 2 40
Industrial Engineering 6 7 3 6 22
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other 2 2
Industrial Technology/Technician
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 1 1 6 1 9
Information Science/Studies 1 1 1 3
International Business/Trade/Commerce 12 1 3 28 2 46
Journalism 1 9 2 17 29
Labor Studies 1 1
Labor and Industrial Relations 5 4 2 11
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
Library and Information Science 2 8 4 2 157 30 206
Linguistics 1 1 1 6 10
Management Information Systems, General 3 3 13 2 21
Manufacturing Engineering 1 1
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 14 1 7 50 5 83
Materials Science 1 1
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 4 2 27 1 34
Mathematics Teacher Education 7 1 1 22 1 33
Mathematics, General 3 1 2 18 24
Mechanical Engineering 19 6 1 4 25 3 59
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 13 2 16
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 2 1 1 19 1 25
Medical Scientist 2 2
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 1 1 2
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1 4 6
Molecular Biology
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 15 1 3 19
Music Performance, General
Music, General 2 5 1 1 27 37
Nurse Anesthetist 2 1 8 1 12
Nursing Education 1 3 4
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 1 1 2 2 10 16
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 4 1 2 23 30
Oncology and Cancer Biology 1 1
Organizational Behavior Studies 4 39 4 12 42 6 109
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant 2 8 1 11
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing 2 2
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 1 1
Philosophy 1 6 1 8
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 2 2 2 34 42
Physical Sciences, Other 1 3 4 8
Physician Assistant 1 2 38 1 43
Physics, General 3 1 7 13
Physiology, General 1 1 3 6
Political Science and Government, General 9 3 3 1 44 7 67
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1 1 2 9 1 14
Psychology, General 9 60 11 31 1 201 22 342
Public Administration 9 1 1 19 7 39
Public Health, General 2 1 1 4 1 6 2 17
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1 1 3 1 6
Public Relations/Image Management 6 1 1 27 2 38
Public/Applied History 1 2 12 1 16
Radio and Television 1 11 3 22 2 39
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Reading Teacher Education 1 2 6 9
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 6 1 7 65 5 88
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies 4 1 5
School Psychology 1 16 2 19
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 3 2 22 3 31
Secondary Education and Teaching 3 11 1 1 29 6 51
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 3 4
Social Studies Teacher Education 5 3 27 35
Social Work 16 109 14 4 3 245 23 423
Sociology 32 1 3 1 14 4 56
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1
Special Education and Teaching, General 32 4 2 39 4 82
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 21 2 1 29 5 58
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 3 7 2 13
Statistics, General 5 1 2 8
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 2 2 4
Systems Engineering 2 2
Tax Law/Taxation 1 1
Taxation 8 8
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 5 5
Technical Teacher Education 3 1 4
Urban Studies/Affairs 2 17 19
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 8 5 13

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 320th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $93,927 ($102,178 male / $76,295 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,041 (580 male / 461 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,790
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $51,615,779
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