Wayne State University

Wayne State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Wayne State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Wayne State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Wayne State University was awarded 228 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is funeral direction/service.

Overall Quality

Wayne State is ranked #1,111 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

Wayne State also holds the #25 spot on the Best Colleges in Michigan ranking.

See all of the rankings for Wayne State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Wayne State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Wayne State University is a competitive 67%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 80% of students accepted to Wayne State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 610. Math scores were between 500 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Wayne State University  ( 500 to 610 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Wayne State University  ( 500 to 600 )
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800
Wayne State received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Wayne State University  ( 21 to 28 )
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Learn more about Wayne State University admissions.

Wayne State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Wayne State University, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Wayne State University is 56%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  56 out of 100
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100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wayne State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Wayne State University has a freshmen retention rate of 79%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100
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100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Wayne State is 11%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  11 out of 100
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100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Wayne State University.

Wayne State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,643 undergraduates at Wayne State with 13,107 being full-time and 4,536 being part-time.

How Much Does Wayne State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Wayne State is $13,965. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Wayne State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,413 $11,554 $13,668 $17,909 $19,128

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Wayne State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Wayne State, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $5,857 a year. That adds up to $23,428 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wayne State is 6.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Wayne State Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Wayne State make around $40,800 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.

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See which majors at Wayne State University make the most money.

Location of Wayne State University

Located in Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University is a public institution. The city atmosphere of Detroit makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for Wayne State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 656 West Kirby Street, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-577-2424
Website: www.wayne.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/waynestateuniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/waynestate

Wayne State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 116 majors graduated from Wayne State University. Of these students, 3,762 received undergraduate degrees and 2,932 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 316 $30,100
International Business 186 $50,500
General Biology 170 $26,700
Public Health 169 NA
Computer Information Systems 156 $71,500
Human Resource Management 155 $42,000
Nursing 147 $62,300
Marketing 141 $37,800
Finance & Financial Management 140 $48,900
Teacher Education Subject Specific 129 $32,800

Learn more about the majors offered at Wayne State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Wayne State

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 9,206 students took at least one online class at Wayne State University. This is an increase from the 8,812 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 9,206 1,906
2017-2018 8,812 1,859
2016-2017 7,507 1,733
2015-2016 6,772 1,603
2013-2014 5,538 1,306

Learn more about online learning at Wayne State University.

Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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