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Wayne State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Wayne State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Wayne State University Ranked?

2020 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 56 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is public administration and social service.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, Wayne State is ranked #601 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Wayne State is also ranked #16 out of 43 schools in Michigan.

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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 )

SAT Math Scores for Wayne State University  ( 500 to 600 )
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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Wayne State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Wayne State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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 57%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  57 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wayne State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 81% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Wayne State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 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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Average Overall Diversity at Wayne State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,297 undergraduates at Wayne State with 12,389 being full-time and 4,908 being part-time.

Wayne State Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

Wayne State scored 57.85 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  57.85 out of 100
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How Much Does Wayne State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Wayne State is $12,970. 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 +
$9,300 $11,399 $14,158 $17,420 $18,188

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Wayne State, approximately 45% of students took out student loans averaging $5,897 a year. That adds up to $23,588 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wayne State is 8.2%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Wayne State make about $40,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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 location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Wayne State University

Contact details for Wayne State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 656 West Kirby Street, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-577-2424

Wayne State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 108 majors graduated from Wayne State University. Of these students, 3,441 received undergraduate degrees and 3,103 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 320 $30,100
General Biology 173 $26,700
International Business 154 $50,500
Human Resource Management 144 $42,000
Nursing 143 $62,300
Other Health Professions 139 $74,900
Social Work 135 $31,400
Marketing 125 $37,800
Teacher Education Subject Specific 109 $32,800
Accounting 101 $49,100

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 learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 8,812 students took at least one online class at Wayne State University. This is an increase from the 7,507 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 8,812 1,859
2016-2017 7,507 1,733
2015-2016 6,772 1,603
2014-2015 6,170 1,380
2013-2014 5,538 1,306

Learn more about online learning at Wayne State University.


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