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About Wayne State University

Wayne State University is a public, state school that was founded in 1868. It is moderately difficult to get into Wayne State University. It enrolls around 26,251 students a year, including 17,513 undergrads.

Wayne State University offers early action and offers early decision.

Wayne State University Acceptance Rate

Around 68% of applicants get into Wayne State University each year. 4% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Wayne State University. In 2021, 11,794 out of 17,231 total applicants were accepted.

Wayne State University Application Deadlines

Wayne State University's regular decision application deadline is August 1. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by October 1.

Early Admissions at Wayne State University

Wayne State University offers early decision. Wayne State University offers early action.

Mark Your Calendar! The EA deadline is on December 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 68%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 4%
Average GPA 3.4
Mean ACT score 24
Mean SAT score 1125
In-State Tuition $13,024
Out-of-State $29,894

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Wayne State University.

Financial Aid at Wayne State University

Wayne State University meets 54.1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Wayne State University full-time are awarded $12,914 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Dorms at Wayne State University

The majority of Wayne State University students live on campus.

Festifall, Late Night Breakfast, and and International Fair are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Wayne State University.

How Do I Get Into Wayne State University?

Wayne State University is considered moderately difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities , recommendations and essays. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.4 /4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Wayne State University is 1125. The mean ACT scores is 24.

Does Wayne State University Require Test Scores?

Wayne State University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 91% submitted the SAT. 19% submitted the ACT.

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Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates. Wayne State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Wayne State University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wayne State University

About 82% of students who start at Wayne State University come back for their second year of college. Out of the 2,098 students who started at Wayne State University as first-time freshman, 511 graduate within four years.

Around 52% of students who started at Wayne State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Wayne State University Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $23,365 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Wayne State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Wayne State University a good school for you?

What is Wayne State University's Endowment?

Wayne State University's endowment was valued at $366,732,000 in 2021. The school spends $12,570 for each full-time student enrolled.

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Where is Wayne State University Located?

Wayne State University is located in the urban setting of Detroit, Michigan , less than an hour from Detroit.

If you want to see Wayne State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 75/94 to Detroit, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Detroit Metropolitan.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Wayne State University and Detroit are like without leaving home.

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College Info

656 West Kirby Street Detroit, MI 48202

Campus Setting: Urban

Wayne State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Wayne State University is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Wayne State University is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Wayne State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Wayne State University is 24. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into Wayne State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Wayne State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1200


Math SAT Range

500 - 600


Reading SAT Range

500 - 600

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1200 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Wayne State University students is 1125. Applicants with SAT scores of 1200 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Wayne State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1000 to 1200 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1000 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Wayne State University.

Wayne State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Wayne State University is like? There are approximately 26,251 students enrolled at Wayne State University, including 17,513 undergraduate students and 8,738 graduate students. 77% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from MI and 2% percent of students are from other states.


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