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Wayne State Admissions

If you want to apply to Wayne State University, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is August 1 and the application fee costs $25.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Wayne State University by October 1.

Wayne State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Wayne State University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Mean SAT Score 1125
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 91%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 19%
Waitlist No

Considering Applying Early to Wayne State University?

Wayne State University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is December 15, which is coming up fast! Wayne State University will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Wayne State University is 4%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 68%. Last year, Wayne State University admitted 10 of the 226 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Wayne State University Hard To Get Into?

It is moderately difficult to get into Wayne State University. Wayne State University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Wayne State University accepted 68% of students, around 11,794 of the 17,231 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Wayne State University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does Wayne State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Wayne State University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Wayne State University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Wayne State University must submit the following items. Double check with Wayne State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Wayne State University?

Students admitted to Wayne State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 1.67% submitted a class rank.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Wayne State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 1.67%
3.75 and 3.99 19.34%
3.50 and 3.74 18.49%
3.25 and 3.49 14.99%
3.00 and 3.24 13.45%
2.50 and 2.9 16.74%
2.00 and 2.49 4.04%

Wayne State University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 91% of Wayne State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 19% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Wayne State University?

To be competitive with other Wayne State University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1000 and 1200 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Wayne State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1200 and 25% of scored lower than 1000, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Wayne State University student is 1125.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Wayne State University students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Wayne State University students scored 600 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Wayne State University?

To be most competitive at Wayne State University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Wayne State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Wayne State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

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Transferring to Wayne State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Wayne State University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Wayne State University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Winter Term - Spring Term - Winter Term - Summer Term

Wayne State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Wayne State University?

Students who are admitted to Wayne State University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Wayne State University accept transfer credits?

Wayne State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Wayne State University accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Wayne State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Wayne State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Wayne State University?

Wayne State University is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Wayne State University's acceptance rate?

Wayne State University's acceptance rate is 68%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Wayne State University?

Wayne State University's early decision acceptance rate was 4% in 2021.

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Wayne State Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Wayne State? Wayne State is a somewhat selective institution. The Wayne State acceptance rate is 68%. This means that the institution accepts 68 out of every 100 applicants.



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Wayne State 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 is Aug 1.

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

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

Wayne State ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above


20 to 27


20 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Wayne State is 24. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into Wayne State. 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1200


Math SAT Range

500 - 600


Reading SAT Range

500 - 600

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1200 and Above


1000 to 1200


1000 and Less


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Wayne State students is 1125. Applicants with SAT scores of 1200 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Wayne State, 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.

Wayne State GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Wayne State, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.42. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

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