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Colleges / Wayne State University

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate63%
Acceptance Rate63%

Wayne State Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Wayne State, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is August 1 and the fee for the application is $25.

Students who submit their applications to Wayne State for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than October 1.

Wayne State Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Wayne State's admissions stats.

Wayne State 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Mean SAT Score 1125
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 60%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 8%
Waitlist No

Wayne State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Wayne State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes August 15 October 1

Applying Early to Wayne State?

Wayne State University may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with Wayne State directly for more information about early applications.

The early decision acceptance rate at Wayne State is 11%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 63%. In 2022, Wayne State admitted 110 of the 1015 students who applied early decision.

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

More on Wayne State University Admissions

Transferring to Wayne State University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Wayne State

Wayne State has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Wayne State?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling 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 shine.

Admissions Factors at Wayne State

Wondering what factors are considered by Wayne State during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Wayne State for more information on admission factors.

Wayne State Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Other Requirements
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Wayne State?

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

Out of all students that were admitted, 2.16% submitted a class rank.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Wayne State considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 60% of Wayne State's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 8% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Wayne State?

To be competitive with other Wayne State applicants, you should aim to score between 1010 and 1220 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Wayne State 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1220 and 25% of scored lower than 1010, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Wayne State student is 1125.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Wayne State students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 510 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Wayne State students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 510 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Wayne State?

To be most competitive at Wayne State, you should strive to earn between 21 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Wayne State's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Wayne State students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Wayne State University

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

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

Transfer students can enroll in Wayne State during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Wayne State Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Wayne State?

❌ Students who are admitted to Wayne State 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 accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to Wayne State?

❌ No, Wayne State is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Wayne State's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Wayne State is 63%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Wayne State?

🟨 Wayne State may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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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 63%. This means that the institution accepts 62 out of every 100 applicants.


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

21 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


21 to 28


21 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 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Wayne State. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Wayne State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1010 - 1220


Math SAT Range

490 - 610


Reading SAT Range

510 - 620

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1220 and Above


1010 to 1220


1010 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Wayne State students is 1125. Applicants with SAT scores of 1220 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Wayne State, while applicants with SAT scores between 1010 to 1220 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1010 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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