Wayne State University

Fast facts

Excellence speaks for itself

  • Wayne State University has a rich history and long tradition of innovation — developing new knowledge and products, discovering “why” so we can know “how,” offering creative solutions to real-world problems, and educating our students.
  • At WSU, research serves as a bridge between access and excellence. WSU faculty are at the forefront of pioneering approaches that are critical to economic growth, solving universal problems and improving the quality of urban life in Detroit, across the nation and around the globe.
  • WSU is a nationally recognized urban center of excellence in research and one of only two urban public universities holding both the Carnegie “Highest Research Activity” and “Community Engagement” designations.
  • WSU is among the nation’s top public universities for total research expenditures ($218.4 million in FY14), ranking 55th among public universities and colleges, according to the FY14 National Science Foundation reports.
  • 2015 marked stronger performances in research activity. WSU’s total awards reached nearly $188.1 million in 2015.
  • The Mike Ilitch School of Business; College of Education; College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Library and Information Sciences; School of Medicine; Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; and School of Social Work all saw improvement in research awards in 2015.
  • TechTown, WSU’s 12-block research and technology park, has grown to more than 250 tenants. These entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and corporate partners are creating an internationally influential village in Detroit to stimulate the creation of new businesses and jobs.
  • WSU is at the forefront of developing electronic, web-accessible collections. WSU leads the Association of Research Libraries in the percentage of budget dedicated to electronic resources.
  • In 2015, Wayne State opened the Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio), a $93 million, 200,000-square-foot research facility dedicated to studying and eliminating the health disparities that plague Detroit. IBio, which is representative of WSU's broad engagement in economic development in Detroit, is expected to create both temporary and permanent jobs housing more than 400 individuals. Estimates show it will result in approximately $40 million in new earnings annually in Michigan — 98 percent of which will be in metropolitan Detroit. 

We admit we turn out a certain kind of student. The successful kind.

  • Seventy-five percent of WSU’s living alumni live in Michigan, providing a diverse, highly skilled talent pool for employers.
  • WSU’s School of Medicine has the highest number of M.D. graduates each year in the state of Michigan. Approximately 30 percent of practicing physicians in Michigan and 43 percent of practicing physicians in the tri-county area received all or part of their medical training at WSU.
  • WSU enrolled 27,222 students in fall 2015. Of these, 17,669 are undergraduate students, 7,495 are graduate students and 2,058 are graduate professional students.
  • WSU offers more than 380 degrees and certificate programs in 13 schools and colleges.
  • WSU students come from nearly every state and 65 countries, composing the most diverse university student body in Michigan.
  • WSU’s urban mission integrates community engagement in many majors across the campus and offers numerous service-learning opportunities throughout its schools and colleges. 

Our faculty members don't just study problems. They solve them.

  • WSU is a member of the University Research Corridor, an alliance of Michigan’s three largest research institutions that includes the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. The URC’s objective is to revitalize Michigan’s economy by transferring faculty discoveries to the marketplace, educating a skilled work force and attracting talent to the state. Together, URC universities generate 95 percent of research in Michigan.
  • WSU is home to the Perinatalogy Research Branch (PRB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the few intramural branches located outside NIH’s main campus in Maryland. The PRB received its second 10-year contract in 2013. The $165.9 million awarded to support the branch is WSU’s largest research contract. The branch specializes in research to develop novel diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive strategies to reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes, infant mortality and disability, and provide research training for health care professionals working to improve the health of mothers and their children.
  • WSU was one of only two universities in the nation to receive the National Institutes of Health’s highly competitive BEST and BUILD grants, both of which will help develop programs geared toward preparing students for their future careers. 
    • The $1.8 million Broadening Experience in Scientific Training program — or BEST — is establishing enhanced training opportunities to prepare graduate students for careers outside of traditional academic roles.
    • The $21.2 million Research Enhancement for Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity program — known as REBUILD Detroit — is a consortium of Detroit colleges — including Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College — that aims to create a program that will encourage more undergraduate students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research. 
  • WSU’s Institute of Environmental Health Sciences received a $2.4 million NIH Center grant for the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors. The center is aimed at developing a cleaner, healthier environment in Detroit by studying how exposures to stressors that are prevalent in the urban industrialized environment — both chemical and non-chemical — impact human health in Detroit and beyond. It is one of approximately 20 select P30 Core Centers funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the NIH.
  • The Institute of Gerontology at WSU, along with the University of Michigan, successfully renewed the Michigan Center for Urban African Aging Research (MCUAAAR) grant, a collaborative research effort funded by the National Institute on Aging.  It is one of six centers coordinated by the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research to empirically investigate and reduce health disparities between minority and non-minority older adults.

Every day we roll up our sleeves and do something amazing. Like change the world.

  • WSU has a number of core research facilities available to scientists within the WSU community. This includes facilities in analytical chemistry, biocomputing, biostatistics, cell culture, clinical genetics, confocal microscopy, engineering technology, flow cytometry, genomics, imaging, metabolomics, proteomics, tissue biorepository, toxicology and more.
  • A team of WSU researchers from all corners of campus has formed the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership. The research group, led by Wayne State researchers specializing in environmental engineering and public health, will conduct an independent study to evaluate the possible association between changes in Flint’s water system and public health, specifically the recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.
  • A Wayne State University startup company, RetroSense Therapeutics, successfully dosed the first patient in a clinical trial that is a major step forward for patients with vision challenges caused by Retinitis Pigmentosa.

You can push yourself to the limit, and you'll love every minute of it.

  • The university offers a number of internal funding programs to assist faculty researchers in achieving success in obtaining external funding to conduct research, create scholarship and perform creatively.
  • WSU offers a mentoring seminar series to jump-start faculty, post-doc and student careers.
  • The Office of the Vice President for Research hosts a number of special interest seminars and groups including Nano@Wayne, Sustainability@Wayne, Water@Wayne and RoBUST@Wayne — a group that aims to be an international leader in the interdisciplinary field of urban biobehavioral health and transform the research and educational enterprise of the university by building an innovative, effective and sustainable model of team science; grant-writing seminars; NIH guest speakers; and more.
  • The Sponsored Program Administration provides WSU’s faculty, staff and students with the resources to facilitate submission of proposals and administration of sponsored programs, private grants and gifts awarded to faculty.
  • The Technology Commercialization Office aids faculty with the identification, protection, marketing and licensing of intellectual property to industry. It also leverages Wayne State innovations to create early-stage technology companies by offering assistance to faculty and others to launch successful technology businesses and locate funding sources, qualified management and facilities for company operations.
  • The Office of Research Compliance oversees all areas of research compliance, including research with humans, animals, rDNA, radiation safety and chemical safety. The office prepares researchers to meet federal compliance regulations through the presentation of universitywide and department-based workshops related to research compliance.

Midtown Detroit: Where the greatest minds come together

  • The Detroit metropolitan region represents six counties, 237 cities, villages and townships with a population of more than 4.4 million.
  • Detroit is an international community with Canada just minutes away, accessible by bridge and tunnel.
  • WSU is a catalyst in the revitalization of Midtown Detroit. The university is a participant in the Live Midtown program, which has brought more than 1,600 new residents to Detroit since 2011. 
  • WSU is located in Detroit's cultural hub. Leading arts and entertainment venues include the world class Detroit Symphony Orchestra; 30 arts museums including the Detroit Institute of Arts – the fifth-largest fine arts museum in the United States; numerous historical museums including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History – the largest of its kinds in the country; and 47 live theaters, including the beautifully restored Fox Theatre and WSU’s Hilberry Theatre — an exceptional theatre company that it is the nation's only graduate theatre company staffed by young up-and-coming professionals.
  • Detroit is a city of music and the birthplace of Motown and techno, with many world-class artists and musicians across a broad spectrum of musical genres.
  • WSU is located in the hub of legendary sports teams including the champion Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons, as well as the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions. 

Any university can expand your mind. We expand your life.

  • Michigan is home to more public golf courses than any other state. In 2015, Golfweek included six of the courses on its list of best modern courses in the nation; 11 Michigan courses were on its list of best classic courses. 
  • Michigan is home to the most registered boats in the United States. In Michigan, you are never more than six miles from a lake or stream.
  • The Detroit region is a cutting-edge center for technology companies. More than 9,000 information technology companies and related industry companies are located within the region.
  • Detroit easily accommodates the travel requirements of a diverse business community with three interstate highways, allowing easy access throughout the city and suburbs.
  • Dining aficionados will enjoy many excellent restaurants in Detroit and beyond. Whether it’s fine dining in the 52-room mansion, The Whitney, or more casual dining in one of Motown’s favorite hangouts, Union Street, Detroit is renowned for its many fabulous restaurants.

For those who want to leave a legacy that can change the world, think Wayne State University