Context: Urban, Research University with an Access Mission

Wayne State University (WSU) is a premier, public, urban research university with a history of academic excellence and opportunity spanning nearly 150 years.  Students pursuing academic excellence come from all over the world to learn from renowned faculty members and gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratories.  WSU is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location, and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in.  For more on our university mission, vision, and values visit the About Wayne page.

Two additional contextual factors of WSU students are:

  • We have a high number of transfer students, meaning WSU may not be students' first experience in higher education. 
  • We have many students who take more than four years to achieve their undergraduate degree. There may be temporal gaps in their education where they may stop out for some time.