Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 16,530
Graduate Enrollment: 8,080
Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander institution
Religious Affiliation: None

Campus Details

Large City (>250k)
Four-year, large, primarily nonresidential // medium full-time , selective, higher transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 63.26%

Male/Female: 40% / 60% (2017)

First generation college students: 37.6% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 5.1% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 0.3% (2017)

Test scores for admission: Required
2022 Median Admit SAT: 1,155
SAT 25th Percentile - 75th: 1030 - 1260

2022 Median Admit ACT: 25
ACT 25th Percentile - 75th: 22 - 28

Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 64.2% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 38.8% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 24.8% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 16.4% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 54.8%
Black: 15.8%
Hispanic: 6.5%
Asian: 12.8%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.2%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
2+ races: 5.8%
Non-resident alien: 1.7%
Unknown race: 2.4%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $25,657
In-State tuition: $14,043
Out-of-State tuition: $30,013

Estimated books and supplies: $1,268 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $11,070 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $4,114 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $11,390 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $4,114 (2022)

Average Family Income: $54,624 (2017)
Median Family Income: $28,606 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 43.0%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 43.7%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $21,250 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $225 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $12,475
$30k-48k $12,652
$48k-75k $14,456
$75k-110k $18,722
$110k+ $20,082

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 29%
6-year graduation rate: 56%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 94.6% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $21,250 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $10,866 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $17,176 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $18,500 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 51.8% (2015)
@3 year 57.2% (2017)
@5 year 67.6% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 26.0% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 30.0% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $45,524 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $53,971 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Bachelor's Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 15 $26,750 $273
Graduate/Professional Certificate Curriculum and Instruction. 8
Master's Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 29 $466 $55,526 ($4,627)
Doctoral Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 2
Graduate/Professional Certificate Educational Administration and Supervision. 36 $542 $79,870 ($6,656) $83,361 ($6,947)
Master's Degree Educational/Instructional Media Design. 19 $461 $49,482 ($4,124) $64,345 ($5,362)
Doctoral Degree Educational/Instructional Media Design. 7
Graduate/Professional Certificate Educational/Instructional Media Design. 6
Master's Degree Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research. 4
Doctoral Degree Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research. 7
Bachelor's Degree Special Education and Teaching. 16 $43,500 $379 $43,382 ($3,615) $44,713 ($3,726)
Master's Degree Special Education and Teaching. 11 $57,048 ($4,754) $51,333 ($4,278)
Doctoral Degree Special Education and Teaching. 3
Graduate/Professional Certificate Special Education and Teaching. 1
Master's Degree Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 44 $921 $45,915 ($3,826) $52,376 ($4,365)
Doctoral Degree Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 2
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 71 $31,000 $328 $38,952 ($3,246) $41,706 ($3,476)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 67 $466 $48,590 ($4,049) $52,586 ($4,382)
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 122 $26,000 $225 $34,304 ($2,859) $43,965 ($3,664)
Master's Degree Industrial Engineering. 90 $87,799 ($7,317)
Master's Degree Manufacturing Engineering. 14
Master's Degree Engineering, Other. 15
Graduate/Professional Certificate Engineering, Other. 3
Master's Degree Engineering Technology, General. 11
Bachelor's Degree Electrical Engineering Technologies/Technicians. 25 $33,351 $246 $76,539 ($6,378) $94,247 ($7,854)
Bachelor's Degree Electromechanical Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians. 1
Bachelor's Degree Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians. 11
Bachelor's Degree Construction Engineering Technologies. 15 $63,858 ($5,322)
Bachelor's Degree Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians. 4
Master's Degree Engineering-Related Fields. 19
Bachelor's Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 23 $25,924 $214 $25,191 ($2,099)
Master's Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 5
Doctoral Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 1
Bachelor's Degree Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 3
Bachelor's Degree Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 7
Master's Degree Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 2
Bachelor's Degree Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 7
Master's Degree Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 5
Bachelor's Degree Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 4
Master's Degree Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 1
Bachelor's Degree Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other. 10 $23,537 $245
Bachelor's Degree Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services. 55 $22,750 $218 $34,382 ($2,865) $42,960 ($3,580)
Master's Degree Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services. 7
Doctoral Degree Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services. 3
Bachelor's Degree Apparel and Textiles. 64 $27,000 $238 $22,065 ($1,839) $37,005 ($3,084)
Doctoral Degree Neurobiology and Neurosciences. 2
Master's Degree Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other. 53 $466 $21,145 ($1,762)
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 20 $27,000 $286 $46,651 ($3,888)
Master's Degree Mathematics. 5
Doctoral Degree Mathematics. 7
Master's Degree Applied Mathematics. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Gerontology. 8
Master's Degree Dispute Resolution. 13
Graduate/Professional Certificate Dispute Resolution. 2
Master's Degree Health and Physical Education/Fitness. 37 $350 $45,233 ($3,769) $40,200 ($3,350)
Bachelor's Degree Philosophy. 13 $25,000 $254
Master's Degree Philosophy. 2
Doctoral Degree Philosophy. 2
Bachelor's Degree Astronomy and Astrophysics. 2
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 64 $21,590 $223 $33,950 ($2,829) $33,275 ($2,773)
Master's Degree Chemistry. 1
Doctoral Degree Chemistry. 32
Bachelor's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 17 $29,044 ($2,420) $40,747 ($3,396)
Master's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 3
Bachelor's Degree Physics. 4
Master's Degree Physics. 4
Doctoral Degree Physics. 3
Master's Degree Materials Sciences. 7
Doctoral Degree Materials Sciences. 1
Bachelor's Degree Physical Sciences, Other. 16
Bachelor's Degree Psychology, General. 314 $26,087 $246 $26,867 ($2,239) $45,540 ($3,795)
Master's Degree Psychology, General. 13
Doctoral Degree Psychology, General. 13 $60,667 ($5,056)
First Professional Degree Political Science and Government. 1
Bachelor's Degree Sociology. 40 $30,422 $284 $38,241 ($3,187) $42,720 ($3,560)
Master's Degree Sociology. 1
Doctoral Degree Sociology. 3
Bachelor's Degree Urban Studies/Affairs. 17 $25,205 $267 $41,389 ($3,449)
Bachelor's Degree Dance. 14 $25,000 $262 $17,434 ($1,453) $32,258 ($2,688)
Bachelor's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 32 $24,847 $232 $16,618 ($1,385) $30,701 ($2,558)
Master's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 14 $45,306 ($3,776)
Doctoral Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 2
Bachelor's Degree Film/Video and Photographic Arts. 13 $29,500 $227 $16,490 ($1,374)
Bachelor's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 56 $31,000 $314 $20,419 ($1,702) $38,783 ($3,232)
Master's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 6
Bachelor's Degree Music. 46 $26,000 $238 $27,959 ($2,330) $36,019 ($3,002)
Master's Degree Music. 6
Bachelor's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 27 $24,849 $217 $24,780 ($2,065) $49,131 ($4,094)
Master's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 32 $525 $56,008 ($4,667) $60,950 ($5,079)
Doctoral Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 7
Bachelor's Degree Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services. 12 $84,251 ($7,021)
Bachelor's Degree Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions. 24 $26,000 $251 $58,014 ($4,835) $62,909 ($5,242)
Master's Degree Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions. 49 $803 $110,519 ($9,210) $118,261 ($9,855)
Master's Degree Finance and Financial Management Services. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services. 5
Bachelor's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 141 $30,165 $259 $66,584 ($5,549) $67,571 ($5,631)
Master's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 73 $574 $123,708 ($10,309) $125,166 ($10,431)
Doctoral Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 6 $726 $115,432 ($9,619)
First Professional Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 25
Graduate/Professional Certificate Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 16
Bachelor's Degree Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other. 119 $18,599 $146 $92,578 ($7,715)
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 350 $414 $86,606 ($7,217) $103,924 ($8,660)
Doctoral Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 3
Graduate/Professional Certificate Business Administration, Management and Operations. 45
Bachelor's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 120 $21,504 $209 $50,682 ($4,224) $62,911 ($5,243)
Master's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 25 $290 $60,481 ($5,040) $71,470 ($5,956)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Accounting and Related Services. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations. 5
Bachelor's Degree Finance and Financial Management Services. 138 $21,500 $196 $52,988 ($4,416) $62,197 ($5,183)
Master's Degree Statistics. 3
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 46 $428 $50,292 ($4,191) $53,561 ($4,463)
Doctoral Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 5
Graduate/Professional Certificate Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language. 9
Graduate/Professional Certificate Engineering, General. 1
Bachelor's Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 25 $19,395 $206
Master's Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 38 $63,437 ($5,286) $90,312 ($7,526)
Doctoral Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 4
Graduate/Professional Certificate Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 3
Bachelor's Degree Chemical Engineering. 31 $29,900 $281 $66,581 ($5,548) $89,339 ($7,445)
Master's Degree Chemical Engineering. 13
Doctoral Degree Chemical Engineering. 3
Bachelor's Degree Civil Engineering. 32 $30,548 $292 $62,979 ($5,248) $76,871 ($6,406)
Master's Degree Civil Engineering. 24 $75,503 ($6,292) $85,958 ($7,163)
Doctoral Degree Civil Engineering. 6
Master's Degree Computer Engineering. 6
Doctoral Degree Computer Engineering. 2
Bachelor's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 86 $25,350 $246 $76,045 ($6,337) $97,679 ($8,140)
Master's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 46
Doctoral Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 7
Bachelor's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 83 $24,140 $239 $70,712 ($5,893) $94,043 ($7,837)
Master's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 93 $90,749 ($7,562)
Doctoral Degree Mechanical Engineering. 3
Graduate/Professional Certificate Systems Engineering. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Polymer/Plastics Engineering. 1
Bachelor's Degree Industrial Engineering. 22 $24,340 $224 $78,955 ($6,580)
First Professional Degree Law. 125 $699 $65,928 ($5,494) $86,839 ($7,237)
Master's Degree Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies. 4
First Professional Degree Legal Professions and Studies, Other. 2
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 70 $27,000 $256 $25,030 ($2,086) $27,648 ($2,304)
Master's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 12
Doctoral Degree English Language and Literature, General. 9
Master's Degree Library Science and Administration. 141 $438 $42,788 ($3,566) $49,345 ($4,112)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Library Science and Administration. 33 $508 $41,591 ($3,466) $51,358 ($4,280)
Bachelor's Degree Biology, General. 207 $21,788 $206 $19,376 ($1,615) $45,757 ($3,813)
Master's Degree Biology, General. 5
Doctoral Degree Biology, General. 6
Master's Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 8
Doctoral Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 4
Doctoral Degree Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences. 4
Master's Degree Microbiological Sciences and Immunology. 2
Master's Degree Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences. 2
Doctoral Degree Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences. 4
Master's Degree Biotechnology. 2
Master's Degree Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology. 61 $458 $55,183 ($4,599) $69,599 ($5,800)
Doctoral Degree Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology. 2
Graduate/Professional Certificate Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology. 19 $48,477 ($4,040)
Bachelor's Degree Criminal Justice and Corrections. 72 $28,604 $270 $38,014 ($3,168) $50,227 ($4,186)
Master's Degree Criminal Justice and Corrections. 18 $372 $43,087 ($3,591)
Bachelor's Degree Public Administration. 23 $30,750 $245 $33,385 ($2,782)
Master's Degree Public Administration. 18 $466 $50,337 ($4,195)
Bachelor's Degree Social Work. 155 $28,012 $244 $36,818 ($3,068) $41,817 ($3,485)
Master's Degree Social Work. 320 $449 $45,879 ($3,823) $54,031 ($4,503)
Doctoral Degree Social Work. 2
Bachelor's Degree Anthropology. 30 $26,493 $270 $36,453 ($3,038)
Master's Degree Anthropology. 13 $42,575 ($3,548)
Doctoral Degree Anthropology. 2
Bachelor's Degree Economics. 44 $24,681 $205 $41,476 ($3,456) $73,856 ($6,155)
Master's Degree Economics. 4
Doctoral Degree Economics. 2
Graduate/Professional Certificate Economics. 1
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 83 $23,812 $236 $28,060 ($2,338) $48,921 ($4,077)
Master's Degree Political Science and Government. 3
Doctoral Degree Political Science and Government. 7
Bachelor's Degree Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions. 18 $31,975 $265 $61,436 ($5,120) $62,551 ($5,213)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions. 6
First Professional Degree Medicine. 272 $1,883 $59,127 ($4,927) $102,083 ($8,507)
Master's Degree Medical Clinical Sciences/Graduate Medical Studies. 1
Master's Degree Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions. 7 $53,809 ($4,484) $67,765 ($5,647)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions. 11
Master's Degree Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. 5
Doctoral Degree Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. 6 $1,339 $95,354 ($7,946) $127,905 ($10,659)
First Professional Degree Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. 99
Bachelor's Degree Public Health. 105 $20,500 $199 $26,000 ($2,167)
Master's Degree Public Health. 41 $428 $56,293 ($4,691)
Doctoral Degree Public Health. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Public Health. 11
Master's Degree Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. 40 $404 $54,308 ($4,526) $61,528 ($5,127)
First Professional Degree Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. 36
Graduate/Professional Certificate Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. 1
Bachelor's Degree Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services. 5
Bachelor's Degree Human Resources Management and Services. 156 $24,213 $216 $42,268 ($3,522) $56,255 ($4,688)
Master's Degree Human Resources Management and Services. 12
Bachelor's Degree International Business. 184 $23,472 $199 $53,931 ($4,494) $72,684 ($6,057)
Master's Degree International Business. 5
Bachelor's Degree Management Information Systems and Services. 60 $23,250 $228 $54,952 ($4,579) $74,781 ($6,232)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Management Information Systems and Services. 4
Master's Degree Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods. 6
Bachelor's Degree Marketing. 125 $24,382 $213 $45,495 ($3,791) $54,580 ($4,548)
Master's Degree Taxation. 4
Bachelor's Degree History. 24 $32,544 $265 $35,052 ($2,921) $46,502 ($3,875)
Master's Degree History. 6
Doctoral Degree History. 3
Master's Degree City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning. 18 $583 $58,134 ($4,845)
Bachelor's Degree Area Studies. 14
Bachelor's Degree Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies. 14 $45,824 $394
Bachelor's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 34 $30,500 $265 $41,716 ($3,476)
Master's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 25 $380 $52,094 ($4,341)
Doctoral Degree Communication and Media Studies. 5
Bachelor's Degree Journalism. 33 $29,000 $294 $27,404 ($2,284) $49,878 ($4,157)
Bachelor's Degree Radio, Television, and Digital Communication. 22 $34,019 $323 $24,223 ($2,019) $38,706 ($3,226)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Radio, Television, and Digital Communication. 1
Bachelor's Degree Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication. 41 $27,000 $255 $38,237 ($3,186) $52,584 ($4,382)
Bachelor's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 115 $20,672 $199 $74,537 ($6,211) $98,072 ($8,173)
Master's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 42
Doctoral Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 10
Bachelor's Degree Information Science/Studies. 1
Master's Degree Information Science/Studies. 1
Graduate/Professional Certificate Information Science/Studies. 11
Bachelor's Degree Funeral Service and Mortuary Science. 36 $23,648 $159 $47,465 ($3,955)
Master's Degree Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education. 14 $53,536 ($4,461) $55,657 ($4,638)
Doctoral Degree Curriculum and Instruction. 5
Doctoral Degree Industrial Engineering. 8


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $99,729
Full time faculty: 59%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 14.0

School's endowment start of year: $425,416,000 (2022)
School's endowment end of year: $520,526,000 (2022)