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Wayne State University
Wayne State University Official Seal
Motto"Industry, Intelligence, Integrity"
TypePublic university
EndowmentUS $277 million (2013)[1]
PresidentM. Roy Wilson
Academic staff2,901
LocationDetroit, Michigan, USA
Campus203 acres (0.82 km2), Urban
ColorsGreen and Gold          
AthleticsNCAA Division IIGLIAC
Sports15 varsity teams
(8 men's, 7 women's)
Mascot"W" the Warrior
Wayne State University
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Not to be confused with Wayne State College, the college in Nebraska.
Wayne State University
Wayne State University Official Seal
Motto"Industry, Intelligence, Integrity"
TypePublic university
EndowmentUS $277 million (2013)[1]
PresidentM. Roy Wilson
Academic staff2,901
LocationDetroit, Michigan, USA
Campus203 acres (0.82 km2), Urban
ColorsGreen and Gold          
AthleticsNCAA Division IIGLIAC
Sports15 varsity teams
(8 men's, 7 women's)
Mascot"W" the Warrior
Wayne State University

Wayne State University (WSU) is a public research university located in Detroit, Michigan, United States, in the city's Midtown Cultural Center Historic District and Wayne State University Buildings Historic District. Founded in 1868, WSU consists of 13 schools and colleges offering 370 programs to nearly 28,000 graduate and undergraduate students. It is currently Michigan's third-largest university and one of the 100 largest universities in the United States.

The WSU main campus encompasses 203 acres (822,000 m²) linking more than 100 education and research buildings in the heart of Detroit. It also has six extension centers in the metro Detroit area providing access to a limited selection of courses. The institution is a notable engine in metro Detroit's educational, cultural and economic landscape, as manifested through efforts such as its thriving research and technology park and hosting of the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival.


Old Main, a historic building on the Wayne State University campus

The first component of the modern Wayne State University was established in 1868 as the Detroit Medical College, now the School of Medicine. In 1881, the Detroit Normal Training School was established, now the College of Education. Old Main Hall was built in 1896 as Central High School, which later began adding college classes in 1913. Those classes evolved into the Detroit Junior College in 1917, the College of the City of Detroit in 1923 and now WSU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

In 1919, David L. Mackenzie — who served a dual role as Principal of Detroit Central High School and Detroit Junior College — was officially appointed first dean of the college that he had originated in 1917. With Mackenzie at the helm, Detroit Junior College grew to become the third-largest institution of higher learning in Michigan. The college was granted four-year degree status in 1923, becoming the College of the City of Detroit. Mackenzie continued as dean until his death in 1926.

In 1920, the Merrill-Palmer Institute for Child Development was founded. It is now known as the Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute.

In 1927, the Detroit Board of Education dedicated its newest high school to the memory of Mackenzie. The three-story structure stood on the city's west side at 9275 Wyoming Avenue; Mackenzie High School closed its doors in June 2007 and was demolished in 2012. A new pre-kingergarten-to-eighth-grade Mackenzie School opened near the high school site in 2012.

In 1933, the Detroit Board of Education organized the six colleges it ran — liberal arts, medical, education, pharmacy, engineering and a graduate school — into one university. In January 1934, that institution was officially named Wayne University, taking its name from the county in which it is located.

Wayne University continued to grow, adding the Law School in 1927, the School of Social Work in 1935, and the School of Business Administration in 1946. Wayne University was renamed Wayne State University in 1956 and the institution became a constitutionally established university by a popularly adopted amendment to the Michigan Constitution in 1959.

The Wayne State University Board of Governors created the Institute of Gerontology in 1965 in response to a State of Michigan mandate. The primary mission in that era was to engage in research, education and service in the field of aging.

Wayne State University continued growing with the additions of the College of Lifelong Learning in 1973, and the School of Fine and Performing Arts and the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs in 1985.

Detroit College of Medicine, about 1911

The university libraries have grown to include eight libraries, the School of Library and Information Science, and the Office for University General Education.

Over the last few years, WSU has been aggressive in constructing new buildings, including the Multidisciplinary Biomedical Research Building (MBRB), a 207,000-square-foot facility that will encourage interdisciplinary work across a range of scientific areas with the goal of translating new discoveries to improve human health and society. More than 500 researchers, staff and principal investigators will work out of the building, which is scheduled to be fully operational in early 2015.[2]

On June 5, 2013, the Board of Governors unanimously elected M. Roy Wilson as Wayne State's 12th president. He was sworn in on August 1, 2013.


Wayne State's campus is located in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center Historic District, home of renowned museums, galleries and theatres. The main campus encompasses 203 acres (0.82 km2) of landscaped walkways and gathering spots linking over 100 education and research buildings.[3] The campus is urban and features many architecturally interesting buildings. Notable examples include the Helen L. DeRoy Auditorium, the Education Building, the Maccabees Building, Old Main, McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Chatsworth Tower Apartments, and the Hilberry Theatre. Many of these buildings were designed by notable architects such as Albert Kahn and Minoru Yamasaki.

The Cass Corridor is one of the university's most notable surroundings, with a venerable history and culture that has left an imprint on many WSU alumni. Many notable events have taken place on or near the campus as a result of its unique location. Artists that got their start here include Chuck & Joni Mitchell, Alice Cooper, The White Stripes, The Detroit Cobras, MC5, The Stooges, Savage Grace, Ted Nugent and Grand Funk Railroad. The Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded their Freaky Styley album in this area, which was also home to Creem magazine — the first rock journal, and the first to use the terms "punk rock" and "heavy metal" and give recognition to the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Smiths and others. The now-razed Tartar Field was home to WABX's free Sunday concerts in the late 1960s and early 1970s featuring many of these musicians.

Important events have also taken place on campus, such as Edmund Gettier's refutation of the "justified true belief" theory, which shook 2,500 years of epistemology.


With more than four million volumes,[4] the Wayne State University Library System houses the 75th largest collection in the United States, according to the American Library Association.[5] Wayne State's eight libraries all offer full wireless connection, reference and research support, interlibrary loan, circulation and course reserve services, document delivery, and library and information literacy programs. The libraries provide a range of study environments, from silent to interactive. The system ranks among the nation's top libraries according to the Association for Research Libraries.[6]


The university provides housing in the form of apartments and residence halls. All buildings are equipped with connection to the university computer system, wireless Internet, laundry rooms, activity rooms, and a 24-hour help desk.[12]

Current university-owned apartment buildings include University Tower, Chatsworth Tower and Helen L. DeRoy Apartments. The Sherbrooke Apartments were closed in September 2008. The Forest Apartments were closed after the 2004-2005 school year and have since been demolished. The Chatsworth Annex apartments were demolished and replaced with greenspace and volleyball courts after the 2004-2005 school year.

In the hopes of bringing more residents to campus, Wayne State opened two dormitory-style residence halls in 2002: Yousif B. Ghafari Hall (formerly North Hall) and 2003 Leon H. Atchison Hall (formerly South Hall). This was the first time since the closing of the Newberry Joy Dorms in 1987 that the university offered dorm living. In 2005, the university opened The Towers Residential Suites, a residence hall open to undergraduate and graduate students. The Towers Café is the largest on-campus dining facility and is supplemented by Warrior Dining, located in Ghafari hall.

The university allows families with children to live in some units including Chatsworth Tower, DeRoy and University Tower.[19] Residents are zoned to Detroit Public Schools.[20] Zoned schools for all three apartments include DPS Foundation for Early Learners @ Edmonson (K-8),[21][22] and King High School (9-12).[23][24]

Satellite campuses[edit]

Wayne State has six satellite campuses in and around the Metro Detroit area.[25] The locations are:

Academic profile[edit]

Maccabees Building at Wayne State University

Wayne State's comprehensive academic offerings are divided among 13 schools and colleges: the School of Business Administration; the College of Education; the College of Engineering; the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts; the Graduate School; the Law School; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the College of Library and Information Science; the School of Medicine; the College of Nursing; the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; the Irvin D. Reid Honors College; and the School of Social Work.[26] Fall 2013 enrollment for the university was 27,897 students. WSU also has the third-largest international enrollment in Michigan, with more than 1,600 international students from 70 countries. With more than 1,600 students, Wayne State University School of Medicine is the second largest single-campus medical school, next to Michigan State University, and the third-largest overall, in the United States.[27] The School of Medicine was the first in the country to implement a comprehensive radiology curriculum intertwined throughout the four-year M.D. course as an extension of the Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in Microgravity Study.[28]

Wayne State University is Michigan's only urban research university and is renowned particularly for its contributions in the sciences. Wayne State University is classified as a Research Intensive University (Very High research activity), or RU/VH, by the Carnegie Foundation, the same classification as the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan State University, Harvard, and Stanford.[29] Wayne State is a constitutionally autonomous educational institution in the state of Michigan, along with Michigan and Michigan State.

According to the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities, Wayne State University ranked in the 301-400 range worldwide, placing in the same tier as Clemson University, Georgetown University, Syracuse University and Wake Forest University, among others.[30]

Washington Monthly 2013 National Universities rank Wayne State University - 144th in the U.S.[31]

Times Higher Education of UK 2013-14 rank Wayne State University - 301-350 globally.[32]

Colleges and schools[edit]

Wayne State offers more than 370 undergraduate, post-graduate, specialist and certificate programs in 13 schools and colleges.[33]

Professional schools[edit]

Founded in 1946, the Wayne State University School of Business Administration has a distinguished history of preparing leaders to excel in a wide range of industries. More than 31,000 business alumni can be found around the world, developing innovative entrepreneurial ventures, managing multinational corporations, and making a difference in nonprofit and government agencies. Guided by supportive faculty members who are respected for their contributions to business research, these exceptional leaders develop a solid foundation in business principles including accounting, finance, information systems, management, global supply chain and marketing. Accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International confirms the school’s commitment to quality and continuous improvement, as does recognition from third-party reviewers such as The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report.

The College of Education’s mission is to prepare effective urban educators who are reflective, innovative and committed to diversity. With almost 40 program areas — from teacher certification to counseling education and many disciplines in between — the college reflects the dynamic character of urban life and is sensitive to the special experiences, conditions and opportunities presented by a culturally diverse student body.

The college and its administrators, faculty and staff are dedicated to preparing professionals who can contribute in meaningful ways to a global, technology-oriented society by helping them acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in their chosen careers in education, health, counseling and more. To achieve this mission, the College of Education is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service, and to undertaking continuous improvement to keep its programs relevant, updated and technologically innovative.

Established in 1933, the College of Engineering draws strength from the region’s robust engineering culture, providing students and faculty unrivaled connections to industry and the latest research and technology. To the region and state, the college provides leadership in emerging growth areas shaping our future.

College of Engineering faculty generate approximately $20 million annually in research expenditures, particularly in areas of biomedical engineering and computing; advanced materials and flexible manufacturing; and green technologies such as alternative energy technology, alternative energy, and advanced battery storage. The college offers a full range of engineering disciplines, including prominent several research areas in which faculty members focus on interdisciplinary teamwork and industry partnerships — alternative energy technology, automotive engineering, electric-drive vehicle engineering, environmental infrastructures and transportation engineering, materials and biomedical engineering, bioinformatics and computational biology, nanotechnology and sustainable engineering.

The Irvin D. Reid Honors College's mission is to promote informed, engaged citizenship as the foundation for academic excellence in a diverse global setting. Honors accomplishes its mission by attracting and retaining talented students and cultivating within them not only a different way of thinking, but also a desire to make a difference in the world.

The Honors College experience is built on four pillars: community, service, research and career. The focus of the first year is community and the urban experience; during year one, students concentrate on urban issues and history. Year two involves service learning, which takes skills cultivated in the classroom and puts them to use in real-world situations. In year three, students are encouraged to work with faculty mentors to develop individual funded research projects. And in year four, students complete a senior thesis, which represents the culmination of their undergraduate work and the first step toward a postgraduate career.

The Honors College is home to Scholars Day, MedStart, Health Pro Start and BStart, the Urban Scholars/Leaders program, CommunityEngagement@Wayne, Honors Transfer, and the Detroit Urban Scholars program.

Established in 1927, the Law School became a part of the university in 1937. It is Detroit's only public law school and one of just two public law schools in Michigan. The Law School blends cutting-edge legal theory with real-world practice skills. Its graduates serve at the highest levels of law and government. Its faculty members are dedicated teachers and distinguished scholars known nationally and internationally for their contributions to legal study. Its students display a variety of backgrounds and interests. And its location — minutes away from courts, major law firms, government agencies, corporate headquarters and the nation’s busiest international border — offers incomparable opportunities in employment, hands-on experience and public service.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) was formed in 2004 with the merger of the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science. CLAS's nationally ranked departments provide the core learning experience throughout Wayne State University, most of the university's total undergraduate credit hours and nearly nearly half of the doctorates awarded by the university. In addition to offering the requisite math and science classes for the university's pre-professional undergraduates, the college also offers a strong graduate education at both the master's and doctorate levels. The college receives approximately $20 million a year in external grants and contracts.

The School of Library and Information Science prepares information professionals to assume leadership roles in libraries and other information organizations. By emphasizing the practical application of knowledge and skills, the school trains students in the core principles of librarianship and information studies — information access, organization, services and management — as well as emerging fields incorporating electronic media such as digital collections, competitive intelligence, information architecture and website development.

The American Library Association (ALA) first accredited the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in 1967. The School of Library and Information Science is ranked in the top 20 among 62 ALA-accredited programs in the United States, according to a recent U.S. News and World Report survey. The school is one of only 22 library and information science programs in the country to have a fully online MLIS program. The school has one of the largest graduate programs on campus, as well as one of the nation’s largest programs in library and information science. Faculty members conduct research into issues that enhance the value of library and information services as an essential component of cultural enrichment, knowledge dissemination, economic development and the overall quality of life.

Founded in 1868, the Wayne State University School of Medicine (SOM) is the nation's largest single-campus medical school. The school is known for its ability to develop clinical skills in medical students through one of the nation’s most robust standardized patient programs and partnerships with the area’s leading hospital systems. In addition to training the next generation of physicians, the school offers master’s, Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in 14 areas of basic science and public health to about 400 students annually.

The school’s research emphasizes neurosciences, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, perinatology, cancer, cardiovascular disease including diabetes and obesity, and psychiatry and addiction research. Research funding levels in 2013, including all grants and contracts from government agencies, private organizations and pharmaceutical companies, was more than $119 million. One of the school’s major assets is the Richard J. Mazurek, M.D., Medical Education Commons, which was designed specifically for students and houses classrooms, student services divisions, the medical library, a sophisticated patient simulation center and the Kado Family Clinical Skills Center. Currently under construction, the Multidisciplinary Biomedical Research Building will support researchers from different areas of inquiry and enhance their ability to collaborate to solve problems related to human health and society and translate work from the laboratory to patient.

Established in 1945, the College of Nursing shares the university’s research, teaching and community enrichment missions. The college is committed to providing an exceptional nursing education. The faculty conducts innovative research that helps build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, advances preventive care, manages symptoms of illness, enhances end-of-life and palliative care, and influences the development of health care policy at all levels. Reflecting its location in a culturally diverse metropolitan area, the college is particularly concerned with reducing health disparities and improving health outcomes among minority populations.

Students in the College of Nursing are passionate about making a positive difference in people’s lives. They choose Wayne State University because they want access to outstanding research and clinical faculty, the latest high-tech simulation facilities and a curriculum that prepares them for leadership in their profession.

Established in 1924, the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is one of the founding colleges of Wayne State University. It is committed to educating the modern health care team and is organized into four departments — fundamental and applied sciences, health care sciences, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences. The college offers 25 degrees and certificates through 14 academic programs. Each program maintains autonomous admission requirements, curricula, degree requirements and academic procedures.

The college has a talented, productive and dedicated faculty committed to providing a high-quality educational experience. Members of the faculty have national and international reputations for contributions to their health science disciplines. They are positioned to be resource and network facilitators to help students develop professional networks. The college strives to be a leader in developing curricula, practice delivery modes and research that together contribute to the health sciences.

Established in 1935, the School of Social Work is a national leader in professional practice education and training. Building on this tradition, it is moving forward with a 21st-century agenda that includes promoting social justice and fostering overall well-being through engaged teaching. The school offers academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. levels.

The school’s Center for Social Work Research provides support for faculty research and scholarship, engages in relevant research with community partners, and offers consultation and technical assistance. In 2012, faculty submitted proposals valued at over $7 million and achieved a 65 percent funding success rate. This funding includes a $1.1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explore factors associated with intimate partner violence among teens and a three-year, $340,197 contract from the Michigan Department of Human Services that will help youth transitioning out of foster care thrive in their studies at Wayne State.

Academics and rankings[edit]

University rankings
U.S. News & World Report[35]NR
Washington Monthly[36]144

Several of Wayne State's individual programs are well regarded:

Student Body[edit]

"Wayne State Demographic"[47]
Black or African American21.06%14.68%4.81%18.20%
Race and Ethnicity Unknown7.67%4.28%9.33%6.92%
Two or More Races2.63%1.64%1.11%2.26%
American Indian or Alaska Native0.39%0.28%0.34%0.36%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander0.13%0.11%0.24%0.13%

In fall of 2013, Wayne State had a total of 27,897 students at the campus: 18,602 undergraduate students, 7,216 graduate students, and 2,079 professional students. In 2013, there was a total of 2,167 first-time undergraduates who enrolled, and 1,883 transfer students.[48] Wayne State had students from nearly every U.S. state and 60 countries enrolled in fall 2013. Wayne State has a very diverse campus and the demographics of the university can be viewed on the table “Wayne State Demographic.”[47] For first-to-second year students, there was a 77% retention rate for full-time students. The main age group of the university is 22-24 with 25% of the undergraduate students, 23% are between 20 and 21, and 22% between the ages of 18 and 19. There are 1,755 full-time instructional faculty members and 1,035 part-time faculty.

Wayne State offers on-campus housing and 2,708 students took advantage of that. In 2013, 1,456 students lived in residence halls and 1,297 students lived in on-campus apartments. This makes the university predominantly a commuter school for students. About 89% of students come from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. There are 11,292 students from Wayne County, 6,065 from Oakland County, and 4,935 students from Macomb County.[47] Oakland and Macomb County each have an interstate (I-75 and I-94, respectively) that runs through the county right to the main campus, providing commuter students with an easy route to classes.

During the 2013 school year, there were 4,845 degrees and certificates granted to students: 2,657 bachelor's degrees, 1,956 master’s degrees, 777 doctoral and professional degrees, and 232 certificates. Of the 4,845 degrees awarded, the top five schools and colleges that awarded degrees and certificates in 2012 to 2013 were: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with 1,613 awarded, School of Business Administration with 676 awarded,College of Education with 638 awarded, College of Engineering with 476 awarded, and the College of Fine, Performing and Communication arts with 432 degrees or certificates awarded. The other 1,568 degrees or certificates that were awarded came from the School of Law, School of Library and Information Science, School of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy & Health Services and the School of Social Work.

Since 2008, the average number of credit hours that a student takes each semester has increased. The average for undergraduates was 11.3 credit hours a semester. Graduate students had an average of 7.4 credit hours a semester and Professional students had an average of 19.4 credit hours a semester

Wayne State also offers the Irvin D. Reid Honors College, where the top incoming students are invited to Scholars Day and receive a scholarship to the university. In 2013-14, 1,564 students were enrolled in the Honors College. Thirty-six percent of those students obtained a rank of National Merit or Presidential scholars and 18% who made Wayne State Gold scholars. The Wayne State Gold scholars had a mean high school GPA of 3.91 and a mean ACT (test) score of 27.9. The National Merit finalists had a mean GPA of 3.91 and Presidential scholars had a mean GPA of 3.87. The National Merit finalists had a mean ACT score of 33.7, while the Presidential scholars had a score of 29.1.


At $246 million spent annually on research expenditures, Wayne State ranks among the nation's top universities for research according to the National Science Foundation. Additionally, Wayne State is among only 3.5 percent of the nation's universities with an RU/VH (Research Universities, Very high research activity) classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[49]


Wayne State University has a strong commitment to making higher education affordable. In the 2013 academic year, the university awarded $351 million in financial aid. Even while WSU maintains its status as one of only three universities in the state ranked in the top research category of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, tuition at Wayne State remains among the lowest of Michigan's 15 public universities, and the lowest among Michigan's three research universities.

Fall 2013 tuition for in-state lower division students (59.99 credits or less) was $326 per hour, while in-state upper division students (60.00 credits or more) pay $384.[50]

Student life[edit]

Linsell House and Chemistry building
Education Building

Programs abroad[edit]

Wayne State offers more than 30 study abroad programs, some as short as two months in length with others lasting an entire year. As of 2013, students have their pick from numerous countries including Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Liberia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain and South Africa. Programs offer studies in art, business, computer science, education, engineering, environmental studies, health care, linguistics, the social sciences, theater and more.


The university is governed by a Board of Governors that consists of eight members elected by Michigan voters for eight-year terms. Board of Governor members serve without compensation. The board also elects a university president to serve as the chief executive officer of the university's administration. The student body government is headed by a Student Senate (formerly the Student Council). Some colleges of the university have their own Student Senate, which reports back to the main Student Senate. The School of Law has its own Student Board of Governors.

Public safety[edit]

The campus is protected by the Wayne State University Department of Public Safety. There are nearly 60 commissioned officers and 15 uniformed civilian cadets serving Wayne State and the surrounding area.[51] All Wayne State Police Officers are certified Michigan peace officers and sworn Detroit police officers. The department prides itself on a response time of 90 seconds or less to on-campus emergencies. The department consists of patrol officers, traffic safety officers, motorcycle officers, bike officers, three canine officers, three investigators, multiple officers assigned to task force positions, communications controllers, records personnel and other support staff. The headquarters is located at 6050 Cass Ave. The Department of Public Safety has been in existence since 1966. The department sponsors several programs throughout campus such as the RAD (Rape Aggression Defense), sells low-cost bike locks and steering wheel "clubs," offers free 'VIN Etching' sessions to help deter auto theft, and sends out monthly emails to keep the university updated on the department's activities.


Wayne State University Alumni Association[edit]

Created in 1935 and providing support to the more than 245,000 alumni throughout the world, Wayne's alumni association provides a strong loyalty and support system to graduates of the university through sponsoring events such as career booths and job fairs.[52][53]

Greek life[edit]

Wayne State University hosts chapters of over two dozen fraternities and sororities, reflective of the diverse nature of the campus. These groups, through social, academic, leadership and alumni networking programs, are aimed at building lifelong connections among participants and to the University. Members self-select prospective members, and chapters cooperate on a wide variety of inter-Greek programming to support campus life. Once a student becomes a member of one of the traditional social and academic societies, designated by NIC, NPC, NALFO or NPHC allegiance, they may not join another from the conference, due to 'anti-poaching' rules. However, members of the traditional social and academic fraternities, sororities and societies may also be members of professional, service and/or honor societies as they are chosen or earn the honor by grade, class rank or achievement.

Co-educational professional, service or special interest Greek-letter organizations[edit]

ΑΩ Alpha Omega, Local Co-ed Christian Service Fraternity[54]
ΑΦΩ Alpha Phi Omega, PFA, Co-ed Service Fraternity
ΒΑΨ Beta Alpha Psi, Co-ed Honor Society, for Accounting, Finance and Information Systems
ΔΣΠ Delta Sigma Pi, PFA, Co-ed Professional Business

Inter-chapter cooperation is managed by several governing councils: the Multi-Cultural Greek Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC groups), and the Panhellenic Association (NPC groups).


Wayne State University is near many Detroit institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Orchestra Hall, Comerica Park, Ford Field, Joe Louis Arena, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Michigan Science Center, the Detroit Film Theatre, the Fox Theatre, the Fisher Theatre, the Gem Theatre and the Detroit Opera House.

The campus is located near the oldest operating bowling alley in the United States. This bowling alley, The Garden Bowl, is a place where both the students and locals engage in bowling, alcohol and music.


Main article: Wayne State Warriors
The Warriors athletic logo

The school's intercollegiate athletic program was established in 1917 by Director of Athletics David L. Holmes. Revered by his athletes, Holmes initially coached all sports. His track teams were nationally known into the 1950s; in his first 10 years, he produced two Olympians from the school's Victorian-era gym. Although he had major ambitions for Wayne and scheduled such teams as Notre Dame and Penn State in the 1920s, the lack of facilities and money for athletics kept the program small.

A student poll selected the name of "Tartars" for the school's teams in 1927. In 1999, the university changed the name to the "Warriors," due to the general feeling that the Tartar name was dated and most people were not familiar with the name's historical significance.[55][56] Wayne State competes in men's baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, golf, swimming and diving, and tennis, and women's basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

WSU participates in NCAA Division II in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) for all sports except for fencing, which competes in the single division Midwest Fencing Conference.

Wayne State previously competed in men's and women's NCAA Division I ice hockey as a member of College Hockey America (CHA). The university dropped their men's program at the end of the 2007-08 season,[57] followed in 2011 by ending the women's hockey program.[58]

National Championships:

Fencing is a single-division sport with schools from all three NCAA divisions competing against each other.

Notable people[edit]

Future development[edit]

As of July 2013, the following construction projects are under way at Wayne State University.

Wayne State’s largest-ever construction project, the approximately 200,000-square-foot MBRB will encourage interdisciplinary work across a range of scientific areas with the goal of translating new discoveries to improve human health and society. More than 500 researchers, staff and principal investigators will work out of the building, which will feature wet and dry laboratories, faculty and common areas, and clinical space. Estimates show that the building, scheduled to be fully operational in early 2015, will result in about $40 million in new annual earnings in Michigan. The project also includes the reconstruction of Cass Avenue's Dalgleish Cadillac building, a historic Detroit structure designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn.[59]

Located adjacent to Macomb Community College (MCC) in Warren, Mich., the 40,000-square-foot Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC) will offer Macomb County students the opportunity to attain four-year degrees in marketable academic programs such as engineering, computer science, business, advanced manufacturing and other disciplines while providing collaborative opportunities with the area’s business community. Wayne State will also have an opportunity to create an electric-vehicle technologies center of excellence, where WSU and MCC faculty can engage in research, program development and delivery of electric and automotive battery technologies. The $12 million project will also include renovation of an existing on-site structure.[60]

See also[edit]


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