Wayne State University, founded in 1868, is committed to preparing its students to excel in a fast-paced and interconnected global society. It combines the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experiences of an institution
whose history, location and diversity make it a microcosm of the world students will enter when they graduate. Wayne State is Michigan’s only urban research university. Located in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood, it significantly contributes to the city’s progress and positive ambience.
Reflecting its location and excellent international reputation, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan’s public universities. The university’s nearly 29,000 students come from 48 states, including Michigan, and more than 70 countries to attend classes on the main campus. Not only are Wayne State students part of a richly diverse learning and social community, but the university is also at the forefront of the globalization movement in higher education, with a wealth of opportunities for internationally themed coursework and study-abroad programs.
Wayne State supports the conviction that American society is strengthened by the participation of people from many cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Such participation begins with the ability of higher education to freely assist people of all cultures, races and backgrounds to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to function in the broader community as responsible, productive citizens.