Wayne State University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$13,024
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$14,993
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
5.11%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
69%
17,093 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
26,241
71.8% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
51.9%
1,087 Graduates

About

Wayne State University is a higher education institution located in Wayne County, MI. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Wayne State University were General Psychology (316 degrees awarded), International Business, Trade, & Commerce (186 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (170 degrees).

In 2020, 6,889 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Wayne State University. 58.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (4,196 degrees), 4.52 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (928 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Wayne State University is $13,024, which is $−15,605 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Wayne State University is $13,024, which is $−15,605 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,993.

In 2020, 78% of undergraduate students attending Wayne State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 49% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$13,024
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Wayne State University was $13,024. The cost of tuition at Wayne State University is $−15,605 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$14,993
2020 Value
0.127%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Wayne State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,993. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Wayne State University grew by 0.127%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,382
Room and Board
$1,246
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Wayne State University was of $10,382 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,246. The cost of room and board increased by 4.1% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.81% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

78%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
49%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

78% of undergraduate students at Wayne State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 2.63% with respect to 2019, when 76% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
5.11%
2018 Default Rate
333
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Wayne State University was 5.11%, which represents 333 out of the 6517 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Wayne State University received 17,093 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 8.76% annual growth. Out of those 17,093 applicants, 11,796 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 69% acceptance rate.

There were 26,241 students enrolled at Wayne State University in 2020, and 91% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Wayne State University has an overall enrollment yield of 26.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

69%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
11,796
Accepted Out of 17,093

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Wayne State University was 69% (11,796 admissions from 17,093 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 73.1%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 8.76%, while admissions grew by 2.62%.

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SAT Scores

91%
Submission Percentage
2,847
Scores Submitted

91% of enrolled first-time students at Wayne State University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Wayne State University has a total enrollment of 26,241 students. The full-time enrollment at Wayne State University is 18,831 students and the part-time enrollment is 7,410. This means that 71.8% of students enrolled at Wayne State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Wayne State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 55.4% White, 14.9% Black or African American, 10.2% Asian, 6.86% Two or More Races, 5.51% Hispanic or Latino, 0.259% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0572% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Wayne State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (32.5%), followed by White Male (22.9%) and Black or African American Female (9.66%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (32.5%), followed by White Male (20.4%) and Black or African American Female (7.41%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

71.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Wayne State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 26,241 students. The full-time enrollment at Wayne State University is 18,831 and the part-time enrollment is 7,410. This means that 71.8% of students enrolled at Wayne State University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

82%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Wayne State University was 82%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), Wayne State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    14,540
  2. Black or African American
    3,901
  3. Asian
    2,680

The enrolled student population at Wayne State University is 55.4% White, 14.9% Black or African American, 10.2% Asian, 6.86% Two or More Races, 5.51% Hispanic or Latino, 0.259% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0572% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 672 students (2.56%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 1199 more women than men received degrees from Wayne State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Wayne State University is white (4,196 degrees awarded). There were 4.52 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (928 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Wayne State University is General Psychology (316 degrees awarded), followed by International Business, Trade, & Commerce (186 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (170 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Wayne State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Library Science (157 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (485 degrees), and Human Sciences (163 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wayne State University are Software developers (383,967 people), Other managers (361,388 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (332,377 people), Civil engineers (251,171 people), and Mechanical engineers (184,615 people).

The most specialized majors at Wayne State University are Library Science (157 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (485 degrees), Human Sciences (163 degrees), Engineering (575 degrees), and Physical Sciences (137 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wayne State University are Surgeons, Physicians, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Wayne State University are Library Science (157 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (485 degrees), Human Sciences (163 degrees), Engineering (575 degrees), and Physical Sciences (137 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wayne State University are Computer Systems Design (432,326 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (427,999 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (314,291 people), Construction (266,245 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (256,580 people).

The most specialized majors at Wayne State University are Library Science (157 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (485 degrees), Human Sciences (163 degrees), Engineering (575 degrees), and Physical Sciences (137 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Wayne State University.
Most Common
  1. 316 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 186 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 170 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Wayne State University was General Psychology with 316 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,845
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
4,044
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 2,845 degrees were awarded to men at Wayne State University, which is 0.704 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,044).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 210 degrees were awarded to men at Wayne State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.15 times more than the 183 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 392 degrees were awarded to women at Wayne State University in Social Work, which is 7.13 times more than the 55 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

18%
100% Completion Time
47%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 18% of students graduating from Wayne State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 47% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 52% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (74.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Wayne State University is Female and Asian (74.8% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.5% of graduates (38 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,196 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    928 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    578 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Wayne State University is white (4,196 degrees awarded). There were 4.52 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (928 degrees).

2.86% of degree recipients (197 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,446 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,750 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    660 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Wayne State University is white female (2,446 degrees awarded). There were 1.4 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,750 degrees).

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Operations

Wayne State University has an endowment valued at nearly $425M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $19.3M (4.55%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Wayne State University had a total salary expenditure of $894M. Wayne State University employs 323 Associate professors, 269 Professors, and 233 Assistant professors. Most academics at Wayne State University are Male Professors (192), Male Associate professors(167), and Female Associate professors (156).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wayne State University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 517 employees, Management, with 443 employees, and Service with 280 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$425M
2020 Endowment
4.97%
growth from 2019

Wayne State University has an endowment valued at about $425M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Wayne State University grew 4.97% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $123M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $102M - Federal
  2. $25.4M - State
  3. $1.17M - Local

As of 2020, Wayne State University received $102M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $25.4M from state grants and contracts, and $1.17M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$460M
2020 Salaries
0.854%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Wayne State University paid a median of $460M in salaries, which represents 51.5% of their overall expenditure ($894M) and a 0.854% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.83% growth from 2018 and a 1.38% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$112M
Instructional Salaries
1,041
Number of Employees

In 2020, Wayne State University paid a total of $112M to 1,041 employees working as instructors, which represents 24.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
323 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
517 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Wayne State University were Associate professor with 323 employees; Professor with 269 employees; and Professor with 233 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wayne State University were Business and Financial Operations with 517 employees; Management with 443 employees; and Service with 280 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Wayne State University was Male Professor with 192 employees, Male Associate professor with 167 employees, and Female Associate professor with 156 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Wayne State University.

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