Wayne State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$12,264

3.75% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$13,287

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

7.21%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

67.4%

15,331 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

27,064

67.6% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

39.2%

940 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 (406 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (216 degrees), and Social Work (169 degrees).

In 2017, 6,809 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Wayne State University. 56.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 43.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (3,824 degrees), 3.98 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (960 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Wayne State University is $12,264, which is $-14,236 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Wayne State University is $12,264, which is $-14,236 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,287.

In 2017, 72% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 53% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$12,264

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Wayne State University was $12,264. The cost of tuition at Wayne State University is $-14,236 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$13,287

2017 Value

11.6%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Wayne State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,287. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Wayne State University grew by 11.6%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,504

Room and Board

$1,196

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Wayne State University was of $9,504 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,196. The cost of room and board increased by 0.00526% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

72%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

53%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

72% of undergraduate students at Wayne State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.41% with respect to 2016, when 71% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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7.21%

2016 Default Rate

497

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Wayne State University was 7.21%, which represents 497 out of the 6894 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 15,331 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 38.2% annual growth. Out of those 15,331 applicants, 10,334 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 67.4% acceptance rate.

There were 27,064 students enrolled at Wayne State University in 2017, and 80% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Wayne State University has an overall enrollment yield of 25.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

67.4%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

10,334

Accepted Out of 15,331

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Wayne State University was 67.4% (10,334 admissions from 15,331 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 81.5%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 38.2%, while admissions grew by 14.4%.

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SAT Scores

80%

Submission Percentage

2,118

Scores Submitted

80% of enrolled first-time students at Wayne State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Wayne State University has a total enrollment of 27,064 students. The full-time enrollment at Wayne State University is 18,298 students and the part-time enrollment is 8,766. This means that 67.6% of students enrolled at Wayne State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Wayne State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 57.7% White, 15.2% Black or African American, 8.3% Asian, 4.38% Hispanic or Latino, 3.31% Two or More Races, 0.24% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0702% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Wayne State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (32.5%), followed by White Male (26.8%) and Black or African American Female (9.42%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (30.5%), followed by White Male (21.8%) and Black or African American Female (5.67%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

67.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Wayne State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 27,064 students. The full-time enrollment at Wayne State University is 18,298 and the part-time enrollment is 8,766. This means that 67.6% of students enrolled at Wayne State University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

81%

2017 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 81%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), 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

    15,607

  2. Black or African American

    4,115

  3. Asian

    2,247

The enrolled student population at Wayne State University is 57.7% White, 15.2% Black or African American, 8.3% Asian, 4.38% Hispanic or Latino, 3.31% Two or More Races, 0.24% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0702% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 975 students (3.6%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 915 more women than men received degrees from Wayne State University. The majority of degree recipients at Wayne State University are white (3,824 degrees awarded). There were 3.98 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (960 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Wayne State University is General Psychology (406 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (216 degrees) and Social Work (169 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 (175 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (559 degrees), and Engineering (752 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 Other managers (437,319 people), Software developers (381,166 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (321,892 people), Social workers, all other (251,019 people), and Civil engineers (234,878 people).

The most specialized majors at Wayne State University are Library Science (175 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (559 degrees), Engineering (752 degrees), Psychology (526 degrees), and Physical Sciences (149 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, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Wayne State University are Library Science (175 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (559 degrees), Engineering (752 degrees), Psychology (526 degrees), and Physical Sciences (149 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 Elementary & secondary schools (492,854 people), Computer Systems Design (472,915 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (455,019 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (426,941 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (338,750 people).

The most specialized majors at Wayne State University are Library Science (175 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (559 degrees), Engineering (752 degrees), Psychology (526 degrees), and Physical Sciences (149 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. 406 degrees awarded

  2. 216 degrees awarded

  3. 169 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Wayne State University was General Psychology with 406 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,947

  2. 3,862

In 2017, 2,947 degrees were awarded to men at Wayne State University, which is 0.763 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,862).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 205 degrees were awarded to men at Wayne State University in Mechanical Engineering, which is 11.4 times more than the 18 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 457 degrees were awarded to women at Wayne State University in Social Work, which is 8.02 times more than the 57 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

11%

100% Completion Time

35%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 11% of students graduating from Wayne State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 35% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 41% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Wayne State University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 10% of graduates (94 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,824 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    960 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    491 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Wayne State University is white (3,824 degrees awarded). There were 3.98 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (960 degrees).

4.02% of degree recipients (274 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,225 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,599 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    709 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Wayne State University is white female (2,225 degrees awarded). There were 1.39 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,599 degrees).

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Operations

Wayne State University has an endowment valued at nearly $367M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $7.12M (1.94%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Wayne State University had a total expenditure of $869M. Of that $869M, they spent $442M on salaries and $869M on benefits.

Wayne State University employs 315 Associate professors, 259 Professors, and 243 Assistant professors. Most academics at Wayne State University are Male Professors (197), Male Associate professors(172), and Female Associate professors (143).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wayne State University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 460 employees, Management, with 444 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 295 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$367M

2017 Endowment

12.7%

growth from 2016

Wayne State University has an endowment valued at about $367M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Wayne State University grew 12.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $80.2M 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. $109M - Federal

  2. $24M - State

  3. $467k - Local

As of 2017, Wayne State University received $109M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $24M from state grants and contracts, and $467k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$442M

Salary Expenditure

$869M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, Wayne State University had a total expenditure of $869M. Of that $869M, they spent $442M on salaries and $869M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Wayne State University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$442M

2017 Salaries

0.602%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Wayne State University paid a median of $442M in salaries, which represents 50.9% of their overall expenditure ($869M) and a 0.602% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.09% decline from 2015 and a 0.724% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$104M

Instructional Salaries

1,034

Number of Employees

In 2017, Wayne State University paid a total of $104M to 1,034 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $146M (22.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

315 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

460 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Wayne State University were Associate professor with 315 employees; Professor with 259 employees; and Professor with 243 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wayne State University were Business and Financial Operations with 460 employees; Management with 444 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 295 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Wayne State University was Male Professor with 197 employees, Male Associate professor with 172 employees, and Female Associate professor with 143 employees.

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

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