Wayne State University

Detroit, MI 48202
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Wayne State University (WSU) is a public research university in Detroit, Michigan. It was founded in 1868 as the Detroit College of Medicine. The college went through several mergers and name changes before becoming Wayne State University in 1956. The university now offers almost 350 programs through 13 schools and colleges. It is one of the 100 largest universities in the country and the third largest in the state of Michigan. The main campus is in the heart of Detroit and includes over 100 research and education buildings. The 13 schools and colleges include a College of Nursing, along with a School of Medicine and a College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. 

The university offers two BSN tracks through their College of Nursing, including a traditional BSN program and an accelerated BSN program for those with a degree in an unrelated field. The university also offers MSN, RN to MSN, DNP, BSN to DNP, PhD, and BSN to PhD programs. All programs offered at the university are accredited by the CCNE. The traditional BSN program is a 3-year program and requires students to have a minimum 3.0 honor point average in the prerequisite courses which are completed during the freshman year. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students27,064
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate81%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 0 0
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 0
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 5

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1915 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
03/17/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
10/06/2010 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
04/01/1964 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1000 to 1210
ACT21 to 28
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$409/credit
In State Students$409/credit
Out of State Students$938/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$639/credit
In State Students$639/credit
Out of State Students$1,384/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $18,405 $18,405 $42,210
ADN 70 $28,630 $28,630 $65,660
BSN 125 $51,125 $51,125 $117,250
FNP 50 $31,950 $31,950 $69,200
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 94% of Wayne State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 44% $4,676
Other Federal Grant 17% $1,876
State Grant & Scholarships 14% $653
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 90% $7,002
Federal Student Loans 45% $5,158
Private Loans 3% $11,006


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$9,300
$30,001 to $48,000$11,399
$48,001 to $75,000$14,158
$75,001 to $110,000$17,420
Over $110,000$18,188

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Wayne State University
656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI 48202

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