Wayne State University

42 W. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 577-2424

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students. Wayne State's main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over 200 acres; its six extension centers offer higher education to students throughout Southeast Michigan.

Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in.

Our mission

As a nationally recognized urban public research university, Wayne State's mission is to create knowledge and prepare a diverse body of students to excel in an increasingly complex and global society.

Our vision

Wayne State University's vision is to become the model public research university engaged in the urban community.

Our goals

Five specific goals result from Wayne State's strategic vision for the university. These goals articulate its aspirations and provide a framework for the way in which its new plan will be translated into action.

Wayne State University has pledged to:

  • Promote an exceptional learning experience.
  • Improve the university's stature as a nationally-ranked research institution.
  • Nurture a strong and dynamic campus community.
  • Sustain our role as an engaged university in an urban environment.
  • Diversify and broaden the university's funding base.

Wayne State intends to remain one of the nation's most respected public research universities, and feels that these goals provide a way to make that happen. National recognition is not an end in itself; what matters most is how Wayne State's progress as shaped by these goals will position the university to benefit its students and, ultimately, its city, state, nation and the world.


Since 1915, Wayne State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North

Admissions & Financial Aid

From our exciting urban campus to our world-class faculty, Wayne State offers countless opportunities for you to pursue your dreams and develop the skills you'll need to succeed in the ever-changing global marketplace. At WSU, you'll find a supportive environment for research, scholarly activities and other creative endeavors. Whether you're pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree, you can explore the endless opportunities that await you at Michigan's only urban research university.

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Financial aid

A college education is one of the most important investments you'll ever make. Our financial aid site provides easy access to everything you'll need to help finance your Wayne State education, including cost calculators, eligibility requirements, step-by-step instructions and more.

Financial aid


We know finances are a key factor in your college decision. That's why we offer wide array of scholarships based on different qualifying criteria.


Tuition and fees

Wayne State University is committed to making education affordable and accessible to all students, and we have the lowest tuition rate of the state's three research universities (Michigan State University and the University of Michigan are the others). Based on our tuition equity program, undergraduate students may qualify for the in-state tuition rate based on residency, attendance or service requirements, see Qualifying for In-State Tuition.

University of Detroit Mercy

4001 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221-3038

313-993-1245 or 800-635-5020

We challenge you

UDM offers approximately 100 academic programs in fields as diverse as architecture and psychology, business and nursing, teacher education, and engineering. No matter what major you choose – and we have a special program if you're not sure yet – you'll get a solid foundation in the liberal arts that will sharpen your communication and problem-solving skills and give you the cultural context to thrive in any environment.

We support you

Our professors are endlessly curious about their fields of study, but their true calling is teaching. They'll share their ideas with you, expect you to contribute your own, and be there for you when you need extra help – whether it's prepping for a test or putting together a grad-school-wowing research project.

We let you prove yourself

UDM's co-op program has impressive connections. We'll show you how to get paid professional experience in businesses and institutions around Detroit and across the country. If there's not a co-op program in your field, we'll help you find the right internship or research project or help you study abroad to find out what it's like to live and learn in another culture.

We turn you loose

UDM alumni are doing great things across the country. They're successful doctors and lawyers, teachers and scientists, artists and entrepreneurs. They include many of the region's prominent business, political, and cultural leaders. They're also your peers, and will be happy to welcome you into their circle of success when you graduate.

UDM Mission Statement:

The University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, exists to provide excellent, student-centered, undergraduate and graduate education in an urban context. A UDM education seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical, and social development of our students.

Listen to mission-related talks
  • Integrating the religious with the academic
    John M. Staudenmaier, S.J., UDM's assistant to the president for Mission & Identity, gives an autobiographical talk on the gradual integration of his prayer life with his commitment to the secular academy, on the occasion of receiving an award from the Society for the History of Technology.
  • Lectures on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
    Four talks from a special Lenten series by Fr. Staudenmaier exploring the present-day applications of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.
    For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to .

A UDM education is top tier—and the value is unbeatable. We offer 100 undergraduate and graduate programs delivered in small classes taught by a distinguished faculty .

Academic Fast Facts

  • Number of Fields of Study: 100
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 14/1
  • Average Class Size: 20
  • Co-op and internship opportunities in a variety of fields.
  • Independent research and study abroad opportunities.
  • Special academic opportunities such as Academic Exploration and the Honors Program .

International Students

We want you to cross borders.

Every year the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) welcomes hundreds of new and transfer students from several countries around the world. International students add an invaluable dimension of cultural diversity to life at UDM. If you would like to contribute to our community of higher education, please review the links below to learn more about applying to the University of Detroit Mercy.

After you review the information provided online, if you have further questions, contact UDM's International Admissions Counselor, Mr. Steven Coddington, via email at or call 1-313-993-3310.

Study Abroad Programs

Getting away to get ahead.

Nothing sharpens your understanding of the world quite like studying abroad. And given the increasingly global nature of business, science, art, and politics, experience living and working with people from other cultures will serve you well in the career market, too. University of Detroit Mercy offers several study abroad programs, including those listed below. Interested students should consult with the departments sponsoring the programs for more information.
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Cuba
  • China
  • El Salvador
  • England
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Mexico

Titan Travelers

ATTENTION UDM ALUMNI : JOIN Titan Traveler's 2011 Adventure to Italy!


The Australian American Partnership (AUS) Program

The Australian American Partnership (AUS) Program, which was developed to meet the global needs of industry, as well as the desire to study abroad by students that are not proficient in ether Chinese or Spanish. This program is available to students in the College of Engineering & Science. Working with Curtin University of Technology, UDM has developed a program where students can study in Australia and potentially participate in a cooperative education assignment in that country. Contact Ken Henold, , 313-993-1197, for more information on this program.


Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

The College of Liberal Arts and Education, along with the Language & Cultural Training Department, are pleased to announce the fifth year of summer study in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

This year, we invite alumni to join our program in progress for a 10-day excursion, where they will join students in an African Heritage tour of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Students and alumni can study language and culture in Bahia, Brazil's oldest city and former capitol -- and one of the world's most prolific centers of African culture. Excursions include a 3-day tour of museums and historical sites in Rio de Janiero as well as a weekend retreat in Cachoiera, an historic city, where we experience a different pace and taste of life, tour a tobacco factory, art galleries and museums and learn more about the religious practice of candomble. Lectures on race and culture, workshops on dance and percussion and a visit to the rural landless workers (MST movement) are included in discounted package prices for both students and alumni. Travel package includes airfare, 4-star hotel accommodations, all ground transportation, workshops, lectures and excursions, plus 2 planned meals per day. FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE TO PARTICIPATING UDM STUDENTS!

The program will continue to encompass African American Studies and Portuguese language and culture. Religious heritage will also be explored. The Portuguese language and Brazilian culture will be emphasized in an immersion format during our two weeks in Brazil. Pre-departure courses are scheduled during the semester the program runs and must be attended by all students enrolled for academic credit.

For information, go to College of Liberal Arts and Education or contact Lara Wasner (Director - Language and Cultural Studies) at 313-993-1191.

Note: This program will not run in 2012


Summer Seminar in China - 2012

UDM's Language & Cultural Training Department and College of Education invites students, staff to travel to China in summer 2012 to explore China's history, education, and culture. This program includes excursions to the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Great Wall in Beijing; the Museum of the Terra Cotta Army in Xi'an; and the World Financial Center in Shanghai. Two courses are offered as part of this summer II-2012 program: Comparative Education and Introduction to Chinese Culture. For information about courses and tour, contact Lara Wasner, UDM's director of Language & Cultural Training, at 313-993-1191.

The Jesuit Universities' China Study Program

Experience China first hand through immersion and academic adventure travel. The Jesuit Universities' China Study Program brings students to the Beijing Center for Language & Culture for a curriculum that combines Chinese language study with courses in business, politics and culture. Scholarships are available, and all classes are taught in English.

The Chinese American Partnership (CAP) Program

The Chinese American Partnership (CAP) Program was developed to meet the global needs of industry. Working with Tsinghua University and the Beijing Institute of Technology, UDM has developed a program where students can both study in China and participate in a cooperative education assignment with one of the corporate partners. Ford Motor Company is a corporate sponsor of this program. Contact Ken Henold, , 313-993-1197, for more information on this program.

The Beijing Center Program

The College of Business Administration offers students the opportunity to take courses in international business and international computing in through The Beijing Center Program in China. Students wishing to participate in the study abroad programs offered by the College of Business Administration must meet all prerequisites established by the College and be approved by their program director. Contact Bruce Brorby, , (313) 993-1118 or Greg Ulferts, (313) 993- 1219 for more program information.

El Salvador

Casa de la Solidaridad

Because the University of Detroit Mercy is a member organization of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), students have the opportunity for a life-changing experience in El Salvadore. Casa de la Solidaridad is an academic initiative between the AJCU, the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador, and Santa Clara University. The mission of the Casa is the promotion of justice and solidarity through the creation of a meaningful academic experience where you can integrate rigorous academic study with direct immersion with the poor of El Salvador. Dedicated to fostering "men and women for others," Casa de la Solidaridad is a unique community based learning program. Here you can develop your intellectual potential, strengthen your ethical and religious values, and learn to become a socially responsible global citizen. For more information, contact the University Ministry office or go to


International Business and Computing in London

The College of Liberal Arts & Education offers students the opportunity to participate in the international computing seminars in London, England. Undergraduate and graduate students wishing to participate in the courses must meet all prerequisites established by the College and be approved by their program director. Please contact Dan Schoemaker at (313) 578-0357 or for registration information & fees or more program information


Summer Study in Greece

Theatre. The Classic Theatre Study Abroad program takes students to Greece for a month-long program of study, travel and performance. Three weeks of morning classes in voice, dance, acting and study of classic drama, plus evening rehearsals of a classic tragedy or comedy culminate in a week of touring two productions; both are presented for the public in modern and ancient amphitheaters. Visits to archaeological sites, museums and a professional production at the Theatre of Epidauros complete the course work. For further information, contact Arthur Beer, Theatre Department, (313) 993-3263 or through e-mail at .


Summer Study in Volterra, Italy

Art & History . The city of Volterra is an unspoiled medieval city in the Tuscan countryside that has rich resources for the study of history, art history, archaeology, and the fine arts. Unlike the great tourist cities of Italy, Volterra is not overrun in the summer, and students have the opportunity to meet Italians and to be introduced to Italian life and culture. Beginning Italian is taught with an emphasis on conversation. All courses include visits to the museums and archeological sites in Volterra as well as in neighboring cities. A course is offered in the art history of the Etruscan, classical, medieval, and Renaissance periods in Volterra, Tuscany, and Italy. Students also have the opportunity for independent travel on weekends. For further information, contact Dr. Sarah Stever, History Department, (313) 993-1099 or through e-mail at steversn@ .


Since 1984, the School of Architecture has offered a full term of study in Florence and Volterra, Italy during the summer/term III. Four weeks are spent in travel, four weeks in Florence, and six weeks in Volterra. In Volterra, Architecture students are joined by College of Liberal Arts students studying language, history and alabaster sculpture.


Mexican American Partnership

The College of Engineering and Science offers students the opportunity to spend their Junior year in Mexico through the Mexican American Partnership (MAP) program . UDM has partnered with Monterrey Tech in Monterrey, Mexico to provide a unique opportunity for students to take courses for up to eight months at Monterrey Tech and work for four months at the Mexican facilities of one of our corporate sponsors. Students learn how to operate in a multicultural environment and gain valuable multinational work experience. Corporate sponsors for the program include Ford Motor Company, GM, DaimlerChrysler, Yazaki and Visteon. Contact Ken Henold, , 313-993-1197, for more information on this program.

College of Business Administration

The College of Business Administration offers students the opportunity to take courses in international business and international computing in Mexico. Students wishing to participate in the study abroad programs offered by the College of Business Administration must meet all prerequisites established by the College and be approved by their program director. The College of Business Administration also participates in the Mexican-American Partnership (MAP) program with Monterrey Tech. This program enables business students to spend one semester studying in Mexico and also to co-op there. For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to Apply to the University of Detroit Mercy


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