Why Wayne State

Wayne State University has a mission to prepare students to excel in an increasingly advanced and interconnected global society. For generations, the university has been a leading provider of health care professionals in southeast Michigan and across the state.

  • Nearly half of the physicians practicing in southeast Michigan received all or part of their medical training at Wayne State.
  • More than 90 percent of the primary care nurse practitioners educated by the College of Nursing remain in Michigan to practice.
  • 70 percent of all pharmacists, nurse anesthetists, physical therapists, lab and radiology technicians, and physician assistants who practice in southeast Michigan are graduates of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

In addition, the School of Social Work at Wayne State is a leading provider of professionals who contribute to improved social welfare through practice and research. Wayne State's partner the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry offers academic programs in dentistry, including orthodontics and periodontics, and dental hygiene. One of only two dental schools in the state, the University of Detroit Mercy has a robust community outreach program with a commitment to developing socially and ethically sensitive dental professionals as a part of its stated mission.

Overall, Wayne State University has a reputation nationally and across the state for exceptional teaching, research and community support. The university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as RU/VH (a research university with very high research activity). Wayne State has also been designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships institution in recognition of its strong community ties.