Wayne State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Wayne State University

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Wayne State University is a public university with an acceptance rate of 71%. One of Michigan's 15 public universities, Wayne State is located in the Midtown Cultural Center of Detroit, Michigan. High-achieving undergraduates might consider the Reid Honors College which offers smaller classes, early registration, and opportunities for undergraduate research. Wayne State's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences have earned the school a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Wayne State also offers an extensive graduate program including schools of law, medicine, nursing, and social work. The university competes in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) for all sports except fencing, in which it competes in the Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC).

Considering applying to Wayne State University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Wayne State University had an acceptance rate of 71%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 71 students were admitted, making Wayne State's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 16,210
Percent Admitted 71%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 26%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Wayne State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 89% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 510 610
Math 500 600
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Wayne State's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Wayne State scored between 510 and 610, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 610. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 500 and 600, while 25% scored below 500 and 25% scored above 600. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1210 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Wayne State University.

Requirements

WSU does not require the optional SAT essay section. Note that Wayne State does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score from a single test date will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Wayne State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 24% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 20 27
Math 19 26
Composite 21 27

This admissions data tells us that most of Wayne State's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Wayne State received a composite ACT score between 21 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

Note that Wayne State University does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. WSU does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Wayne State University's incoming freshmen class was 3.37, and 47% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants have primarily B grades.

Admissions Chances

Wayne State University, which accepts nearly three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average range, you have a strong chance of being accepted. All applicants with a minimum high school GPA of 3.65, a minimum ACT of 26, or a minimum SAT of 1240 will be automatically considered for the Reid Honors College. Note that applicants to music, theater, or dance are required to participate in an audition or an interview.

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