Wayne State University
Wayne State University’s story begins in 1868 with the founding of the Detroit Medical College, now the School of Medicine. In 1881, the Detroit Normal Training School was established, which is now the College of Education. The now-iconic Old Main Hall was built in 1896 as Central High School, which began adding college classes in 1913. Those classes evolved into the Detroit Junior College (offering a two-year general education program) in 1917, which became the College of the City of Detroit (with four-year degree programs) in 1923, and now is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. They will be a pre-eminent, public, urban research university known for academic and research excellence, success across a diverse student body, and meaningful engagement in its urban community. While their vision and mission show where they want to go, their values guide us on the way. They cut across organizational boundaries, bind us culturally, and permeate their strategic and tactical initiatives. They are the defining traits of the Wayne State community. Since 1915, Wayne State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States that provides accreditation to colleges and universities at the institutional level. There’s no single characteristic that defines a Wayne State Warrior. They’re commuters and campus residents, full-time students and working professionals, faculty members and service staff, parents and grandparents, immigrants and athletes. Diversity isn’t a slogan at Wayne State, it’s a reality that’s woven into their mission and guides everything they do. They offer an immersive educational experience where students work alongside people from different countries, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds in a microcosm of their interconnected world. With the most diverse student body in Michigan, their students gain a distinct advantage as they prepare to build successful careers in the complex global marketplace. Their Office of Diversity and Inclusion is a unique resource dedicated to supporting students, faculty and the entire university community. Led by Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Marquita Chamblee and home to the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement, this committed group of individuals is focused on sustaining Wayne State's inclusive campus and can provide assistance on a number of issues.
From humble beginnings in 1868, they have become a powerhouse research university with urban roots and a global reputation. Ours is a rich and diverse learning community, with students from across Michigan, 50 states, and more than 65 countries around the world. Just steps away from world-class museums, professional sports venues, thriving businesses, dining and entertainment, Wayne State is a cultural crossroads and a microcosm of the real world. You don’t just learn about the world here — you're part of it. Whatever your interests and ambitions, Wayne State University has much to offer — a broad choice of degree programs, dedicated faculty and staff, exceptional opportunities for research and international experiences, access to the latest informational and learning technology, intramural and intercollegiate sports, and a vibrant campus life. Wayne State University is committed to the safety and security of its campus community. A wide range of activities, training, safety measures, technology and resources combine to ensure Wayne State remains one of Michigan’s safest college campuses — a place where everyone can live, learn, work, and experience all that Detroit has to offer without worry.
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