Wayne State University Reviews

  • 120 Reviews
  • Detroit (MI)
  • Annual Tuition: $31,364
78% of 120 students said this degree improved their career prospects
84% of 120 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 9/6/2023
  • Degree: Sociology
"I had one professor who liked to take naps when he was supposed to lecture. He slept 75% of the class and a student was assigned a chapter to teach the class each week. Then the last 10 minutes of the class he talked about social justice and how there were no equal rights. I had a language professor that was mean to me. I hope she is gone. I had a statistics professor who didn't know how to teach statistics. She had to grade on a very strong curve so she wouldn't get in trouble and people that would have received an F in her class graduated with a B -. Forget about asking for assistance after you graduate with your resume, interview skills, or internship. Those departments won't help or respond to their emails. Staff members were rude when they did reach out. They cannot keep the homeless people away either. I was taking an exam and a homeless person walked in to ask for money."
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"Wayne State University Nursing School failed to provide adequate training to their midwifery class of 2017/18 then shut their midwifery program down! In 2017 only 46.2 % and 2018 41.7% of the graduating class were able to pass their boards to practice as certified nurse midwives. Then they turned their backs on their students to help. Must do better WSU. Certainly not living up to the schools mission!"
Rachel Buxbaum
  • Reviewed: 12/26/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"I found Wayne State's undergraduate program in psychology challenging, enriching, and affordable. The school's excellent research graduate psychology program trickled down to the undergraduate program, and opportunities to gain research experience were everywhere, in any number of areas a student could think of. Additionally, I enjoyed how easy it was to take a wide variety of classes outside one's own major, or small seminar-style honors classes, or even graduate classes. Although the Wayne State administration was disorganized at times, I absolutely recommend its psychology program to any students interested in gaining an excellent, affordable undergraduate education in the field."
  • Reviewed: 11/10/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't have chosen this degree. Unless you are for sure going to medical school, staying in academia, or getting an advanced degree. I see no reason why I chose this. Even though I enjoyed what I studied, it doesn't really help you get a job that will pay your bills if you have loans coming out of college. WSU's biology program was just not the right fit for me. I struggled in these classes and I felt that the professors were more interested in their research than helping their students succeed. I think this was more in the larger classes where they weren't very personable. You're lost in the shear number of students. But once you get into the advanced classes, it's more personable and your professors know you by name, which is nice. But if I had to do it all over again, I would have gone somewhere where class sizes are smaller and you had more contact with your professors. I enjoyed my time at other universities in Michigan, especially EMU."
Current Student
  • Reviewed: 9/15/2019
  • Degree: Social Work
"I had high hopes for Wayne, and I did want to like it, despite some of the things I have heard about it. However, I have a few pretty serious criticisms that I would like to put out there in hopes that no one will fall into the situation that I have. First and foremost, they are are not entirely ADA compliant. The disabilities office will try to work with you, but the campus's overall accessibility is a joke. For an institution that claims to care about diversity, and those who have been marginalized, they sure do have a lot of barriers in place. Elevators are breaking down constantly in the older buildings and parking structures, making classes inaccessible to people who have mobility issues. This is a problem not only for people with mobility issues, but people with heart and breathing conditions, who may be carrying heavy things, or have joint problems as well. While the disability office DOES advocate for the students (which I highly appreciate), and will try to work with what your needs are, this literally a constant problem that has not been adequately addressed. Disabilities services can only do so much for students when the greater institution does not prioritize accessibility. Additionally, some of the buildings are hard to get to, and do not have nearby parking structures, so unless you sign up for disability services ahead of time and get classrooms moved around for you, you may find yourself easily walking a half mile or more from where you parked your car. The parking passes are offensively expensive as well. I don't understand how an institution can charge students a couple hundred dollars for a parking pass when each student is giving the university several thousand dollars a semester (for me personally, I'm paying close to 30k this year alone for grad school), and how they can afford to continue to buy up and build new structures--and yet not give students free, or at least cheaper parking? This especially harms all of the working class students that attend Wayne, and disabled people who need to get the closest parking available. Lastly, I find that even the quality of instruction can be pretty lacking. This is just in my experience, and so I would not be quick to apply it to all professors, but it seems as though the professors have very little quality control measures in check. Many of them simply do not know how to lecture, and their teachings are very outdated. I understand that universities sometimes prioritize research over a professor's ability to communicate and teach, but it is very frustrating to feel like I am spending more than a thousand dollars of borrowed money on a class that I have to teach myself. I will try to end this on a positive note, though, since I think these are systemic issues in American academia as a whole. Wayne state does have very responsive and supportive major specific counselors and advisers who will do their best to help you navigate through all of these issues. They are readily available, at least for my program, and will genuinely advocate for what you need. Lastly, if your program requires an internship, Wayne does have a lot of really good internship opportunities given its location and overall reputation. I am very happy with the one I have received, and I'm pretty certain I will be hired there when I graduate."
Dayries Donald
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2019
  • Degree: Social Work
"The MSW program was the best program to ever be apart of. It provide me with all the tools that I needed to complete the degree and the teachers that were there were amazing as well. They all were from the Metro Detroit area and knew what the city was lacking in services that were needed for the people here. They brought that insight to the classroom and it was the most amazing experience that money can buy. I truly believe that I have received a phenomenal education there."
  • Reviewed: 3/15/2019
"Just like Graduate Student 2015 reviewed about the MEd Program. I too have had the same experience in the College of Education. My cohort and past cohorts have had various issues with the faculty. These issues include meetings about our personalities and personal lives. Like Graduate Student 2015, I cannot express all of the events here for fear of reprimand. Each time we have talked to the faculty about their behaviors, it has resulted in some consequence for us. I'm just here to warn everyone about the faculty of the department because it's something that has been eating at me for a few years now. This is why I have changed my graduation year and choose to remain anonymous."
Veronica Prieur
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
"I loved my Political Science department. There were so many knowledgable and approachable professors. My goal at the time was to go to law school and I felt as though this degree would help prepare me for that field and I believe that it would have had I not changed my mind about law school. Wayne State as a university is great. Theres a bit of red tape that you have to get through sometimes, but in general, the university is an affordable, high ranking research university. I have no regrets about going here."
Current Student
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
"They make it very painful for working professionals who have a degree from a non-US University. I have a another Masters degree in the US and enrolled at Wayne for a 2nd Masters program and they are still making me go back to my university in India (from 14 years ago) for a WES evaluation. This requirement is not disclosed during the initial admission process. The graduate admissions department is the most unresponsive and rude department to work with. Considering this program is relatively new, they should make it easier on students and working professionals but on the contrary, they make it that much harder."
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2018
  • Degree: Supply Chain Management
"If you looking to work in the metro Detroit area, this a great school to go to. This school opened several door for me. I managed to climb the corporate ladder into senior management within 6 years after graduation. The supply chain program is unmatched in Detroit. You have resources such as GM, Ford, FCA, and several tier 1 and tier 2 automotive suppliers recruiting from this school. This school may not carry the reputation of UoM or MSU. However, it does carry a great reputation in the metro Detroit area. You will be surprised on how large the alumni network is in Michigan! WSU is becoming a more competitive school every year passes. I had great professors that I still keep in touch to this day! I am still active (not as much as I would like) in the alumni network. Yes they school may not look pretty from the outside since it is an urban campus after all. Nevertheless in my opinion the quality of education is top notch. This is coming from a guy who attended 3 different colleges before he graduated. If Wayne State is on your bucket list, I am here to tell you that you have a solid choice on your hands. WSU is an affordable, accredited, and well respected school in Michigan."
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2018
"I'm writing this review to warn/help potential future students. If you come from a privileged background and only want a degree to hang on the wall then this is a great place for you. This is not a negative review of the skills of the professors in the department but a rather honest critique of the program they offer. Unless you get a degree in clinical dietetics , your chances of finding a fulfilling job that can actually pay your basic bills are pretty minimal. There aren't any valuable skills you would learn in their Bachelor program( Im not rating the dietetics program) that would make you a valuable employee in the nutrition and food science field. There are only 2 or 3 basic food science and chemistry courses so you also barely know any food science skills compared to students eho get a degree from a university like Michigan state for example. The same goes for their masters program unless you learn research skills depending on what your lab does. Bottom line is, if you are the average hardworking American who is trying to a get a degree to better your life, I highly recommend you either go for the dietitian program or you run for your life. You can do so much better at another school or at wayne in another department such as the school of Public Health."
Beth Laurencelle
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2017
  • Degree: Law
"Law school is not "easy" no matter where you go to school. What I really liked about Wayne state that is different from other law schools is that the level of competitiveness was very low. People in my class were actually willing to help each other with assignments and studying, not like in other schools where competition for the top spot is so fierce students wont help their peers. I also thought the professors were amazing with very diverse backgrounds. They were very knowledgeable. The only drawback for me was the huge debt upon graduation and the low paying job prospects. I had to go back to school in a new program to get a job."
Herson R. Astacio
  • Reviewed: 11/19/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"The Wayne State University School of Medicine graduate program its a very demanding but gives the student all the necessary tools to be successful. This is one of the top graduate program with cutting edge biomedical research. The professors encourage students to write and apply for grants, training the student for future grant writing which is fundamental in academia. The program offers seminars with in house as well as outside researchers keeping students informed of important current research being conducted at the University. The program also encourages students to present their scientific work in an anual Graduate Research Day as well as national scientific conferences. Overall this university will prepare a student to get a career into academia. The thing that I see is lacking is training and mentoring of students to pursue non academic career."
Rebecca Yunk
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2017
"Wayne State University is known for their excellent health care studies. Their College of Nursing is no exception. While their reputation carries weight within the community, the college itself is unorganized and impersonal. Our advising office for my years of attendance (2011-20014) was in shambles, and I have not heard good reports since that time as well. They gave poor, and sometimes downright false information which lead to the need of going through several different channels for a simple answer. They could offer no help if you needed assistance in financial aid and would refer you to the general university financial services department which was always extremely busy. If the administrative portion of this college would have been more organized, informed, and easier to deal with, I would have loved this college experience. Unfortunately because this was not the case, my nursing school experience was pretty hellish. The professors (with the exception of one) were all outstanding and extremely knowledgeable. I came out of my undergraduate degree running circles around nurses who had been doing the job for years, decades even, because I was so well prepared by the College of Nursing."
Female Social Worker
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"Wayne State offers the students many options regarding choosing what they would like for their focus of their studies to be. They are supportive and willing to assist the students in many different capacities."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Engineering
"I think different colleges within the university have their strengths and weaknesses, there is too much professor turnover, not enough consideration given to students on a name basis rather than a number basis, and I think the campus is cluttered and increasingly unsafe."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I like their degree program and college because of research"
Biological science guy.
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I think it is a very good and under rated college."
John Smith
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"The University is very good education wise and it helps students from all backgrounds to shape their career."
  • Reviewed: 7/2/2017
  • Degree: Library Science
"I had many required classes and did not have as much of a choice as I would have liked in class selection. My biggest disappointment in this program was in the advising. I changed advisors several times as I found them unhelpful and they just did not thoroughly answer questions or actually GIVE ADVICE! There should have been far more emphasis on matching students to skills as in: should I select web design for librarians and is this for ME? Should I pursue childrens' librarianship, AND of vital importance, which areas will have the greatest number of jobs after graduation. Students should work in the field before going to grad school! I cannot stress this enough and tell this to every student I meet, in every major."