September 2020 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends September 2020
Wayne State welcomes record-setting freshman class

Wayne State welcomes record-setting freshman class

Despite a global pandemic, the first week of classes at Wayne State University brought record-setting enrollment. When classes began on Sept. 1, Wayne State University welcomed 3,128 new freshmen — an increase of 4.2% over last year’s incoming freshman class. In the university’s 152-year history, this incoming class includes the university’s largest FTIAC group, composed of full- and part-time students entering their first year at any college or university; the largest incoming class of Hispanic FTIACs, with a 20% increase over last year; and the largest African American FTIAC class since 2010, which increased by 53.9% over last year. 

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Free student wellness services available  

With the shift to online classes, major disruptions in daily activities and ongoing social distancing, students have been required to adapt quickly to a variety of issues they never anticipated. Balancing these changes in times of uncertainty can be challenging, and Wayne State University remains committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive care to support the health and well-being of the campus community.

Give green, be gold on Giving Day  

Warriors — and Tartars! — from across campus, the country and the globe join forces to support Wayne State University and maximize their impact during Giving Day on Sept. 17. This 24-hour fundraising event will virtually celebrate the entire Wayne State experience by empowering you to support the causes you care most about: projects that affect students, faculty members and programs in the heart of Detroit. All gifts, large and small, fuel how Detroit’s university can respond to what we face now — and how we can create the better world we’re reimagining.

Wayne State named to 2020 Excellence in Assessment Designees  

Wayne State University was named to the 2020 class of Excellence in Assessment Designees for its commitment to the comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success. WSU is one of only 12 colleges and universities nationwide to earn the Excellence in Assessment (EIA) designation this year.

Stay up to date with Wayne State's COVID-19 response

Stay up to date with Wayne State's COVID-19 response

COVID-19 testing available

COVID-19 testing available

Upcoming events


Sept. 15: Grad School 101


Sept. 15 - Oct. 3: Billboard Exhibition: In the Air: Voices from Detroit and Beyond


Sept. 17: Giving Day


Sept. 27 - Oct. 3: Homecoming Week


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In the news

USA Today: Medical experts warn that mental health of college athletes, and especially Black athletes, is being overlooked

The Detroit News: Wayne State posts guidelines for action if COVID-19 spreads

WJBK: Vending machine selling beauty supplies for women of color started by Wayne State student

WDET: How the pandemic is affecting our finances and ability to plan for the future

WDIV: Wayne State student releases short film ‘Nile,’ a look into Black fatherhood from son’s eyes

The Christian Science Monitor: What nursing homes need: Lockdown safety – and room for hugs

Celebrate Giving Day with WSU

Celebrate Giving Day with WSU

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