October 2021 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends October 2021
Decade of transformation: Graduation rate gains continue

Decade of transformation: Graduation rate gains continue

Wayne State University’s reputation as a national model for student success is growing. The university’s six-year graduation rate has once again improved, it continues to close the student success equity gap among students of color. Meanwhile, a new report has recognized Wayne State as the best university in Michigan in helping students achieve socioeconomic growth.

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Wayne State named by U.S. News & World Report as a top performer in social mobility  

Wayne State University has long prided itself on being an institution of access and opportunity for students, no matter their background. Now, the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best National Universities rankings has identified WSU as one of the top-performing schools in the nation — and the best in Michigan — at helping economically disadvantaged students succeed and graduate.

Apply now for financial aid  

If you want to maximize the amount of financial aid your student is eligible for, the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submission process is now open. To help students, the Office of Student Financial Aid is offering FAFSA Fridays, during which a financial aid officer will assist students and parents with the filing process. FAFSA Fridays will be held in October and November.

Geology professor runs 40 miles on 40th birthday to raise money for students  

As Sarah Brownlee’s 40th trip around the sun approached, she did what anyone would do: run 40 miles in a day to celebrate. To break up the monolithic 40-mile journey through Detroit, Sarah Brownlee enlisted friends, Wayne State students and colleagues to help. But instead of running for herself (and not a mid-life crisis), Brownlee also did what any good professor would do — help their students.

Student organization delivers fruits and vegetables to Detroit residents with chronic health conditions  

A nutrition-based community outreach effort led by Wayne State University medical students is making the childhood edict to “eat your veggies” easier to achieve for food-insecure children and adults in Detroit. Fresh Prescription, or Fresh Rx, is a student-run organization at the School of Medicine that provides participants, specifically Detroit residents with chronic health conditions, with a free “prescription” to purchase food at markets or have fruits and vegetables sent to their homes.

Oct. 9: Fall Open House

Oct. 9: Fall Open House

Flu shots available on campus

Upcoming events


Oct. 1-16: Everybody at the Hilberry Theatre


Oct. 4-9: Homecoming Week


Oct. 7: Campus health town hall


Oct. 8: Warrior volleyball vs. Davenport


Oct. 9: Warrior football vs. Michigan Tech


Oct. 10: Warrior volleyball vs. Grand Valley State


Oct. 12: Seminar: So, You're Thinking of Grad School


Oct. 13: Graduate School Open House


Oct. 23: Warrior volleyball vs. Saginaw Valley State


Oct. 30: Warrior football vs. Northwood


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In the news

USA Today News: How therapy dogs can help students cope with the stress on college campuses

Sciencemag: New NIH research study to investigate psychosocial determinants of cardiovascular disease risk among urban African American adults

Michigan Technology News: Wayne State, UM, MSU lead nation in graduating mobility professionals

Yahoo: Saving Malcom X's Inkster home

Video: President Wilson discusses excitement and safety on campus, increasing graduation rates, and the new basketball arena

Video: President Wilson discusses excitement and safety on campus, increasing graduation rates, and the new basketball arena

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Detroit, MI 48202

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