Wayne State University Admissions Essay

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There are three different ways students can earn membership in the Honors College - as an incoming first-year student, transfer student or as a current Wayne State University student.  

Incoming first-year students are invited to Scholars Day based on the high school GPA and ACT/SAT score submitted during the admission process to Wayne State University. If you meet the admission criteria, you will be sent a letter informing you about the Honors College along with an invitation to Scholars Day. At Scholars Day, you will have the opportunity to compete for a seat in the Honors College.  

Transfer students are invited to join the Honors College based on the GPA and transferable credits submitted through their admission process. Transfer students will be sent an automatic invitation if they meet the minimum requirements of a 3.3 GPA and 12 transferable credits from their previous institution. 

Current Wayne State students can apply to join the Honors College following their first semester at Wayne State. Students must complete at least 12 Wayne State credits with a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA. 

Benefits of Honors membership include: 

  • Graduation with University and/or Departmental Honors 
  • Pre-priority registration 
  • Honors floors in Towers and Atchison residence halls 
  • Dedicated academic advisors 
  • Private scholarships 
  • Service-learning opportunities 
  • Access to top-tier research opportunities 
  • An Honors study area located on the second floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library 
  • Access to a booming arts and entertainment scene 
  • Access to world-class employers, most of whom are right down the street 

Imagine having class at the Detroit Historical Museum, visiting the Guardian Building to do some on-site research, and holding interviews with local food vendors and farmers at Eastern Market. All of that and more was made possible for me by being a student in Honors at Wayne State – Michelle Iqbal

Returning to WSU?

If you have previously enrolled at Wayne State University, please complete a Returning Student Record Update Form in place of another Undergraduate Admission application. 

  • If you are reapplying for admission and have applied within the last year, you are only required to submit this application. Your transcripts and application fee do not need to be resubmitted.
  • If it has been longer than a year since you last applied to Wayne State, you will need to submit the application fee.

Guest and non-matriculating students must apply using the university application.

Application fee

There is no fee for undergraduate guest students and graduate applicants.

Students may pay the required $25 nonrefundable application fee by credit card online or by check mailed to: Wayne State University, P.O. Box 02759, Detroit, MI 48202.

The WSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions accepts fee waivers for the application fee for first-time freshmen and transfer students. The applying student’s high school guidance counselor must sign the university fee waiver prior to application submission at WSU. Transfer students may submit the NACAC Transfer Fee Waiver and must have attestation from a financial aid officer or staff member from their current or most recently attended college/university. Application fee waivers are subject to the approval of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and are granted based upon evidence of financial need.

Please note that fee waivers are not accepted for postbaccalaureate, international or non-matriculating students.

The following documents may also be used to waive the application fee:

  • ACT or SAT verification that a fee waiver was used to register for the test. These waivers are available only from a high school guidance office.
  • Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver form provided by NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling).


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