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Campus and City Life

The University

Wayne State is a comprehensive university. There are 15 colleges and schools. We offer 355 major subject areas, 128 bachelor, 136 master, and 61 different doctoral degrees plus 30 different certificate, specialist and professional programs. Approximately 31,000 students attend Wayne State University, making it the third largest in the state.

Our Graduate School, with its nearly 13,000 students, is the largest in Michigan. According ot a study by the National Science Foundation, Wayne State ranks 17th in the number of advance degrees conferred each year. Wayne State is seventh in the nation in the number of doctoral degrees awarded to African Americans.

WSU Psychology Department graduate Norine Johnson is president of the American Psychology Association (APA), the largest psychologists' association in the world.

In 1994, Wayne State University became one of the elite 2.5% of institutions in the nation that are distinguished as "Research Universities I" by the Carnegie Foundation. Only 88 of the 3,600 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. earned this prestigious ranking, which takes into account both the educational and research environments.

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Campus Safety

Wayne State University is one of the safest campuses in the country. Much of the credit goes to the Wayne State University Public Safety Department, a highly trained unit of Detroit Police officers who patrol the campus 24 hours a day. Safety at Wayne State is more than just a perception; it is a hard fact.

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The Campus Area

The main campus of Wayne State University is located two miles north of Detroit's downtown in the heart of the Cultural Center, a region of leading museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. The campus encompasses 203 acres of beautifully landscaped walkways and gathering spots linking 94 education and research buildings of both contemporary and classic design.

Students can find a variety of entertainment and other recreational activities on and around the main campus. The Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA), Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Science Center, Museum of African American History and the main branch of the Detroit Public Library all are within easy walking distance. The DIA is one of the nation's largest art museums and offers many regular events, such as concerts and the Detroit Film Theatre (arthouse and classic films). The University's Hilberry Theatre features the nation's first and only graduate repertory company. The Bonstelle Theatre features excellent undergraduate productions.

Sports enthusiasts can watch Wayne State's athletic teams in action or take part in personal and intramural sports at the campus Matthaei complex. The 42-acre complex offers an Olympic swimming pool, diving pool, three large gymnasia, eight handball and six squash courts, various exercise rooms, 16 lighted tennis courts, a lighted baseball diamond, track field, football field, and various utility fields.

Beyond the University Cultural Center, the metropolitan Detroit area offers something for everyone. The Detroit River serves as the backdrop for summer-long events that include ethnic festivals, Gold Cup limited hydroplane racing, Indy car auto racing, the Ford International Jazz Festival and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Detroit's theatres, concert halls, and arenas provide the best in entertainment options: Broadway plays and musicals, opera, classical and popular music concerts, art and foreign films, and classic movies. Detroiters are great sports enthusiasts and enjoy cheering for the Red Wings, Tigers, Pistons, Shock, and Lions, as well as participating in a variety of warm and cold-weather sports. Downtown Detroit and the surrounding communities offer many opportunities for fine dining and have many local nightspots for dancing or taking in the Motown sound.

Michigan is well known for its ever-changing seasons, and its beautiful parks and forests. Fall color is spectacular in Michigan. In the summer, Michigan residents enjoy the Great Lakes, hundreds of inland fresh-water lakes, and forest trails. Wintertime brings such outdoor activities as skiing, skating, and sledding. The city of Windsor in Ontario, Canada is just 15 minutes from campus and offers an assortment of shopping, dining, and entertainment activities. Weekend getaways to Toronto, Niagara Falls and other areas in Ontario make international travel simple and inexpensive.

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Employment Opportunities for Spouses

Students whose spouses or partners are interested in employment will find a wealth of job opportunities in the Detroit area. Unlike smaller college towns, students' spouses or partners do not represent a surplus of talent, and wages are not depressed. In fact, wages in Detroit are generally excellent. Many openings are available for nurses, secretaries, teachers, artists, office workers, sales personnel, and others. Because Detroit is one of the leading centers of science and technology, job seekers will find a wide variety of positions for technologically trained individuals.

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5057 Woodward Ave. 7th Floor
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-2800
Fax: (313) 577-7636
Website: clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/psychology
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