Wayne State University welcomes largest freshman class in its history

Posted: 4:11 PM, Aug 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-30 20:37:41Z

Wayne State University will welcome its largest class of full-time freshman in its 150-year history. 

There were 2,955 full-time freshmen when classes began on Aug. 29, which is a 15 percent increase from last year's incoming class, according to the university. 

A few new facilities also await students: the new Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments housing nearly 400, the Mik Ilitch School of Business and the Hilberry Gateway Performance Complex this fall. 

“Now, more than ever, students are excited about Wayne State and about the opportunities here in Detroit,” said Provost Keith Whitfield. “This exciting influx of new students further solidifies Wayne State as a top-choice, destination institution.”

The university has adjusted its financial aid award process to accommodate the increase in students:

The university has increased its commitment to low-income and first-generation students through a robust suite of awards and programs, including a  first-generation fee waiver  and the  Wayne ACCESS Award , which covers the full cost of all tuition and fees. More than one third of the incoming freshman class are recipients of the Wayne ACCESS Award and will pay zero out-of-pocket costs.