Wayne State University
|Motto||"Industry, Intelligence, Integrity"|
|Universities Research Association, University Research Corridor, Great Cities' Universities, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities|
|Endowment||$388 million (as of February 2019)|
|President||M. Roy Wilson|
|Provost||Keith E. Whitfield|
|Campus||203 acres (0.82 km2), Urban|
|Colors||Green and Gold|
|NCAA Division II – GLIAC|
|Mascot||"W" the Warrior|
Wayne State University (WSU) is a public research university in Detroit, Michigan. It is the third largest university in Michigan. Founded in 1868, WSU consists of 13 schools and colleges offering nearly 350 programs to more than 27,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Wayne State University, along with the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, comprise the University Research Corridor of Michigan.
The WSU main campus comprises 203 acres linking more than 100 education and research buildings.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Colleges and schools
- 4 Academics and rankings
- 5 Financials
- 6 Campus
- 7 Student life
- 7.1 Programs abroad
- 7.2 Media
- 7.3 Government
- 7.4 Public safety
- 7.5 Wayne State University Alumni Association
- 7.6 Fraternity & sorority life
- 8 Athletics
- 9 Notable people
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 Further reading
- 13 External links
The first component of the modern Wayne State University was established in 1868 as the Detroit College of Medicine. In 1885, the Detroit College of Medicine merged with its competitor, the Michigan College of Medicine and its consolidated buildings. In 1913 the school was restructured as the Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery, passing under that name into the control of the Detroit Board of Education. These institutions are incarnated today as the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
In 1881, the Detroit Normal Training School for Teachers was established by the Detroit Board of Education. In 1920, after several re-locations to larger quarters, the school became the Detroit Teachers College. The Board of Education voted in 1924 to make the college a part of the new College of the City of Detroit. This eventually became the Wayne State University College of Education.
In 1917, the Detroit Board of Education founded the Detroit Junior College and would make Detroit Central High School's Old Main Hall its campus. Detroit's College of Pharmacy and the Detroit Teachers College were added to the campus in 1924, and were organized into the College of the City of Detroit. The original junior college became the College of Liberal Arts. The first bachelor's degrees were awarded in 1925. The College of Liberal Arts of the College of the City of Detroit is today the Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Recognizing the need for a good public law school, a group of lawyers, including Allan Campbell, the school's founding dean, established Detroit City Law School in 1927 as part of the College of the City of Detroit. Originally structured as a part-time, evening program, the school graduated its first class with the bachelor of laws degree (LL.B.) in 1928 and achieved full American Bar Association in 1939. The school is known today as Wayne State University Law School.
In 1933, the Detroit Board of Education voted to unify the colleges it ran into one university. In January 1934, that institution was officially named Wayne University, taking its name from Wayne County in which the University and the City of Detroit reside, as well as Major General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.
Continuing to grow, Wayne University added its School of Social Work in 1935, and the School of Business Administration in 1946.
Wayne University was renamed Wayne State University in 1956 and the institution became a constitutionally mandated university by a popularly adopted amendment to the Michigan Constitution in 1959.
The Wayne State University Board of Governors created the Institute of Gerontology in 1965 in response to a State of Michigan mandate. The primary mission in that era was to engage in research, education, and service in the field of aging.
Wayne State University grew again in 1973 with the addition of the College of Lifelong Learning. In 1985, the School of Fine and the Performing Arts, and the College of Urban, Labor, and Metropolitan Affairs grew the university further.
In the 2000s, WSU constructed several new buildings, including the Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio), a 207,000-square-foot (19,200 m2) facility for interdisciplinary work in the biosciences. More than 500 researchers, staff, and principal investigators work out of the building, which opened in 2016.
On June 5, 2013, the Board of Governors unanimously elected M. Roy Wilson as Wayne State's 12th president. He was sworn in on August 1, 2013.
In 2015, the School of Business administration was renamed the Mike Ilitch School of Business. The name was changed in recognition of a $40 million grant from Mike and Marian Ilitch. This gift was used towards building a new business school facility in Detroit, which opened in late August 2018. The new Mike Ilitch School of Business building is located on Woodward in the emerging 'District Detroit' development.
Wayne State's academic offerings are divided among 13 schools and colleges: the Mike Ilitch School of Business; the College of Education; the College of Engineering; the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts; the Graduate School; the Law School; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the School of Information Sciences; the School of Medicine; the College of Nursing; the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; the Irvin D. Reid Honors College; and the School of Social Work. Fall 2018 enrollment for the university consisted of 27,053 students; freshmen enrollment was 2,957 full-time students, the largest freshman class in the university's history.
Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan are the three institutional members of the State of Michigan's University Research Corridor.
Colleges and schools
Wayne State offers more than 350 undergraduate, post-graduate, specialist and certificate programs in 13 schools and colleges.
- Mike Ilitch School of Business
The Mike Ilitch School of Business offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, finance, global supply chain, information systems, management and marketing. At the graduate level, it offers an M.B.A. and M.S. degrees in accounting, automotive supply chain, finance, and data science and business analytics, and a Ph.D. with tracks in finance, management and marketing. The college also offers undergraduate and graduate certificates in entrepreneurship and innovation. These programs are fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 
- College of Education
The College of Education (COE) began as a teacher’s college in 1881. We now offer bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degree programs in thirty-seven program areas, many of which are award-winning and have received national recognition for their innovative, field-based practices. These programs are administered by four academic divisions: Administrative and Organizational Studies; Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies; Teacher Education Division; and Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations. These divisions are assisted by the Office of the Dean and two support areas: the Division of Academic Services (AS) and the Educational Technology Center (ETC). Both are dedicated to helping our students to succeed academically. The college’s student body generally consists of around 2,000 undergraduate students and almost as many graduate students. Approximately 40 doctoral degrees (Ph.D and Ed.D) are awarded by the COE each year.
Established in 1933, College of Engineering faculty generate approximately $20 million annually in research expenditures, particularly in areas of biomedical engineering and computing; advanced materials and flexible manufacturing; and green technologies such as alternative energy technology, alternative energy, and advanced battery storage. The college offers a range of engineering disciplines, including prominent several research areas in which faculty members focus on interdisciplinary teamwork and industry partnerships — alternative energy technology, automotive engineering, electric-drive vehicle engineering, environmental infrastructures and transportation engineering, materials and biomedical engineering, bioinformatics and computational biology, nanotechnology and sustainable engineering.
Established in 1986, the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) serves 2,200 students majoring in 16 undergraduate programs, 11 graduate programs and three graduate certificate programs. Many programs are nationally accredited. The college comprises four departments: the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Communication, and the Department of Music. CFPCA students have gone on to receive top rankings in national and international competitions and tournaments. Alumni include a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and recipients of and nominees for the Grammy, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe, Obie, Screen Actors Guild and Caldecott awards.
- Irvin D. Reid Honors College
The Irvin D. Reid Honors College was founded in 2008 and named in honor of Irvin D. Reid who served as the university's president between 1997 and 2009. The college's 2,183 undergraduate students are selected on the basis of academic performance. In addition to general education courses and courses in their majors, students in the Honors College enroll together in additional coursework which emphasizes academic skills and civic engagement.
One of just two public law schools in Michigan, Wayne Law blends legal theory with practice through six legal clinics, four externship programs, local and international fellowships and internships, and co-curricular programs. Its faculty is composed of teachers and scholars known for their contributions to legal study. The law school's alumni network of more than 11,000 judges, justices, law firm partners, entrepreneurs and government officials represents every state in the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) was formed in 2004 with the merger of the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science. The college receives approximately $20 million a year in external grants and contracts. CLAS consists of 19 departments: Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Mathematics, and Life Sciences categories. Programs include African American Studies, Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CMLLC), Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Geology, History, Mathematics, Nutrition & Food Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Urban Studies & Planning.
- School of Information Sciences
The American Library Association first accredited the master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in 1967, and continued accreditation in 2016. The MLIS degree is available online with select classes also offered on campus. In September 2017, the School became a member of the iSchool Consortium, and added a master of science in information management (MSIM) degree beginning in the winter 2018 semester.
Founded in 1868, the Wayne State University School of Medicine (SOM) offers master's, Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in 14 areas of basic science and public health to about 400 students annually. The school's research emphasizes neurosciences, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, perinatology, cancer, cardiovascular disease including diabetes and obesity, and psychiatry and addiction research. Research funding levels in 2018, including all grants and contracts from government agencies, private organizations and pharmaceutical companies, was $183 million. One of the school's major assets is the Richard J. Mazurek, M.D., Medical Education Commons, which was designed specifically for students and houses classrooms, student services divisions, the medical library, a sophisticated patient simulation center and the Kado Family Clinical Skills Center.
- College of Nursing
Founded in 1945, the Wayne State University College of Nursing offers an education focused on both clinical practice and advancing the state of nursing research, with a focus on addressing health in urban communities. The college offers BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD and graduate certificate programs. The Nursing Practice Corporation, the college's faculty practice plan, operates Wayne State's Campus Health Clinic, which provides health care services to the student community.
Established in 1924, the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is one of the founding colleges of Wayne State University. It is organized into four departments — fundamental and applied sciences, health care sciences, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences. It offers 11 fully accredited degree-granting programs,which maintain autonomous admission requirements, curricula, degree requirements and academic procedures.
Established in 1935, the school offers academic programs at the bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. levels. The school's Center for Social Work Research provides support for faculty research and scholarship, engages in relevant research with community partners, and offers consultation and technical assistance. In 2014-15, faculty submitted proposals valued at over $10 million, including an $113,400 annual grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for the Transition to Independence Program (TIP), a comprehensive support program for foster care youth enrolled at Wayne State University.
Academics and rankings
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Several of Wayne State's individual programs are well regarded:
- The Department of Chemistry was recently ranked 71st in the United States (tied with Dartmouth College, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Kansas) and among the top 150 chemistry departments in the world.
- U.S. News and World Report ranks Wayne State's Law School as a Top 100 law school, and the second-highest ranked law school in Michigan
- U.S. News and World Report also ranks the College of Nursing as one of the top nursing program's in the country
- The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was ranked one of the 50 best pharmacy schools in the country by Pharmacy Times
- The Department of Industrial and System Engineering was ranked 42nd in the country by U.S. News Grad School Ranking in 2015.
- The Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Department of Mathematics, are all ranked among top 200 in the world.
- The School of Social Work has been ranked 38th in social work in the U.S. News Grad School Health Programs Rankings.
- Wayne State University is listed as one of the top 34 percent of global universities by U.S. News and World Report
- The Irvin D. Reid Honors college named in honor of the university's ninth president, affords students the opportunity to become immersed in the Detroit community, participate in service learning and perform meaningful undergraduate research.
- The Mike Ilitch School of Business is annually listed as an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review, which ranks the top Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. Gartner has ranked the Ilitch School's academic programs in global supply chain management among the nation’s top 25.
- The medical school is ranked #69 by U.S. News & World Report in the nation for research.
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In fall 2018, Wayne State had a total of 27,053 students at the campus.
With $259.3 million in research funds awarded in 2018, Wayne State has received the Carnegie Foundation's ranking as a doctoral-granting university with the highest research activity. The university has a National Science Foundation ranking of 69 among all of the ranked universities.
Wayne State University's cost of attendance is composed of tuition, including a credit hour rate, student service credit hour fee, fitness center maintenance fee, and a registration fee. Class maintenance fees are applied on a course-to-course basis. The tuition varies depending on undergraduate (lower and upper level division) and graduate students. Although graduate programs, Law School and Medical School tuition differs.
Based on the costs of fall and winter semester tuition, books, transportation, living expenses, loan fees and other miscellaneous costs, the price of attending for a Michigan resident living off campus is roughly $17,384. Living on campus brings the cost to about $22,000. For non-Michigan residents, the cost is significantly higher. For a non-resident student living on campus, the cost is approximately $33,000. Graduate students who are residents of Michigan and living off campus pay approximately $19,144, resident graduates $24,383. Non-Michigan resident graduate students pay around $35,394.
Wayne State's main campus in Detroit encompasses 203 acres (0.82 km2) of landscaped walkways and gathering spots linking over 100 education and research buildings. The campus is urban and features many architecturally interesting buildings. Notable examples include the Helen L. DeRoy Auditorium, the Education Building, the Maccabees Building, Old Main, McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Chatsworth Tower Apartments, and the Hilberry Theatre. Many of these buildings were designed by notable architects such as Albert Kahn and Minoru Yamasaki.
Wayne State University is located at the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center Historic District and amongst many notable Detroit institutions and attractions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Opera House/Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Orchestra Hall, Comerica Park, Ford Field, Little Caesars Arena, the Fox Theatre, the Fisher Theatre, Grand Circus Park, and Campus Martius Park.
The Cass Corridor is one of the university's other notable surroundings, with a venerable history and culture that has left an imprint on many WSU alumni. Many notable events have taken place on or near the campus as a result of its unique location. Artists that got their start here include Chuck & Joni Mitchell, Alice Cooper, The White Stripes, The Detroit Cobras, MC5, The Stooges, Savage Grace, Ted Nugent and Grand Funk Railroad. The Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded their Freaky Styley album in this area, which was also home to Creem magazine — the first rock journal, and the first to use the terms "punk rock" and "heavy metal" and give recognition to the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Smiths and others. The now-razed Tartar Field was home to WABX's free Sunday concerts in the late 1960s and early 1970s featuring many of these musicians.
Beginning in the 1970s WSU held its criminal justice program classes in the 147,500-square-foot (13,700 m2) Criminal Justice Building, designed by Albert Kahn and built in 1920 in New Center. By 2016 the university stopped use of the building, then used by the Detroit Police Department for training purposes. WSU sold it to real estate firm The Platform for $2 million and it will become a mixed-use development.
With more than four million volumes, the Wayne State University Library System houses the 75th largest collection in the United States, according to the American Library Association. The system ranks among the nation's top libraries according to the Association for Research Libraries.
- The Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library, located at Wayne State's medical campus, houses the university's medical and health collections and is the primary library for the School of Medicine and the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
- The Arthur Neef Law Library, located on the north section of the main campus adjacent to the Wayne State University Law School, houses the university's law collections and is the Law School's primary library. Its collection of over 620,000 volumes makes it the second largest law library in Michigan. The library subscribes to over 1,500 journals and 1,000 loose-leaf services.
- The Purdy/Kresge Library, located near the center of main campus, serves as the primary research library for the School of Information Sciences. It contains print and electronic resources to meet the research and instructional needs of faculty, graduate students, and upper-level undergraduates. It also houses the university's main government documents collection and the offices of the university's Media Services Department.
- The David Adamany Undergraduate Library (UGL), located at the center of Gullen Mall, has over 700 computer workstations providing students with access to electronic resources. Its book and magazine collection is intended to support the learning needs of 1000 and 2000-level undergraduate courses. The UGL houses the university libraries' collection of approximately 8,000 videos, DVDs, laser discs and audiotapes. The UGL provides students with information on careers, computers and student survival skills. The Undergraduate Library is open 24 hours for both students and faculty.
- The Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, located on the easternmost portion of main campus at 5401 Cass Avenue, is the largest labor archives in North America and serves as the official archival repository for twelve major unions. It was established as the Labor History Archives for Wayne States University in 1960. In addition to labor records, the archives contain primary source material related to civil and political rights, especially those related to Detroit. The Reuther also houses the Wayne State University Archives dating from the institution's founding as the Detroit Medical College in 1868.
The university provides optional housing for all students in the form of apartments and residence halls. All buildings are equipped with connection to the university computer system, wireless Internet, laundry rooms, activity rooms, and a 24-hour help desk. There are also many housing options within walking distance of the campus that are not affiliated with the University.
Current university-owned apartment buildings consist University Tower, Chatsworth Tower, and Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments. In the hopes of bringing more residents to campus, Wayne State opened two dormitory-style residence halls in 2002: Yousif B. Ghafari Hall (formerly North Hall) and 2003 Leon H. Atchison Hall (formerly South Hall). This was the first time since the closing of the Newberry Joy Dorms in 1987 that the university offered dorm living. In 2005, the university opened The Towers Residential Suites, a residence hall open to undergraduate and graduate students. The Towers Café located in The Towers Residential Suites is the largest on-campus dining facility serving a variety of food. The Gold'N'Greens Café located in Ghafari Hall serves vegetarian, vegan, and kosher food.
- Ghafari and Atchison Halls provide housing for freshmen and upper students only. Halls feature double-occupancy rooms, fully furnished with private baths. Study rooms and social lounges, all equipped with wireless high-speed Internet, are found on each floor. These halls also include special interest communities such as Honors, Community of Scholars, 24 hour quiet floor, and an all-female floor. These two buildings connect on the first floor through a dining hall. Gold "n" Greens is an all vegetarian cafeteria that is also certified kosher dairy, with gluten and vegan options.
- The Towers Residential Suites, serving all students, is an 11-story tower with views as far as the Ambassador Bridge. The majority of rooms are suite style, containing four bedrooms attached to a shared living space. There are also studio rooms available. There are special interest floors throughout the building including, Honors, International, Graduate, 21 and up, and 24-hour quiet floors. This building also has study rooms and kitchenettes available for student use. Within the building is a café-style dining hall, Towers Café, and multiple fitness rooms. Also included in the building are many eateries, a pharmacy, post office, and a salon.
- Chatsworth Tower Apartments are available to graduate students, professional students and students with families, and located inside a nine-story historic landmark built in 1929. This structure features large studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments with ornate woodwork.
- The 300-unit University Tower complex opened in 1995 and offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as family units to juniors, seniors, graduates and professional students. Each apartment is wired for access to the university's computer network. The first floor offers wireless Internet access, a study lounge, large laundry facility and a childcare center. Wayne State's WDET radio station is also located on the first floor.
- In 2016, the university renovated The Thompson Home, formerly the home of the School of Social Work, into new residential units for students in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.
- In August 2018, Wayne State opened the first phase of the Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments, opening an 11-story building with room for nearly 400 residents. The second phase opened in 2019, consisting of the two wings north and south of the central tower that are 6 stories and 8 stories that add room for an additional 400 residents.
The university allows families with children to live in some units including Chatsworth Tower and University Tower. Residents are zoned to Detroit Public Schools. Zoned schools for all three apartments include DPS Foundation for Early Learners @ Edmonson (K-8), and King High School (9-12).
Sherbrooke Apartments were closed in September 2008. The Forest Apartments were closed after the 2004-05 school year and have since been demolished. The Chatsworth Annex apartments were demolished and replaced with greenspace and volleyball courts after the 2004-05 school year.
Tom Adams Field
Tom Adams Field, best known as Adams Field, is a 6,000-seat football stadium located on the campus. It is primarily used for Wayne State Warriors football of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a Division II conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The Field was named after Thomas B. Adams, a 1944 graduate and football and track athlete who later served on as a board member at WSU. Due to his athletic, military, and business achievements the Wayne State Football field was named in honor of him on October 11, 2003. The stadium turf has been replaced several times. The most recent replacement was in May 2015 when FieldTurfRevolution (2.5") artificial turf was installed. A new 35-foot video board was installed in August 2015. The eight lane Lowell Blanchard Track, located in the stadium, was first installed in 2006. Mondo surfacing was added to the track in 2011.
- Macomb Educational Center, Clinton Township
- University Center at Macomb Community College, Clinton Township
- Advanced Technology Education Center, Warren
- Schoolcraft College in Livonia
- OCC Orchard Ridge Campus, Farmington Hills
Wayne State offers more than 36 study abroad programs in 16 countries.
- The official student newspaper is The South End.
- The university hosts the public radio station WDET and runs the student online radio station WAYN.
- The WSU Alumni Association publishes the Wayne State magazine.
The university is governed by a Board of Governors consisting of eight members elected by Michigan voters for eight-year terms. Board of Governor members serve without compensation. The board elects a university president to serve as the chief executive officer of the university administration. The student body government is headed by a Student Senate (formerly the Student Council). Some colleges of the university have their own Student Senate, which reports back to the main Student Senate. The School of Law has its own Student Board of Governors.
The campus is protected by the Wayne State University Department of Public Safety. There are 65 commissioned officers serving Wayne State and the surrounding area. All Wayne State Police Officers are certified Michigan peace officers and sworn Detroit police officers. The department prides itself on a response time of 90 seconds or less to on-campus emergencies. The department consists of patrol officers, traffic safety officers, motorcycle officers, bike officers, three canine officers, three investigators, multiple officers assigned to task force positions, communications controllers, records personnel and other support staff. The headquarters is located at 6050 Cass Ave. The Department of Public Safety has been in existence since 1966. The department sponsors several programs throughout campus such as the RAD (Rape Aggression Defense), sells low-cost bike locks and steering wheel "clubs", offers free 'VIN Etching' sessions to help deter auto theft, and sends out monthly emails to keep the university updated on the department's activities. Students whom encounter trouble or distress on campus are encouraged to call the Wayne State Police division directly, rather than the city's 911 services.
Wayne State University Alumni Association
Created in 1935 and consisting of more than 274,000 alumni throughout the world, Wayne's alumni association provides support to graduates of the university through sponsoring events such as career booths and job fairs.
Fraternity & sorority life
Wayne State University hosts chapters of over two dozen fraternities and sororities, reflective of the diverse nature of the campus.
ΣΠ Sigma Pi, 1967, NIC
ΑΕΦ Alpha Epsilon Phi, 1988, NPC
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
ΔΣΘ Delta Sigma Theta, 1924, NPHC/Women
Co-educational professional, service or special interest Greek-letter organizations
Tβ∏ Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society, Michigan Epsilon Chapter
ΑΩ Alpha Omega, Local Co-ed Christian Service Fraternity
ΑΦΩ Alpha Phi Omega, May 27, 1948, PFA, Co-ed Service Fraternity
ΒΑΨ Beta Alpha Psi, Co-ed Honor Society, for Accounting, Finance and Information Systems
ΔΣΠ Delta Sigma Pi, PFA, Co-ed Professional Business
Inter-chapter cooperation is managed by several governing councils: the Multi-Cultural Greek Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC groups), and the Panhellenic Association (NPC groups).
The school's intercollegiate athletic program was established in 1917 by Director of Athletics David L. Holmes, who initially coached all sports. His track teams were nationally known into the 1950s; in his first 10 years, he produced two Olympians from the school's Victorian-era gym. Although he had major ambitions for Wayne and scheduled such teams as Notre Dame and Penn State in the 1920s, the lack of facilities and money for athletics kept the program small.
A student poll selected the name of "Tartars" for the school's teams in 1927. In 1999, the university changed the name to the "Warriors", due to the general feeling that the Tartar name was dated and most people were not familiar with the name's historical significance. Wayne State competes in men's baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, golf, swimming and diving, and tennis, and women's basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
WSU participates in NCAA Division II in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) for all sports except for fencing, which competes in the single division Midwest Fencing Conference.
Wayne State previously competed in men's and women's NCAA Division I ice hockey as a member of College Hockey America (CHA). The university dropped their men's program at the end of the 2007-08 season, followed in 2011 by ending the women's hockey program.
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- 1979: Men's Fencing - NCAA
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- 1985: Men's Fencing - NCAA
- 1988: Women's Fencing - NCAA
- 1989: Women's Fencing - NCAA
- 2012: Women's Swimming and Diving - NCAA DII
Fencing is a single-division sport with schools from all three NCAA divisions competing against each other.
- Architecture of metropolitan Detroit
- Cadillac Place
- Culture of Detroit
- Fisher Building
- Henry Ford Hospital
- New Center
- Product Development and Systems Engineering Consortium
- University-Cultural Center Multiple Resource Area
- Wayne State University Buildings
- The Institute of Gerontology
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