Why choose WSU

A premier university in the heart of Detroit

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As Michigan's only urban research university, Wayne State is known for academic and research excellence, success across a diverse student body, and meaningful community engagement. Here are a few ways we stand out: 

  • More than $350 million awarded to WSU students annually in federal, state, institutional and private aid through scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs.  
  • Significant opportunities for experiential learning and clinical practice at major health systems and urban community organizations within walking distance of campus.
  • A partner with U-M and MSU in the University Research Corridor, which generates 95% of research in Michigan. 
  • Lowest undergraduate resident tuition among the state's three research universities. 
  • Ranked in the top 1.4% of universities worldwide. 
  • One of the nation's 50 largest public universities. 
  • Awarded the highest rankings for research and community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation.  
  • Offering a culturally rich, well-rounded, diverse educational experience in the heart of Detroit. 
  • More than 500 student organizations promoting camaraderie and hands-on experience beyond the classroom.

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Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) at WSU Applebaum

Founded in 1944, the Wayne State University Occupational Therapy program was one of the first to be established in the country. Beyond the department's rich history, an exciting transformation of the program has been completed. The entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program began in the spring semester of 2003. The program provides many exciting opportunities, and 100% of new graduates passed the NBCOT certification exam in the most recent year on record.