Why choose WSU

A premier university in the heart of Detroit

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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Joe Tocco
Read about student Joe Tocco's hands-on experience at the start of the pandemic.

Key benefits of the WSU Physician Assistant program

  • Curriculum of leading medical content experts lecturing to students and facilitating case-based medical education.
  • Interaction with patients from start of program and continuously throughout your educational experience.
  • Access to a culturally rich, diverse and well-rounded educational experience at a premier teaching and research institution.
  • Clinical rotations in all the major health care systems throughout the southeastern Michigan.
  • Utilization of standardized patients for clinical skills testing center at the WSU Medical School.
  • Commitment to student hands-on experience with to human dissection in anatomy course.
  • Service-learning through extensive community with Detroit public schools, Detroit Special Olympians, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and by participating in inter-professional team visits with older metropolitan Detroit patients.
  • Nationally ranked and #1 ranked PA program in the state of Michigan.