Wayne State University has long prided itself on being an institution of access and opportunity for students, no matter their background. Now, the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Colleges rankings has identified Wayne State as one of the top-performing schools in the nation — and the best in Michigan — at helping economically disadvantaged students succeed and graduate.
The Best Colleges rankings, now in its 37th year, ranks Wayne State 66th in the nation and first in Michigan for the social mobility it provides for its students.
“This ranking is another indication that our commitment to access pays off for our students,” said WSU President M. Roy Wilson. “I think what truly sets us apart from other institutions is that we are also a top-ranked research institution comprised of about 40% graduate students. Our research is among the best in the nation, and we make it accessible to students from a broad array of backgrounds. That is unique and an opportunity that very few universities in this country have to offer.”
U.S. News debuted its social mobility ranking in 2019. The ranking is calculated by looking at the number of students who enroll and graduate and who received Pell Grants. Students who receive Pell Grants typically come from households with family incomes of less than $50,000.
According to U.S. News, “Economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to finish college, even when controlling for other characteristics. But some colleges are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants.”