WAYNE – Another record breaking year in enrollment at Wayne State College has been set following a total of 801 students joining the freshman class.
According to a release from WSC, Wayne State College enrollment has soared for the fifth consecutive year growing by 24% since 2017. This also includes a 56% growth in the college’s graduate programs during the same span of time.
As a reflection of the College’s commitment to ensuring its programs provide equal opportunities, 21% of Wayne State’s newly enrolled students identify as minorities.
Headcount at the College has increased by 384 students since 2020, for a total enrollment of 4249, with significant gains in degree-seeking students. In addition to the growth in the number of students enrolled at the College, Wayne State has improved its four-year graduation rate by 3.5% and maintained a 73% retention rate for students moving from their first to second year of study. The average retention rate for open enrollment public four-year institutions like Wayne State is 61% , according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Wayne State College has continued to add quality academic programs to match the passion of its students and meet the demand of the work force. New academic pathways this year include a range of concentrations from Film Production and Theory, Sports Media, and Supply Chain Management for undergraduates, to Human Resource Management and Supply Chain Management focus areas for the MBA program and Special Education Supervision.
In keeping with the College’s focus on the work force, the newly created Supply Chain Management degree program integrates elements of logistics with the broad area of the supply chain in order to prepare students to provide skilled leadership for industry. With a strong business background and supply chain management degree, students will be prepared to work in multiple industries and improve business processes by developing sustainable solutions to complex problems.
In addition to new academic programs, Wayne State opened the newly renovated Benthack Hall this fall. Home to the College’s counseling, education and family and consumer sciences programs, the new facility will make an immediate impact on the region’s shortage of mental health practitioners with a dynamic learning environment that encourages students’ passionate approach to mental health care with a state-of-the-art counseling training clinic for students to perfect their psychotherapeutic practices with clients.
To enhance the quality of educator preparation at Wayne State, and in honor of its proud tradition as a teachers college, the renovation includes two state-of-the-art education labs to complement the content labs across campus. One lab is devoted to the study and instruction of English/language arts, reading, writing and literacy development. The other lab is devoted to the instruction and study of the sciences, mathematics and technology in education.
Benthack also serves as the home for family and consumer sciences, fashion merchandising, foods and nutrition as well as interior design programs. The foods lab houses six student kitchen stations and a teacher/guest demonstration area with audio and video presentation capability. The lab spaces for textiles, apparel and interior design share a collaboration, technology and presentation area to cultivate interdisciplinary approaches to these professions.