WXYZ: Wayne State University welcomes largest freshman class in its history
Wayne State University will welcome its largest class of full-time freshman in its 150-year history. There were 2,955 full-time freshmen when classes began on Aug. 29, which is a 15 percent increase from last year's incoming class, according to the university. A few new facilities also await students: the new Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments housing nearly 400, the Mike Ilitch School of Business and the Hilberry Gateway Performance Complex this fall. “Now, more than ever, students are excited about Wayne State and about the opportunities here in Detroit,” said Provost Keith Whitfield. “This exciting influx of new students further solidifies Wayne State as a top-choice, destination institution.” The university has adjusted its financial aid award process to accommodate the increase in students: The university has increased its commitment to low-income and first-generation students through a robust suite of awards and programs, including a first-generation fee waiver and the Wayne ACCESS Award, which covers the full cost of all tuition and fees. More than one third of the incoming freshman class are recipients of the Wayne ACCESS Award and will pay zero out-of-pocket costs. While finalized enrollment numbers won't be available until mid-September, indicators show that this year's freshman class is diverse and academically strong. The incoming class also includes the university's largest FTIAC group – composed of full- and part-time students entering their first year at any college or university – in a decade. "We succeeded in focusing on creating connections with students as they navigated the college decision process," said Dawn Medley, associate vice president for enrollment management. "We've made a strong, strategic effort to share the Wayne State story, and to share how each student fits within that story."