New admission information for Fall 2021

Application deadline for Fall 2021 admissions was Dec. 15, 2020 and therefore we are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2021 admissions. Applicants who are considered for admission to Wayne Med-Direct were notified (on Jan 22) via email to anticipate an admission decision by Feb. 22. Virtual interviews are scheduled for Mar. 6.


We understand that these are challenging times and many students have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. WSU is committed to our mission of providing access to an excellent and affordable education.  Therefore, we have modified the Wayne Med-Direct admissions process and requirements for the 2020-21 application cycle. 

  • Application deadline for fall 2021 entry to Wayne Med-Direct: Dec. 15, 2020 
  • Wayne Med-Direct will continue to be an Early Binding Decision Program
  • New eligibility criteria for fall 2021: 

Wayne Med-Direct evaluates candidates through a holistic admission process. To be eligible to apply, you must: 

    • Have a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA  
    • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident 
    • Be an incoming freshman 

Students can select the test-optional pathway to apply to Wayne Med-Direct without submitting an ACT or SAT score.  

Preference will be given to students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds who are also interested in studying health disparities. 

  • Admission process 

Applications will be evaluated by the Wayne Med-Direct admission committee using a holistic approach. 

25 semifinalists will be selected and called for a virtual interview. 10 finalists will be selected from the semifinalist pool from the interviews. 

  • Admission timeline for fall 2021 

All communication will be delivered via email to the address provided in the application. 

    • WSU undergraduate application becomes available online: Aug. 1, 2020 
    • Application deadline for Wayne Med-Direct: Dec. 15, 2020 
    • All applicants will be notified with an admission decision (if selected for an interview or not): by February 22, 2021
    • Semifinalists Virtual Interviews: March 6, 2021 
    • All semifinalists will receive an admission decision by: Mar. 8, 2021 
    • Wayne Med-Direct Finalists must notify the Wayne Med-Direct program of their acceptance of the admissions offer within 14 days 


Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. How will high school transcripts be evaluated given the variable approaches taken by school districts related to pass/fail or credit/no credit or other COVID-19 related grades?

While your transcript and GPA will be a key component of your application to Med-Direct we understand that transcripts this year will reflect a variety of different approaches in instruction and grading. Therefore, we will hold students harmless for receiving pass/fail, credit/no credit, or other grading systems adapted. Each academic record will be reviewed within the context of all previous coursework for which grades are available while also considering the student's academic performance and the rigor of the curriculum selected.

  1.  I was unable to take SAT or ACT due the cancellation of standardized tests due to the pandemic. Will students who have submitted a test score receive an advantage in the Wayne Med-Direct application review process?

Students who are unable to provide test scores will not be disadvantaged and are encouraged to apply to the Wayne Med-Direct program. 

  1. I was unable to participate in extracurricular activities due to the COVID-19 stay at home orders. Will this negatively affect my Wayne Me-Direct application? 

Our goal is to hold students harmless for the unique challenges encountered during the pandemic. Therefore, we encourage students to share their specific challenges in an optional essay we will reserve for that purpose.

  1. Will Wayne Med-Direct students be required to live on campus in the residence halls? 

The Wayne State University residence halls have remained open and students are able to live on campus.  The Wayne Med-Direct program will continue to provide housing support for admitted students. During the pandemic students will be provided the option to live at home or live on campus in the residence halls.