Founded in 2008, the Irvin D. Reid Honors College is home to more than 2,200 high-achieving students who excel in an academic setting found only in Detroit. Students can join the College as first-year students, transfer students or current students after completing one semester at WSU. Learn more about how to apply to Honors.
The College provides Wayne State University's highest-achieving undergraduate students the opportunity to become members of an engaged and dynamic academic community built on the four pillars that define the Honors experience:
- Community engagement
- Undergraduate research
- Career exploration
As an Honors student, you will experience the state's only urban research university—centrally located in the heart of Midtown Detroit. You will have the opportunity to do in-depth, hands-on research with a faculty mentor and to go into local neighborhoods to make an impact and see results firsthand.
Benefits of Honors membership include:
- Access to a booming arts and entertainment scene
- Service-learning opportunities
- Access to top-tier research opportunities
- Access to world-class employers, most of whom are right down the street
- Dedicated academic advisors
- An Honors study area located on the second floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library
- Pre-priority registration
- Private scholarships
- Honors floors in Towers and Atchison residence halls
The Irvin D. Reid Honors College provides Wayne State University's highest-achieving undergraduate students the opportunity to become members of an engaged and dynamic academic community through a curriculum that is challenging, innovative and interdisciplinary. Honors courses enrich undergraduate education, providing a unique set of experiences that integrate our four defining pillars: community engagement, service-learning, undergraduate research and career exploration.
The Irvin D. Reid Honors College is committed to thoughtful, ongoing assessment of its academic program and makes our yearly findings available here:
IDR Honors College Program Assessment Report 2017-2018 (To be posted by the end of the academic year)