About

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 
  • Service-learning 
  • 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

Mission Statement

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. 

We will create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities.