Student Commons

Investing in student success

The Wayne State University College of Nursing understands the importance of informal learning, much of which takes place outside the classroom. Even with modernizations to the Cohn Building, many students must still find study space in hallways and stairwells. With this in mind, the college is developing an informal learning space for students.

Students studying in hallway next to rendering of proposed study space

The Cohn Building needs a community hub where students can meet, work in teams, study effectively and collaborate on projects as they work toward becoming professionals. That space is the Students Commons. More than a brick-and-mortar project, it's an investment in student success.

Watch the video below to learn more from Dean Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo about how a contemporary space for informal learning will impact nursing student success.

An inviting, flexible space

The Student Commons will be located on the Cohn Building's third floor and will be an inviting, flexible space where nursing students can meet, study and engage in ways that are currently not possible. The commons will have different areas, or "neighborhoods," suited for different purposes. It will also feature a design and focus on technology essential to helping students thrive in a modern educational environment. 

Artist rendering of student commons layout

The Student Commons will bring students together as a cohort, encouraging professional socialization. Learning will be accelerated as students work together in groups, a major focus of the nursing curriculum. As undergraduates connect with graduate students, they will learn about different paths in nursing and broaden their career possibilities.

For all its academic benefits, the Student Commons also will be a place where hardworking students can relax in a comfortable environment filled with natural light, and will serve as the college's social hub.

Your opportunity to support nursing students

The Student Commons is more than a physical renovation project — it is an investment in student success. The college is fully depending on philanthropy to make the Student Commons happen and is seeking to raise $500,000 by 2020, the College of Nursing's 75th anniversary. Make your gift today!

How to give

You can support the Student Commons in the way that's most convenient for you, including:

  • Online: Make a secure gift by credit card.
  • Mail: Mail a check or money order payable to Wayne State University and include "Nursing Student Commons" in the memo line. Mail to: WSU Gift Processing, Academic/Administration Building, 5700 Cass Avenue, Detroit MI 48202.
  • Phone: Call 1-888-WSU-GIVE to make your gift by phone.
  • Pledge: To schedule a gift in multiple installments, please contact the College of Nursing's development office at 313-577-6967. To schedule a recurring pledge payment on your credit card, please visit and select your desired option under "How often will you donate?"

If you have questions, please call the College of Nursing Development team at 313-577-6967.

If the college does not reach its fundraising goal of $500,000 by 2020, all gifts will go toward the College of Nursing Student Success Fund.