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Established as Madonna College by the Felician Sisters of Livonia in 1937, Madonna University received its current name in 1991. This private, non-profit, Catholic university is located in suburban Livonia, Michigan. Though the institute has a strong affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church, it attracts students and faculty of diverse faiths. MU is regarded as one of the largest Catholic Franciscan independent universities in the nation.


Madonna offers programs leading to associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees as well as certificates in diverse areas of study such as accounting & business law, history, learning, art, management and marketing, psychology, religious studies & philosophy, mathematics and computer science, criminal justice, education, gerontology, sociology, and nursing.

Certificate programs include Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post MSN Certificate, Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-MSN Certificate, Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-MSN Certificate, Bereavement Post Master’s Certificate, and Business Strategies for Nurses Post-MSN Certificate.

The Office of Continuing Education & Professional Studies offers noncredit and professional programs in diverse fields of study including information technology, business, visual arts, grant writing and nonprofit management, health care, languages, sales and marketing, web design, and writing. The affordable courses meet the educational needs of students seeking to define a new career path, learn a new skill or explore a favorite subject.

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Freshman students seeking admission must send the completed application form along with the application fee, official transcripts, a 250-word essay describing educational goals, and ACT or SAT scores. Getting a transfer to the school is also fairly easy, applicants must send the completed application form along with all official transcripts from previously attended institutions. International students are encouraged to apply for admission as well. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must take a test to provide a proof of their proficiency in the language.

Financial Aid

MU offers a variety of financial aid programs to help the students meet their educational expenses. The institute provides financial assistance through various mediums, including grants, scholarships, loans, work-study programs and veteran benefits. All students seeking financial aid must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Some of the federal and state grants offered by the university are the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.

Students can also apply for the various private and state scholarships including Trustee Scholarship, Felician Presidential Scholarship, Murphy Excellence Scholarship, St. Francis Dean Scholarship, Catholic Leadership Award, St. Sebastian Athletic Award, Performing Arts Scholarship, and Crusader Awards. Also offered are loan programs for the students, however this type of financial aid must be returned with interest.

Madonna also offers work-study programs for students that enable them to take up part-time jobs to help pay for college and gain work experience in their field of interest at the same time. The school also presents veteran benefits for the veterans, service members, and the family members who qualify.

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MU boasts a campus experience that is vibrant and supports the overall development of the students, allowing them to interact with each other in a friendly atmosphere. The students are encouraged to join the diverse clubs and organizations on the campus. Students have the freedom to express concerns and provide solutions to the campus community. The Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the connection between the students and the administration.

Some of the registered student organizations are American Society of Safety Engineers, Animal Awareness Organization, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Early Childhood Club, Roller Hockey Club, United Video Game Club, Society of Future Teachers (SFT), Paralegal Studies Student Club, Sign Language Club, and Social Work Association. MU campus is also home to a variety of honor societies including Chi Alpha Epsilon, Kappa Gamma Pi, Delta Mu Delta, Sigma Phi Omega, Phi Alpha, Sigma Zeta, Lambda Epsilon Chi, and Sigma Theta Tau International.

Media and Publications

Madonna Herald is the student-operated newspaper and The Transept is a journal produced by the students of the University.

Live 365 is the student-run online radio station.

Campus Facilities

The university offers on-campus housing facilities for students seeking a home away from home. The residence halls are composed of single rooms, double rooms, and quad rooms. The units are well furnished and equipped with modern amenities for the convenience of students including a kitchenette with stove and refrigerator, sink, telephone, cable television hookup, and Internet access.

The Office of Disability Resources (ODR) was introduced in 1976 to provide assistance to students with documented disabilities and ensure that they get equal rights to education and campus experiences. The ODR staff works as a team to form the best possible learning environment for students with disabilities. Some of the services offered include note taking, sign language, career counseling and advice.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The school’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Crusaders. Madonna is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC).

Information Summary

Ranks 8th in Michigan and 264th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 108 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 19 0.02
Robbery 40 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 308 0.32
Larceny 1,589 1.64
Vehicle theft 211 0.22

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Livonia, MI 48150-1176
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population28,069 (28,069 urban / N/A rural)
Households11,003 (2.52 people per house)
Median Household Income$59,015
Families7,915 (3.02 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District2611

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1437th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $16,200 $16,200 $16,200
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $140 $140 $140
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $540 $540 $540
FT Graduate Tuition $10,980 $10,980 $10,980
FT Graduate Required Fees $140 $140 $140
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $610 $610 $610
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $27,944 $27,944 $27,944
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $28,704 $28,704 $28,704
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $20,504 $20,504 $20,504

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $14,700 $15,300 $14,700 $15,300 $14,700 $15,300
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,080 $1,112
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,430 $7,694
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,024 $2,096
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,430 $7,694
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,748 $2,844
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,748 $2,844

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,089 (403 male / 686 female)
Admitted 667 (264 male / 403 female)
Admission rate 61%
First-time Enrollment 191 (72 male / 119 female)
FT Enrollment 183 (71 male / 112 female)
PT Enrollment 8 (1 male / 7 female)
Total Enrollment4,399

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conf
NAIA Baseball Conference Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conf
NAIA Track & Field Conference Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conf

ACT Test Admission

761st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

272nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 4%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 630
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 640
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 990 / 1270

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity283
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,866
Board Fee$4,334

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1414th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,934 ($71,830 male / $63,135 female)
Number of FT Faculty 120 (41 male / 79 female)
Number of PT Faculty 120
FT Faculty Ratio 1 : 1
Total Benefits $3,895,669

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