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.
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.
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.
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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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).
Brooke Bright graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She currently resides with her family in Northern Illinois. When she is not chasing her two sons around you can find her organizing something or reading a mystery novel.