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The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) was founded in 1990 with the union of University of Detroit and Mercy College of Detroit. It is a private Roman Catholic co-ed university located in Detroit, Michigan. It is affiliated with the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy. With origins dating back to 1877, UDM is the largest Roman Catholic University in Michigan. It is one of the twenty-eight members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the nation. UDM aims to provide excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education in an urban environment.


University of Detroit Mercy is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association). The institution also holds other discipline-based accreditations from agencies such as the Michigan Board of Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), Committee on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and the American Chemical Society.

University of Detroit Mercy offers more than a hundred undergraduate, graduate, and accelerated programs in diverse areas of study such as clinical psychology, engineering, architecture, liberal arts, dentistry, law, business, nursing and allied health professions. The institute also offers a variety of professional certificates such as addiction studies, African American studies, business administration, catholic studies, ethical leadership and change management, finance, language and cultural training, and pre-law / legal studies.

UDM’s accelerated or advanced programs lead to a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just five years. Students can choose the program that suits their career goals. Some of the accelerated degrees offered at UDM are the 5-Year Master’s Program in Architecture, 5-Year Physician Assistant Program, 5-Year BS/MS in Mathematics and Software Engineering, and the 5-Year Cyber Security Program.

Schools and Colleges:

University of Detroit Mercy is composed of the following academic colleges and schools: College of Business Administration, College of Health Professions/ McAuley School of Nursing College of Engineering and Science, the School of Architecture, School of Dentistry, School of Law, and College of Liberal Arts and Education.

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University of Detroit Mercy’s admission process is selective. The factors taken into consideration while evaluating each applicant are academic performance, activities and interests, ACT or SAT scores, and educational goals. Getting a transfer to the institute is fairly easy. Students seeking to transfer must send the completed application form along with their official transcripts from all previously attended institutes. International students are also encouraged to apply for admission. Applicants from non-native English speaking countries must provide a proof of proficiency in the language.

Financial Aid

University of Detroit Mercy offers financial aid to its students to help make a college education affordable. Financial assistance is offered through different mediums such as grants, scholarships, loans and work study programs. The grants and scholarships are both “gift aid” that do not require any repayment while student loans must be returned with interest .

The grants include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal ACG and SMART Grants, and TEACH Grant. Some of the scholarships offered to eligible UDM students are the America’s Marketing High School Scholarship, Benefactor Achievement Scholarship, Hispanic Leadership Scholarship, Insignis Scholarship, Jessie Slaton Memorial Scholarship, Jesuit-Mercy Scholarship, and Theatre Scholarship.

UDM also participates in a variety of federal loan programs. Some of the different types of loans offered to eligible students are Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, Grad PLUS loans, Perkins loans, Nursing Student Loans, the Faculty Nurse Loan Program, and Parent PLUS loans. Students can also opt for work-study programs that enable them to take up part time jobs to pay for college.

All students seeking financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1456th for the average student loan amount.
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University of Detroit Mercy boasts a vibrant and active campus life conducive to the overall development and growth of the students. The Student Senate acts as the voice of the student body. It organizes a variety of events and programs in the campus. Students are encouraged to participate in the registered organizations and clubs. Some of the student clubs are American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), American Chemistry Society (Chemistry Club), Detroit Titans in Motion (Dance Team), Campus Recreation Advisory Board (CRAB), Kappa Omicron Kappa, and Campus Crusade for Christ.

Greek life has a strong presence in the campus as well. The students are encouraged to participate in the various fraternities and sororities, such as Kappa Delta Rho, Phi Kappa Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Lambda Theta Pi, Sigma Pi, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Beta Gamma, and Zeta Phi Beta.

Media and Publications:

CST Radio is a student-operated radio station. It plays a variety of music from neo-soul to rock to jazz to Hip Hop and R&B.

Campus Facilities:

The Office of Residence Life at UDM provides housing options for the students looking for a home away from home. There are three main residence halls: Holden Hall, Quadrangle Complex (Quads), and Shiple Hall. Each of the accommodation units are well furnished and equipped with modern amenities such as television, kitchens, laundry rooms, and game rooms.

UDM offers an array of dining opportunities for its students. The Titan Dining Room is situated on the second floor of the Student Center. It presents a variety of delicacies including display cooking, eat all you can foods, pizzas and hot entrees. Some of the other on-campus dining outlets are The Loft, Cafe a la Carte, Corktown Cafe, and The Riverfront Cafe.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


University of Detroit Mercy sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as lacrosse, golf, basketball, baseball, soccer, and tennis. The sports teams are nicknamed the Titans. UDM competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. The colors are Red, White, and Blue.


Prominent University of Detroit Mercy alumni include:

  • Anita Barone, Noted Actress
  • Guy Sparrow, Former NBA player
  • Thomas Thewes, Co-founder of Compuware Corporation
  • Bill Bonds, Noted Journalist and Former Anchor of WXYZ-TV’s News
  • Paul Bikle, Former Director of the NASA Flight Research Center

Additional School Information

TitanCareerLink is intended to help UDM students and alumni with a self-governing career search program. It provides the information, links and other articles on topics such as career development and planning, resume tips, job search, and additional online links for the employment resources available on the Internet.

The Student Health Center at UDM is committed to assist the students in achieve their academic goals by maintaining and promoting their spiritual, physical, and mental well being. Their services and programs are designed in a way to educate students, so they can create a life-long blueprint of health optimizing behaviors and avert illness.


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  • Surhone, Lambert M. Timpledon, Miriam T. Marseken, Susan F. University of Detroit Mercy. VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller AG & Co. Kg, 2010. Print.

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Ranks 11th in Michigan and 322nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

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

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 9,512 1.33
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 344 0.05
Forcible Rape 427 0.06
Robbery 4,962 0.70
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15,994 2.24
Larceny 16,456 2.31
Vehicle theft 11,368 1.59

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Detroit, MI 48221-3038
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population45,381 (45,381 urban / N/A rural)
Households16,594 (2.68 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,263
Families11,588 (3.23 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium 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 District2613

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 206th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $35,920 $35,920 $35,920
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $915 $915 $915
FT Graduate Tuition $24,930 $24,930 $24,930
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,385 $1,385 $1,385
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $52,400 $52,400 $52,400
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $54,702 $54,702 $54,702
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $43,730 $43,730 $43,730

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $62,500 $62,500
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $10,113 $10,113
Law Degree — Tuition $39,630 $39,630
Law Degree — Required Fees $80 $80

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $32,500 $34,530 $32,500 $34,530 $32,500 $34,530
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,568 $1,624
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,290 $9,680
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,434 $4,658
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,382 $10,746
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,698 $6,034
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,698 $6,034

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,670 (1,295 male / 2,375 female)
Admitted 2,256 (788 male / 1,468 female)
Admission rate 61%
First-time Enrollment 481 (172 male / 309 female)
FT Enrollment 479 (171 male / 308 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (1 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment5,112

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Horizon League
NCAA Track & Field Conference Horizon League

ACT Test Admission

264th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28

SAT Test Admission

309th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 9%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 610
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 640
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 980 / 1250

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 Capacity965
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,890
Board Fee$4,180

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 520th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $85,279 ($92,422 male / $72,398 female)
Number of FT Faculty 325 (166 male / 159 female)
Number of PT Faculty 734
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $10,991,186

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