"Current Facts About Detroit Mercy"
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., assumed his position on June 1, 2011. Previously, Dr. Garibaldi served as president of Gannon University in Erie, Pa., from 2001-2010.
Recognized as a national scholar in higher education, Dr. Garibaldi’s career spans more than 35 years as a tenured professor, accomplished researcher and educational administrator. During his tenure as Gannon University’s president, the university’s enrollment increased by 24% from 3,401 to 4,238 students, the highest in 17 years, and its endowment more than doubled. In 2008, he successfully completed the largest comprehensive fund-raising campaign in Gannon’s history, raising more than $31.5 million in private gifts and $8 million in foundation and government grants. Other major accomplishments during his nearly ten-year tenure include: U.S. News & World Report top-tier rankings for seven straight years, Best Value (or Great School, Great Price) rankings for five years, and a Top Up-and-Coming recognition; highly successful five-year Strategic Plans I and II; establishment of the Erie Technology Incubator; and acquisition of and major renovations to more than a dozen administrative, academic and student housing buildings.
Office of the President
The University of Detroit (founded in 1877) and Mercy College of Detroit (founded in 1941) consolidated in 1990 to form the University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan's largest and most comprehensive Catholic university. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus and the Religious Sisters of Mercy, the University is committed to quality education, service of faith, promotion of justice and compassionate service to persons in need, in order to establish future generations of students as leaders in the 21st century. UDM's History
The purpose of a UDM education is to graduate students who can set and achieve their own goals, find meaning in their lives, and make lasting contributions to their communities. The core curriculum is designed to provide each student — regardless of major — with the critical thinking, communication and leadership skills he or she needs to do just that.
UDM has a vital and diverse student population of approximately 4,920 students, of which 59 percent are female and 41 percent are male. About 18 percent are minority students. The average age of our students is 26, including graduate and professional enrollment. 74 percent are full-time, 26 percent part-time.
UDM has 225 full-time faculty members, 90 percent of whom hold doctorate degrees or the highest degrees available in their fields.
Our 11-to-1 student/faculty ratio and small average class size guarantee personalized one-on-one interaction between students and our faculty of nationally-recognized teachers and scholars.
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Career Preparation & Co-op Programs
Our Career Education Center offers comprehensive career planning and placement services to students and graduates. The University also provides a nationally-recognized cooperative education program that places approximately 400 undergraduate students each year in career-related salaried positions. Our co-op program is the third oldest continuous program in the country, and the oldest program in Michigan. It is available to students in all programs, and is required in Architecture, Engineering, and Nursing.
More than 89 percent of our graduates who find employment within six months upon graduation are in full-time positions in career-related fields.
UDM maintains six residence halls, which house approximately 800 students.
UDM has three campuses in Detroit, one located in the residential northwest area of the city and two in or near downtown, providing academic programs and services for full-time, evening and weekend students. Our two professional schools include the School of Dentistry, located on our Corktown Campus; and the School of Law, located in downtown Detroit.
Our more than 72,000 living alumni include Michigan State Supreme Court justices, prosecuting attorneys, major executives of Fortune 500 companies, university presidents and educators, medical researchers, prominent architects, dentists and engineers, managers in automotive companies, partners in major accounting firms and graduates in virtually every Detroit area hospital. Our graduates reside in all 50 states and nearly 100 foreign countries from Algeria to Zambia. Alumni Community.