Great Things at UDM
Below are just some of the distinguishing features and faculty that reflect educational excellence at UDM.
Great Things University-wide
UDM Increases Standing in U.S. News RankingFor the fourteenth year, UDM ranks among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in the 2015 edition of U.S.News and World Report's "Best Colleges" More
UDM ranks #14 in the "2015 College Choice Ranking"
Great Student Experiences
The School of Architecture has its own full semester exchange program with Warsaw Institute of Technology, also giving students the opportunity to spend a semester in Poland.
The School of Architecture was recognized by Architect Magazine as one of six schools in the country committed to social justice.
The School of Architecture is the only school in the area with its own in-house architecture practice, giving students the opportunity to work on real projects while serving their local community. The Detroit Collaborative Design Center was recently named as one of the top 100 most influential organizations in the country for “public interest design.” Their work as leaders of the community engagement process for the Detroit Future City project received excellent feedback and promises to be groundbreaking in the field of urban design for post-industrial cities.
UDM has the only accredited school of architecture anywhere in North America at a Jesuit or Mercy University, ensuring students a great, well-rounded education with an emphasis on leadership and service.
Students Reflect Academic Quality
Over the past two years, the College welcomed its largest and second-largest freshman classes. Incoming freshmen currently average 23.9 on the ACT (with a comparable average on the SAT), compared with a national average of 21.0 and an average of 20.1 for the State of Michigan.
At the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session held in March 2014, the UDM ADEA chapter received the Award for Outstanding Chapter Organization, which recognizes students who create programs, sponsor events and educational activities and support advances in dental education.
The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) annual Gold Crown Awards recognized Graham Greenland ‘10, current ASDA Chapter President, with the District 6 Delegate of the Year Award for his personal dedication and outstanding achievement on behalf of ASDA and its local chapter members.
Dr. Riyad Al-Qawasmi, associate professor in the Department of Orthodontics, was awarded the American Association of Orthodontists’ 2014 Subtelny, Baker, Eastman Teaching Fellowship Award of $15,000 for research to evaluate the heritability of smile genetics in non-treated siblings.
College Offers New Programs
The College now offers a Master of Environmental Engineering and a new minor in Computer Science. Also, three new five-year programs were implemented:
- Bachelor of Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering/Master of Electrical Computer Engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering / Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Bachelor of Civil Engineering / Master of Environmental Engineering
UDM Receives Grant to Address Need for Health Care Providers
University of Detroit Mercy is one of three Michigan schools to receive nearly $700,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fill the health care employment gap in medically underserved areas. Grant money will be used to give tuition support to nurses enrolled in UDM’s family nurse practitioner (FNP) program, earning either a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Full-time students are eligible for the grant, allowing them to receive $22,000 in scholarship money for two years. It will also be available for part-time students in their final year, providing them up to $11,000 in scholarship money. Many students in the program who come from the surrounding tri-county area, especially Detroit, stay and help serve the local population.
Additional grants inlcude $19,233 (for FY 2015) in nurse anesthetist traineeship and $135,390 (for FY 2015) in support of the nurse faculty loan program.
Professor Creates Award-Winning Documentary
"Stealing Home," a documentary created by Associate Professor of Communication Studies Jason Roche, chronicles a group of determined Detroiters who have fought the blight and restored the grounds where Detroit's historic Tiger Stadium once stood. The film has won several awards, including the Detroit Free Press ‘Best of the Fest.’ Watch a preview of “Stealing Home” on YouTube.
Mobile Law Office
UDM School of Law is the only school in the nation to have a mobile law office, which travels throughout Michigan assisting veterans through Project Salute and our Veterans’ Clinic.
Titan Classic Sports: The new 24-hour TV network
This fall, UDM partnered with WADL-TV to launch the Titan Classic Sports Network, a new channel devoted to Detroit Titans sports 24 hours a day! It is only the third network in the country dedicated to the athletics of a single university, broadcasting games from decades of University sports history.