Great Things at UDM
Below are just some of the distinguishing features and faculty that reflect educational excellence at UDM.
U.S. News Ranks UDM in Top Tier
For the 15th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest Best Regional Universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges." In addition to the University's ranking of #23 in the magazine’s annual list of regional universities, UDM was also named one of the "Best Colleges for Veterans" and "A+ Schools for B students."
Michigan's Largest Catholic Institution of Higher Education
UDM is Michigan's largest Catholic institution of higher education and is sponsored by two religious orders: the Society of Jesus and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest Community.
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.
Downtown MBA Launched
Beginning Fall 2015, the College is offering its MBA program in two locations. In addition to the McNichols Campus, the MBA program is now available at the Riverfront Campus on Jefferson Avenue, which also houses the School of Law. Downtown MBA classes begin at 6:00 p.m. for the convenience of those working in Detroit’s central business district.
- The entering class of 2019 has 144 students with an average GPA of 3.53 and the average Dental Admissions Test scores of 20, placing UDMSOD students in the top 85th percentile nationally among all DAT candidates.
- Students and faculty from University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, University of Detroit Mercy, and Wayne State University School of Medicine were one of six teams chosen by national competition to participate in the 2015 Inter-professional Leadership Program sponsored by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). The team developed an inter-professional oral health initiative for the Detroit community called “Smile Detroit” (Students in Michigan for Inter-professional Leadership Education) with the aim to provide oral screenings and referrals at free clinics. In support of the project’s implementation, the team was awarded $1,000 from PAEA.
- In February 2015, UDMSOD dental students headed to Lansing to meet with Michigan lawmakers. There, they discussed important interests relevant to dental students and the dental profession, hoping to a make long-term influence on policy making.
Tech Day Draws High School Students
The College of Engineering & Science (E&S) hosted its 25th Annual Technology Discovery Day Event: STEM Spring Fling, April 17. More than 400 high school students from Metro Detroit participated and approximately 100 UDM students volunteered in this year's event. A variety of displays and activities from the College and local companies exposed students to engineering and science.
Video: Nursing students on TV
University of Detroit Mercy Nursing students Caitlyn Gauthier and Marcus Smith appeared on WJBK-TV's Fox 2 News Morning show, April 26, to discuss why Michigan's infant mortality rate is higher than the national average, with Detroit's rate more than double the national average. Watch the video online.
Cyber Security Programs Support Homeland Security
The Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies (Center) focuses on the production of experts in the practices of protecting our Nation's cyber-dependent infrastructure. The academic program is built around the National Security Agency (NSA)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (NIETP/CAE). The research and public service offerings range from supporting cyber competitions in the middle and high schools to working with law enforcement and private industry.
Law Clinics Address Community Legal Needs
The UDM School of Law provides more than 12,000 hours of free legal services to residents of Detroit and surrounding communities every year through the following community clinics:
- Criminal Trial Clinic
- Criminal Appellate Clinic with the State Appellate Defenders’ Office
- Immigration Clinic
- Intellectual Property Clinic
- Juvenile Law Appellate Clinic
- Veterans’ Clinic
- Veterans’ Appellate Clinic
The clinics are housed in the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center in the Water Buhl Ford III Hall, a beautifully renovated historic firehouse adjacent to Dowling Hall on UDM's Riverfront Campus.
Calihan Hall Installs New Scoreboard
The University of Detroit Mercy Department of Athletics installed a new four-sided, center-hung video scoreboard in Calihan Hall for the 2015-16 basketball season. See press release and media coverage for more information.
UDM Ranks High in NCAA Graduation Success Rate
All 19 University of Detroit Mercy varsity sports had multi-year scores above the NCAA qualifying mark - for the third-straight year - with four teams posting perfect 1000 multi-year APR scores for the latest 2012-13 data. The four perfect scores are tied for the most in the state with the University of Michigan, and second in the Horizon League.
UDM boasts the fourth highest NCAA Graduation Success Rate (81) in the state of Michigan among schools with Division I athletic programs. And more than 70 percent of our student-athletes qualify for the Athletic Director's Honor Roll. Over the last decade UDM is the only school in the state of Michigan to score 80 or higher every year on the GSR.
Softball Student-athletes Recognized
In October, the University of Detroit Mercy softball team placed 10 student-athletes on the All-America Scholar Athlete award list provided by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.