Great Things at UDM
Below are just some of the distinguishing features and faculty that reflect educational excellence at UDM.
UDM ranks #14 in the "2015 College Choice Ranking"
UDM ranks #14 in the "2015 College Choice Ranking of Regional Universities – Midwest." The "2015 College"Choice Ranking of Regional Universities – Midwest" is based exclusively on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to the most recent nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, these factors include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates in the post-college job market. Each of these factors was weighted equally in the ranking and data was derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.
Service Learning Classes
More than 90 courses across the University incorporate Service Learning in classes, resulting in course-related, direct services to the poor and marginalized in our community. Throughout the school year, approximately 1,800 UDM student volunteers provide service in conjunction with approximately 140 community service agencies.
- UDM’s School of Architecture has had the best overall passing rates in the state on the architecture license exams four years in a row.
- At the time of graduation in May 2014, 75% of architecture graduates had at least one full-time job offer before graduation.
- At the American Institute of Architecture’s Michigan Awards Banquet in June 2014, SOA alumni, students and faculty won several key awards, including the Young Architect of the Year award, the AIA Michigan Associate of the Year Award, the prestigious AIA Michigan President’s Award for service to the profession through contributions in the academic realm, and finally, one of our graduates won the state-wide award for the best student project of the year.
- SOA alumnus James Timberlake, FAIA, ’74, was named by President Obama to the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors.
- SOA alumnus Mickey Jacob, FAIA, ’81, ’82, was the 2013 national president of the American Institute of Architects.
- SOA alumni were named the “Best Young Architect of the Year” in Detroit for four of the past six years.
- SOA alumni were also named “Best Young Architect of Year” for the entire State of Michigan (four winners at this level in the past six years.)
- UDM School of Architecture graduate students won the statewide award from AIA Michigan for the best student design project in Michigan in 2013 and 2014.
- In the last two years, 11 of the 16 available scholarships awarded statewide by the Michigan Architecture Foundation went to UDM students.
College Earns Spirit of Detroit Award
The City Council of Detroit has bestowed a 2014 Spirit of Detroit Award on the College of Business Administration’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and Dr. Jeanne David was recognized as a 2014 Tax Assistance Program Champion by the Accounting Aid Society for her leadership of the VITA site. Thirteen student volunteers also received letters of appreciation from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
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.
UDM receives National Science Foundation grant
University of Detroit Mercy has been awarded a $194,996 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its ADVANCE IT-Catalyst program. The program’s intent is to increase the representation and equity for women faculty members in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, which will also impact their female students. Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Xiaohui Zhong is the principal investigator.
Nursing Students Experience Study Abroad
The McAuley School of Nursing debuted its first nursing learn abroad opportunity with students traveling to Dublin, Ireland, in May to immerse themselves in the Mercy tradition while spending time at the original House of Mercy, two hospitals and a school of nursing. Students learned about the life, work and history of Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy. This experience emphasized the meaning of a Mercy-Jesuit, values-based education.
More than 20 Majors and 20 Minors
The College of Liberal Arts & Education offers more than 20 majors and minors to help give students the edge in today’s job market. A UDM liberal arts education helps students gain skills employers want by creating graduates who are flexible and relevant in a rapidly changing workplace.
Law Clinics Address Community Legal Needs
The UDM School of Law provides legal outreach services to approximately 2,100 clients 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
- Mediation Training and Clinic
- Veterans’ Clinic
- Veterans’ Appellate Clinic
The clinics are now 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.
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.