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Great Things at UDM

Below are just some of the distinguishing features and faculty that reflect educational excellence at UDM.


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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.


Money magazine ranks UDM in list of country’s best colleges

University of Detroit Mercy was recognized by Money magazine on July 28 as one the best colleges in the country, based on graduation rates, degree costs and return on investment. Sixteen Michigan colleges and universities were ranked in the magazine’s list of 665 public and private colleges and universities.

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Great Academics

  • arch studentsUDM’s School of Architectrue received an eight-year accredictation from the National Architecture Accrediting Board  (NAAB),  the new maximum term length.

  • The School of Architecture is a multiple national award winner from the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards for our innovative “integration of practice and the academy.”

  • School of Architecture faculty played a key role in the City of Detroit’s “Detroit Future City” project, which has established new cutting edge planning and development ideas for the city.

  • Associate Professor of Architectrue and Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center Dan Pitera was awarded the 2014 AIA Michigan President’s Award for contributions to the profession.

  • The School of Architecture is the only school in the area with its own private, custom designed facility in Italy, giving students the chance to spend a full semester in Tuscany for about the same cost as living on campus.

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Dual Enrollment Launched

The College of Business Administration successfully launched its first dual enrollment courses in 2014, with more than a dozen highly qualified students from five area high schools taking introductory business courses alongside UDM students on the McNichols Campus.  

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Great Outcomes

  • 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.

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Great Outcomes


Upon graduation, 100 percent of the 2014 Engineering graduating class is currently employed or in graduate school.

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HIM Accreditaton

The Health Information Management program has successfully completed the first phase of the CAHIIM accreditation process with positive feedback.

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“ASK the Professor” Broadcasts 64th Year

UDM's own radio-style quiz show—and one of the oldest quiz shows still broadcasting in the U.S.— recently began its 64th year on the air. Produced by CLAE’s Communication Studies Department, the show creates opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience as radio show producers.

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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.

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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.

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