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.
UDM joins Michigan Colleges Alliance
In July, UDM became a campus member of the private college collaborative, Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA). Founded in 1949, MCA supports Michigan independent higher education in areas such as student access, scholarships and career opportunities. As a group, MCA's 15 college and university members represent more than 40,000 students, collectively Michigan's "third largest university." Alliance members were recently included in the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship program, providing Kalamazoo students with additional excellent college options.
- 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.
New Commerce Scholarship
Incoming freshmen with a high school grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, a composite ACT score of 30 or higher and significant community service or leadership experience will qualify for our new Commerce Scholarship, worth $25,000 per year. Additional scholarships are also available. Applicants to the MBA program who score 600 or higher on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) quality for a 50% reduction in tuition.
- During the 2013-14 Academic Year, the School of Dentistry completed a successful review by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) for its dental hygiene and expanded pre-doctoral dental education programs. CODA approved these UDM programs for the status of “Accredited without Reporting Requirements.”
- The entering class of 2018 has 144 students, with an average GPA of 3.65 and average Dental Admissions Test scores of 21, placing UDM students in the top 85th percentile nationally among all DAT candidates.
- The School of Dentistry received a $350,000 Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) grant to provide programming to increase the number of individuals from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds who enter the health and allied health professions program. Through an educational pipeline program, HCOP provides the support necessary to compete for, enter, and graduate from health or allied health professions schools.
College of Engineering & Science Hosts Student Research Symposium
University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science hosted its second annual Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposium in October 2014 to showcase student research in the College and raise greater awareness of the engineering and science fields to Detroit area high school students. The event was attended by 200 visiting high school students, with 100 E&S students and faculty presenting 60 research posters.
New Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Curricula Approved
The Michigan Board of Nursing approved the newly revised BSN curricula, traditional and second degree, which addresses the competencies for professional practice, includng teamwork/collaboration, quality improvement, safety, informatics, evidence-based practice and pateint-centered care.
Education Professor Named Deputy Mayor of Detroit
Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon was appointed to Mayor Mike Duggan’s Transition Team in Fall 2013 and named deputy mayor of Detroit.
Moot Court Program
Our award-winning Moot Court program takes UDM law students to competitions across the country as they argue legal issues in environmental, international, constitutional, asylum, criminal, and IP and IT law each year.
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.