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
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.
- 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.
AACSB Accreditation Renewed
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s premier accrediting agency for business schools, renewed the accreditation of the UDM College of Business Administration for another five years. Of the nearly 16,000 business schools in the world, fewer than 800 are accredited by AACSB; our accreditation thus places UDM among the top 5 percent of business schools across the globe. UDM’s programs have been continuously accredited by AACSB for more than 65 years, placing ours among the longest-running accreditations in the world.
- 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.
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.
CLAE Hosts First Sports Journalism Conference
The Communication Studies Department hosted its first sports journalism conference for high school students to highlight careers in sports communication. Students had the opportunity to speak with experts, including Tom Leyden, Channel 7 sports anchor; Lynn Henning, The Detroit News Tigers beat reporter; Joanne Gherstner, former espnW editor; Perry Farrell, Detroit Free Press sports reporter and Michael Happy, Fox Sports Detroit.
Applied Legal Theory and Analysis
The Dean's Advisory Board includes lawyers, judges and others actively involved in the legal profession from across the country who advise the School about how best to prepare UDM law graduates, keeping UDM School of Law current with the changing demands of the profession.
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.