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.
New Scholarships Available
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 qualify for the new Commerce Scholarship, worth $25,000 per year. All candidates for the Commerce Scholarship are also eligible for the accelerated BS/MBA program. Additional scholarships are also available, including the new Catholic Schools grant. Applicants to the MBA program who score 600 or higher on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) qualify for a 50 percent reduction in tuition.
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) published the UDMSOD Pediatric Club chapter’s article regarding its experience at the AAPD Annual Meeting held this past May in Seattle and about becoming an official student chapter. It was published in the July 2015 "PDT, Pediatric Dentistry Today, The Magazine of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry."
- Members of the UDMSOD chapter of the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA) received the following awards at the 4th Annual Session of the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry:
- National SPEA Chapter of the Year Award
- National SPEA Best Communications Award
In addition, some members were appointed to some National SPEA positions:
- Hanan Kazbour-National Vice Chair of Membership Affairs
- Bianca Toma-Boji -National Vice Chair of Organizational Affairs
- Samneet Mangat- Regent Officer District 4
- Dr. George Goodis will be honored with the 2016 Part-Time Educator award from the American Association of Endodontics, recognizing his contributions to endodontics in the field of education and whose contributions have instilled in his/her students a desire to pursue excellence in their career.
- Long-time faculty of UDMSOD and Senior Scholar in Residence Robert Bruce MacIntosh, D.D.S., was recognized for lifetime achievement at the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Oral Surgeons in September 2015. The award acknowledges Dr. MacIntosh as a visionary surgeon whose accomplishments have influenced the scope of specialty practice.
Consortium Initiates NIH-sponsored Program to Support Students in Biomedical Fields
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded $21.2 million over five years to a consortium of University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, Wayne County Community College District and Wayne State University to implement a program encouraging more undergraduate students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research.
2015 REBUILD Detroit scholars
The initiative began this summer with a four-week enrichment program, which assisted students in developing academic skills to succeed in college. Student scholars from University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, Wayne County Community College District and Wayne State University participated in sessions at their home institutions while coming together weekly for discussion and collaborative activities.
See the rebuildetroit.org site.
Faculty Highlight Catholic Nuns Who Built U.S. Hospital Systems
Associate Professor of Health Services Administration Mary Kelly, RSM, and Associate Professor of Nursing Maureen Anthony presented the methodology and some findings of their study of Catholic nuns who have been responsible for building an extensive hospital system throughout the United States. This presentation was made Aug. 19, 2015. Watch the video here.
CLAE Recognized for Addiction Studies Program
The Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies program has been recognized by the online blog Best Psychology Degrees as one of the “30 great small colleges for a counseling degree.”
Engaged Law Faculty
Professors at the School of Law make presentations across the world and their scholarship is published in journals throughout the United States. In 2015-16 faculty have made scholarly presentations in Warsaw, Poland; Helsinki, Finland; Oxford, England (two professors at two different conferences), and London, England. Recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in leading law journals, including the San Diego Law Review, the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Law Review, Chicago Loyola Law Review, John Marshall Law Review, Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy, Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and Political Science Quarterly.
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.