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 hosts GM Student Corps
The second GM Student Corps concluded its summer community initiatives on Aug. 19 with a day focused on college life at UDM's McNichols Campus. One hundred-six paid high school interns representing 12 schools, including the seven schools GM supports through the United Way Network of Excellence and Flint Southwestern Academy, spent the summer cleaning parks and schools, clearing bushes, planting flowers and shrubs, painting weather-beaten equipment and tackling other improvement projects they selected, planned and budgeted. They also took part in weekly life skills training sessions, toured GM facilities and businesses, and explored career and college opportunities. Sixty retired GM employees served as program mentors and volunteers. Thirteen UDM students were also hired as GM summer interns to provide additional guidance and project support.
UDM’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.
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)
- 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.
Student Chemistry Chapter Recognized
The UDM Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) received an Outstanding Chaper award in March. Of 1,066 ACS student chapters in the U.S., only 53 were so recognized in 2014, putting UDM’s “Chem Club” in the nation’s top five percent.
The Health Information Management program has successfully completed the first phase of the CAHIIM accreditation process with positive feedback.
Psychology Provides Summer Enrichment Program
The Doctoral Program was awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Health Career Opportunities Program (HCOP) to provide an educational experience for economically and educationally disadvantaged undergraduates. The grant assisted these students in developing skills to apply for and be accepted into graduate school in a behavioral health profession.
Mobile Law Office
UDM School of Law is the only school in the nation to have a mobile law office, which travels throughout Michigan assisting veterans through Project Salute and our Veterans’ Clinic.
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.