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 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.
- 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.
Engineering Professor Named Fulbright Scholar
Dr. Nihad Dukhan, professor of Mechanical Engineering, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for the 2014-2015 academic year to do research and assess a new approach for enhancing teaching thermodynamics at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in Turkey.
PA Class of 2014
The Physician Assistant Program’s class of 2014 was the largest graduating class (43 students) in the past 15 years.
Professional Education Program Is Nationally Certified
University of Detroit Mercy’s Teacher Education Program, designed to develop effective educators in today’s world, is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) through 2017.
Law Review Symposia
The Law Review at UDM School of Law brings accomplished practitioners and legal academics to the School of Law to speak on a variety of timely legal topics. The 2014 Law Review Symposium was entitled Going to Seed: Urban Agriculture in Distressed Cities. It featured Canadian and American (both national and local) scholars and activists involved in the legal issues surrounding the urban farming movement. UDM’s own Dan Pitera, associate professor in the School of Architecture and director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, delivered the keynote address. Prior symposia have focused on immigration policy and economic growth, intellectual property law, and the jurisprudence of Justice Clarence Thomas.
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.