Great Things at UDM


Great Things University-wide

UDM Increases Standing in U.S. News Ranking

For the thirteenth year, UDM ranks among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in the 2014 edition of U.S.News and World Report's "Best Colleges"  More

University of Detroit Mercy Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named University of Detroit Mercy to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

UDM Named in Top 10 Michigan Colleges with Best Return on Investment

affordableUniversity of Detroit Mercy has the seventh highest return on investment (ROI) in the State of Michigan, according to a list provided by Affordable Colleges Online. The data comes exclusively from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and the Carnegie Foundation.

Affordable Colleges Online is a website that assists students in identifying affordable college options and providing information about financial aid, college rankings as well as other factors that prospective students should consider when making a choice.

Schools were ranked by various factors including public or private institutions, tuition costs and their accreditations. 

Library Collections Now Online

University Libraries and Instructional Design Studio now has numerous unique University collections available online including the Commencement book collection; official history books of the University: the Varsity News student newspaper from 1917 forward, issues of Dichotomy, Architecture's student journals; and [SIC], the student arts journal published by the English department's Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance rates of UDM graduates to medical and dental schools are approximately double the national average.

Student Service Trips

University Ministry offers multiple service trips throughout the academic year: Alternative Winter Break (AWB) in early January, Alternative Spring Break (ASB) in mid-March, and the International Service Experience (ISE) in late April/early May. 

These trips provide students an opportunity to see the world in a different light and build relationships of solidarity with one another. Participation gives students and colleagues a chance to live the charisms of the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. During the 2013-2014 school year, 70 students and colleagues traveled to such locations as New Orleans, Tuscaloosa, AL, Chicago, Sacramento, Salem, WV, New Jersey, as well as Detroit, to help those in need: building and rebuilding, dealing with immigration issues, hunger and homelessness, urban and rural poverty, and environmental sustainability.

Service Learning Classes

More than 90 courses across the University incorporate Service Learning in classes, resulting in course-related, direct services to the poor and marginalized in our community. Throughout the school year, approximately 1,800 UDM student volunteers provide service in conjunction with approximately 140 community service agencies.

Two Historically Significant Archives

The McNichols Library hosts two historically significant archives: the James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive, which houses the papers of Fr. James Carney, S.J., a missionary whose life was dedicated to social justice for the poor and landless in Honduras; and the Black Abolitionists Archives, which houses a collection of materials documenting the efforts of more than 300 men and women involved in the abolitionist movement from 1760-1829.

Library is a Literary Landmark

UDM's McNichols Library is designated a literary landmark in honor of Dudley Randall, the former Detroit poet laureate and University librarian.

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.

Financial Assistance

During FY 2013, 82 percent of UDM students received some form of financial assistance, totaling $155.2 million. The University provides scholarship support to students, averaging nearly $50 million annually.

White House Representatives Visit UDM Campus

During the White House representatives’ visit to Detroit on Sept. 27, 2013, the White House announced the awarding of nearly $300 million to the City of Detroit from government, philanthropic and private sources. On the same day, the University of Detroit Mercy hosted a private discussion among a small interfaith, interdenominational group of local religious leaders and members of the Obama Administration. Among the guests were Secretary Shaun Donovan, Housing and Urban Development; Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council; and Don Graves, a deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Treasury and executive director of President Barack Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Graves is the administration's point person on the federal response to the financial crisis in Detroit. The meeting was an excellent exchange of ideas and recommendations among some of Detroit’s major religious leaders, including Archbishop Allen Vigneron and Bishop Don Hanchon.

UDM Celebrates Scholarly Research

UDM held the eighth annual Celebration of Scholarly Achievement on April 16, 2013, highlighting research, writing and presentations by University faculty and students.The event highlighted four books, 16 book chapters, 86 journal articles and 38 conference proceedings articles published by UDM authors. The celebration also featured 66 poster presentations, five electronic presentations, four oral presentations and one non-print project.

Jesuit Superior General Meets with UDM Officials


On Oct. 11, Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus, met for the first time with all presidents and board of trustee chairs of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. During this historic meeting at Loyola University Chicago, Fr. Nicolás shared his thoughts on how the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola can inspire the presidents' and chairs' leadership of their institutions. Read the article for more.

From left: John Lewis, UDM Board of Trustees chair, Antoine M. Garibaldi, UDM president, Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus, and Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus, in Chicago, Oct. 11. Photo courtesy of AJCU.

UDM Offers Programs at WCCCD Eastside Campus

wcccdAn agreement between University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and WCCCD allows students to take advanced courses from UDM in a variety of subjects either at WCCCD’s University Center (Harper Woods) or online. The UDM courses and degrees include a graduate certificate in finance; bachelor’s programs in health information management and social work; and master’s degree programs in educational administration, curriculum and instruction, and mathematics teaching. This convenient eastside location provides students in the St. Clair Shores, Eastpointe and Grosse Pointe communities an easier way to complete their degrees.