Great Things at UDM
Great Things University-wide
UDM Increases Standing in U.S. News RankingFor the twelfth year, UDM ranks among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in the 2013 edition of U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges." More
New Student Fitness Center Opens
In September 2012, UDM opened the new Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus, the first stand-alone structure built on the campus in more than 40 years. The 40,000 sq. ft. facility includes a gym with two courts, an elevated three-lane track, a group exercise room, a weight-lifting room and two rooms for cardiovascular workouts, each with a full range of equipment.
UDM Recognized for Community Service
University Named to Co-op Hall of Honor
University of Detroit Mercy was inducted into the Co-op Hall of Honor in 2011 in recognition of its commitment for the past 100 years to cooperative education, and for its example and leadership, which has contributed to the advancement of cooperative education. The University was the fourth required co-op program established in the country and the first in Michigan.
Library Collections Now Online
University Libraries and Instructional Design Studio now has a number of collections available online including the Commencement book collection; issues of the 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 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, while offering service to those less fortunate. Participation gives students and colleagues a chance to live the charisms of the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. In 2011-2012, 40 students and 11 colleagues participated in the service trips. In 2013, UDM students will travel to New Orleans, LA, Tuscaloosa, AL, Sacramento, CA, Chicago, IL, Salem, WV, Nogales, AZ and Detroit, MI to focus on an issue of social justice, including disaster relief, hunger and homelessness, immigration, interreligious dialogue, urban poverty, and environmental sustainability For more information, visit the University Ministry website.
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.
During FY 2011-2012, 82 percent of UDM students received some form of financial assistance, totaling more than $129 million. The University provides scholarship support to students, averaging nearly $50 million annually.