Great Things at Detroit Mercy
Below are just some of the distinguishing features and faculty that reflect educational excellence at UDM.
U.S. News Ranks Detroit Mercy in Top Tier
For the 16th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest Best Regional Universities in the 2017 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings. In addition to being the highest ranking Midwest Regional school in Michigan in the magazine’s annual list, Detroit Mercy has also now been named one of the “Best Values” in the region and continues to be an “A+ School for B Students.”
Four Detroit area Catholic colleges update consortium agreement
The four presidents from the Detroit Area Catholic Higher Education Consortium (DACHEC) met on Monday, Nov. 10 on the McNichols Campus to reaffirm the consortium agreement that exists between the four institutions—University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, Madonna University and Sacred Heart Seminary, for undergraduate students.
The agreement was first signed in 1967 as the Detroit Area Consortium of Catholic colleges for cooperative student exchanges. In addition, the agreement helps develop programs through which member institutions can make a contribution to the greater community and the Archdiocese of Detroit. The agreement was last signed in November 1994 and this recent signing reflects new norms and practices.
School of Architecture Participates in NCARB Integrated Path Initiative
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced UDM School of Architecture as one of the first 13 accredited architectural programs to be accepted for participation in the NCARB Integrated Path Initiative. The initiative encourages programs that are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) to propose a pre-graduation integration of education, experience requirements and the opportunity to take each of the six divisions of the new Architect Registration Examination 5.0.
When the program commences, UDM students will have the option to pursue a six-year course of study that will position them to complete all requirements for professional licensure at the time of graduation, reducing their time to licensure by as much as 33 percent.
100% Job Placement for BS/MBA Students
Since it was established in 2009, every graduate of the College’s accelerated, 5-year BS/MBA program has secured professional employment with regional or national firms prior to graduation. Recent employers include Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and General Motors Toyota, Blue Buffalo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Deloitte Touche, Plante Moran, Absopure, and Faurecia, among others. Students in the 5-year program complete two internships and an international experience, and receive mentoring from an industry executive.
- The entering class of 2019 has 144 students with an average GPA of 3.53 and the average Dental Admissions Test scores of 20, placing UDMSOD students in the top 85th percentile nationally among all DAT candidates.
- Students and faculty from University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, University of Detroit Mercy, and Wayne State University School of Medicine were one of six teams chosen by national competition to participate in the 2015 Inter-professional Leadership Program sponsored by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). The team developed an inter-professional oral health initiative for the Detroit community called “Smile Detroit” (Students in Michigan for Inter-professional Leadership Education) with the aim to provide oral screenings and referrals at free clinics. In support of the project’s implementation, the team was awarded $1,000 from PAEA.
- In February 2015, UDMSOD dental students headed to Lansing to meet with Michigan lawmakers. There, they discussed important interests relevant to dental students and the dental profession, hoping to a make long-term influence on policy making.
Architectural Engineering Program Receives Accreditation
The Architectural Engineering (AE) program received accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation commission of (ABET). Architectural Engineering is a vital field to create sustainable buildings.
Students work on real-world projects beginning in their freshman year, providing needed engineering assistance to Detroit non-profit organizations. In upper class classes, students design energy efficient buildings that are healthy places to live and work. The AE program is unique since students are required to complete one year of paid co-operative education job placement before graduation.
PA Program Chair receives Physician Assistant Education Association Interprofessional Leadership Grant
Assistant Professor and Chair of the Physician Assistant Program Amy Dereczyk received the 2015 Physician Assistant Education Association Interprofessional Leadership Grant. The grant will develop an oral health public health initiative that can be implemented in the City of Detroit. See Wayne State University press release for more information on the initiative.
Positive Employment Trend for Psychology School Specialists
The Psychology Department’s School Specialist Program passed its eighth consecutive year of graduating a class with full employment.
Law Review Symposia
In 2015-16, the Law Review at UDM School of Law celebrates its 100th anniversary. It is one of the oldest student-edited and managed law reviews in the country. The Law Review publishes on a regular basis and hold symposia every year that bring practitioners and legal academics to the School of Law to speak on a variety of timely topics. This year the Law Review will hold two symposia: one focusing on legal issues about the Great Lakes, and the other, our Centennial Symposium, exploring how the law has been an integral part of Detroit’s history, including the recent bankruptcy proceedings. Prior symposia have focused on urban agriculture, immigration policy and economic growth, intellectual property law, and the jurisprudence of Justice Clarence Thomas.
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.