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.”
UDM offers federal grant to first-generation students
First-generation, economically disadvantaged and/or students with disabilities will soon receive even greater support at University of Detroit Mercy through a new five-year, $1.1 million Student Support Services (SSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This is the University’s first TRIO Programs grant.
The new grant will provide more services to first-generation and low-income students and students with disabilities. Activities will focus on increasing student retention and success by strengthening their engagement at UDM, particularly in mission-oriented activities. See the press release, media coverage and 1stGen@UDM video playlist for more information.
SOA Faculty Participate in Detroit-Berlin Connection Conference
Associate Professor of Architecture Noah Resnick and Instructor of Architecture Tadd Heidgerken were featured presenters at the second Detroit-Berlin Connection conference held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MoCAD) in midtown Detroit, May 20. The all-day conference focused on the possibilities of Detroit Techno to be a cultural catalyst through the transformation of the massive vacant Fisher Body Plant #21, just east of the New Center area. The subject of the presentation was Resnick's architecture studio, in which 13 students are proposing design visions for this iconic building. See media coverage for more information on the conference.
New Scholarships Available
Incoming freshmen with a high school grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, a composite ACT score of 30 or higher, and significant community service or leadership experience qualify for the new Commerce Scholarship, worth $25,000 per year. All candidates for the Commerce Scholarship are also eligible for the accelerated BS/MBA program. Additional scholarships are also available, including the new Catholic Schools grant. Applicants to the MBA program who score 600 or higher on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) qualify for a 50 percent reduction in tuition.
- 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.
Consortium Initiates NIH-sponsored Program to Support Students in Biomedical Fields
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded $21.2 million over five years to a consortium of University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, Wayne County Community College District and Wayne State University to implement a program encouraging more undergraduate students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research.
2015 REBUILD Detroit scholars
The initiative began this summer with a four-week enrichment program, which assisted students in developing academic skills to succeed in college. Student scholars from University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, Wayne County Community College District and Wayne State University participated in sessions at their home institutions while coming together weekly for discussion and collaborative activities.
See the rebuildetroit.org site.
MHSA program recognized in top health administration program list
UDM College of Health Professions’ Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) program was ranked 15th in the Healthcare Management Degree Guide, “Top 20 Online Master in Health Administration and Health Care Management Degrees 2014.” Read the full ranking list for more information.
Internships Prepare Communication Studies Students with Great Experience
The Communications Studies Program consistently places its students in media internships at newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations around metro Detroit, which is one of the major media markets in the nation.
Law Clinics Address Community Legal Needs
The UDM School of Law provides more than 12,000 hours of free legal services to residents of Detroit and surrounding communities every year through the following community clinics:
- Criminal Trial Clinic
- Criminal Appellate Clinic with the State Appellate Defenders’ Office
- Immigration Clinic
- Intellectual Property Clinic
- Juvenile Law Appellate Clinic
- Veterans’ Clinic
- Veterans’ Appellate Clinic
The clinics are housed in the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center in the Water Buhl Ford III Hall, a beautifully renovated historic firehouse adjacent to Dowling Hall on UDM's Riverfront Campus.
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.