Welcome from the President

Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
President, University of Detroit Mercy

Thank you for your interest in University of Detroit Mercy. As you will see when you explore this website, UDM is a highly ranked institution of higher education with more than 100 outstanding undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. For the eleventh consecutive year, UDM is ranked as a top-tier university in the Midwest tier of the United States by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2012” edition. This ranking is a reflection of the academically talented students we enroll; excellent retention and graduation rates; small class sizes; the generosity of our alumni; and other important indicators. Our University’s values-centered and student-focused approach to learning empowers students to develop themselves intellectually, professionally, personally, spiritually, ethically and socially.

As a University firmly grounded in the Catholic traditions of the Society of Jesus and Sisters of Mercy, with approximately 5,500 students, UDM’s commitment to offering a holistic approach to teaching and learning and to serving students’ needs is constantly evident, inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to offering more than 100 varied academic majors, UDM also has excellent facilities and resources to complement students’ educational and co-curricular experiences.

We expect undergraduate enrollment to be approximately 3,000 with this year’s class of first-year students totaling more than 500 students. Graduate registration is at 1,050, and the professional school enrollment is at a high of 1,060 due to the School of Dentistry’s first-year class expansion from 96 to 144 new dental students.

At UDM, we take pride in having all the right ingredients for a successful college career, including a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio; supportive academic faculty and a full range of extra- and co-curricular activities, including more than 60 campus clubs and organizations, and challenging leadership opportunities. If you are also interested in athletics, UDM has 19 competitive NCAA Division I athletics teams and an active intramural program. Our coaches expect and demand that our student-athletes also perform well in the classroom. Because of this emphasis on academic performance, our nearly 300 intercollegiate student-athletes collectively earned a 3.18 grade point average during spring semester. In addition, 65% of UDM’s student-athletes earned a 3.0 grade point average or above; and 37% earned a 3.5 or above during the spring semester. Sixteen student-athletes obtained perfect GPAs of 4.0 in the spring semester.

UDM also provides wireless network access to the University community across the McNichols Campus, as well as to 10 computer centers and laboratories. All three of University of Detroit Mercy’s campuses use state-of-the-art-technology to facilitate professional development opportunities and teaching and learning resources for our faculty and students.

When you visit the University, you will see that we have completed several major construction projects, including: a new student fitness center and a park-like Kassab Mall; a major renovation of the 84-year-old Chemistry building; new exterior windows in the McNichols Campus Library; a new basketball court in Calihan Hall; an additional 21 operatories, a new simulation lab, a new student lounge and fitness center in the School of Dentistry on the Corktown Campus; further renovations to the School of Law’s Dowling Hall on the Riverfront Campus; updates in the Warren Loranger Architecture building; enhanced dining areas including the new Subway station; and improvements to residence halls on the McNichols Campus.

As you narrow your college choices to one institution, please remember that approximately 83,000 successful University of Detroit Mercy alumni reside in every state of the nation and in 63 countries. These alumni are engineers, scientists, lawyers, priests and women religious, brothers and deacons, teachers, physicians and nurses, business executives, and government professionals. They are highly accomplished leaders in their professions, in their churches, and in their communities.

I hope you will visit us soon and experience the many positive attributes of University of Detroit Mercy to see why “We want great things for you.” We are all committed to helping you achieve your academic, professional and personal goals.

Sincerely,

Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
President, University of Detroit Mercy