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October 2015


US News logoU.S. News Rankings

University of Detroit Mercy, for the 15th consecutive year, is listed in the top tier of Midwest Best Regional Universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges." UDM was also named one of the "Best Colleges for Veterans" and "A+ Schools for B students."

Factors that contributed to UDM's high ranking included the University's positive first-to-second year student retention rate of 81 percent; a favorable student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1; and higher SAT and composite ACT scores of incoming students. Only 113 universities were ranked in the top tier of U.S. News' Midwest Best Regional Universities. For more information, read the press release and check out the U.S. News Profile.

Titan 10 logoRecent graduate breakfast discussion on entrepreneurship

UDM will host a Titan 10 (recent graduate) breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the Detroit Golf Club. The discussion will center on entrepreneurship. Two UDM alumni will speak to their experiences as entrepreneurs and what tools they used to make their businesses successful.

Guest Speakers
Paul Britten '85 School of Architecture
President, Britten Studios, Incorporated
Helping some of the world's leading brands visually connect with their audiences.

Jason Vazzano '00 College of Business Administration
President, Vectorform
Inventing digital products and experiences for the world's leading brands.

To register and learn more about the speakers, please visit

The Whale LogoUDM Theatre

Did you know that as an alumnus of UDM you receive a special discount to purchase UDM Theatre tickets? Individual adult tickets are only $22 for UDM alumni. Also, the UDM Performing Arts Department is proud to introduce Networking Nights! For more information on Networking Nights, please visit and choose Theatre.

UDM Theatre Company will open its 45th season with The Whale at the Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale on Friday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. Purchase your tickets today!

Titans LogoDetroit Titans

Your Detroit Titan student-athletes are busy competing this fall in a variety of sports. This weekend Women's tennis will take on University of Toledo, Women's soccer will challenge Northern Kentucky, Men's soccer will play Cleveland State and Men's and Women's cross country will compete at the Greater Louisville Classic. On Friday, Oct. 16 Detroit Titan Athletics will celebrate the upcoming Men's and Women's basketball seasons with "Hoop Night" at 5:30 p.m. in Calihan Hall. Visit for more information. Go Titans!

Engineering & Science Symposium

The UDM College of Engineering & Science will host its Student Research Symposium on Friday, Oct. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Engineering Building's High Bay. The Symposium will highlight the research done by undergraduate and graduate students in the College. For more information, visit the event page.

Papal Visit, "Love is Our Mission"


Pope Francis, the first ever Jesuit Pope, is only the fourth pope to visit the United States. The Pope arrived in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24 and returned to Rome on Sept. 28. Jesuit universities across the United States celebrated his arrival to the United States. Read a note drafted by UDM President Antoine Garibaldi welcoming Pope Francis and take a moment to share how your Jesuit education transformed you.


UDM Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad in Brazil

University of Detroit Mercy has been awarded $84,707 to administer a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (GPA) to Brazil. The curriculum enhancement program is open to UDM faculty members and up to seven K-12 educators who teach social sciences and/or the arts to visit northeast Brazil for four weeks during the summer of 2016.

K-12 educators from Detroit and area schools are encouraged to apply! Applications are being accepted now through Dec. 1, 2015.

Download the overview form (PDF) to review criteria and application guidelines.For more information about the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad, see the UDM news release or contact project director Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or