Freshman Admission Requirements / Frequently Asked Questions

Freshman Admission Requirements - FAQs

Admission to the University of Detroit Mercy is selective. Each student who applies is given an individual evaluation. Factors considered in making admission decisions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Academic performance
  • Activities and interests
  • ACT or SAT test scores
  • Teacher or Counselor Recommendation
  • A writing sample of at least 250 words on a subject of the students choice

Our admissions committee gives full consideration to all graduates of an accredited high school or recipients with acceptable scores on the General Education Development Test (GED).

Applicants with a "B" average or better with a competitive score on the ACT or SAT, will generally be admitted to programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Education, the College of Business Administration, the College of Health Professions, or the McAuley School of Nursing.

Applicants to the School of Architecture and the College of Engineering and Science will be expected to present a more competitive record, including ACT or SAT scores.

NOTE:  If you have coursework from another country (outside the U.S. or Canada), you must contact a recognized educational credential evaluation service based in the United Stated such as the World Education Services or the Educational Credential Evaluators. Order the evaluation stated below, and have the results sent to the University (see address below).

  • If you use WES, order the Document-by-Document Report.
  • If you use ECE, order the General Report with Grade Average.

Frequently Asked Questions for Freshmen

Thank you for your interest in University of Detroit Mercy. Below you will find some frequently asked questions about the admission process.

Q  What types of programs does UDM offer?

Answer  We are the most comprehensive, private University in the state offering nearly 100 academic programs like nursing, architecture, engineering, pre-dental, pre-medical, pre-physician assistant, engineering, architectural engineering, and business (just to name a few).

Accelerated 5-year programs enable students to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in a growing professional field, such as business (MBA) or cyber security. And our 7-year program in dentistry assures your place in a career-building dental surgery program.

Q  How much does it cost to apply for admission?

Answer  Applying to UDM is free if you apply online or you can use The Common Application.   

Q  How long does it take for a decision to be made on my application? And when and how will I be notified?

Answer  When all required documents including high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, a Teacher or Counselor recommendation, and a writing sample of at least 250 words on a subject of your choice are received, your admissions counselor will call you within two weeks with your decision. You will also receive your admission decision by mail.

Q  Does UDM offer direct admission?

Answer  Yes, the majority of our undergraduate programs including nursing offer direct admission. Students must meet the minimum admission requirements.

Question: Does UDM offer scholarships and financial aid?

Answer: Yes! More than 90% of our undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid including scholarships to help make UDM affordable.

To become eligible for UDM scholarships just apply for admission. Your admissions counselor will discuss your scholarship when an admission decision is made. For additional financial aid, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Be sure to list UDM (002323).

Q  Can I visit campus during the summer?

Answer  Yes, we welcome visitors year round. Visiting campus is an important step in the college selection process. Students need to see and hear, in person, about the opportunities a school has to offer.  Schedule a campus visit now

Q  How and when do I register for classes?

Answer  Freshmen participate in a two-day orientation program during which they will meet with their academic advisor to discuss educational and career goals. Then, together, they will plan an appropriate fall class schedule.

Have more questions? Contact the Office of Admissions to speak with an admissions counselor at 800-635-5020 or We look forward to assisting you!