Frequently Asked Questions

Academics

Admission

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Campus, Community, and Student Life


Academics

Question: How does UDM’s rank compare with other universities?
Answer: University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest Regional universities in the 2012 edition of the U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” With 146 schools ranked in UDM’s category, the University made the top 25 schools in its category (#23), one of the highest-ranking Michigan universities to make the list.

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Question: What undergraduate programs are offered at UDM?
Answer: Undergraduate programs

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Question: What graduate and professional programs are offered at UDM?
Answer: Graduate & Professional programs

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Question: How good is UDM’s faculty?
Answer: UDM has about 336 full-time faculty members, 87 percent of whom hold doctorate degrees or the highest degrees available in their fields. I invite you to meet some of our faculty to get an idea of their approach to education.

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Question: What’s the average class size?
Answer: UDM students always comment on how much personal attention their professors give them. We encourage faculty and student interaction by keeping classes small, an average of 20 students, while maintaining a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13-to-1.

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Question: Does UDM offer an Honors Program?
Answer: Yes! The Honors Program at UDM provides academically superior freshmen the opportunity to enlarge their educational experiences through academic adventures beyond the classroom. The environment created will support students who want to study a variety of subjects intensively and to be challenged by an exceptionally demanding curriculum.

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Question: Does UDM offer career placement?
Yes! UDM’s Career Education Center supports our cooperative education program (3rd oldest in the nation!) and offers career development training to UDM students. The center provides the opportunity for students to explore career options, obtain career-related experience, and to find employment.

Our nursing, architecture, engineering, 5yr PA, and 5yr MBA students are required to participate in cooperative education as part of their curriculum. It is highly recommended for all others.

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Question: What study abroad opportunities are available?
Answer: UDM offers diverse study abroad programs to meet the needs of those interested. Based on the major of the student, we offer programs in such locations as Italy, Poland, Mexico, China, Australia, and England.

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Question: Does UDM offer credit for advanced placement exams?
Answer: Yes! Generally a student will need to present a score of 3 – 5 on an Advanced Placement exam (depending on the type) to receive credit. For details see the Advanced Placement Credit Guide.

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Question: Does UDM give credit for the International Baccalaureate program?
Answer: Students who have earned credit through the International Baccalaureate program may be eligible to receive UDM credit. Contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@udmercy.edu or (800) 6385-5020 for details.

Admission

Question: When should I apply for admission?
Answer: Freshmen should apply for admission during the fall of their senior year in high school.

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Question: Is there an admission deadline?
Answer: UDM offers rolling admission which means we will consider applications until the first day of school, however, for maximum scholarship and financial aid eligibility we recommend students apply for admission during the fall of their senior year.

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Question: What is needed for a complete application?
Answer: A complete application includes an application for admission, high school transcripts, and ACT or SAT scores.

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Question: What do I do if I have attended several high schools?
Answer: Send transcripts from each high school attended?

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Question: What are the admission requirements?
Answer: Generally we are looking for students who present a minimum 2.5 GPA and a 21 ACT or equivalent SAT score. Some programs require a slightly higher GPA and ACT/SAT score.

If you fall below the minimum requirements but feel you are a good candidate for admission, we encourage you to apply! For further information contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@udmercy.edu or (800) 635-5020.

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Question: If I have retaken my ACT or SAT, should I send you my new scores?
Answer: UDM will take new scores if you have taken multiple tests. We will take the highest subscore from each test taken to reconfigure the highest possible composite score for you.

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Question: How do I secure my spot in the freshman class?
Answer: To secure your spot, especially in our accelerated programs and programs in high-demand, you will need to submit an enrollment deposit of $150.00. You are welcome to mail your deposit to: The Office of Admissions, 4001 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221-3038 or call (800) 635-5020 with your credit card information.

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Question: Can we visit campus?
Answer: Yes! We encourage all students to come see what we are all about! - meet our faculty, talk to our current students, and tour our campus!

You are welcome to attend a Saturday Visit Day or meet with your admissions counselor one-on-one during an individual visit. We also offer class shadow and overnight visits as well.
For campus visit details see http://www.udmercy.edu/apply/visit_campus/index.htm or contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@udmercy.edu or (800) 635-5020.

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Question: When do students register for classes?
Answer: Freshmen will participate in an orientation session in the summer. During orientation students will take placement exams and will meet with their academic advisor to discuss career goals and plan their course schedule for the fall.

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Question: How do I report a change of address or other information?
Answer: Email your full name and change of information to admissions@udmercy.edu or call the Office of Admissions at (800) 635-5020.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Question: How do I apply for UDM scholarships?
Answer: Simply apply for admission and you will become eligible for any academic or non-academic scholarships available at UDM. For an academic scholarship estimate see our Freshman Scholarship Estimator.

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Question: Is other money available in addition to UDM scholarships?
Answer: Yes! We recommend all students file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1 of the senior year in high school. Students can file the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to list UDM (code 002323). The Office of Admissions can provide an early estimate of a family’s financial aid eligibility. Simply email the Office of Admissions at admissions@udmercy.edu or call (800) 635-5020 to request a financial aid estimator form.
Students and parents should also search for private scholarships at local business establishments, employers, etc…

The majority of UDM students receive scholarships & financial aid to help pay for their education.

Campus, Community, and Student Life

Question: How many students attend UDM?
Answer: Approximately 5,600 students are enrolled in our undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

Question: What is the student body like at UDM?
Answer: Sixty percent of our study body is female and 40 percent are male. About 29 percent are minority students. The average age of our students is 28, including graduate and professional enrollment. 63 percent are full-time, 37 percent part-time.

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Question: Where is UDM located?
Answer: UDM has three campuses:

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Question: What kind of housing is available?
Answer: The Office of Residence Life is houses approximately 800 residents in six different residence halls.

Shiple Hall (for all freshmen) is home to the First Year Experience program. It is a seven-story traditional style residence hall, with men and women occupying the top six floors. The residence floors in Shiple have community bathrooms with double rooms off a common corridor. Each floor also has a social lounge with comfortable furniture and a television, plus a smaller study lounge with the study tables and chairs. The building's main floor is attractively furnished, and provides a gathering space for Shiple residents and their guests. There is a game room on the ground floor, equipped with pool tables, ping-pong tables, foosball tables, and other furnishings. It is a site for many large scale Shiple Hall and Residence Life Office sponsored activities. The Office of Residence Life is located on the first floor of Shiple Hall.

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Question: Do freshmen have to live on campus?
Answer: No. About half of our freshmen choose to live on campus.

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Question: What’s there to do on campus?
Answer: Tons! No matter what interests you, you're sure to find friends at UDM who share your passion. We have more than 50 clubs and organizations that bring students together to build skills, make friends, develop networks and have fun.

Interested in joining a club that relates to your major? UDM has a Chem Club, American Institute of Architecture Students, Engineering and Science Student Council, Political Science Association, Philosophy Club and many others. Like to perform? Then check out the Ensemble of Praise, the Detroit Titans in Motion dance squad or the campus radio station. Want to make a difference through community service? Our Student Volunteer Association, the Student Senate, JUSTICE organization and fraternities and sororities are among the many campus groups that provide opportunities for students to give back.

This is all in addition to our social fraternities, sororities, campus newspaper, radio station, Division I athletic programs and intramural sports leagues.

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Question: How safe is campus?
Answer: UDM’s campuses are safe. To help our students feel save in our urban environment, the Department of Public Safety offers the following services: auto battery jump-starts, campus escort, educational programs, security surveys, emergency services, operation identification, conditional temporary parking, vehicle lockouts, and crime prevention seminars.
It is required that schools provide crime statistics. We welcome you to view our impressive reports at www.udmercy.edu/publicsafety.

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Question: What kind of sports are available?
Answer: UDM offers 19 NCAA Division I teams including the only Division I Lacrosse program in the state and competes against schools like Butler, Cleveland State, Valparaso, Loyola, and Green Bay (just to name a few). For more information about our programs and facilities visit www.detroittitans.com.

If you aren’t interested in competing at the Division I level, you are welcome to join Tommy Titan (our mascot) and watch from the student section of our stands or take advantage of our intramural sports programs. Go Titans!

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Question: Can freshmen have cars on campus?
Answer: Yes! There is plenty of on-campus parking for all students.