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Admissions, Costs & Academics
UDM is a “moderately selective” university according to most college guide books, admitting freshmen students who are “above average” in their high school record and ACT or SAT college test scores. Admission for transfer students is based primarily on an applicant’s record in previous college courses, a record which must demonstrate a strong probability of successfully completing the desired academic program listed on the application. For both freshmen and transfer students, special attention is paid to achievement in courses which relate closely to the intended area of study at UDM.
Admission to the University
A visit to campus is highly recommended. Visitors have an opportunity to discuss their academic plans with an admissions counselor and often are able to meet with students and faculty in the program they would like to enter. As a result, people who visit often have a much better idea of whether or not UDM is indeed the best place for them.
Admissions criteria differ depending on the educational goal at UDM and whether or not the applicant has had previous college experience. Most people will be reviewed either as freshmen (no previous college experience at all), transfers (previous enrollment at a community college or four-year institution), and international students (all applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents). People enrolling for undergraduate courses who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university are considered “post-degree” students. Students enrolled at other colleges who wish to take UDM courses and transfer them back to their regular institution enroll as “guest” students. Details in each of these areas are provided below.
UDM is committed to equal educational opportunity in admissions regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, handicap, military service, height, weight, marital status or political belief. UDM reserves the right to review the individual circumstances of applicants who have been convicted of criminal offenses.
To request information or make an appointment with an admissions counselor, call or e-mail the Admissions Office.
As a comprehensive urban university, UDM enrolls students of all ages in daytime, evening and weekend programs. Students over the age of 23, who have not previously attended college, are not required to take traditional college entrance exams for freshmen, but must submit high school transcripts and may be asked to complete academic placement tests as part of the admissions process to help them begin college work in the most appropriate courses.
Many academic programs offer flexible scheduling. Depending on the area of study, several courses are offered during day, evening and weekend timeslots.
Recommended High School Preparation
In making an admissions decision, the overall strength of the high school courses completed is important. Applicants who have completed advanced placement, international baccalaureate, and honors courses, for instance, are recognized for the special effort they have made to complete the strongest possible college prep program while in high school.
To receive information about academic programs at UDM and procedures for submitting admissions applications students should visit our website at www.udmercy.edu, E-mail requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Admissions Office at (800) 635-5020. People who prefer to write should send their request to the Admissions Office, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221-3038. Applicants should request their official high school transcripts and ACT or SAT I test scores be sent directly to the Admissions Office at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Deadlines for Freshmen Applications
ACT or SAT Results
Advanced Placement Program
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
UDM welcomes applications from students who have begun their studies at community colleges or other four-year institutions. Admissions counselors who work only with transfer applicants provide information, advice and assistance for students considering transfer to UDM. A 2.O GPA in previous college work is generally considered the minimum acceptable for admission, though it doesn't guarantee admission. Many academic departments require a higher performance level of at least 2.5 in previous college work. As with high school applicants, individual academic programs may also require successful completion of specific courses. Applicants whose records otherwise make them eligible for admission may complete required courses at UDM and then seek entry directly to their desired program.
Recommended Preparation Before Transferring
Community College Articulation Agreements
UDM has a number of “2 + 2’’ and “articulation agreements’’ with community colleges and other four-year institutions. Students enrolled in programs covered by such an agreement complete designated courses at their institution and are then assured of the transferability of all designated credits earned. Information on current agreements may be obtained from your community college counseling office or the UDM Admissions Office.
ACT or SAT Results
Transcripts and Transfer of Credit
Transcripts are evaluated and credit is granted for work satisfactorily completed at another accredited college or university if the work is equivalent in character and content to UDM courses. Only courses completed with a grade of “C’’ or better are considered for credit.
UDM accepts a maximum of 63 semester hours of credit transferred from a community college or 96 semester hours transferred from a four-year institution. In some cases, articulation or 2 + 2 agreements may specifically permit a limited number of hours in excess of the 63-hour maximum.
High school or college transcripts sent to UDM for admission application and/or transfer of credit evaluation are not given back to the student. These documents can be viewed as part of your academic file but we do not photocopy or reissue them.
Applications and Information for Transfer Students
Notification of Acceptance
Special Admissions Program
Graduate students from abroad must provide evidence of completion or near completion of at least four years of university studies leading to a degree equivalent to an American bachelor's degree. Applicants are expected to present evidence of superior performance in their undergraduate work. All non-Canadian foreign documents must be evaluated by a recognized educational credential evaluation services such as the World Education Services (www.wes.org) or the Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org). A course-by-course evaluation is required.
Students must complete the International Student Application rather than the one for U.S. students. International applications should be completed online at www.udmercy.edu.
American Language and Culture Program
Undergraduate students with a diploma from a U.S. high school and Canadian undergraduates may qualify for UDM academic awards. Undergraduate students transferring to UDM from another U.S. or Canadian college or university are eligible for a $2000 UDM grant, which is renewable each year. Further information on these scholarship opportunities is available from the Financial Aid Office. Graduate students may qualify for a limited number of teaching or research assistantships. Students should contact their academic department for additional information.
Applicants admitted as Post-Degree include students who have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and wish to complete undergraduate prerequisite courses to prepare for admission to a graduate program; plan to earn a second bachelor’s degree; and those seeking teacher certification. Post-Degree students follow the same application procedure as transfer students, but the only transcript required is from the undergraduate degree-granting institution. Post-Degree students must maintain the same academic standards and meet the same class requirements and course prerequisites as other students. Post degree students are not eligible to take graduate level courses.
High school students (at the junior level or higher) may apply to enroll at UDM while working toward graduation at his/her high school. Students should complete and submit a UDM undergraduate admissions applications.
Special Collegiate students may take up to a total of 12 credit hours in courses subject to approval of their UDM advisor. Course work completed at UDM by a Special Collegiate student may count toward the high school diploma if approved by the student’s high school. This course work will be credited toward the UDM degree if they subsequently enroll as regular students and may be evaluated for credit toward a degree at other accredited post-secondary institutions.
If Special Collegiate students wish to enroll at UDM as a degree-seeking freshmen, they need to apply for Freshmen Admission during their senior year of high school (or home schooled equivalent).
University of Detroit Mercy welcomes home schooled students to apply for admission. Applicants should submit either ACT or SAT I scores and documentation of their academic progress (and ultimately, documentation of their completion of high school) from their affiliated home schooling agency, local school district or State Department of Education. Once the Admissions Application has been received, the Admissions Office may contact the applicant to request additional information such as (but not limited to) portfolios, essays or writing samples and grading scale information.
People who do not plan to pursue a degree program at UDM but wish to enroll in a limited number of credit classes for professional development may be admitted as Unclassified students. Unclassified students may “audit” (attend classes without receiving credit or a grade), however, tuition is at the same rate as regularly admitted students.
An admissions application must be submitted together with an employer recommendation or copy of professional licensure. Unclassified students are limited to two courses per term up to a maximum of 12 credit hours. Admission of Unclassified students and their continued registration in classes is limited based on the number of degree-seeking students in a program or course.
Students enrolled at another college or university who wish to take a course or limited number of courses to transfer to their “home’’ institution may enroll as “guest students.” Students apply for guest student admission by filing the Michigan Uniform Undergraduate Guest Application or a similar form from another state. Forms can be obtained from the registrar of any Michigan college or university. http://www.udmercy.edu/registrar/forms.htm Guest applicants are not required to submit transcripts or test results, but must assure that the application is completed by the dean or registrar at the home institution. Guest students must have at least a 2.0 GPA at their regular college or university as noted on the Uniform Application.
Guest student status is not continuous.
A new application must be filed with the Registrar’s office for each term in which the student desires to enroll at UDM. Guest students are subject to the same academic standing policies as other UDM students. Failure to meet these standards may be cause for denial of future guest applications to UDM.
Catalog of Entry
Students may be readmitted under the transfer option only once, and are automatically considered to be on academic probation during the term of re-entry. Students readmitted under the transfer option will not be eligible to receive the repeated course option on subsequent course work.
UDM subscribes to the principles of good practice of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC). According to these principles, applicants for admission have the right:
According to the NACAC principles, applicants have the responsibility:
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