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Admissions, Costs & Academics
As a comprehensive urban institution, University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) enrolls students of all ages in daytime, evening, and weekend classes.
Admission criteria differs depending on the educational goal at UDM and whether or not an applicant has had previous college experience. Students will be reviewed as either a “freshman” (no previous college experience), “transfer” (previous enrollment at a community college or four-year institution), “international” (non U.S. residents), or “post-degree” (for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university). Students enrolled at other colleges who wish to take UDM courses and transfer them back to their regular institution enroll as “guest” students.
UDM is a “moderately selective” university according to most college guide books. This means that freshmen who are “above average” in their high school record and ACT or SAT scores will be offered admission. Transfer and post-degree student admission is based primarily on an applicant’s record in previous college courses. An applicant's record must demonstrate a strong probability of successfully completing the academic program to which the student is applying. For all students, the admission committee pays special attention to achievement in courses which relate closely to the intended area of study at UDM. Details for each area are provided below.
Students over the age of 23, who have not previously attended college, are not required to take traditional freshman college entrance exams but must submit high school transcripts and may be asked to complete academic placement exams as part of the admissions process. This is to ensure students begin college work in appropriate courses.
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 individual circumstances of applicants who have been convicted of criminal offenses.
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 UDM 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 the best place for them.
For information or to schedule a visit to campus, contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 635-5020, email@example.com, or for those who prefer to write:
Office of Admissions
Recommended High School Preparation
ACT or SAT Results
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.
Advanced Placement Program
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
For Home Schooled Applicants
Special Collegiate Admission
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 degree-seeking freshmen, they need to apply for admission during their senior year of high school (or home schooled equivalent).
To receive information about UDM including procedures for submitting admissions applications students should visit our website at www.udmercy.edu, email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of Admissions at (800) 635-5020. People who prefer to write should send their request to the Office of Admissions, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221-3038.
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 transferring 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 Office of Admissions.
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
University Academic Services sponsors a limited conditional admission program, University College (UC), for freshmen and transfer students who do not meet regular admission criteria but who show potential for academic success. Students are selected for participation in UC through application review and interviews. Students admitted through this process must sign an agreement to specific conditions, and are linked to necessary support services and developmental advising. Students may be referred for consideration for UC after initial evaluation of their files is completed in the Office of Admissions.
International student applicants must complete the online International Student Application rather than the one for U.S. students.
While the University of Detroit Mercy accepts academically qualified students with or without TOEFL scores, if accepted to UDM without passing TOEFL scores, students will be given an upon arrival to campus. After taking the Detroit Test of American English, if students pass all sections, they will be exempt from further English-language (ESL) study and allowed to go directly into a full-time academic program of study. Otherwise, students will be placed into either a full-time or part-time ESL program. NOTE: If placed into ESL coursework, students may have to defer starting academic studies by a semester or longer until they attain a satisfactory level of English proficiency. English proficiency test upon arrival to campus. After taking the Detroit Test of American English, if students pass all sections, they will be exempt from further English-language (ESL) study and allowed to go directly into a full-time academic program of study. Otherwise, students will be placed into either a full-time or part-time ESL program. If placed into ESL coursework, students may have to defer starting academic studies by a semester or longer until they attain a satisfactory level of English proficiency.
The following scores are needed on the TOEFL to waive the English proficiency requirement: on the Internet-based Test (a total score of 100 and at least a 24 on the writing section); on the Computer-based Test (a total score of 250 and at least a 5.0 on the essay); or on the Paper-based Test (a total score of 600 and at least a TWE score of 5).
American Language and Culture Program
Non-Canadian undergraduate international students attending on a full-time basis are eligible for a $2,000.00 UDM Grant. Freshman international students with a U.S. high school affiliation, attending on a full-time basis, may be eligible for a UDM scholarship or grant awarded through the Admissions Office in place of the $2,000.00 UDM Grant.
Canadian freshman international students who are enrolled full-time are eligible to receive a $2,7500 Canadian Student Grant from UDM in addition to their UDM scholarship or grant awarded through the Admissions Office. Canadian transfer international students who are enrolled full-time are eligible for a $2,000 Canadian Student Grant from UDM in addition to their UDM scholarship or grant. These grants are renewable and cannot be combined with any other university grant or discount.
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.
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. 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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