Campus Life and Services

Students at UDM are invited and encouraged to become fully engaged in the life of the University community which occurs beyond the classroom. Programs and services are offered on both the Outer Drive and McNichols campuses and are open to students regardless of campus. Students wishing to use or requiring services or facilities not available on their home campus, may feel free to use them on the other campus. Activities and events scheduled for either campus are open to all UDM students.

Student handbooks and brochures which describe the specific policies, regulations, services, organizations, activities, hours of operation and events are available and distributed on each campus and on the UDM website ( on the Student Life page. Additional information may be obtained from the Student Life Office or the appropriate office providing the service.


Student Organizations and Activities

Both campuses offer year round activities and opportunities for social, personal, intellectual and professional growth and involvement. Special events such as lectures, picnics, receptions and athletic contests offer the opportunity for students, faculty and administrators to gather and meet informally. From orientation through commencement, a wide range of events are available to all.

More than 60 organizations welcome student involvement. Fraternities and sororities, honor societies, pre-professional clubs, international and ethnic associations, etc., promote the growth of their members and offer both social activities and informational/educational programs open to the campus community at large.

Campus media include a student newspaper, magazines, literary journals and an on-campus radio station. These organizations inform the campuses while providing relevant professional experience to those who participate.

Co-curricular programs are offered by the offices of Residence Life, Student Life, International Services, Residence Life, University Ministry and other university organizations. Lectures and seminars offered on both campuses are of personal, professional and academic interest.

Intercollegiate & Intramural Athletic Opportunities

Intercollegiately, the Titans are the only NCAA Division I program in the City of Detroit and have a proud tradition of athletic and academic excellence. Currently, men’s teams compete in basketball, baseball, cross country, fencing, golf, indoor and outdoor track and soccer. Women’s varsity teams include basketball, cross country, fencing, softball, indoor and outdoor track, soccer and tennis. Both the men’s and women’s teams compete in the Horizon League.

Any full-time student is encouraged to try out for a varsity team if he or she so desires. Opportunities also exist for participation in the Titan pep band or on the cheerleading squad. Tryouts are held prior to each varsity season and further information is available from the respective head coach or by calling the Athletics Department at (313) 993-1700.

UDM students are also encouraged to enjoy Titan Athletics by attending games. Admission to all home athletic events is free to students with a valid UDM ID card. Further information is available by contacting the Calihan Hall ticket manager.

For recreational enthusiasts, Calihan Hall offers a number of facilities for students. Located on the McNichols Campus, Calihan houses the popular Larry Bleach Fitness Center, the Thelma Fox Murray Indoor Running Track, racquetball courts, and an auxiliary gymnasium. Outdoor facilities include fields for touch football, soccer, and softball, as well as basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.

An intramural program is available. Depending on interest, numerous team sports, intramural competitions and physical fitness activities are offered, including: aerobics, softball, floor hockey, volleyball, basketball, racquetball, walleyball and soccer.



The University Center (McNichols Campus) and Ward Conference Center (Outer Drive Campus) offer a variety of services for use by students. Cafeterias provide a wide range of choices from a snack to a full meal. Fully stocked bookstores carry both new and used texts, supplies, greeting cards, apparel and snacks. Lounge areas are available for conversation or quiet study. Gamesrooms offer pool, ping-pong and table games for those who wish to pass the time in recreation.

Many buildings have study lounges and food vending areas for students on a short break between classes. The McNichols and Outer Drive libraries provide excellent environments for quiet study, reading, writing and research.

Libraries/Media Services

The McNichols Campus Library, the Outer Drive Urban Health Education and Dental Library, the Instructional Design Studio/Outer Drive, and the Kresge Law Library provide library and media services to the University community.

More than one-half million volumes, 5,000 leading literary, health, scientific and professional print and electronic journals, 11,000 audiovisual titles, and a collection of over 90,000 U.S. Federal and State government documents, comprise the libraries’ collections. Media resources include videotapes, records, compact discs, books-on-tape, slides, and multi-media kits, and models/games.

The University Libraries are a member of DALNET, an automated network composed of twenty-three major Detroit area libraries. The network includes a joint online public catalog, Im@gine, of over eight million volumes, circulation function, serial control, and image databases. Students from each institution have access to the resources of the other institutions through the use of the online catalog and can determine whether a volume is checked out. In addition, the libraries have access to more than 44 million titles in the collections of over 37,300 member libraries located in 67 countries through the OCLC (the Online Computer Library Center) an international computer network.

All library facilities and services are open to registered students, faculty, staff and administrators. Reference assistance is available in each library and librarians provide instruction in research techniques. To check out materials, a validated student ID/library card is required.

The libraries’ databases allow students to directly search online for full-text periodical articles while CD-ROMS further support student research needs. These electronic delivery systems include indexes in art, business, education, nursing, social sciences, science and technology, humanities and law. Full-text articles can be found in over 4,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers. Electronic journal collections include biomedical, mental health, nursing, engineering, humanities, women’s issues, social sciences, and business titles. The databases contain citations to journal articles, dissertations, patents, technical meetings and papers and books covering current research in all the academic disciplines. Electronic connection to the Internet provides additional access to research materials worldwide.

The Kresge Law Library offers access to specialized collections in American and International law. The Library’s online catalog, Murphy, is accessible from each of the other University libraries. Loan periods, circulation policies and hours of service are distinctive for this library.

The Instructional Design Studio on the Outer Drive Campus provides graphic arts production, instructional technology design, photographic services, satellite downlinking, transparency making and laminating services. Media services also include web-site design, digital graphic and video production, digital content conversion, and distance learning classroom support. Media Services serves as an active advocate for the use of media and technology for teaching and learning through training, providing access to tools and information on how to use technology and create materials for teaching and learning.

Computer Centers

Academic Computing provides facilities and services dedicated to meeting educational, research and administrative needs of the University. These resources are made available to all qualified University students, faculty and staff.

Academic Computing also operates general computing academic computer laboratories on the McNichols, Outer Drive, campuses where students and faculty may use personal computers for their academic work. Student consultants are available in the labs to assist with the use of computer facilities.

Administrative Computing uses a Unisys Clearpath mainframe computer for academic and administrative purposes. This system is used by all departments, including the Dental and Law Schools.

Research Programs and Centers

Special research facilities are available in Engineering & Science. Chemistry has extensive modern instrumentation, NMR, ESR, several UV-visible, infrared, and atomic absorption spectrometers; a differential thermal analyzer, a Gouy balance; a solution calorimeter; and equipment for photochemical and kinetic work.

Biology is housed in the fully-equipped Life Sciences Building with teaching and research labs for faculty and students; preparation, animal, aquarium, isotope and instrumentation rooms; greenhouse, photographic labs.

Engineering, besides its own research facilities, is affiliated with the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan and local industrial research labs. Notable on-campus facilities include the magnetic resonance laboratory, the Manufacturing Institute, and an automotive center with both an automotive electronics laboratory and an engine laboratory. Polymer Technologies, Inc., a corporate subsidiary of UDM, is one of the world’s foremost research centers in the field of polyurethanes. Its research and development areas include plastics, foams, coatings, adhesives, composites and elastomers.

The Institute for Business and Community Affairs serves corporate executive training needs through forums, workshops and consultant services.

The Psychology Clinic serves the adult Detroit metropolitan community with psychotherapy on a sliding fee scale. It also provides closely-supervised experiences for clinical Ph.D. students

The Psychology Laboratory provides facilities for experimental and observational research with individuals and groups, including full audio/video monitoring capabilities.

The Child Psychodiagnostic Clinic provides diagnostic services and treatments for children with educational and behavioral problems. It also provides supervised experience for psychology students.

Parking Facilities

There are ample, lighted and patrolled parking facilities on both the McNichols and Outer Drive Campuses. Parking permits, issued by Public Safety, are required of all students, faculty and staff. Parking rules and regulations are available from the Public Safety Offices. Unauthorized parking may result in the issuance of tickets which are charged to the student’s account. Repeated violations or unsafe operation of a vehicle may result in the loss of driving privileges on campus.



Residence Life

Living on campus is an attractive option for many students. University residence halls offer a safe community environment which encourages academic success, personal growth and social development. Resident students are best able to become fully involved in the academic, organizational and social life of the University community.

The residence hall system can provide housing for approximately 850 students. Most accommodations are doubles. Single rooms cannot be guaranteed and are offered on a space available basis.

The McNichols Campus includes six residence halls located on the south end of campus, a short walk from all campus facilities. McNichols residence halls offer both traditional dormitory and suite-style living arrangements.

All residence halls feature furnished lounges with large screen televisions, study lounges, laundry facilities, and vending machines. Adjacent to the halls are volleyball and tennis courts.

The residence halls are staffed by hall directors and resident assistants. These professional and paraprofessional staff members are selected and trained to support and assist the residents. Every residence hall has at least one resident assistant on duty at all times. The paraprofessional staff are supervised and trained by a staff of three full-time professionals. In addition to the residence hall staff, Jesuits, other religious, and members of the University Ministry team also live in the residence halls.

Throughout the year, a variety of programs and social activities are offered in the residence halls. Movie nights, ice cream socials, personal safety seminars, time management workshops, Halloween and Christmas parties are among the many programs offered. Groups of residents often arrange theater outings and vacation or weekend trips to off-campus attractions.

The First Year in Residence Program is designed for new students between the ages of 17 and 20. The program provides the support and attention often needed to help these students succeed and excel in their university careers. A specially trained and selected staff provide ongoing study skills and social and recreational activities designed to integrate students into the life of the University community. Enrollment in the program is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Board plans are required of all students living in the University residence halls except for residents of Holden Hall, which has cooking facilities, and some parts of West Quad. Board plan participants may eat in the designated facilities on either campus.

Health and Counseling

The Health Service Office is located on the McNichols Campus. It is staffed during regular business hours by nurse practitioners and physician assistants in cooperation with the College of Health Professions to provide limited health care to University students. Emergencies and serious illnesses on either campus are referred to nearby hospitals. The University offers a comprehensive health insurance plan to all students who do not have sufficient coverage. Information on this insurance is mailed to students each summer. All residential and international students are required to have medical insurance.

Personal counseling services are available on both the McNichols and Outer Drive campuses. A full-time licensed counselor is available to assist students with the personal problems they may encounter. Longer term psychological assistance is available to students and the community through the Psychology Clinic on the Outer Drive Campus. All counseling contacts are treated as personal and confidential. Students who need assistance should contact the counselor or clinic directly.

Public Safety

Public Safety operates on a 24-hour basis, year round. Public Safety is charged with assuring the safety and security of all persons, property and facilities on University property. Public Safety personnel patrol buildings, walkways, parking lots, control access to campus by motor vehicles and respond to any safety emergencies. Campus Escort Services are provided in the evening hours by request. All patrol personnel are equipped with two-way radios.

In addition to safety and security functions, the Public Safety Offices offer a number of programs and services each term to assist in crime prevention. Campus Crime Watch, auto etching, Operation Identifi-cation, as well as programs on self-protection and rape prevention, are among those offered to students.

The University of Detroit Mercy Public Safety Department includes police commissioned public safety officers, community service officers, parking attendants and student auxiliary officers. Public safety officers have the same powers as any police officer. They may take preliminary crime and accident reports, make arrests and issue tickets for violations of state laws and city ordinances. Public Safety personnel work closely with the Detroit Police Department’s Twelfth and Eighth Precincts and the Crime Prevention Section.

Emergencies on either campus should be reported to the Public Safety Office by calling (313) 993-1252. They will respond and summon Emergency Medical Services, Fire or Police as necessary.


Community Service

Service to the community is an important part of University of Detroit Mercy’s mission. The University offers many opportunities for students to enrich their educational experience by volunteering in the community. Many community service activities are available through the Leadership Development Institute, Volunteer Center, University Ministry or through school/college outreach activities and student organizations.

Community service opportunities for students include:

Alternative Spring Break

Groups of students travel to sites in other states for a week of volunteer service to those in need, while living together in a community setting. ASB is sponsored and coordinated by University Ministry.

Peace and Justice Residence Floor

The Peace and Justice Residence Floor is residence space for an intentional community of students committed to volunteer service, community living and shared spiritual development. Students must make special application to Residence Life to be accepted for residence on this floor, which is sponsored jointly by University Ministry and Residence Life and is supported by a chaplain-in-residence from University Ministry.

Leadership Development Institute
Telephone:(313) 993-1776

The Leadership Development Institute (LDI) integrates the University’s values and vision for the future and fosters a particular kind of leadership–leadership in service. The Institute provides opportunities for students in the classroom and in the community to prepare them, not only to respond to change, but also to effect change.

The LDI provides students with leadership training and community service opportunities through the following:

Service-Learningintegrates course theory with community based experiences. The LDI assists students, faculty and community services agencies with the logistics, presentations, placement, evaluation and reflection of service-learning.

Leadership Workshopsprovide students with fundamental leadership skills and offer new perspectives on topics related to leadership development.

Leadership in Service Programis about building leadership potential. The program provides a wide variety of opportunities that complement the classroom experiences and give students the competitive edge as they enter the workforce as servant leaders. Students participate in leadership workshops, community service and reflection sessions. Based on a student’s level of involvement, they can receive the Leadership Certificate of Service, the Leadership Medallion of Service, or both.

Volunteer Center
Telephone:(313) 993-1550

The student-run Volunteer Center serves as the hub for annual volunteer activities and on-going projects throughout the school year. Students volunteer at soup kitchens, nursing homes, recreation centers, elementary schools, homeless shelters and other community organizations throughout metro Detroit. The Volunteer Center also runs the University’s Adopt-a-Family Christmas Drive, adopting more than 25 families each year.



The University’s alumni are an important part of the foundation upon which the institution’s reputation is built. Graduates can be found working in virtually every type of business and profession in every major metropolitan region in the United States. Many also live and work in rural areas and in more than 80 international locations.

Alumni are represented in large numbers in management positions in the auto industry, serve as presidents and CEOs of major corporations, practice in law firms, accounting firms, dental and medical professions. Graduates sit on the Michigan Supreme Court, educate the next generation of leaders in our classrooms, design structures that alter the skylines of our cities and contribute to the quality of their communities through civic involvement.

Approximately 66 percent of the University’s 61,000 alumni remain in Michigan. The UDM Alumni Association provides opportunities for graduates to continue their connection to their alma mater. Alumni participate as advisors to the president, deans, administrators and faculty; provide career advice and mentoring assistance to students; attend social gatherings and enrichment opportunities; and alumni are present and vocal in cheering the Titan teams to victory.


Campus Locations

University of Detroit Mercy students are taught on three campuses located within the City of Detroit. Selected programs are offered at extended campus sites throughout Michigan.

The McNichols Campus is situated on 70 acres in a northwest Detroit residential area. Located here are six student residence halls.

The 40-acre Outer Drive Campus is located in northwest Detroit, at the corner of the Southfield Freeway and West Outer Drive. Facilities for continuing education and professional conferences are provided at the Ward Conference Center on the Outer Drive Campus. The School of Dentistry is located at the Outer Drive Campus.

The School of Law and the Kresge Law Library are located across from the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.


Living in Detroit

In what other city can you watch professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey? Travel to a foreign country for an afternoon? Ride in an elevated transit system? Enjoy a full range of intellectual, artistic, and recreational activities? University of Detroit Mercy students benefit from an environment which includes the rich life experiences only a major city can offer.

Detroit offers a vast array of entertainment and cultural activities. Live music abounds in Motown ranging from rock to techno to soul to ethnic, to the Montreaux Jazz Festival and the world class Detroit Symphony. Greektown, the fabulous Fox Theatre, the Detroit Science Center and Institute of Arts are all "must see" attractions. With its 101 galleries, the Institute is the largest municipally owned museum in the country.

The city is also home to the Michigan State Fair, which was begun in 1849 and is the oldest in the nation. Our multicultural heritage comes to life each summer just a few miles from the University’s School of Law downtown campus, in the Riverfront Festivals, the first and largest ethnic festival series in the United States.

Detroit enjoys a diversity of excellent restaurants and has been ranked as the third best culinary city in the country. Our neighbor, Windsor, Ontario, is just minutes away by tunnel and bridge with its Canadian character reflected in sculpted gardens, restaurants and shopping.

Beyond the metropolitan area, Michigan has much to offer outdoor enthusiasts. Lakes, ski trails, camping and hiking areas, and abundant fish and fowl encourage people to explore the countryside.

The Detroit area has much to offer those who call it home!