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First Year Students


Congratulations on being admitted to University of Detroit Mercy! Orientation is designed to introduce you to the Detroit Mercy community, and provide you with all of the information and experiences you'll need to be successful on campus. The program consists of two parts (SOAR and PTV), and is required for all incoming freshmen during their transitory summer.
  • SOAR: Orientation Pt. I
    SOAR: Orientation Pt. I
    SOAR is a two-day, overnight session where students become familiar with life at Detroit Mercy by experiencing on-campus housing, building tours, and registering for first semester classes with an academic advisor. Details & Registration
  • PTV: Orientation Pt. II
    PTV: Orientation Pt. II
    Prologues, Transitions and Viewpoints (PTV) is a four-day session, which takes place in late August as an introduction to incoming freshmen's fall semester. Details & Registration
  • Parent Orientation
    Parent Orientation
    Parents will receive helpful resources about the financial and emotional transition to becoming a college parent, and tools to help their student succeed at Detroit Mercy. Details & Registration


Housing - Shiple Hall

Shiple Hall is the freshman residence hall at University of Detroit Mercy. Home to first-year students and the First Year Experience (FYE), Shiple is an ideal setting for students to become actively engaged in a rigorous academic life and the campus and residential communities. The FYE program is designed to address the unique needs of new students by providing special services, activities and events to promote successful adjustment to collegiate life at Detroit Mercy.  

Located on the southeast corner of the campus, the seven-story building includes key amenities such as:

  • Wi-fi
  • Premium cable
  • Lounge with a television on each floor
  • A game room, pool table, and volleyball court
  • Weekly services in Young Martyrs’ Chapel
  • Titan-To-Go convenience store

Housing Plans

Campus Dining

Campus Dining

The campus dining team provides a pleasant and satisfying dining experience.  The dining program offers signature brands and menus that include just about every item you can imagine – finding your favorite foods on campus is easy.  Menus are based on nutritional criteria recommended by the leading health organizations, such as the American Heart Association, National Cancer Institute, and American Dietetic Association.

First-year students must choose one of the following meal plans:

255 Block Plan/$150 Flex Dollars
190 Block Plan/$300 Flex Dollars

One block is equal to one meal. Students on the block meal plans are allotted a specific number of meals per semester in the Titan Dining Room.  Flex Dollars can be used in The Loft, Café A la Cart in the Library, Titan-to-Go in Shiple Hall, and Tommy’s in the Student Fitness Center.  Additional Flex Dollars can be added to any student’s account if the balance runs low. 

Campus Dining

Health Services

Wellness Center

Wellness Located on the ground floor of the West Quad, the Wellness Center offers health care for students. The Health Clinic is staffed by Nurse Practitioners who work in conjunction with a physician from Henry Ford Hospital.

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Health Insurance

Health Insurance All students who will be living in the residence halls must have documentation of health insurance.  Information on our student plan will be mailed to students during the summer, and can also be found on the Wellness Center website after June 1.

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Tuberculosis Questionnaire

Tuberculosis Questionnaire The Health Clinic requires skin testing of each new student.  A completed Tuberculosis (TB) Questionnaire, is required to be on file prior to the start of classes.  If needed, TB testing and any follow up must be completed before the first day of classes.



    Already have insurance?

    Students who have their own insurance must waive the plan offered by the University each year they live in the residence halls.  Failure to waive by the deadline will automatically enroll the student into the plan offered by the University and the student will be responsible for paying the premium, even if the plan is not utilized.
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