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The University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, exists to provide excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education in an urban context. A UDM education seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of our students.


The University of Detroit Mercy will be recognized as a premier private university in the Great Lakes region, distinguished by graduates who lead and serve in their communities.


The University mission evolved from the educational traditions of its sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. These Catholic traditions emphasize concern for the dignity of the person and for the common good of the world community.

The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded the University of Detroit in 1877. The Sisters of Mercy, Province of Detroit, founded Mercy College of Detroit in 1941. Together these religious congregations created a partnership in higher education to establish the University of Detroit Mercy in 1990.

Each religious congregation brings its spirit to the mission of the University. This spirit includes commitment to quality education, the service of faith and promotion of justice, and compassionate service to persons in need.