Mission and Identity

UDM Mission Statement

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.

UDM Vision Statement

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.

Listen to mission-related talks

  • Mission & Identity Retreat talks
    Just what is a university, really? And what does it mean for us to say that UDM is Catholic, Jesuit/Mercy and urban? John M. Staudenmaier, S.J., UDM's assistant to the president for Mission & Identity, gives three related talks to guide your thinking about what UDM means as an institution.
  • Integrating the religious with the academic
    Fr. Staudenmaier gives an autobiographical talk on the gradual integration of his prayer life with his commitment to the secular academy, on the occasion of receiving an award from the Society for the History of Technology.
  • Lectures on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
    Four talks from a special Lenten series by Fr. Staudenmaier exploring the present-day applications of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.