News Release

University of Detroit Mercy Joins Michigan Colleges Alliance

SOUTHFIELD, MI – University of Detroit Mercy will become the 15th campus member of the longstanding private college collaborative, Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA). Founded in 1949, MCA is recognized nationally for its collective programming to support Michigan independent higher education in areas such as student access, enrollment, scholarships and career opportunities including partnerships with key employers across the state. As a group, the 15 college and university members represent more than 40,000 students, collectively the state’s “third largest university”.

“We are proud to welcome University of Detroit Mercy to our Alliance, the first new campus added to our group in more than 40 years” according to Robert P. Bartlett, President of MCA. ‘This will expand our SE Michigan and Detroit area network to three campuses – including the largest private Catholic university in the state. The timing is perfect with the recent Kalamazoo Promise announcement this week expanding the Promise Scholarship award to include more excellent college options for Detroit students.”

University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) is Michigan’s largest, private Catholic University with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., President of University of Detroit Mercy said, "We are honored to join the Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA) and collaborate even closer with many of our private colleges and universities in the state. Our membership in MCA will help us to achieve an important institutional goal of keeping more outstanding Michigan students in the state for their college educations."

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the US. For the 13th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest universities in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges.”

About Michigan Colleges Alliance:

Founded in 1949, Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA) strengthens the shared capacity of 15 leading independent colleges and universities grounded in a liberal arts and sciences tradition to recruit students, support them financially, and connect them to Michigan career opportunities. Member institutions include: Adrian College; Albion College; Alma College; Andrews University; Aquinas College; Calvin College; Hillsdale College; Hope College; Kalamazoo College; Madonna University; Marygrove College; Olivet College; Siena Heights University; Spring Arbor University and University of Detroit Mercy.

Release date: June 12, 2014

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