Freshman Next Steps

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Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to the University of Detroit Mercy family! Here you'll find a vibrant, close-knit, socially active community where people know your name and take the time to say "hello". We take pride in our foundational values of rigorous learning and world service. We're committed to building the ethical leaders of tomorrow and making sure you'll enter the world ready to make a positive impact on society. We are excited to see you on campus in the fall. 


Connect with us!

Join the official University of Detroit Mercy student community on ZeeMee! You will have access to our exclusive chat channels where you can meet and chat with other accepted students, take the Find a Roommate quiz, participate in virtual events, see videos from current students and more.

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    Visit campus

    Schedule a trip to Detroit Mercy, where you can watch an admission presentation and take a walking tour of campus with a current student. By making an official campus visit, you will also earn the Visit Grant — worth $1,000 — to use when you enroll at Detroit Mercy.

    File the FAFSA

    All new students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to become eligible for financial aid. Be sure to list Detroit Mercy first on your form (School Code: 002323).

    Note: Students living in Michigan need to submit the FAFSA before March 1 in order to become eligible for a particular grant offered by the State of Michigan.


    Accept your offer and submit your enrollment deposit

    Say Yes! Accept your offer of admission through your admission portal by your reply deadline or sooner if you have already made the decision to call Detroit Mercy your collegiate home. A $300 enrollment deposit is required to secure a space in our new student class. Some programs have limited capacity; therefore, we can only guarantee your space once we have received your enrollment deposit. 

    Consistent with National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) guidelines, enrollment deposits submitted prior to May 1 are fully refundable upon written request. Requests must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2023.


    Review your financial aid and accept your award on My Portal

    My Portal is your Detroit Mercy student portal for conducting University business, including viewing your scholarship and financial aid package, registering for classes and checking class grades. You can access My Portal at Log in information will be sent via email.


    Participate in orientation

    Our orientation program consists of two parts (SOAR and PTV) and is required for incoming freshmen during their transitory summer.

    Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) is a full day, in-person event that gives you the opportunity to become more familiar with collegiate life at Detroit Mercy. You will meet other new students, tour university facilities, learn about available resources and register for classes. SOAR takes place in June and July.

    Prologues, Transitions and Viewpoints (PTV) is a three-day program comprised of meeting faculty, connecting with current students and immersing yourself in the culture and history of Detroit. PTV takes place the week before fall classes begin.

    Parent Orientation is a full day, in-person program that is offered in conjunction with SOAR. Guests will meet deans, faculty and support personnel to learn about the campus resources available to help their students achieve success.


    Request college transcript

    If you attended a college or university while in high school, request to have an official transcript sent to Detroit Mercy before your academic advising and registration session.

    Take placement tests

    Before registering for the fall semester, you will need to meet with your academic advisor, who will help you choose your classes. SAT/ACT scores and/or placement test results will be used to help place you in appropriate level English, math, chemistry and foreign language classes. Placement tests are required if you do not have an SAT/ACT score on file at the University. Students who have an SAT/ACT score on file are encouraged to take placement tests, but are not required to do so. Placement tests need to be completed at least two weeks before attending orientation and meeting with your academic advisor. You will receive more information via email in early spring. 


    Submit a Residence Hall Application

    If you are interested in living on campus, you will need to submit a Residence Hall Application, which will become available in early spring. Have your My Portal log in credentials (sent to you via email) available to access the application; contact Admissions if you need assistance in retrieving this information. Students living on campus will receive their room assignment along with information about the move-in process during the summer months.


    Complete loan requirements

    Complete loan requirements, if applicable. Step-by-step instructions can be found here.

    Request a final high school transcript

    Send your final high school transcript to the Admissions Office before classes begin. To continue as a student at Detroit Mercy and receive financial aid, your final transcript must be on file at the University.

    Complete the TB Questionnaire

    Complete the online TB Questionnaire related to tuberculosis risk. (For more information, see the Wellness Center site.)


    Receive COVID-19 vaccination

    COVID-19 vaccination is required for all students.

    Students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received an approved exemption by the start of their first term at Detroit Mercy. Log in to your admission portal to submit proof of vaccination or file an exemption request.

If you have questions, contact the Admissions Office at 313-993-1245 or