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. 


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

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    File the FAFSA

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

    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 $250 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. If you plan to live on campus, an additional $100 is necessary to guarantee space in our residence halls. 

    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, 2022.


    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

    PT. I - Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) is a half-day, in-person program that takes place during the summer months. During SOAR you will meet with your academic advisor to plan your fall schedule and register for classes. Plus, you'll participate in activities that will help you become more familiar with collegiate life at Detroit Mercy.  

    PT. II - Prologues, Transitions Viewpoints (PTV) is a three-day, orientation 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 half-day, in-person program that is offered in conjunction with SOAR. Guests will hear from faculty and support personnel about the campus resources available to help their student achieve success and graduate.

    Details including program dates and registration information will become available in early spring. 


    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.

    Class placement

    During the summer, you will 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 your advising and registration session. You will receive more information about placement tests 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. The application will open for Fall 2022 in early spring.


    Complete loan requirements

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

    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 to receive financial aid, your final transcript must be on file at the University.

    Complete and return the TB Questionnaire

    Complete and return the TB Questionnaire  before classes begin to the Wellness Center at or mail to Wellness Center, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221-3038.
If you have questions, contact the Admissions Office at 313-993-1245 or