Madonna University

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36600 Schoolcraft Road

Livonia, MI 48150

Phone: (734) 432-5300
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
RNP Ranked Not Published.
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Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Madonna University is a private institution that was founded in 1947. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,205, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 83 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Madonna University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $16,340 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1937 by the Felician Sisters with the values of St. Francis of Assisi, Madonna University is an independent Catholic university where students receive a quality liberal arts education combined with career preparation and community service. With a student to faculty ratio of 12:1, students enjoy personal instruction from skilled professors dedicated to student success. Madonna boasts more than 100 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs, including a doctor of nursing practice degree. The University pioneered programs in Sign Language Studies, Hospice, Gerontology, Fire Science and Medical Technology or Clinical Laboratory Science. The College of Nursing and Health was reaccredited through 2021 for the baccalaureate and master's programs and until 2016 for the doctoral program. The Social Work program was reaccredited in 2011. Madonna's teacher education program, once again, received exemplary status from the Michigan Dept. of Education. The sustainable Franciscan Center is certified at the Gold level for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Replete with state-of-the-art labs and digital production facilities, this building houses Madonna's growing science and media programs. Faculty and students collaborate on research projects in Forensic Science, Business Success, Sociology and more. On Madonna's scenic 50-acre campus in Livonia, Michigan, students have access to a plethora of learning resources, including the: residence hall, Ford Technology Wing, library, nursing simulation lab, sign language lab, writing center, center for personalized instruction and Kresge Hall. Madonna courses also are offered in centers in Orchard Lake, Gaylord, Southwest Detroit, and Macomb, Michigan. The first-year experience eases the transition from high school to college and introduces students to service learning. Students also participate in Alternative Spring Break service projects. The University's study abroad program offers students a chance to study in France, England, Poland, China, Spain and other countries. A distance learning program in Haiti provides a bachelor's degree in business and leadership. Madonna is a transfer student- and veteran-friendly school. Block scheduling for classes fit nicely into the schedules of working adults. As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Madonna Crusaders field eleven men's and women's teams. Madonna University is an NAIA Champions of Character institution. While the 4,200-student University is proud of its rich Catholic heritage and Franciscan values, Madonna faculty and staff welcome students of all ages and of varied religious, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Madonna offers more than 200 scholarships and over 86 percent of Madonna students receive some sort of financial aid. Madonna has prepared more than 27,000 graduates from 42 countries for successful careers and service in and for their communities.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1947
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $28,534,563


When applying to Madonna University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. The application fee at Madonna University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Madonna University is 10:1, and the school has 70.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Madonna University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Public Administration and Social Service Professions; and Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 13%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 22%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 19%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 6%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 5%

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Student Life

Madonna University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,205, with a gender distribution of 28.8 percent male students and 71.2 percent female students. At this school, 7 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 93 percent of students live off campus. Madonna University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,429
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Madonna University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance. Madonna University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Madonna University, 99 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Madonna University.

Students who have cars on campus 99%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Madonna University, 70.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,184.

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Tuition and fees $16,340 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,200 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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