University of Detroit Mercy

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4001 W. McNichols

Detroit, MI 48221-3038

Phone: (313) 993-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#25 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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University of Detroit Mercy is a private institution that was founded in 1877. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,868 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Detroit Mercy's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 25. Its tuition and fees are $35,920 (2013-14).

The University of Detroit Mercy is a Catholic school in Michigan that emphasizes community outreach. Many curricular and athletic programs incorporate service activities, in addition to efforts through the school’s Leadership Development Institute and University Outreach projects. Students can also choose to get involved in about 50 clubs and organizations. The Detroit Titans compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League. Students aren’t required to live on campus, though housing options exist for those who wish to do so.

Graduate students can check out degree programs through the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, College of Engineering & Science, College of Business Administration, and College of Health Professions, among other academic departments. Notable alumni of the University of Detroit Mercy include Marlena Peleo-Lazar, chief creative director for McDonald’s Corporation, and Rick Sylvain, print and news media publicity director for Walt Disney World.

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

The University of Detroit Mercy has been serving the educational needs of Michigan and its surrounding region since 1877. Through 100 quality academic programs, caring and accessible faculty, vibrant co-op and internship programs in the metro Detroit area, and an active network of successful alumni, UDM ensures that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and experience they'll need to be successful in reaching their goals and achieving "great things". As a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, UDM fosters the intellectual, social, spiritual and moral development of its students to lead and serve in their communities.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1877
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit/Sisters of Mercy)
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $24,822,000


When applying to University of Detroit Mercy, 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 University of Detroit Mercy is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.5 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 61.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

The most popular majors at University of Detroit Mercy include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Dental Hygiene/Hygienist; and Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.3 percent.

Class sizes N/A
Student-faculty ratio N/A 4
4-year graduation rate 35%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 49%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 10%
Business Administration and Management, General 8%
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 4%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 3%

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Student Life

University of Detroit Mercy has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,868, with a gender distribution of 34.9 percent male students and 65.1 percent female students. University of Detroit Mercy is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,231
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Detroit Mercy offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Detroit Mercy also offers campus safety and security services like lighted pathways/sidewalks. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Detroit Mercy.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Detroit Mercy, 71.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,907.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $35,920 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,010 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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