University of Detroit Mercy Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

University of Detroit Mercy
University of Detroit Mercy.

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University of Detroit Mercy Description:

The University of Detroit Mercy is a comprehensive private Catholic university. UDM's three campuses are all located within the city limits of Detroit, Michigan, and the university values its urban location for its diversity, connections to a larger world, and opportunities for student engagement. Students can choose from over 100 academic programs among which nursing is by far the most popular undergraduate major. UDM has a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 20, and the school prides itself on being student-centered. There are a range of extracurricular activities on campus, including fraternities and sororities, academic clubs, and performing arts groups. In athletics, the UDM Titans compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League. Popular sports include soccer, tennis, lacrosse, and track and field.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 4,875 (2,646 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male / 64% Female
  • 82% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $39,882
  • Books: $880 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,158
  • Other Expenses: $3,654
  • Total Cost: $53,574

University of Detroit Mercy Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $27,886
    • Loans: $7,081

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Dental Hygiene, Nursing

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 45%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 68%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Fencing, Basketball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Fencing, Tennis, Track and Field, Golf 

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Detroit Mercy Mission Statement:

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"The University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, exists to provide excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education in an urban context. A UDM education seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of our students."