University of Detroit Mercy: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

University of Detroit Mercy

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University of Detroit Mercy is a private Catholic university with an acceptance rate of 83%. Founded in 1877, UDM has three campuses within the city limits of Detroit, Michigan. Students can choose from over 100 academic programs within 7 programs and schools. UDM has a 10-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 21. In athletics, the UDM Titans compete primarily in the NCAA Division I Horizon League.

Considering applying to University of Detroit Mercy? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, University of Detroit Mercy had an acceptance rate of 83%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 83 students were admitted, making University of Detroit Mercy's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 3,760
Percent Admitted 83%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 19%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of Detroit Mercy requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 66% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 530 620
Math 520 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of University of Detroit Mercy's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Detroit Mercy scored between 530 and 620, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 620. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 520 and 630, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1250 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at University of Detroit Mercy.

Requirements

University of Detroit Mercy does not require the SAT writing section. Note that UDM does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

University of Detroit Mercy requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 30% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 20 27
Math 20 26
Composite 21 27

This admissions data tells us that most of University of Detroit Mercy's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Detroit Mercy received a composite ACT score between 21 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

UDM does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. The optional ACT writing section is not required by the University of Detroit Mercy.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of University of Detroit Mercy's incoming freshmen class was 3.56, and over 63% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Detroit Mercy Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Detroit Mercy Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of Detroit Mercy. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

University of Detroit Mercy, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions pool with above-average SAT/ACT scores and average GPAs. However, UDM has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong writing sample and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Applicants should have four units of college preparatory English, three units of math, two units of history and/or social studies, two units of natural science including a lab course, and college preparatory electives in speech, foreign language, music, art, or other academic courses. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of University of Detroit Mercy's average range.

Note that applicants to programs in engineering, science, pre-med, pre-dental, pre-physician assistant, and nursing are more selective and have additional admission requirements.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were admitted to University of Detroit Mercy. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 950 or higher, an ACT composite of 18 or higher, and a high school average of a "B-" or better.

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