University of Detroit Mercy Degree Programs and School Overview

Learn about the University of Detroit Mercy. Read about its admission requirements, financial aid, and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Detroit Mercy

The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) is a 4-year, private, not-for-profit school located on three campuses in Detroit, Michigan. It was formed in 1990 when the University of Detroit and Mercy College of Detroit merged. UDM's main campus is located in northwest Detroit. The UDM School of Law and School of Dentistry each occupy separate campuses in downtown Detroit. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked this school #20 on its list of best regional schools in the Midwest, and the graduate degree program in nursing-anesthesia was ranked #11 in the country.


UDM is Michigan's largest and oldest Catholic university and offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates through its eight schools. These schools cover disciplines in architecture, dentistry, engineering and science, health professions, nursing, law, business, and liberal arts. In 2012, the most popular bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs were in registered nursing, business administration and management, and law, respectively. The most popular undergraduate certificate program was in Spanish, and the most popular postgraduate certificate was in engineering. In addition to standard bachelor's and master's degree programs, University of Detroit Mercy offers accelerated degree programs that allow students to earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in the same field in five years. UDM also offers online degree programs.


Students can apply online and avoid an application fee. Required admission materials include SAT or ACT scores, a high school transcript, a letter of recommendation, and a personal essay. Once all materials are received, applicants will be notified of the school's admission decision within two weeks. In 2012, more than 3,600 potential students applied to UDM. Of those, 62% were admitted, though only 21% enrolled. That same year, 78% of undergraduate students attended on a full-time basis, 89% were in-state students, and 65% were female. Among the 2012 undergraduate student body, 58% of students identified as Caucasian, 12% as black or African American, 4% as Asian, 3% as Latino or Hispanic, and 1% as Alaska Native or American Indian.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012-2013, undergraduate students paid more than $50,000 to attend UDM. This figure included tuition, fees, on-campus housing, books, and materials. The school offers several scholarship and grant options to help students pay for their education. This funding is based on academic performance, alumni status, service in the Catholic Church, siblings at UDM, and field of discipline, among other factors. The school's admissions counselors can also assist students in applying for federal loans.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees; undergraduate and postgraduate certificates*
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 2,868 undergraduate and 2,363 graduate students in 2012*
Student Housing Three residence halls**
Schools and Programs 8 schools and more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 13:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2012:
Bachelor's: Registered Nursing (359)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (54)
Doctorate: Law (211)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (Students Who Began Studies in 2006) 35% in 4 years,
57% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 62% in 2012*
First-Year Retention Rates 79% of full-time and 75% of part-time students (2011-2012)*
Undergraduate Application Due Date April 1**
Decision Notification Date 2 weeks after submission**
Tuition $34,530 (tuition and fees in 2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Undergraduate Students Receiving It) In 2011-2012: Grants and scholarships (88%), Pell grants (31%), federal loans (62%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Sort of Aid 98% in 2011-2012*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Detroit Mercy website.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, Michigan 48221-3038
  • Phone: (800) 635-5020
  • Website:

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