University of Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy


University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest and most comprehensive Catholic university. Detroit Mercy offers more than 100 academic degrees and programs through seven schools and colleges, which include nationally recognized programs in the liberal arts, architecture, business, engineering, nursing, and pre medical fields. Our educational mission is to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of students, and our faculty is committed to a classroom environment that promotes educational excellence and academic exchange.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Pre-College Workshop

The Pre-College Workshop is for students starting their senior year in high school. This program provides students with the tools necessary to make the right college choice and includes topics such as selecting an academic program or major, preparing for college admission, applying to college and learning about financial aid and scholarships.

Pre-College Summer Experience Summer Camps

University of Detroit Mercy offers a variety of summer programs that allow participants to explore science, technology, engineering and math through the most current methods of innovation with fun, hands-on and engaging activities. A variety of camps are offered including STEPS, Innovation Summer Program, Robotics Challenge for Young Men, Architectural Design, Product Development Innovation and Camp Infinity. Learn more about Summer Camps

Special Admissions Policy University College

University Academic Services sponsors a limited conditional admission program, University College (UC), for freshmen and transfer students who do not meet regular admission criteria but who show potential for academic success. Students are selected for participation in UC through application review and interviews. Students admitted through this process are linked to necessary support services and developmental advising.

Scholars & Leadership Institute for Leadership and Service

Each year 80 courses across the University incorporate Service Learning in classes, resulting in course-related, direct services to the poor and marginalized in our community. Each year, approximately 1,500 Detroit Mercy student volunteers provide about 12,000 hours of service in conjunction with more than 100 community service agencies. Students in the co-curricular Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) complete 250 hours of service in order to qualify for the Emerging Leaders’ Medallion or 125 hours to qualify for the Emerging Leaders’ Pin. Learn more about Institute for Leadership and Service

Scholars & Leadership ReBUILD Detroit

ReBUILDetroit is a first of its kind program offering intensive training for undergraduate scholars interested in pursuing academic, research or industry careers in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences. The program offers underrepresented scholars with financial support; academic skill support; and peer-to-peer and faculty-to-student mentoring opportunities. Beginning in the freshman year, ReBUILDetroit scholars experience the excitement of scientific discovery through direct participation in research. This experience will prepare scholars for graduate school and in-demand careers in biomedical disciplines. Learn more about ReBUILD Detroit

Mentoring FirstGen Network

FirstGen Network is a student group for all students whose parents did not graduate with a bachelor's degree. We meet twice monthly for lunch and conversation and host speakers from on and off campus who speak about topics relevant to the first-gen experience. Detroit Mercy faculty and staff members, many of whom are first-generation college graduates, serve as mentors to the group. Learn more about FirstGen Network

Student Diversity

  • 2,646
  • 36/64
  • 29%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 5%
  • 13%
    Black or African American
  • 5%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 60%
  • 9%
    Two or more races
  • 7%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 6%

Student Success

  • 83%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 69%
    Six-year graduation
  • 52%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 58%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 31%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 334
    Full-time faculty
  • 46
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 10:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Biology, Business, Engineering, Nursing, Architecture

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Muslim Student Association (MSA), Arab Cultural Society (ACS), Chinese Student Association (CSA), International Student Union (ISU), Chaldean American Student Association (CASA), Hispanic American Student Association (HASA), Indian Student Association, African-American Student Organization


Cost of Attendance

  • $39,882
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $9,224
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $48,300,852
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $31,113
    Average aid package
  • $35,259
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 32%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 72%
    Students with financial need
  • 98%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 97%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 37%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 4,450
    # of applicants
  • 73%
  • 3.51
    Average HS GPA
  • 24
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 3/1
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date