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University of Detroit Mercy: Narrative Description


4001 W McNichols Rd, PO Box 19900
Detroit, MI 48219-0900
Tel: (313)993-1000; 800-635-5020; Admissions: (313)993-1245; Fax: (313)993-3326; Web Site:

Description: Independent Roman Catholic (Jesuit), university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1877. Setting: 70-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 5,571. Faculty: 655 (270 full-time, 385 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 2,181 applied, 81% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 50% from top quarter, 83% from top half. Full-time: 1,886 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 1,497 students, 74% women, 26% men. Students come from 27 states and territories, 19 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 32% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 44% 25 or older, 21% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 76% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 4 members of the Detroit Area Consortium of Catholic Colleges. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.50 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: essay, recommendations, interview. Required for some: 1 recommendation, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous until 9/2.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $28,010 includes full-time tuition ($20,400), mandatory fees ($570), and college room and board ($7040). College room only: $4128. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $500 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $185 per term.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 5 open to all; national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities. Major annual events: Homecoming, Black History Month, Greek Week. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 955 college housing spaces available; 709 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. McNichols Campus Library plus 3 others with 998,417 microform titles, 9,340 serials, 32,053 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: See Wayne State University.

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