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University of Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest and most comprehensive Catholic university, sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. Today's University boasts the heritage of two founding institutions: the University of Detroit, founded in 1877 by the Jesuits, and Mercy College of Detroit, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1941.



The legacy of University of Detroit Mercy began over 139 years ago. Our founders, the Society of Jesus and the Religious Sisters of Mercy, have always believed in the power of education to change people and, through them, the world. To that end, each order began colleges to foster the intellectual, social, spiritual and moral development of individuals.


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 Detroit Mercy education seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of our students.


Our Career Education Center offers comprehensive career planning and placement services to students and graduates. The University also provides a nationally-recognized cooperative education program that places undergraduate students each year in career-related salaried positions. Our co-op program is the third oldest continuous program in the country, and the oldest program in Michigan. It is available to students in all programs, and is required in Architecture, Engineering and 5-year BSBA/MBA programs.

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Student services

The Student Life Office (SLO) is committed to making your Detroit Mercy experience a great one. In support of the University Mission, the SLO plans extracurricular activities which compliment academic programs of study.

Whether you want to get involved in a student organization, attend one of SLO's events, find the right work-study position or do all of the above, the Student Life Office can help you make the most of your college experience.

Housing services

  • Detroit Mercy has three campuses in Detroit, one located in the residential northwest area of the city and two in or near downtown, providing academic programs and services for full-time, evening and weekend students. Our two professional schools include the School of Dentistry, located on our Corktown Campus; and the School of Law, located in downtown Detroit.

Library services

  • The University of Detroit established its library on the original Jefferson Campus in 1877. Upon the completion of the Engineering Building in 1927, the library was moved to the third floor of that building. 
  • In 1952, the McNichols Campus Library (McNCL) was opened with all resources and staff transferred to the new facility. 

ICT services

The mission of Information Technology Services (ITS) is to provide easily accessible, useful information and global communication services to the University community in order to enhance teaching, learning, research and management, and to use technology as a key enabler in pursuit of the University mission.

Medical services

We are dedicated to helping students achieve their academic goals by promoting and maintaining their physical, spiritual and mental well-being. Our services and programs educate students so they can establish life-long patterns of health, optimize behaviors and prevent illness.

The Health Clinic is able to provide physicals, sick visits, referrals, TB testing, vaccines, and more. 

Student Life

Campus life

Create your home at University of Detroit Mercy in one of our three residence halls. Living on campus gives you opportunities that can make your college experience more memorable and successful. Live among the friends you will create and have the rest of your life.

  • Shiple Hall 
  • The Quads Complex
  • Holden Hall
Where to eat on Campus:
  • Titan Dining Room
  • Café a La Carte
  • The Loft
  • Corktown Café
  • The Riverfront Café
  • Detroit Mercy Bookstore
  • Vending machines

Sports facilities

University Recreation offers a variety of fitness and recreational programs designed to positively impact students and contribute to the health and well-being of the Detroit Mercy community.

  • Fitness Center
  • Intramural Sports/Club Sports
  • URec Adventure Series

Student clubs

Student organizations embody the energy, focus and mission of Detroit Mercy students. No matter what interests you, you're sure to find a club or organization who shares your passion.

Detroit Mercy offers more than 60 clubs and organizations that bring students together to build skills, make friends, develop networks and have fun.


University of Detroit Mercy is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent organization that accredits higher education institutions. The University has a long history of institutional accreditation. The University of Detroit received initial accreditation in 1931, Mercy College was initially granted accreditation in 1951, and University of Detroit Mercy achieved initial accreditation in 1991, and is currently accredited through 2017. 

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khaoula khaldoun rated 3 out of 5 stars

my study was not wondrful because i chose to study the law and did not like it.i wanted to study something i love

Highland Park, Michigan, United States

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