University of Detroit Mercy

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University of Detroit Mercy
University of Detroit Mercy seal 2012.png
Latin: Universitas Detroitensis Misericordia
Former names
College of Detroit (1877)
University of Detroit (1927-1990)
Mercy College of Detroit (1941-1990)
Motto Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (Latin)
Maria, Sedes Sapientiae (Latin)
Motto in English
For the greater glory of God;
Mary, Seat of Wisdom
Established 1877
1990 (merger)
Type Private Nonprofit Coeducational
Affiliation Roman Catholic
(Jesuit / Sisters of Mercy)
Endowment US $40 million [1]
President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
Academic staff
Students 5,112
Undergraduates 2,883
Postgraduates 1,188
Other students
1,041 (professionals)
Location Detroit, Michigan, USA
Campus Urban - Total: 91 acres (36.8 ha)
Colors Blue Red White
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Athletics NCAA Division I - HL & MAAC NLC
Sports 19 varsity sports teams[2]
(9 men's and 10 women's)
Nickname Titans
Mascot Tommy Titan
Affiliations AJCU CMHE

The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) is a private, Roman Catholic co-educational university in Detroit, Michigan, United States, affiliated with the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy. Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., is the president. With origins dating from 1877, it is the largest Roman Catholic university in Michigan. UDM is one of the twenty-eight member Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States. Located across three campuses in Detroit, the school offers more than a hundred academic degrees and programs of study, including liberal arts, clinical psychology, business, dentistry, education, law, engineering, architecture, nursing and allied health professions. Listed below are some of the University's many distinguished alumni.

UDM was ranked in the top tier of Midwestern regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" rankings[3] and has been for over a decade. In athletics, the University sponsors 19 NCAA Division I level varsity sports for men and women, and is a member of the Horizon League. The UDM men's basketball team won the 2012 Horizon League Championship.[4]


The University of Detroit Mercy's origin dates back to 1877 with the founding of Detroit College by the Society of Jesus. The college expanded into the University of Detroit, and in 1927 established a second campus. In 1941, the Sisters of Mercy opened Mercy College of Detroit. In 1990, the University of Detroit and Mercy College of Detroit consolidated to become the "University of Detroit Mercy."

Colleges and campuses[edit]

University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus

UDM comprises seven colleges and schools:

The University has three campuses in the city of Detroit:

  • The McNichols Campus is located at 4001 W. McNichols Road, on the southeast corner of McNichols Road and Livernois Avenue, in northwest Detroit (near the University District, Pilgrim Village and Palmer Woods neighborhoods). The majority of the University's undergraduate and graduate programs are offered on this campus, as well as the University's main administration and athletic facilities like Calihan Hall. It is also the location of all six student residence halls.
  • The Riverfront Campus is home to the School of Law in downtown Detroit at 651 East Jefferson (across from the Renaissance Center).
  • The Corktown Campus, at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, has housed the School of Dentistry and Dental Clinic since 2008.

Aside from UDM's own campuses, the University offers undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs at Macomb University Center[5] in Clinton Township, Mich. and at the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) University Center[6] in Harper Woods, Mich. UDM has also partnered with Aquinas College and St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. to offer a Nursing prelicensure program.[7]

A former campus at 8200 West Outer Drive in Detroit was home to Mercy College of Detroit from 1941 until consolidation in 1990.[8] As part of University of Detroit Mercy, the Outer Drive Campus hosted UDM's Dentistry Clinic starting in 1997.[9] UDM agreed to sell the Outer Drive Campus to WCCCD in 2003,[10] and the UDM School of Dentistry and Clinic moved to the Corktown Campus in January 2008.[11]

Greek life[edit]

Fraternities and sororities (in alphabetical order)


Main article: Detroit Titans
See also: Calihan Hall

The Titans compete in NCAA Division I's Horizon League. The men's basketball team has consistently contended for the Horizon League title. On April 12, 2008, UDM hired Ray McCallum as Men's Basketball Coach.[12] McCallum is a veteran of more than 20 years in college basketball, most recently as assistant head coach at Indiana University.

McCallum's predecessor Perry Watson led a successful program at Detroit's Southwestern High School before coming to UDM after some years as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan and maintained strong recruiting ties within the city's public league. Watson guided Detroit Mercy to 10 winning seasons, three league titles, two NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Final Four during his 15 years with UDM. The Titans' two NCAA appearances also included victories over St. John's and UCLA. Between 1997-98 and 2000–01, the Titans had four straight 20-victory seasons.[12]

Detroit Titans logo (since Aug. 2008).

Dick Vitale, ESPN's most well-known college basketball commentator, was the University of Detroit men's basketball Head Coach for four seasons (1973–1977) before becoming the school's Athletics Director for 1977-78. The following year he left to coach the Detroit Pistons. In his final year as a college head coach in 1977, "Dickie V." led the Detroit Titans to a school record 25 victories and the Round of 16 in the 1977 NCAA Tournament before losing to Michigan, 86-81. Vitale rolled up a 78-30 career record as head coach of the Titans. Vitale went on to coach the Detroit Pistons before beginning his broadcasting career with ESPN in 1979 and was the color commentator for the first college basketball game carried by the new network. As its lead college basketball analyst, he helped make the network an integral part of the game's popularity. An author of six books chronicling his love affair with basketball, Vitale received the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award (1998), won the NABC Cliff Wells Appreciation Award in 2000 and was inducted to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.[13] In 2011, UDM named its basketball court at Calihan Hall in his honor.[14]

Highlights from the Detroit Titans athletic teams include the recent appearances by the men's and women's basketball teams in the 2011-12 postseason. The women's basketball team participated in the WNIT Tournament for the first time ever and finished with its first 20-win season (20-14) since 1997 when the team made its only NCAA Tournament appearance. The men's basketball team captured the 2011-12 Horizon League Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in its history and first since 1999.[4] The University of Detroit Mercy Lacrosse Team won the MAAC Championship in 20013 and went on to the NCAA tournament. The University was the host institution for the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional and 2009 NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament at Ford Field in Detroit.

All home basketball games feature the Titan Pep Band which serenades audiences throughout the game.

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


Acting, theater, film & television[edit]

(See also #Journalism & writing for radio and TV news alumni)


  • Mickey Jacob, FAIA Architect, 2013 American Institute of Architects President, Owner, Principal at Urban Studio Architects
  • Rainy Hamilton, FAIA, President, Owner, Principal-in-charge-of-Architecture at Hamilton Anderson Associates
  • Stephen Vogel, FAIA, Former Dean of the School of Architecture



Journalism & writing[edit]

Government & politics[edit]

Military & space[edit]



Photo galleries[edit]

McNichols Campus[edit]

Corktown Campus (School of Dentistry)[edit]

Riverfront Campus (School of Law)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Endowment according to internal UDM Finance Committee report as of June 27, 2014.
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  6. ^ "Programs at WCCCD University Center in Harper Woods". University of Detroit Mercy website. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
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  8. ^ Muller, S.J., Herman; Sabourin, RSM, Mary Justine; Cohen, Shari S. (2003). Legacy of Excellence: A Continuing History of Jesuit and Mercy Higher Education in Detroit. University of Detroit Mercy. p. 243. 
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  11. ^ "History of the School of Dentistry". UDM School of Dentistry website. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
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References and further reading[edit]

  • Muller, Herman J.; Sabourin, Mary Justine; Cohen, Shari S. (2003). Legacy of excellence : a continuing history of Jesuit and Mercy higher education in Detroit. Detroit, Mich.: University of Detroit Mercy Press. 
  • Muller, Herman Joseph (1976). The University of Detroit 1877-1977: A Centennial History. University of Detroit. ASIN B0006CVJ4S. 
  • Sabourin, Mary Justine (1999). Risk & Hope: An Early History of Mercy College of Detroit, 1941-1966. Detroit, Mich.: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Detroit, in cooperation with the University of Detroit Mercy. 

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