Madonna University

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Madonna University
MottoSapientia Desursum (from Latin: Wisdom from Above)
TypeCatholic university
PresidentMichael A. Grandillo, Ph.D.
CampusSuburban, 80 acres (320,000 m2)
ColorsBlue and gold         
AffiliationsWolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
MascotCruzer the Crusader

Madonna University is a private Catholic liberal arts university in Livonia, Michigan. Conducted by the Felician Sisters, it has extension campuses in Metro Detroit in southwest Detroit, Orchard Lake, and Clinton Township at the Macomb University Center. Madonna University also has a campus at the University Center in Gaylord, about 225 miles (362 km) north of Livonia. Though affiliated with the Catholic Church, the school admits students and faculty of all faiths.


Founded by 2 sisters in 1937 as Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary College, the university offers more than 100 undergraduate majors toward associate and bachelor's degrees as well as 35 master's programs in clinical psychology, business, criminal justice, education, history, and health professions. In May 2009, Madonna began offering its first doctorate, the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Among the largest Catholic, Franciscan universities in the country, Madonna University is situated on an 80-acre (32 ha) wooded campus.

Madonna University's commitment to developing a sustainable and eco-friendly campus was recognized when the U.S. Green Building Council awarded Gold level LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the university’s 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) Franciscan Center.

The school was ranked by U.S. News and World Report under the category "University - Master's" as a Midwest university, 88th in the 1st tier (2011).

Colleges and Schools[edit]

  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Education
  • College of Natural and Social Sciences
  • College of Nursing and Health
    • Undergraduate Nursing Programs BSN, ABSN,[1] LPN-BSN, RN-BSN)[2]
    • Graduate Nursing Programs
    • Hospice and Palliative Studies Department
    • Health Sciences
  • Graduate School
  • School of Business
    • Accounting
    • Business Administration
    • Computer Technology
    • Hospitality and Tourism Management


Madonna University teams are known as the Crusaders. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball. Madonna will add football to its program beginning in the 2020 season. [3]

The campus features a regulation-size gym located in the Activities Center, which seats up to 601 people; international-size soccer field, which hosts camps and tournaments; Ilitch Ballpark baseball field and fast-pitch softball field. Athletic grants and scholarships are available to students who show promising talent and have demonstrated academic success.

Campus media[edit]

Print publications[edit]

The Madonna Now is the university's magazine for alumni and friends. The Madonna Herald is the university's newspaper, which is produced by Madonna's Journalism Department, headed by professor Neal Haldane. The Madonna Muse is an annual literary journal.


In the university's Franciscan Center studios, students operate an online radio station at Live 365.[4] The format is freeform, and features occasional live broadcasts from students of the program.


The Broadcast and Cinema Arts students also produce a television show, Celebrate Michigan, which airs on MyTV20 in the Detroit area.


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  3. ^ Shore, Zachary. "MUCrusaders add Football, begin play in 2020". MUCrusaders. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  4. ^ Madonna University Online Radio

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