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University of Detroit Mercy

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University of Detroit Mercy
University of Detroit Mercy seal.svg
Latin: Universitas Detroitensis Misericordia
Former names
Detroit College (1877–1911)
University of Detroit (1911–1990)
Mercy College of Detroit (1941–1990)
MottoAd maiorem Dei gloriam (Latin)
Maria, Sedes Sapientiae (Latin)
Motto in English
For the greater glory of God;
Mary, Seat of Wisdom
TypePrivate Nonprofit Coeducational
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
(Jesuit / Sisters of Mercy)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$51.6 million[1]
PresidentAntoine M. Garibaldi
Academic staff
225 full-time, 174 part-time
Other students
1,124 (professional)
Location, ,
CampusUrban, 91 acres (36.8 ha)
ColorsRed, White, Blue[2]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I:
Horizon League, MAAC,
SoCon, Midwest Fencing Conference
MascotTommy Titan
University of Detroit Mercy new logo.svg

The University of Detroit Mercy is a private, Roman Catholic co-educational university in Detroit, Michigan, United States, sponsored by both the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., is the president. Founded in 1877, it is the largest Roman Catholic university in Michigan. It has three campuses, where it offers more than a hundred academic degrees and programs of study in liberal arts, clinical psychology, business, dentistry, education, law, engineering, architecture, nursing and allied health professions.

University of Detroit Mercy 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 University of Detroit Mercy is one of the 28 members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, which represents Jesuit institutions in the United States.

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The University of Detroit Mercy created a unique program that benefits the disabled community. The Universities engineering and nursing schools partnered with the state of Michigan to create one of a kind adaptive technology from the ground up. The students met with clients, discussed what was needed and then designed a piece of equipment that would help improve their clients lives. Just recently I got contacted by Dr. Klienke about collaborating with the engineers on programs to help the disabled, so we have been hooked up with the state of Michigan finding disabled people that need engineering help. And my role in that is to come along side and find out, help them with the health perspective. For example one of the disabled you might see in the background here, he was a police officer that was shot 20 years ago and he cannot use the right side of his body very well. And that has impacted his ability to do work. So the engineering guys are developing sort of like a robotic arm so that he can use his arms better and his hands better to be able to hold things. My role in that is to come along side and find out A, how much does he understand, is he able to communicate because he has some communication issues and collaborate that with the engineering guys. And in addition, showing them how to use this device so that it will not hurt him or be a damage to him, for example some trigger points, some points where his bones stick out, we don't want that device to stick on that and create more problems in the first place. So that's my role and it has been great, I love the collaboration and making sure that the devices are also promoting his health and well being. Oh our experience of getting involved with individual clients has been fantastic. Our cabstone design courses are intended to look at open ending projects and nothing could be more open ended then you meet the client in January and by August you have developed and delivered a device that is going to do something, that is going to improve their lives or help them along. And actually what we have found is that the students learn a great deal from the client as well as delivering a device that will help them out. They kind of work like a spring; they are like the things on the back catch of a minivan, that kind of push it up. So it keeps it nice and level when it is not being used, and then provides resistance when you push down. I was one of the young teens that was wild, I got shot 3 times in my neck with a 9mm due to gang and drug activities in the city of Detroit. So when I got shot I turned my life around, went back to highschool, got my highschool diploma and came to the University of Detroit Mercy and got my Bachelors Degree in criminal justice. I met these guys through MRS services and they actually came to my job and asked me would I like to be involved helping advance the technology with individuals in wheelchairs. And I was greatly appreciated also being a graduate of U of D, and they tried me out and they asked me how can we help you out? And I said something to help me strengthen my upper body. And these guys came up with the perfect idea. Now you can always leave it here and start off here and go work your way off that way and switch them out. At least a machine to help me help with the triceps on my body, so I can do my own transfers. Actually also helps me advance my upper body strength so I can drive better. Cuz I just got my driver's license; I drive now, so it helps me drive better. They did a good job. I think it is so important that students have projects that are real projects and have real customers and I tell you the disabled people we worked with have real needs, so the students gain a understanding of what it is to seek that customer imput and be responsive to it. And that is what engineers should do, they should create things that are wanted and needed by real people. In mechanical engineering more or less, when people think of it they think of the automotive, or in terms of cars. But now that I actually get to see the other side of it and you actually get to help people and real world people and help people with disabilities and give back to the community and actually use this device in a household or a hospital or some kind of situation where a person can actually benefit from it. There is a great deal of satisfaction that you get from that. The project that we are working on has been kind of a accommodation of something that entails mechanical engineering, as well as community service and to be able to do something like this is a great opportunity for me and my classmates that I worked on it with. We were given a opportunity to work on this particular project in the winter and we have grown as a result of it. The students were challenged be the project, designing items for people with disabilities required a different approach. The University school of nursing helped the engineers think about their client's needs. This has been such a fun project for me, this is the first time I have worked with the engineers and I comment all the time about how they are fabulous at flow charts, the math behind it, the logistics behind it. But they are missing, not missing but not trained in that human interaction component that we are as nurses, we are trained in the human caring component. So to be able to combine the human caring component with the devices that they are building to help these people function better in their life is just a amazing collaboration of expertise. The challenges are of just developing things for disabled persons is that we aren't disabled, so we have no idea what it really means to be disabled. SO we have to do a lot of research whether it be from people who are disabled or on the internet or looking through books in the library or things like that to get a feel for what we are actually trying to design for. What really helped us with that was meeting with the client itself; it really inspired us in trying to help them. They seemed to try to want to fight the disease, so that inspired us to help him as such as possible. It has been a rather successful project, really a hard project to complete because our device is meant to adhere to our client's hand where as the others devices are stand-alone units. Therefore our device we needed to concentrate on minimizing size and weight and to make it aesthetically pleasing. Seeing engineers design products for the disabled is encouraging. Time has shown that many products designed for the disabled benefit the able bodied. We look forward to seeing what technology will do for us all in the future.



University of Detroit Mercy's origin dates back to 1877 with the founding of "Detroit College," near Detroit's downtown, by the Society of Jesus, under the leadership of John Baptist Miège, S.J. The college became the University of Detroit in 1911,[4][5] and in 1927 Fr. John P. McNichols, S.J., the then president of the University of Detroit, established a second campus that ended up being known by its Spanish architecture and large elm trees. In 1941, the Sisters of Mercy opened Mercy College of Detroit. Both schools saw a great deal of success and developed many distinguished alumni.

Notable alumni include political and business leaders such as U.S. senator Gary Peters and former Ford CEO Jim Padilla, both from the University of Detroit. In 1990, despite some opposition, these two institutions consolidated to become "University of Detroit Mercy." Since the merger, the University has produced the likes of actor Keegan-Michael Key and news anchor Allison Payne. The University has a long history of being active in the community and continues to play a major role in the minds, hearts, and lives of Detroiters.

Colleges and campuses

University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus
University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus

The University of Detroit Mercy comprises seven colleges and schools:

The University has three campuses in the city of Detroit:

  • The McNichols Campus is 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 Detroit Mercy's own campuses, the University offers undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs at Macomb University Center[6] in Clinton Township, Mich. and at the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) University Center[7] in Harper Woods, Mich. Detroit Mercy has also partnered with Aquinas College and St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. to offer a Nursing prelicensure program.[8]

A former campus at 8200 West Outer Drive in Detroit was home to Mercy College of Detroit from 1941 until consolidation in 1990.[9] As part of University of Detroit Mercy, the Outer Drive Campus hosted Detroit Mercy's Dentistry Clinic starting in 1997.[10] Detroit Mercy agreed to sell the Outer Drive Campus to WCCCD in 2003,[11] and the Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and Clinic moved to the Corktown Campus in January 2008.[12]

Institutes, centers, clinics and archives

The University is home to a variety of institutes and centers, clinics providing services to the public, and archives. Examples include:

Law clinics

In 1965 University of Detroit's Urban Law Clinic was one of the first in the country. It is one of the few law schools in the country requiring a practicum course for all students. It has received numerous awards, most recently the ABA Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access with Meritorious Recognition in 2012 and the ABA Law Student Division’s Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest Award in 2006.[13]

Courses selected for the clinic component bring students in contact with the disadvantaged and disenfranchised, giving all law students at Detroit Mercy first-hand experience of social problems relevant to their specialization. In 2003 the clinic acquired a 28-foot long mobile law office, perhaps the first such facility in the country.[14] In 2012 a downtown building was purchased and renovated for the clinic, bringing the clinic closer to the court buildings.[15] At that time the clinic courses served over 1000 clients a year.[16]

Detroit Mercy Law students must take one regular, semester-long "clinic" course that places them in contact with the underrepresented in an area of their choice, with options covering most specializations. The courses provide them with the skills and knowledge requisite for their clinical work, together with guided reflection and individual contact with the professor, including a comprehensive final interview.[17]

Following are the clinic courses offered at Detroit Mercy, all of which fulfill the student requirement.

  • Immigration Law Clinic. This serves immigrants seeking family sponsorship or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, or advancing Violence against Women Act Petitions. Students represent clients in U.S. Immigration Court; other court experiences are the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Veterans Law Clinic. Students argue before the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability benefits for veterans.
  • Criminal Trial Clinic. This prepares students for all aspects of defense in misdemeanor cases, including courtroom appearances and plea bargaining.
  • Juvenile Appellate Clinic. Students argue cases before a panel of attorneys pre-trial and may be asked to argue the case in the Michigan Court of Appeals. Most cases deal with child protection or delinquency.
  • Appellate Advocacy Clinic, State Appellate Defender's Office (SADO). SADO was founded to give "legal representation to indigent criminal defendants in post-conviction matters."[18] Students prepare briefs to be delivered before the Michigan Court of Appeals or the Michigan Supreme Court, and may deliver their brief first in "mock arguments" before a panel of attorneys.[17]
  • Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Inventors without the resources to defend themselves before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can get help from the law students, supervised by patent attorneys. To be eligible for this clinic students must possess an undergraduate degree in some scientific field.[17] In conjunction with the University of Windsor, the course qualifies students in both U.S. and Canadian patent law, the first certified program in that dual area.[19][20][21]

Dental clinics

The School of Dentistry provides several dental and specialty clinics to the community, including a mobile clinic based in a customized RV. Because the clinics are student clinical programs (where student doctors provide treatment under the supervision of licensed faculty dentists), services can be offered at a reduced cost. This affordability makes dental services available to many members of the local community who are otherwise unable to afford dental care.

Detroit Collaborative Design Center

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) is a multi-disciplinary, nonprofit architecture and urban design firm in the School of Architecture. The Center is dedicated to creating sustainable spaces and communities through quality design and the collaborative process.

Institute for North Korean Studies

The Institute for North Korean Studies (INKS) is a United States-based non-partisan, non-proprietary research center founded at the College of Business Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy in April 2004. INKS is distinguished as the first research center in the United States or Europe to focus exclusively on North Korea. INKS organizes seminars and publishes research and monographs in collaboration with McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers. The international and interdisciplinary academic journal of the center is North Korean Review.[22]

Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive

The Padre Guadalupe Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) contains a collection of Spanish and English books, human rights reports, independent newspapers and newsletters, and social justice papers representing more than 25 years of work by individuals and organizations working in solidarity to aid the people of Latin America.

Black Abolitionist Archive

The Black Abolitionist Archive is a digital collection of over 800 speeches by antebellum African Americans and approximately a thousand editorials from the period, providing a portrait of black involvement in the anti-slavery movement.

Center for Social Entrepreneurship

The Center for Social Entrepreneurship works to develop the capacity of Detroit enterprises that have a social mission, meaning in addition to regular business goals, they aspire to create social good within their community. The Center's main service is the CSE Boost Program, which is an in-person workshop for early-stage social organizations.

Greek life

Fraternities and sororities (in alphabetical order)


The University of Detroit Mercy sponsors 19 NCAA Division I-level varsity sports teams. Men's and women's Detroit Titans teams compete in each sport in the Horizon League, except where noted below:

The University also sponsors eight intramural sports.

In 2014, the women's golf team won the Horizon League Championship for the second straight season. The men's cross country team also claimed its first ever Horizon League Championship. The men's lacrosse team won the MAAC Championship in 2013.

In partnership with WADL-TV, the Detroit Titans launched its own 24-hour network, the Titan Classic Sports Network, in September 2014.[23]


The men's basketball team has consistently contended for the Horizon League title. On April 12, 2008, Detroit Mercy hired Ray McCallum as Men's Basketball Coach.[24] 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 Detroit Mercy 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 Detroit Mercy. 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.[24]

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.[25] In 2011, Detroit Mercy named its basketball court at Calihan Hall in his honor.[26]

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.[27] 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.


Detroit Titans football was played from 1896 to 1964. The team staked a claim to college football's national championship with a 9-0 record in 1928. Gus Dorais, coach of the Titans from 1925–42, was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954. He also coached the NFL's Detroit Lions.

Notable people

University of Detroit Mercy and its predecessor institutions have graduated or employed many notable people over the years. See the main article for some examples:

Photo galleries

McNichols Campus

Corktown Campus (School of Dentistry)

Riverfront Campus (School of Law)

See also


  1. ^ Endowment according to University Financial Report of June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "University Identity Standards | University of Detroit Mercy". July 1, 2015. Archived from the original on April 2, 2016. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Best Colleges:University of Detroit Mercy". U.S.News & World Report. Archived from the original on November 13, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  4. ^ David Lee Poremba (2001). Detroit in Its World Setting: A Three Hundred Year Chronology, 1701-2001. Wayne State University Press. pp. 157–. ISBN 0-8143-2870-9.
  5. ^ "Detroit College Now University". Detroit Free Press. January 15, 1911. p. 5. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  6. ^ "Programs at the Macomb University Center". University of Detroit Mercy website. University of Detroit Mercy. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  7. ^ "Programs at WCCCD University Center in Harper Woods". University of Detroit Mercy website. University of Detroit Mercy. Archived from the original on April 8, 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  8. ^ Baiardi, Janet (September 28, 2013). "Mercy Heritage Day remarks". Detroit Mercy College of Health Professions website. University of Detroit Mercy. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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. 269.
  11. ^ Peller, Laurie (Spring 2004). "Inside View: Vision 2020". Spiritus: The University of Detroit Mercy Magazine. 11 (2): 8.
  12. ^ "History of the School of Dentistry". Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry website. University of Detroit Mercy. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  13. ^ "PreLaw - Winter 2014". Archived from the original on September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  14. ^ Michigan Bar Journal. Accessed 25 April 2016. Archived November 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Law school downtown clinics. Accessed 30 September 2016. Archived February 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Building for Center. Accessed 25 April 2016. Archived August 6, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ a b c Clinics. Accessed 25 April 2016. Archived April 13, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "SADO - SADO - History and Governance". Archived from the original on September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  19. ^ Windsor. Accessed 25 April 2016. Archived May 30, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ "preLaw Magazine - Winter 2007". Archived from the original on September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  21. ^ "preLaw - Spring 2016 - 47". Archived from the original on September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  22. ^ “Institute for North Korean Studies (INKS).” College of Business Administration. University of Detroit Mercy. Archived May 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine June 9, 2008.
  23. ^ "Titan Classic Sports Network Launches on Labor Day". University of Detroit Mercy. Archived from the original on October 29, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  24. ^ a b "Titan Basketball Detroit All-Time Scores" (PDF). University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  25. ^ "Hall of Fame Class of 2008". The College Basketball Experience. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  26. ^ "'It was Awesome, baby, with a capital A!'". University of Detroit Mercy. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  27. ^ "Detroit captures men's basketball championship". Horizon League. Archived from the original on March 10, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2012.

Further reading

  • 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 University of Detroit Mercy.

External links

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