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How Well Is University of Detroit Mercy Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of Detroit Mercy was awarded 36 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general biology.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UDM as #281 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UDM held the #289 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UDM is also ranked #8 out of 42 schools in Michigan.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UDM?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to University of Detroit Mercy you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 65%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 55% of students accepted to UDM submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 610. Math scores were between 520 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Detroit Mercy  ( 520 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Detroit Mercy  ( 520 to 620 )
UDM received ACT scores from 41% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Detroit Mercy  ( 22 to 27 )

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University of Detroit Mercy Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At UDM, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 10 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Detroit Mercy is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Detroit Mercy

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Detroit Mercy has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UDM the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 42%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  42 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at UDM

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,843 undergraduates at UDM with 2,338 being full-time and 505 being part-time.

UDM Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for UDM is 60.46 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  60.46 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Detroit Mercy Cost?

The overall average net price of UDM is $20,415. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UDM

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,859 $17,561 $20,761 $21,784 $24,880

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UDM, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UDM, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $6,243 a year. That adds up to $24,972 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UDM is 3.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UDM Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UDM make about $47,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for UDM students since it is 18% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of University of Detroit Mercy

Located in Detroit, Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of University of Detroit Mercy

Contact details for UDM are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4001 W Mcnichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221-3038
Phone: 313-993-1000

University of Detroit Mercy Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 65 majors graduated from University of Detroit Mercy. Of these students, 752 received undergraduate degrees and 720 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 282 $60,200
General Biology 94 $41,600
Business Administration & Management 55 $44,000
General Engineering 44 NA
General Architecture 38 NA
Dental Support Services 27 $46,800
Public Health 23 NA
Social Work 19 NA
Mechanical Engineering 18 NA
Economics 14 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Detroit Mercy along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UDM

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 950 students took at least one online class at University of Detroit Mercy. This is an increase from the 894 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 950 93
2016-2017 894 80
2015-2016 787 85
2014-2015 716 74
2013-2014 568 107

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