On your first day of college classes at Madonna University, it will be pretty evident that you’re on a Catholic campus—Montessori Center of Our Lady, Angela Hospice Home Care, Felician Sisters. One of the roads on-campus is named Chalice Drive. Then, there’s the Madonna University Chapel. The campus buildings are spaced far apart and there is ample green space for you and your fellow students to relax even though the campus itself is compact. Classrooms, the campus green, the university chapel and, to the south, the Madonna University library are all located conveniently close.
Overview of Madonna University
Madonna University is a private, not-for-profit institution, located in a small city. While the school is located in Livonia, there are enough small towns conveniently located nearby that you should be able to find a place where you’ll enjoy relaxing off-campus every so often. The student population is equally small with only just under 3,000 all together and 500 are graduate students.
Despite it being a small college, you’ll be able to accumulate college credits via dual credits, credit for life experiences, and advanced placement (AP) credits.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||City: Small|
|Student Faculty Ratio||13:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Considered But Not Required|
|High School Transcripts||NA|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|Recommendations||Considered But Not Required|
|Formal demonstration of competencies||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
When you pay for school, you don’t just pay for tuition. You also pay for books, supplies, room and board, and other various fees. These, put all together, are your total cost. At Madonna University, on-campus students and their families pay $35,670, as of a recent academic year.
Luckily, many families don’t end up having to pay the full amount. There are plenty of options for financial aid at the federal, state, and even institutional level. After financial aid is applied, what is left of the total cost is the average net price. In a recent academic year, this was $17,444. Even better, depending on your parents’ income, you may pay still less. Families earning between $30,001 to $48,000 tend to pay around $16,625 and families earning between $75,001 and $110,000 pay around $20,848. As you can see, because the amount of financial aid available depends on your family’s income, what you end up paying after financial aid depends on that as well.
As a freshman, you are likely to qualify for financial aid. A total of 96% of a recent freshman class received an average amount of $14,003 in grants or scholarships. The same percentage of students received, on average, $11,284 in institutional grants and scholarships.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$14,003|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||97%|
|Room & Board||$11,450|
- Tuition In-State - $23,100
- Tuition Out-of-State - $23,100
- Books and Supplies - $1,360
- Room & Board - $11,450
- Other - $2,690
Going to college puts you into an environment that you may never have experienced before. At some point you’ll decide if you want to stay at Madonna University or transfer out. If you decide to stay, you’ll be part of the 76% retention rate. This high rate lets you know that most students appreciate their classes, professors, and the general culture of the school.
Unfortunately, the 4-year graduation rate is somewhat low at 37%. A longer graduation rate is becoming more common all across the country, but that’s still significantly below the national average for a 4-year graduation. However, the 6-year graduation rate is significantly higher at 70%, which is actually above the national average.
You may find that you can’t attend a class you signed up for in-person if you take on an internship or job. Do you drop the class and hope you’ll be able to get into a section a year or so from now? There are other options you can discuss with your advisor. Madonna University offers evening classes, so you could switch to a section you’re able to attend. Or you may be able to take advantage of distance education (online programs, as well as individual classes).
The most popular degree programs offered are business, management, marketing, and related support services; health professions and related programs; homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and related protective services; education; and family and consumer sciences/human sciences.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||144 Total Graduates / 25%|
|International Business/Trade/Commerce||80 Graduates|
|Business Administration and Management, General||43 Graduates|
|Hospitality Administration/Management, General||10 Graduates|
|Health Professions and Related Programs||135 Total Graduates / 23%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||114 Graduates|
|Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other||12 Graduates|
|Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General||8 Graduates|
|Health/Health Care Administration/Management||1 Graduates|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services||100 Total Graduates / 17%|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies||84 Graduates|
|Forensic Science and Technology||8 Graduates|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other||8 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||29 Total Graduates / 5%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||24 Graduates|
|Biomedical Sciences, General||5 Graduates|
|Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences||19 Total Graduates / 3%|
|Child Development||12 Graduates|
|Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General||3 Graduates|
|Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General||2 Graduates|
|Adult Development and Aging||1 Graduates|
|Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management||1 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||26%|
Outcome & Salary
After graduation, you’ll be ready to find a job in your career field. Graduate’s average early career salaries are around $44,300 and their mid-career salaries go up to $77,700.
The average 4-year cost of education at Madonna University is $122,000. This number can help you figure out your likely return on investment (ROI). A graduate’s 20-year projected ROI, after the 4-year cost of their education has been subtracted, is $1,330,634.
Think about the high school graduate who decides to find a job rather than go to college. Their national average salary is $38,792. After 10 years, their projected income is $387,920 and, after working for 20 years, their projected income rises to $775,840.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$44,300|
|College Grads Average Salary||$62,341|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$77,700|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$623,410|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,400,410|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$69,776|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$553,634|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,330,634|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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