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University of Detroit Mercy is a small private university that educates an undergraduate student body of 2,700 and nearly as many graduate students. In fact, UDM students can earn degrees ranging from a <1-year certificate clear through to a full doctoral degree. For undergraduate students, degree options include but are not limited to English, accounting, pre-dentistry, health services administration, cyber security, and pre-law. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, every student at UDM is sure to receive the hands-on, personalized instruction that they need to thrive.
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Overview of University of Detroit Mercy
UDM is about more than dry academics, however. Students participate in clubs and activities that span cultures, professions, recreation, and athletics. For instance, the campus supports a Chemistry Club, Children's Oral Health Club, a club for Latinx students, as well as many pre-professional organizations that help students network and find fellowship among like-minded peers.
More active students will enjoy the opportunity to play intramural sports or simply get a strenuous workout in the Student Fitness Center. Popular intramural sports include ping pong, futsal, floor hockey, basketball, and corn hole. Other students may also participate in fitness classes that include yoga, interval training, a cardiovascular boot camp, and cardiovascular dance classes.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||11:1|
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||NA|
|Application Deadline||March 1|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
Educational costs are on everyone's minds and, though UDM is a private institution, they deliver a terrific value. The total gross cost of a year at UDM for a full-time student averages around $30,000. When living expenses are tallied, on-campus students can have a full bill of $43,000 and off-campus students are estimated to pay a grand total of $47,000. However, gross price is only part of the story. The average net price for a student at UDM is a mere $18,000. This represents what the student must pay after they receive and apply their full financial package.
Lower income households pay even less, with their average net costs hovering around $14,000. Middle income families only pay $17,000, while the top-earning households see costs of under $24,000 for a year of learning and living on campus. This is all due to the stellar financial aid packages UDM is able to put together. For instance, the average amount of grant and scholarship money a student receives is nearly $20,000. Given the high value of academics at UDM, this all represents a stellar value.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$19,569|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||100%|
|Room & Board||$9,990|
- Tuition In-State - $28,840
- Tuition Out-of-State - $28,840
- Books and Supplies - $1,240
- Room & Board - $9,990
- Other - $2,578
Students at University of Detroit Mercy are there for one reason: to get a degree. The campus offers loads of enriching activities and organizations to join, but the primary motivation to be on campus is the academics. Therefore, UDM has risen to meet the demands of its students and provides a demanding and enriching curriculum. This academic success is borne out in educational statistics such as the retention and graduation rates.
The retention rate is a number that shows how many first-time, full-time students return for a second year. It's assumed that, because students choose to return to campus, they have found an educational environment that they feel will help them get to where they want to go. In this regard, UDM posts stellar statistics. Their retention rate is shown to be 82%, a number that few colleges can match, much less beat.
Statistics show that these students stick around for more than just their second year. In fact, the overall graduation rate at UDM is 67%. On top of that, they post a 22% transfer out rate. Thus, 89% of UDM students can be assumed to graduate either on the UDM campus or at another school. That is, transfer students most often do so in order to attend a school with the specific resources they need, such as a large university.
Student Population Total
Student Population 5,080
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|Health Professions and Related Programs||341 Total Graduates / 46%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||282 Graduates|
|Dental Hygiene/Hygienist||27 Graduates|
|Health Services Administration||23 Graduates|
|Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator||6 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||103 Total Graduates / 14%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||92 Graduates|
|All Engineering Majors||80 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Engineering, General||44 Graduates|
|Mechanical Engineering||18 Graduates|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering||6 Graduates|
|Civil Engineering, General||5 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||70 Total Graduates / 9%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||54 Graduates|
|Management Information Systems, General||11 Graduates|
|Architecture and Related Services||38 Total Graduates / 5%|
|All Other Diplomas||NA|
Outcome & Salary
UDM students are all well-prepared for the working world and many of them start their careers with terrific starting salaries. The registered nursing students seem to fare the best when they enter the workforce. Their starting pay is reportedly a median of $60,000. Though only few students report their earnings, the lower end of the spectrum is held by biology students, who report a median salary of $42,000. Business students start out a bit stronger with median earnings around $44,000.
UDM students have a rosy future as they all have a strong academic footing. They can easily enroll in top graduate programs or become certified in any field they wish. After all, an education is about more than the content someone studies. It’s about mastering the art of learning and adopting new skills and knowledge.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$51,800|
|College Grads Average Salary||$83,086|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$92,800|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$830,860|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,758,860|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$73,352|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$757,508|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,685,508|
|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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