UDM was ranked in the top tier of Midwestern regional universities in U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" 2014 edition and has been for over a decade. In athletics, the University sponsors 19 NCAADivision I level varsity sports for men and women, and is a member of the Horizon League. The UDM men's basketball team won the 2012 Horizon League Championship.
The University of Detroit Mercy's origin dates back to 1877 with the founding of Detroit College by the Society of Jesus. The college expanded into the University of Detroit, and in 1927 established a second campus. In 1941, the Sisters of Mercy opened the Mercy College of Detroit. In 1990, University of Detroit and Mercy College of Detroit consolidated to become "University of Detroit Mercy."
Mission and vision
University of Detroit Mercy's mission and vision statements reflect the traditions of its religious sponsors. founded on their collective religious traditions.
The mission statement states:
The University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, exists to provide excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education in an urban context. A UDM education seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of our students.
The vision statement proposes:
The University of Detroit Mercy will be recognized as a premier private university in the Great Lakes (North America) region, distinguished by graduates who lead and serve in their communities.
Like all universities, UDM strives to offer quality higher education, but it also is committed to service of faith and promotion of justice and compassionate service to persons in need, as articulated in both the Jesuit and Mercy worldviews. Accordingly, the university, its students, staff and alumni aim to take an active role in strengthening Detroit through community outreach and partnership with like-minded organizations.
The University has three campuses in the city of Detroit:
The McNichols Campus is located 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 Corktown Campus, at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, has housed the School of Dentistry and Dental Clinic since 2008.
Aside from UDM's own campuses, the University offers undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs at Macomb University Center in Clinton Township, Mich. and at the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) University Center in Harper Woods, Mich. UDM has also partnered with Aquinas College and St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. to offer a Nursing prelicensure program.
A former campus at 8200 West Outer Drive in Detroit was home to Mercy College of Detroit from 1941 until consolidation in 1990. As part of University of Detroit Mercy, the Outer Drive Campus hosted UDM's Dentistry Clinic starting in 1997. UDM agreed to sell the Outer Drive Campus to WCCCD in 2003, and the UDM School of Dentistry and Clinic moved to the Corktown Campus in January 2008.
Fraternities and sororities (in alphabetical order)
The Titans compete in NCAA Division I's Horizon League. The men's basketball team has consistently contended for the Horizon League title. On April 12, 2008, UDM hired Ray McCallum as Men's Basketball Coach. 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 UDM 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 UDM. 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.
Detroit Titans logo (since Aug. 2008).
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. In 2011, UDM named its basketball court at Calihan Hall in his honor.
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. The University of Detroit Mercy Lacrosse Team won the MAAC Championship in 20013 and went on to the NCAA tournament. 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 which serenades audiences throughout the game.
C. Don Davidson was a professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, from 1965 to 1969. Davidson was the author of the Pontiac Plan; a 1966-79 urban renewal project for the city of Pontiac, Michigan. Circa 1970, Davidson became the stadium chief project designer of what would later become known as The Pontiac Silverdome under the direction of the architectural firm of O'dell, Hewlett & Luckenbach. In 1972, he started a weekly newspaper called "The Pontiac Times" to help further his vision for the city of Pontiac.
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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 the University of Detroit Mercy.