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Colleges / University of Detroit Mercy

About Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy is a private, religious school in an urban setting in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit Mercy was founded in 1877 and now enrolls around 4,987 students a year, including 2,633 undergrads.

Detroit Mercy offers housing for up to 0 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

As of 2021, the total market value of Detroit Mercy's endowment was $43.908 million The institution spends around $15,106 for each full-time student enrolled. There are 11 Detroit Mercy undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Detroit Mercy Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 49%
Average GPA 3.6
Mean ACT score 25
Mean SAT score 1145
Tuition $30,154

Detroit Mercy Regular Decision Deadline 2022

The deadline to apply regular decision to Detroit Mercy for Fall 2022 is March 1. All regular decision applicants should hear back from Detroit Mercy by October 1.

Detroit Mercy Early Admission

University of Detroit Mercy offers early decision but does not offer early action.

49% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Detroit Mercy.

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Detroit Mercy Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Detroit Mercy. The acceptance rate at Detroit Mercy is 80%. Last year, 3,985 students applied to Detroit Mercy and 3,168 were admitted.

Detroit Mercy Waitlist 2021

Detroit Mercy reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into University of Detroit Mercy?

Detroit Mercy is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Detroit Mercy, applicants must submit the following items.

Detroit Mercy Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0.5
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

Detroit Mercy Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Detroit Mercy is 3.6 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Detroit Mercy is 1145. The mean ACT score for Detroit Mercy students is 25.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Detroit Mercy.

Does Detroit Mercy Require Test Scores?

Detroit Mercy is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 20% submitted the SAT. 74% submitted the ACT.

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Does Detroit Mercy Provide Dorms?

Yes! Detroit Mercy provides on-campus housing for students.

Detroit Mercy students are active in the school's Alpha Phi Omega, Biology Club and Chemistry Club. Midnight Bike Ride, Ultimate Talent Show, and and Homecoming Casino Night are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Detroit Mercy.

Financial Aid at Detroit Mercy

Detroit Mercy meets 68% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Detroit Mercy full-time are awarded $25,725 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Detroit Mercy a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Detroit Mercy

About 86% of students who start at Detroit Mercy return for their second year of college. Out of the 458 students who started at Detroit Mercy as first-time freshman, 272 graduate within four years.

Around 73% of students who started at Detroit Mercy earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $38,248 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Detroit Mercy sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Detroit Mercy a good school for you?

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Where is University of Detroit Mercy Located?

Detroit Mercy is located in the urban setting of Detroit, Michigan, less than an hour from Detroit.

If you want to see Detroit Mercy for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Lodge Freeway to Detroit, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Detroit Metropolitan.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Detroit Mercy and Detroit are like without leaving home.

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College Info

4001 West McNichols Road Detroit, MI 48221

Campus Setting: Urban

Detroit Mercy Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Detroit Mercy is Mar 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Detroit Mercy is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Detroit Mercy ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 27

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Detroit Mercy is 25. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into Detroit Mercy. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Detroit Mercy SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1060 - 1245


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

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1245 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Detroit Mercy students is 1145. Applicants with SAT scores of 1245 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Detroit Mercy, while applicants with SAT scores between 1060 to 1245 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1060 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Detroit Mercy.

Detroit Mercy Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Detroit Mercy is like? There are approximately 4,987 students enrolled at Detroit Mercy, including 2,633 undergraduate students and 2,354 graduate students. 84% percent of students attend school full-time, 94% percent are from MI and 6% percent of students are from other states.


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