University of Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy
Latin: Universitas Detroitensis Misericordia
Former names
College of Detroit (1877)
University of Detroit (1927–1990)
Mercy College of Detroit (1941–1990)
Motto Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (Latin)
Maria, Sedes Sapientiae (Latin)
Motto in English
For the greater glory of God;
Mary, Seat of Wisdom
Type Private Nonprofit Coeducational
Established 1877
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
(Jesuit / Sisters of Mercy)
Academic affiliations
Endowment $44 million [1]
President Antoine M. Garibaldi
Academic staff
225 full-time, 174 part-time
Students 4,920
Undergraduates 2,672
Postgraduates 1,124
Other students
1,124 (professional)
Location Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Campus Urban, 91 acres (36.8 ha)
Colors Red, White, Blue[2]
Nickname Titans
Mascot Tommy Titan
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I:
Horizon League, MAAC,
A-Sun, Midwest Fencing Conference

University of Detroit Mercy ("Detroit Mercy") is a private, Roman Catholic co-educational university in Detroit, Michigan, United States, sponsored by both the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., is the president. Founded in 1877, it is the largest Roman Catholic university in Michigan. It has three campuses, where it offers more than a hundred academic degrees and programs of study in liberal arts, clinical psychology, business, dentistry, education, law, engineering, architecture, nursing and allied health professions.

Detroit Mercy was ranked in the top tier of Midwestern regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" rankings[3] and has been for over a decade. In athletics, the University sponsors 19 NCAA Division I level varsity sports for men and women, and is a member of the Horizon League. Detroit Mercy is one of the 28 members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, which represents Jesuit institutions in the United States.


University of Detroit Mercy's origin dates back to 1877 with the founding of Detroit College by the Society of Jesus, under the leadership of John Baptist Miège, S.J. The college developed into the University of Detroit, and in 1927 Fr. John P. McNichols, S.J., the then president of U of D, established a second campus. In 1941, the Sisters of Mercy opened Mercy College of Detroit. In 1990 these two schools consolidated to become University of Detroit Mercy.

Colleges and campuses

University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus

The University of Detroit Mercy comprises seven colleges and schools:

The University has three campuses in the city of Detroit:

Aside from Detroit Mercy's own campuses, the University offers undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs at Macomb University Center[4] in Clinton Township, Mich. and at the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) University Center[5] in Harper Woods, Mich. Detroit Mercy has also partnered with Aquinas College and St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. to offer a Nursing prelicensure program.[6]

A former campus at 8200 West Outer Drive in Detroit was home to Mercy College of Detroit from 1941 until consolidation in 1990.[7] As part of University of Detroit Mercy, the Outer Drive Campus hosted Detroit Mercy's Dentistry Clinic starting in 1997.[8] Detroit Mercy agreed to sell the Outer Drive Campus to WCCCD in 2003,[9] and the Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and Clinic moved to the Corktown Campus in January 2008.[10]

Institutes, centers, clinics and archives

The University is home to a variety of institutes and centers, clinics providing services to the public, and archives. Examples include:

Law clinics

In 1965 University of Detroit's Urban Law Clinic was one of the first in the country. It is one of the few law schools in the country requiring a practicum course for all students. It has received numerous awards, most recently the ABA Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access with Meritorious Recognition in 2012 and the ABA Law Student Division’s Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest Award in 2006.[11]

Courses selected for the clinic component bring students in contact with the disadvantaged and disenfranchised, giving all law students at Detroit Mercy first-hand experience of social problems relevant to their specialization. In 2003 the clinic acquired a 28-foot long mobile law office, perhaps the first such facility in the country.[12] In 2012 a downtown building was purchased and renovated for the clinic, bringing the clinic closer to the court buildings.[13] At that time the clinic courses were serving over 1000 clients a year.[14]

Detroit Mercy Law students must take one regular, semester-long "clinic" course that places them in contact with the underrepresented in an area of their choice, with options covering most specializations. The courses provide them with the skills and knowledge requisite for their clinical work, together with guided reflection and individual contact with the professor, including a comprehensive final interview.[15]

Following are the clinic courses offered at Detroit Mercy, all of which fulfill the student requirement.

Dental clinics

The School of Dentistry provides several dental and specialty clinics to the community, including a mobile clinic based in a customized RV. Because the clinics are student clinical programs (where student doctors provide treatment under the supervision of licensed faculty dentists), services can be offered at a reduced cost. This affordability makes dental services available to many members of the local community who are otherwise unable to afford dental care.

Detroit Collaborative Design Center

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) is a multi-disciplinary, nonprofit architecture and urban design firm in the School of Architecture. The Center is dedicated to creating sustainable spaces and communities through quality design and the collaborative process.

Institute for North Korean Studies

The Institute for North Korean Studies (INKS) is a United States-based non-partisan, non-proprietary research center that was founded at the College of Business Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy in April 2004. INKS is distinguished as the first research center in the United States or Europe to focus exclusively on North Korea. INKS organizes seminars and publishes research and monographs in collaboration with McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers. The international and interdisciplinary academic journal of the center is North Korean Review.[20]

Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive

The Padre Guadalupe Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA) contains a collection of Spanish and English books, human rights reports, independent newspapers and newsletters, and social justice papers representing more than 25 years of work by individuals and organizations working in solidarity to aid the people of Latin America.

Black Abolitionist Archive

The Black Abolitionist Archive is a digital collection of over 800 speeches by antebellum African Americans and approximately a thousand editorials from the period, providing a portrait of black involvement in the anti-slavery movement.

Center for Social Entrepreneurship

The Center for Social Entrepreneurship works to develop the capacity of Detroit enterprises that have a social mission, meaning that in addition to regular business goals, they aspire to create social good within their community. The Center's main service is the CSE Boost Program, which is an in-person workshop for early-stage social organizations.

Greek life

Fraternities and sororities (in alphabetical order)


Main article: Detroit Titans
See also: Calihan Hall

The University of Detroit Mercy sponsors 19 NCAA Division I-level varsity sports teams. Men's and women's Detroit Titans teams compete in each sport in the Horizon League, except where noted below:

• Tennis

The University also sponsors eight intramural sports.

In 2014, the women's golf team won the Horizon League Championship for the second straight season. The men's cross country team also claimed its first ever Horizon League Championship. The men's lacrosse team won the MAAC Championship in 2013.

In partnership with WADL-TV, the Detroit Titans launched its own 24-hour network, the Titan Classic Sports Network, in September 2014.[21]


The men's basketball team has consistently contended for the Horizon League title. On April 12, 2008, Detroit Mercy hired Ray McCallum as Men's Basketball Coach.[22] 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 Detroit Mercy 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 Detroit Mercy. 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.[22]

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.[23] In 2011, Detroit Mercy named its basketball court at Calihan Hall in his honor.[24]

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.[25] 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.


Detroit Titans football was played from 1896 to 1964. The team staked a claim to college football's national championship with a 9-0 record in 1928. Gus Dorais, coach of the Titans from 1925–42, was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954. He also coached the NFL's Detroit Lions.

Notable people

University of Detroit Mercy and its predecessor institutions have graduated or employed many notable people over the years. See the main article for some examples:

Photo galleries

McNichols Campus

Corktown Campus (School of Dentistry)

Riverfront Campus (School of Law)

See also


  1. Endowment according to University Financial Report of June 30, 2015.
  2. "University Identity Standards | University of Detroit Mercy". 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  3. "Best Colleges:University of Detroit Mercy". U.S.News & World Report. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  4. "Programs at the Macomb University Center". University of Detroit Mercy website. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  5. "Programs at WCCCD University Center in Harper Woods". University of Detroit Mercy website. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  6. Baiardi, Janet (28 September 2013). "Mercy Heritage Day remarks". Detroit Mercy College of Health Professions website. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  7. Muller, S.J., Herman; Sabourin, RSM, Mary Justine; Cohen, Shari S. (2003). Legacy of Excellence: A Continuing History of Jesuit and Mercy Higher Education in Detroit. University of Detroit Mercy. p. 243.
  8. Muller, S.J., Herman; Sabourin, RSM, Mary Justine; Cohen, Shari S. (2003). Legacy of Excellence: A Continuing History of Jesuit and Mercy Higher Education in Detroit. University of Detroit Mercy. p. 269.
  9. Peller, Laurie (Spring 2004). "Inside View: Vision 2020". Spiritus: The University of Detroit Mercy Magazine. 11 (2): 8.
  10. "History of the School of Dentistry". Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry website. University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  11. Index. Accessed 25 April 2016.
  12. Michigan Bar Journal. Accessed 25 April 2016.
  13. Law school downtown clinics. Accessed 30 September 2016.
  14. Building for Center. Accessed 25 April 2016.
  15. 1 2 3 Clinics. Accessed 25 April 2016.
  16. SADO. Accessed 25 April 2016.
  17. Windsor. Accessed 25 April 2016.
  18. Prelaw Insider. Accessed 25 April 2016.
  19. NXT
  20. “Institute for North Korean Studies (INKS).” College of Business Administration. University of Detroit Mercy. 9 June 2008.
  21. "Titan Classic Sports Network Launches on Labor Day". University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  22. 1 2 "Titan Basketball Detroit All-Time Scores" (PDF). University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  23. "Hall of Fame Class of 2008". The College Basketball Experience. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  24. "'It was Awesome, baby, with a capital A!'". University of Detroit Mercy. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  25. "Detroit captures men's basketball championship". Horizon League. Retrieved 13 December 2012.

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