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University of Detroit Mercy 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vaishnavi Agrawal Vaishnavi Agrawal
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With a current student population of 5,113 (59% female and 41% male), University of Detroit Mercy offers admission to students across the globe in more than 100 academic degrees and programs including popular programs like nursing, Business, and biology and its related fields. In the fall of 2019, over 17% of admitted students were international students. International students seeking admission at UDM should note the following:

  • Except for the nursing program, the University does not compulsorily require non-native English language speakers to show proficiency in English language before the offer of admission.
  • Most graduate programs like MBA, Applied Data Science, etc., offer flexible classes where students can take classes fully online or on the McNichols Campus in Detroit or as a combination.
  • Flexible full-time or part-time enrollment, hybrid or face-to-face format is available for most graduate programs like the Family Nurse Practitioner program and others
  • Graduate programs are self-paced. Students can finish the program in one year
  • University of Detroit Mercy MBA program is among the top 25 Management programs in the United States
  • Graduate Assistantship is available for graduate students.
  • Admission into the school's prestigious MBA program does not compulsorily require a GMAT score


Application PortalOfficial University of Detroit Mercy Admission portal
Application FeeFree
Acceptance Rate83%
Average combined SAT score993
Average ACT score23
English Test ScoreIELTS (6.5), TOEFL iBT(81)
Mode of PaymentOnline
Academic CalendarTerm-based
Intake SeasonsFall, Winter, and summer
Work ExperienceOptional for some programs
Financial AidScholarships, graduate assistantships, and other financial aid

Admission Deadline

Admission deadlines for international applicants are different from domestic applicants. International applicants are not offered early decision admissions. The deadlines to apply as international UG and PG applications are mentioned below

  • July 1 for Fall Term
  • November 15 for Winter Term
  • March 30 for Spring/Summer Term

University of Detroit Mercy International Admissions

The international students willing to study in the US are required to meet the minimum requirements to be considered for admission at the University. Aside from the minimum requirements, applicants are advised to ensure they meet the program’s additional requirements.

Admission Portal: Official University of Detroit Mercy Admission portal

Admission Fee: free

Admission Requirements: The minimum admission requirements for international students at the University of Detroit Mercy are: 

  • Certificates Evaluation Report (Course-by-Course for transfer students and graduate students; and Documents-by-documents for undergraduates)
  • A current résumé or curriculum vitae (optional for undergraduate applicants and transfer students)
  • A statement of financial support form from a sponsor or an official financial statement with a balance above the total amount to cover the first year of study which includes tuition and living expenses
  • A copy of the information pages of the applicant’s passport


  • Applicants are advised to make use of a recognized United States-based educational credential evaluation service, such as the World Education Services (WES) or the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
  • Freshmen applicants are advised to order for the Document-by-Document Report if using WES and the General Report with Grade Average if using the ECE
  • Transfer students and graduate applicants with previous foreign college coursework are required to order for the course-by-course report no matter the type of credential evaluator used.
  • Graduate applicants who aren't sure whether an evaluation report is required for academic coursework carried out in their country are encouraged to contact the Director of International Admissions Recruitment and Agency Relations, Ms. Weihong Sun at
  • Financial statements and a copy of the information page of the passport are only required for the issuance of I-20 to apply for a student visa after the offer of admission has been made to the students. Therefore it is not a compulsory admission prerequisite.
  • The official financial statement and the statement of financial support form must not be dated more than three months before the desired start term
  • The university accepts a financial statement with balance less than the total annual cost of study for the first year if the applicant is currently working in the United States
  • A Bachelor's degree from a foreign university will be considered IF determined completed as U.S. equivalent on an official, course-by-course/detailed evaluation report prepared by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
  • Only applicants who have satisfied all the necessary admission requirements will be invited to campus for an interview with the Selection Committee members. The student's overall application, essay, and performance in the interview are used to determine admission decisions.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

  • The University of Detroit Mercy admission does not have a strict English language policy for international students but students who are non-native speakers of English are required to possess Basic English communication skills related to immediate needs.
  • For admission into science and engineering programs, the admission decision is made based on the academic grades and TOEFL/IELTS scores submitted. However, in the absence of an English language test, admitted students will be required to take the Accuplacer ESL Test upon arriving at Detroit Mercy
  • If student’s score in ESL placement test indicate lack of proficiency in English language, students will be required to enroll in the American Language and Culture Program (ALCP), English as a Second Language preparation program at Detroit Mercy
  • Applicants for nursing programs are required to demonstrate a good knowledge of the English language by obtaining a minimum of 83 on TOEFL IBT administered by the Educational Testing Service
  • The English test scores accepted by the University for science and engineering programs are:
English TestMinimum score

Visa Process for International Applicants

  • Accepted applicants are issued Form I-20 for a student visa to study in the USA on submission of the following documents:
    • Submit a supporting bank letter
    • Certification of Finances
    • A copy of Passport or national ID
  • Apply for F-1 Visa
  • Pay SEVIS I-901 Fee
  • Schedule visa interview

Note: To obtain a student visa, an applicant needs to present a passport, Form I-20, evidence of adequate financial support, and academic credentials

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Application Portal: Official University of Detroit Mercy Admission portal

Application Fee: free

Admission Requirements: Freshman applicants are required to submit the following:

  • University of Detroit Mercy application
  • Official Academic records and transcripts (plus the official English translated copies) from all secondary institutions or high schools attended).
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • A writing sample of at least 250 words on a topic of the applicant’s choice
  • Letter of recommendation

The University of Detroit Mercy Transfer Student Requirements

An applicant is regarded as a transfer students if he/she has earned 24 or more college-level credits or more semester hours of transferable credit with required GPA (grade point average) of 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0) or a grade of C and above or 50% and above from another university or college.

Application Portal: Official University of Detroit Mercy Admission portal

Application Fee: free

Admission Requirements:

  • Application
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
  • Course by course evaluation of credits of post-secondary courses by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
  • Copy of student visa page and current passport information and/or photo page
  • English language test result

The transfer admission decision is made within 48 after the admission requirements get to the admission team

Graduate Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program of the University of Detroit Mercy, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or first professional degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution with Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or 75% depending on the educational system of the applicant’s country

Application Portal: Official University of Detroit Mercy Admission portal

Application Fee: Free

Admission Requirements:

  • University of Detroit Mercy admission application
  • A current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two to three letters of recommendation
  • Official Academic records and transcripts (plus the official English translated copies from all institutions attended).
  • English test score
  • GMAT/GRE (optional)
  • Copy of current passport information and/or photo page
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Program-specific requirements

Program-specific requirements are presented on the table below

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate programs, the table below lists program-specific requirements for a few selected programs. Some of these requirements overlap the general graduate requirement. For clarification and more information, applicants are encouraged to visit the program page.

ProgramsProgram-specific Requirements
MBAAdmission decisions are based on an applicant’s undergraduate grades, years of professional experience,
prior graduate studies or coursework, and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score.
Although an applicant may be able to gain admission to the MBA program without taking the GMAT,
the test is still strongly recommended, as it is the basis for scholarships
Master of Science in Applied Data ScienceBasic knowledge of algebra, statistics, and use of a computer, No GRE required
Master of ArchitecturePortfolio of design work
Family Nurse Practitioner programMinimum of 2000 hours of RN experience, Autobiographical statement of goals and objectives & Interview with FNP faculty
Masters of Art in Criminal JusticeMinimum of 2.7 (68%) GPA) and/or relevant experience, 15 hours of basic coursework in the behavioral/social sciences
In case of deficiency in academic requirements but adequate work experience, acceptance on probationary status is allowed.


The University of Detroit Mercy is a Christian school that opens its door of admission to students all over the globe. The high acceptance rate of 83% of the university is as a result of the flexible admission requirements which make admission into the University easy and straightforward. For more information, clarifications, and questions on University of Detroit Mercy admission, contact the admissions team at 313-993-1245 or

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