University Leadership

Detroit Mercy President walking on campus chatting with two students

Welcome from the President

University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. GaribaldiThank you for your interest in University of Detroit Mercy. As you will discover when you search this website, Detroit Mercy is a highly ranked institution of higher education with more than 100 excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. For the past 18 consecutive years, Detroit Mercy has been ranked as a top-tier university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" annual editions. The University's ranking is based on several factors such as the academically talented students we enroll; our excellent retention and graduation rates; small class sizes; the generosity of our alumni; and other important criteria. Detroit Mercy's values-centered and student-focused approach to learning empowers students to develop themselves intellectually, professionally, personally, spiritually, ethically and socially.

As a University firmly grounded in the Catholic traditions of the Society of Jesus and Sisters of Mercy, Detroit Mercy's commitment to offering a holistic approach to teaching and learning and to serving students' needs is constantly evident, inside and outside of the classroom. Detroit Mercy also has excellent facilities and resources to complement students' educational and co-curricular experiences.

More than 4,987 students enrolled at Detroit Mercy in fall 2020, with 2,663 undergraduate students, which included a first-year class of 540 students; and 2,354 students enrolled in graduate and professional programs, including law and dentistry.

At Detroit Mercy, we have everything you need for a successful college career, including a 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio; a talented and supportive group of faculty; a full range of extra- and co-curricular activities, including more than 60 campus clubs and organizations; and numerous leadership opportunities. All three of University of Detroit Mercy's campuses use state-of-the-art-technology so that our faculty and staff have the best and highest caliber of teaching and learning resources.

Detroit Mercy has 17 competitive NCAA Division I athletics teams and an active intramural program. Our student-athletes major in a wide variety of academic majors and they are excellent in the classroom. For example, 160 Detroit Mercy student-athletes were named to the Horizon League Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Academic Honor Rolls, which requires student-athletes to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 for inclusion on the Honor Roll. Detroit Mercy also has approximately 88,000 successful alumni who live in every state and 78 countries. They are highly accomplished leaders in many professions, as well as in their churches and communities. And they are a supportive network to and for our students.

I hope you will visit us soon to speak to our faculty, staff and current students so you can determine for yourself if University of Detroit Mercy is the place where you can achieve your academic, professional and personal goals. I look forward to meeting you on your campus visit.


Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
President, University of Detroit Mercy