For the 18th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest Best Regional Universities in the 2019 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges.”
Detroit Mercy ranked No. 25 for Midwest Best Regional Universities and is one of two universities in Michigan to be listed in the top 25.
U.S. News & World Report released the rankings September 10.
In addition to the University’s No. 25 ranking, Detroit Mercy earned a No. 17 rank for Best Colleges for Veterans in the Midwest Region and is ranked No. 35 nationally for Best Value Schools. Detroit Mercy also had a strong retention rate. In 2017, first-to second-year retention was 86.8 percent; and over the past four years, the retention rate has averaged 84 percent.
This year, Detroit Mercy has its fourth consecutive freshman class increase, with 587 students compared with 550 in 2017. It is also the largest freshman class since 2009 and the University’s second largest class in 24 years.
“Our fourth straight increase in freshmen enrollment, high retention rates and reputational and best value rankings are not only attracting more students to the University, but we are also making the cost of a private and Catholic college education more affordable,” said President Antoine M. Garibaldi. “Detroit Mercy announced in late November 2017 that it reset its tuition for this academic year’s first-year and continuing undergraduate students from $41,000 to $28,000. The resetting of our tuition to 2008 rates has already generated more interest from prospective students as the number of inquiries and campus visits have increased over the past several months.”
U.S. News & World Report will publish highlights of the latest college rankings in the 2019 edition of the “Best Colleges” guidebook, which goes on sale later this month on newsstands and at www.usnews.com.
The U.S. News collects data on more than 1,800 independent regionally accredited institutions. The 2019 edition of the Best Colleges edition ranked almost 1,400 schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and compares them based on a set of 16 indicators of excellence. The Carnegie classification, which higher education researchers use extensively, has been the basis of the Best Colleges ranking category system since the publication of the first rankings in 1983. The U.S. Department of Education and many higher education associations use the system to organize their data and determine colleges’ eligibility for grant money.