University of Detroit Mercy has acquired a new 40,000-square-foot facility in Novi that allows the institution to expand graduate and health education programs, and provides space for future offerings.
This new campus comes at an important time for the University and the community as demand for healthcare graduates grows. With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on business, industry and education, Detroit Mercy’s newest location will provide access to the institution’s nationally ranked programs for students who wish to stay close to home and their employer.
The campus is located in Novi at the intersection of Twelve Mile and Meadowbrook Roads. According to the University, Detroit Mercy will be able to expand its current graduate and health education programs while providing space for new educational offerings in healthcare and related fields.
Detroit Mercy is also in discussion with healthcare partners regarding prospective new graduate programs consistent with Detroit Mercy’s history of providing care and services in metropolitan Detroit. The University also expects to offer professional development programs, including continuing dental education, at the new campus.
President Antoine M. Garibaldi believes this new campus offers another example of the institution’s bright future as the state and country continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Detroit Mercy’s acquisition of this new campus will allow the university to expand academic programs in the health professions and other fields in which we are strong and that are in demand,” he said. “In addition to this campus’s proximity to several medical centers, Detroit Mercy will now be able to expand its 14 decades-long and Detroit-based Jesuit and Mercy education to a larger population in the metropolitan area while simultaneously building on our three campuses in the city of Detroit.”
This new campus is one of several important developments that have taken place at Detroit Mercy during 2020 in spite of the pandemic.
In February, just two months after completing the largest fundraising campaign in the University’s history and exceeding its $100-million goal by $15 million, Detroit Mercy announced an expansive McNichols Campus Renovation Project that will significantly transform the McNichols Campus. A major anchor in northwest Detroit since the property was originally acquired in 1922 by Jesuit President Rev. John P. McNichols, this multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation project will begin in mid-November with a revitalization and expansion of the Student Union, followed by the eventual demolition of the University’s Fisher Administration Center and Reno Hall.
In August, following an 18-month renovation effort, the School of Dentistry’s new entrance opened to patients as well. This upgrade features a three-story glass atrium, terrazzo floor and four stained glass panels from the chapel built in 1941 on Mercy College of Detroit’s campus.
And in recent weeks, the University was ranked among the top 20% of all universities in the United States by both U.S. News & World Report and Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education for 2021. This is the second year in a row that both entities ranked Detroit Mercy among the top 20% of colleges and universities in the country.
These milestones, coupled with the institution’s undergraduate tuition reset in 2017 that lowered tuition from $41,000 to $28,000, and a graduate tuition reset in 2019 for MBA, Master of Community Development and graduate programs in Architecture, Nursing and Engineering, make the institution’s nationally ranked, Jesuit and Mercy education affordable for all students throughout southeast Michigan.