University of Detroit
Mercy College of Detroit
In 1940, the Religious Sisters of Mercy, headed by Mother Mary Carmelita Manning, R.S.M., established their Detroit Province at Southfield and West Outer Drive. Mercy College, using the 1934 Charter of Mercy College Nursing, opened its doors in 1941 to prepare young women for careers in nursing and teaching so that they might contribute intelligently and effectively to the welfare of society. Over the years, it expanded into a comprehensive coeducational liberal arts college.
Both the Jesuits and the Sisters of Mercy established their local colleges to improve the lives of men and women through higher education. They also believed that this education should occur in Detroit, a growing urban center. Here, students would learn in a dynamic urban community and gain valuable experience that only a major metropolitan area could offer. At the same time, Detroit and the region would benefit from the talents and skill of graduates.