Freshman Next Steps

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Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to the University of Detroit Mercy family! Here you'll find a vibrant, close-knit, socially active community where people know your name and take the time to say "hello". We take pride in our foundational values of rigorous learning and world service. We're committed to building the ethical leaders of tomorrow and making sure you'll enter the world ready to make a positive impact on society. We are excited to see you on campus in the fall. 



    File the FAFSA

    All new students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at to become eligible for financial aid.  Be sure to list Detroit Mercy first on your form (002323).

    Note: Students living in Michigan need to submit the FAFSA before March 1 in order to become eligible for a particular grant offered by the State of Michigan.


    Accept your offer of admission

    Say Yes!  Accept your offer of admission through your admission portal by your reply deadline or sooner if you have already made the decision to call Detroit Mercy your collegiate home.  A $250 enrollment deposit is required to secure a space in our new student class. Some programs have limited capacity; therefore, we can only guarantee your space once we have received your enrollment deposit.  If you plan to live on campus, an additional $100 is necessary to guarantee space in our residence halls. 

    Consistent with National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) guidelines, enrollment deposits submitted prior to May 1 are fully refundable upon written request. Requests must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2020.


    Review your financial aid and accept your award on My Portal

    My Portal is your Detroit Mercy student portal for conducting University business including viewing your scholarship and financial aid award, registering for classes and checking class grades. You can access My Portal at Log in information will be sent via email.    


    Make a reservation for freshman orientation

    Freshman orientation at Detroit Mercy is a two part program:

    Part I - SOAR (Student Orientation Advising and Registration) is a two-day, overnight session where students become familiar with collegiate life at Detroit Mercy by experiencing on-campus housing, building tours and registering for first semester classes with an academic advisor.  Four SOAR sessions are offered throughout the summer. 

    Registration will open in early spring.

    Part II - Prologues, Transitions Viewpoints (PTV) is a three-day orientation program that takes place the week before the fall semester begins.  During PTV students will participate in a variety of on- and off-campus activities designed to provide a further understanding of the campus community.  PTV will be held Tuesday, August 25 - Friday, August 28.  Reservations are not necessary as all freshmen will participate. 

    Parent Orientation is a one-day program for parents of entering freshmen and is held on Thursday during each SOAR session. 

     Registration will open in early spring.

    Submit a Residence Hall Application

    Students planning to live in the residence halls need to submit a Residence Hall Application.  The application will become available in early spring.  My Portal log in credentials will be needed to access the application.  Freshman move-in day is Tuesday, August 25. 


    Complete loan requirements

    Complete loan requirements, if applicable. Step-by-step instructions can be found at

    Request a final high school transcript

    Send your final high school transcript to the Office of Admissions before classes begin. To continue as a student at Detroit Mercy, and to receive financial aid, your final transcript must be on file at the University.

    Complete and return the TB Questionnaire

    Complete and return the TB Questionnaire  before classes begin to the Wellness Center at or mail to Wellness Center, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221-3038.
If you have questions, contact the Office of Admissions at 313-993-1245 or