Virtual classes, the Detroit Mercy way

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This information is primarily for classes originating from the McNichols Campus. Detroit Mercy Dental and Detroit Mercy Law students should check with their Schools for information on how classes will be presented.

When the COVID-19 pandemic made in-person classes impossible, University of Detroit Mercy, like universities around the world, pivoted to virtual instruction. But what made the transition virtually seamless is Detroit Mercy’s long history of offering classes online. Many classes – indeed several programs themselves – have been offered in this way for years.

Flexible Hybrid Plan for Classes

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Quality with all the hallmarks of a Detroit Mercy Education

Some classes will be primarily online, however. The quality of the courses offered in this virtual format are based on the hallmarks of a Detroit Mercy education. Students should expect the same challenging curricula in our nationally recognized programming and the faculty will expect you to rise to that challenge.

Our Committment to Students

“Online classes this fall will bring an exceptional, immersive face-to-face classroom experience into the virtual setting. The importance of meeting student’s individual needs will be enhanced by virtual interactions and access to faculty members.”

— Lori Glenn, clinical associate professor in the College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing

In addition, our faculty has committed itself to building the relationships between students and their instructors for which you chose Detroit Mercy. Our online education continues to be student-centered and driven by the Mercy and Jesuit values of our founding organizations.

Personalized instruction

Class sizes will not be increased to accommodate more online students. Faculty members often schedule one-on-one virtual meetings with individual students throughout the semester to review student progress, discuss drafts of essays or help plan projects.


Our technology allows students to interact with classmates, comment on their posts and receive comments in turn. Students will still be able to meet to collaborate on projects and discuss issues as they would in class. Faculty attention to this detail means you will still get to know your classmates.

Accessibility to your professor

Rather than having office hours only at certain times each week, professors are available to help during a broader range of time. Reaching out is easy, all it takes is a few clicks.

Personal touch

Some professors give students guided tours of their homes, introduce them to their pets who will be dropping in unannounced to classes every now and then and, in general, build the one-on-one relationships that lead to student success.

Tech support

Detroit Mercy’s Instructional Design staff is always willing to help if you have technology issues with our virtual learning platforms. Tips and advice is available at Students may also reach IDS at //, by calling 313-578-0580 or emailing