It wasn’t a complete surprise to Cam Cruickshank that Marygrove College planned on phasing out its undergraduate programs.
Now, the executive vice president for enrollment management and university advancement at Madonna University hopes some of those affected decide to give Livonia a chance.
The Catholic university at Levan and Schoolcraft is encouraging Marygrove College students looking to transfer to give Madonna a look, providing several benefits to those who do.
Cruickshank said even before Detroit-based Marygrove College announced Aug. 9 that it would eliminate its undergraduate program and become strictly a graduate-level institution that there was talk such a shutdown could happen.f
“They were giving us some forewarning that this happen,” Cruickshank said. “We were aware that this was a possibility.”
Marygrove will continue educating undergraduate students this fall before making the transition in 2018. The school, sponsored by the Monroe-based Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, has operated in Detroit for 90 years. It opened in Monroe as St. Mary’s College before moving to Wayne County.
The college cited enrollment issues for eliminating its undergraduate program: the school had 1,850 students in 2013, though that number went gone down to 966 last fall.
“Given the downward trend in Marygrove enrollment, and the plight of other liberal arts colleges, the Marygrove Board of Trustees determined that transitioning the college to a graduate-only institution was the best course of action,” said Dr. Elizabeth Burns, president of Marygrove College, in a statement. “Marygrove is pleased that our students and our community will continue to benefit from the quality education the college has been delivering since it was founded as St. Mary’s College in Monroe in 1905 and brought to Detroit 90 years ago. Our commitment to help our students remains firm.”
Madonna University, which has several thousand students enrolled at its campus in Livonia and outreach centers in Macomb, Gaylord and southwest Detroit, has committed to offering transferring Marygrove College students a free double room in a residence hall for the 2017-2018 school year, Cruickshank said. Transferring students can pay more to upgrade to a single room, and transfer students will cover all food costs.
Transferring students also have a promise from Madonna University that their planned out-of-pocket costs will be no more than what was planned at Marygrove College. Cruickshank said if a student planned on spending $7,000 out-of-pocket at Marygrove this coming year, Madonna University will make sure those students won’t have to pay more than $7,000 for the coming academic year.
Cruickshank said the call out to Marygrove College students has resulted in about 25 students inquiring about attending Madonna University, including some who are interested in transferring right away and not waiting until early next year.
“The advisers at Marygrove are encouraging students to do what’s best for them,” he said. “For some of the students, especially those in the first two years, it might be in there best interest to transfer right away.”
Tuition for 2017-2018 at Madonna is $10,350 for students taking 12-18 credits, and is $690 a credit hour for students taking 1-11 credit hours.
Students interested in transferring can obtain information on Madonna University by visiting during the Transfer Student Visit Days:
- Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Aug. 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Sept. 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Nov. 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Dec. 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Students interested can contact the university by calling 734-432-5339 during the week or by emailing [email protected]
Cruickshank said reaching out to Marygrove College students just makes sense for the two Catholic schools, which he said has had a close relationship for many years.
“We’re helper people. And we’re here to help,” Cruickshank said. “We’re living our Franciscan values by helping the students at Marygrove.”
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