Madonna University welcomes largest freshman class in six years

September 09, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – Fall classes are well underway at Madonna University, which welcomed its largest freshman class in six years.


The direct-from-high-school population is at 214 this year, compared to 178 a year ago. They join nearly 2,500 returning students pursuing degrees in any of more than 100 majors and minors.


President Michael Grandillo, in a state-of-the-university address to faculty and staff last month, said there is no place he would rather be than on the campus of a university in the fall. “This September we have the privilege of welcoming many new students from across the U.S. and the globe,” he said. “From Australia to Livonia, they are drawn to Madonna by her many degree programs, outstanding faculty and a reputation for academic excellence and public engagement.”

Grandillo said the large number of first-year students will “strengthen our community.” For example, the campus’ residence hall is at capacity with almost 300 students living on campus.

“We reach out to a diverse population to improve, one student at a time, the quality of their lives and the health of their communities,” Grandillo said. To those of us who work here, study here, or proudly place their framed Madonna diploma on their wall, we are one of a kind, caring, compassionate, and always proudly true to our Felician heritage.”

At the undergraduate level, Madonna University offers associate and bachelor’s degrees, and certificate programs. Its Graduate School delivers more than 30 master’s programs and one doctoral program as well as certificates. The University provides a comprehensive liberal arts education integrated with career preparation and service learning, to educate the whole person.

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