University of Detroit Mercy College of Business Administration

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University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Rd
Detroit,
Michigan 48221-3038

Michigan 48221-3038 Detroit

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The history of the College of Business Administration dates back to 1880 when a Commercial Department was added to Detroit College to accommodate the area's growing community. Officially however, on October 2, 1916, while local newspapers headlined with a zeppelin being shot down in a London air raid, the University of Detroit opened its doors for students to enroll in the Evening School of Commer…

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The history of the College of Business Administration dates back to 1880 when a Commercial Department was added to Detroit College to accommodate the area's growing community. Officially however, on October 2, 1916, while local newspapers headlined with a zeppelin being shot down in a London air raid, the University of Detroit opened its doors for students to enroll in the Evening School of Commerce and Finance.

The School of Commerce and Finance admitted women right from the start in 1916. The School grew quickly from a handful of students in 1916 to 821 students in 1921-1922. And in 1922, the Commerce and Finance Day College opened and was organized on a 4-year university basis. Classes for the 45 freshmen enrolled in the day division were held in Colford Hall, an imposing 19th century stone mansion on Jefferson Ave.

Construction on the McNichols Campus - late 1920s, and construction in 1926 of Commerce and Finance Building.

By this time, the University was planning expansion, and Fr. McNichols, President of UofD, with permission from the Board of Trustees, purchased land by 6 Mile. On October 9, 1927, the grounds and buildings of the new campus were toured and formally blessed by Bishop Gallagher. The new 18-classroom Commerce and Finance building was built between June 1926 and June 1927. It housed the largest auditorium on the new campus.

In 1948, an MBA program was officially introduced, and in 1949, the College of Commerce and Finance became accredited by AACSB. In 1963, three years after AACSB embarked upon the accreditation of MBA programs, the University of Detroit's MBA program was in the first group to be accredited. In 1967, the name of the College of Commerce and Finance was changed to the College of Business and Administration, and then in 1990 the name was changed to the College of Business Administration.

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