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Madonna University
Motto Sapientia Desursum (Trans. from Latin: Wisdom from Above)
Established 1937
Type Independent Catholic university
President Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D.
Students 4,500
Location Livonia, MI, USA
Campus Suburban, 80 acres (320,000 m2)
Ethnic Tradition Polish[citation needed]
Colors Blue and Gold         
Athletics NAIA
Nickname Crusaders
Affiliations Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
Website www.madonna.edu

Madonna University is an independent, Catholic liberal arts university located in suburban Livonia, Michigan, United States, on the western perimeter of metropolitan Detroit. Conducted by the Felician Sisters, it has extension campuses in southwest Detroit, Orchard Lake, Clinton Township, Michigan at the Macomb University Center, and at the University Center in Gaylord, Michigan. Though strong in its affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church, the school attracts students and faculty of all faiths.


Founded by the Felician Sisters in 1937 as Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary college, the University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors toward associate and bachelor's degrees as well as 35 master's programs in clinical psychology, business, criminal justice, education, history and health professions. In May 2009, Madonna began offering its first doctorate, the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Among the largest Catholic, Franciscan universities in the country, Madonna University is situated on an 80-acre wooded campus.

Madonna University’s commitment to developing a sustainable and eco-friendly campus was recognized when the U.S. Green Building Council awarded Gold level LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the University’s 60,000 square-foot Franciscan Center.

The school is ranked by the U.S. News and World Report under the category "University - Master's" as a Midwest university, 88th in the 1st tier (2011).



Madonna University teams are known as the Crusaders. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball.

The campus features a regulation-size gym located in the Activities Center, which seats up to 600 people; international-size soccer field, which hosts camps and tournaments; Ilitch Ballpark baseball field and fast-pitch softball field. Athletic grants and scholarships are available to students who show promising talent and have demonstrated academic success.


The Madonna Now is the university's magazine for alumni and friends. The Madonna Herald is the University's newspaper, which is produced by Madonna's Journalism Department headed by professor Neal Haldane. The Madonna Muse is an annual literary journal.

Madonna Online Radio[edit]

In the university's Franciscan Center studios, students operate an on-line radio station at Live 365. The format is freeform, and features occasional live broadcasts from students of the program. The broadcast is located at Madonna University On-Line Radio.


The Broadcast and Cinema Arts students also produce a television show, "Celebrate Michigan" that airs on MyTV20 in the Detroit area.


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Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 20:14:48 -0700

The move to bring in a lay president to run Madonna University isn't part of a plan to change the Livonia school's Catholic beliefs, says Michael Grandillo, its new president. “My job is make sure the Felician Sisters (who founded and have run the ...


Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:37:19 -0700

For two weeks this summer, the auditorium and music classrooms at Madonna University become home to an intensive training program for high school students who are passionate about, and perhaps considering a career in, musical theater. After days filled ...
Pulse Nigeria
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:15:00 -0700

A new examination hall constructed at the Madonna University, Okija Anambra state, has been touted as the largest and longest in Nigeria. Student Pulse gathered from reports that the hall was named 'Edeh's Ark', an allusion to the Biblical Noah's ark ...


Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:41:15 -0700

Shepler, who starred at Livonia Churchill High School and is a member of the Madonna University team, had another eagle this year on the par-5 10th hole. "I hit a really solid drive and happened to catch the downward slope, so that gave me extra roll ...


Tue, 04 Aug 2015 18:41:15 -0700

Madonna University women's golf coach Scott Marzolino announced a late addition to his 2015-16 roster with the signing of Colombia native Karen Zambrano to a letter of intent. “To get a player of her caliber this late in the recruiting season was a ...


Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:07:30 -0700

Delmotte, 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, grew up near Detroit and was a standout at Madonna University. This past winter, Delmotte shone in the California Winter League, going 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA for the Canada A's and helping them win the league title. He was ...


Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:56:15 -0700

Leading these summer learning adventures are several Madonna University graduate and undergraduate teacher education students – who, in turn, are honing their teaching skills in classroom management and lesson planning. Now in its seventh year, the ...


Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:14:00 -0700

Vocal students at Madonna University keep their singing voices in tune through the summer, as they prepare for performances of Henry Purcell's Greek tragedy Dido and Aeneas this week. The summer show helps voice students hone their skills between ...

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