Spiritual. Elegant. Miraculous. Peaceful. Strolling Marygrove’s beautiful campus is like stepping into a masterpiece painting. In the heart of Detroit, it’s a place that will stir your soul.
Often called Detroit’s most elegant place to learn, Marygrove is located on 53 beautifully wooded acres in northwest Detroit. The park-like campus is centered by four very spacious buildings. Two main structures, both completed in 1927, are the Liberal Arts Building and Madame Cadillac Hall.
Built of Bedford stone in a Tudor Gothic architectural style, both buildings are distinguished by the quality of their materials, including Carrera and Tavernelle Rose marble, English oak paneling, stained and leaded glass windows, terra cotta fireplaces, and bronze grillwork. From the maple and oak hardwood floors to the slate roofs, the buildings are crafted with a quality of material and attention to detail that can never be replicated. In many ways, both buildings represent Marygrove at its best: they express a philosophy of education that reveres excellence and honors the values that endure.
This building contains classrooms, administrative offices, faculty offices‚ science laboratories, art studios, dance studios, and the facilities below.
Located in the Library of the Liberal Arts Building, the Gallery is part of the original Library and features work by Michigan artists. The gallery opened in February 2001 and has had a full schedule of exhibitions of two dimensional media, sculpture, ceramics and installation since then.
Located on the first floor of the Liberal Arts Building, the Bookstore has textbooks, paper, pens, art supplies, computer supplies, cards, newspapers, calendars, mugs, etc. and even free advice from the Bookstore Manager. If you want Marygrove’s name on it, the Bookstore is likely to have it. (The exception might be aspirin and Band-aids—they come generic.)
Campus Safety officers are on duty 24 hours a day. Campus Safety can assist with the following: first aid, escort service from buildings to vehicles, campus IDs, parking permits, lost and found, contacting off-campus emergency personnel, registering conditions that would require that you receive special assistance in emergencies. Emergency phones are located in the Liberal Arts and the Madame Cadillac Buildings and in each parking lot.
Located in the basement of the Liberal Arts Building, they provide the following services:
The Children’s Center provides quality care and facilitates in the social, emotional, and cognitive development of each child, ages 2-1/2 (toilet trained) through 12 years old. Located on the ground level of the Liberal Arts Building, the Center is staffed by a director, assistant and student aides from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Child care is available for children of Marygrove College students, staff and faculty. Fees are pre-paid for the entire semester and are not refundable except for extended illness of four days or more. Students may select the days and times they will use the center. Drop-off services are also available.
Michigan law requires that the parent be on campus at all times when the child is being cared for in the Center. Children must be registered for the block of time when the parent is in class or in the library. Detailed directives regarding immunization, illness, etc. may be obtained in the Center.
The Enrollment Center assists students and their families in managing their tuition accounts along with the ancillary charges that are a part of student life on campus. The Enrollment Center answers questions about the billing process, late fees, payment methods and itemized charges. In addition to assisting students and families with managing their tuition accounts, the Enrollment Center also manages the following:
Students have access to their own academic and financial information and can handle many transactions directly through the student portal Blackboard/WebAdvisor. Questions about tuition, account balances, monthly statements of account activity, and financial aid loan check endorsements should be answered at the Enrollment Center.
The Marygrove College Library, which occupies five stories in the east wing of the Liberal Arts Building, is a warm, comfortable, comprehensive resource center. Its facilities include:
The Library is staffed by a superb team of professional librarians and paraprofessional assistants and technicians. Services provided for students and other patrons include:
The Marygrove College theatre is a classic, intimate, 392 seat facility. Located in the west wing of the LA building, the theatre has a proscenium stage with a sprung floor. In 2002, it underwent a $3 million renovation. Its other features include five dressing rooms with full amenities, a stage manager's room, a fully equipped green room, rehearsal studio, box office and central air conditioning.
The theatre has premiered numerous events including the play Forgotten and the movie All About You, and hosted performances of New York City's Urban Ballet, John Cage's Europera #5, and social justice programs by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ).
It has hosted the opera singer Denyce Graves; Hollywood celebrity Sheryl Lee Ralph; musical group Slum Village; political dignitaries Freeman Hendrix and Sharon McPhail; authors J.L. King, Kevin Boyle, and Stephanie Coontz; and world renowned humanitarians Patricia Smith-Melton and Nontombi Naomi Tutu.
A community partner, the theatre has afforded community organizations such as Inside Out Literary Society, University of Detroit-Mercy's "The Theatre Company," Matrix Theatre Company, Plowshares Theatre Company, Detroit Together Men's Chorus, Detroit Youth Concert Choral, Michigan Minority Business Development Council, Detroit Free Press 1st Amendment Center, Black Cinema Café, and Disney Theatrical Productions a place to present their events.
Located in the lower level of the Liberal Arts building, Room 028, the Writing Center offers writing assistance to all students by appointment.
The literal center around which Marygrove was built, Sacred Heart Chapel, resembles a Gothic cathedral in miniature. The Italian marble altars, the beautiful Bavarian art glass windows and the Casavant organ stand as memorials to friends of the College.
The Chapel’s peaceful interior often draws students, faculty and staff for a quiet moment apart from the pressure of the day or evening. The Chapel is also used for Catholic liturgies and College functions.
Located on the lower level of the Library in rooms L011 & L012, STICC offers a variety of services to students to help improve their computer technology skills and enhance their chances for success at Marygrove and beyond. STICC services include:
Located in the Liberal Arts Building on the fourth floor, this beautiful and spacious exhibition features works by contemporary local and national artists, art faculty and students.
Located in room 030 of the Liberal Arts Building, the Women’s Center offers a sanctuary of resources, from assault crisis hotlines and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Questioning (LGBTQ) support networks to information on academic curriculum and programming in women’s studies. There are several shelves of books available for check-out, from history to self help. The Center is open to men and women.
Marygrove provides electronic mailboxes for all students. All classrooms and computers on Marygrove campus are connected to the Internet. Wireless access points are available throughout the Library and many areas on campus. Over 200 computers are dedicated to student use in computer classrooms, the library, and labs on campus. Marygrove students can register and pay for classes online.
Originally designed as a residence hall, Madame Cadillac Hall today houses faculty offices, classrooms, the graduate offices, Human Resources; Institutional Advancement division; the cafeteria, the athletic department and fitness center and Student Support Services. The facilities below can be found in Madame Cadillac Hall.
This main social hall occupies the entire south wing of the first floor. The room’s distinguishing feature is a large terra cotta fireplace. It is used for receptions, lectures and other College events.
Well-balanced meals are served seven days a week.
With its intimate terra cotta fireplace, oak paneled wood walls, and carved beam ceilings it affords the College a medium-sized room for social gatherings.
Located in the lower level of Madame Cadillac Hall, the Fitness Center is equipped with free weights, universal machines and cardiovascular equipment. It is open to all Marygrove students, faculty and staff. Patrons must have a current Marygrove ID to use the facilities.
The ceiling is very high and paneled with large wooden beams, heavily moulded and carved. The entire south end of the room breaks out into a bay window, flooding the room with light. It is used for receptions, lectures and other College events.
A coeducational residence for students, Florent Gillet Residence Hall opened in 1958. The living areas are divided into suites, composed of two bedrooms, a bathroom and a study area. There is also a large community area for student events and a computer lab with 24-hour access on each floor. (Note: The residence hall is currently available to undergraduate students 17-25 years old only).
The golf facility provides Marygrove’s golf team and the Midnight Golf Program with a place to gather, learn and practice. It features a practice putting green, a large sand bunker, two practice tee areas to accommodate up to 26 hitting bays, and a 4-hole short course.
In 2010 a soccer field was installed on the east side of campus. It represents a commitment by the College to environmental sustainability while providing a new and exciting on-campus activity for Marygrove’s athletes, the campus community and the surrounding neighborhood.
A berm located between the Golf Practice Facility and the soccer field has inset seating and can accommodate approximately 250 people. There is also an athletic building that provides a convenient place to store equipment and machinery, and a concessions building with restrooms (which use recycled water) and food for spectators.
Inside the Student Center you will find the Student Affairs Division, the office of the Assistant Dean of Student Development and Director of Residential Life and Judicial Affairs, Academic Advising and Career Development, Counseling and Student Development, Campus Ministry and Service Learning, Technology Services, and Campus Student Organizations.
Located on the first floor, the Resource Room is a beautiful, quiet space available for students to read and relax or hold group study sessions. Books, magazines and journals are available for students’ enjoyment. In addition, there is also a recreation room for students to unwind.
There are two student lounges on campus:
Green and Gold Lounge
Located in the Student Center Building, this lounge is a fun, relaxing environment for meeting with friends, studying, checking email or watching TV. Lockers are also available.
Liberal Arts Student Lounge
Located on the lower level at the east end of the Liberal Arts Building, this lounge has comfortable furniture for students to relax before, after and between classes. Workshops and student activities also take place here. There are vending machines, televisions, lockers and a study room for individual and/or group studying.
The courtyard, adjacent to Madame Cadillac Hall, is a place for students, faculty, staff and others to gather, study, eat lunch, or to sit quietly and reflect.
Art students may use a computer graphics lab equipped with Apple Macintosh computers and software, printmaking facilities and equipment, a photographic laboratory, and a ceramics studio.