University of Dallas
Founded in 1956 through a unique partnership between the Diocese of Dallas and a group of dedicated lay people, the University of Dallas is a private, Catholic, co-educational university open to students of all faiths. Offering nearly 30 undergraduate majors, 30 master’s programs, 4 doctoral programs, and 10 graduate certificate programs, the university provides an academically rigorous environment with a supportive community of faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds.
As a Catholic institution, the university seeks to educate its students, develop individuals intellectually and morally, and prepare graduates for life and work so that they may become leaders in the community. Faculty incorporate intensive teaching, interactive discourse, and critical analysis in the pursuit of truth, virtue, and wisdom in the liberal arts, ministry, and professional studies.
Get to know University of Dallas
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- International Student Organization
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
COMMON INTELLECTUAL EXPERIENCES
UD students share a formative experience in studying the great deeds and words of Western civilization together in the Core curriculum. The Core is an opportunity to inquire into the fundamental aspects of being and our relationship with God, nature, and fellow human beings.
The Core curriculum embodies the University of Dallas’ dedication to the pursuit of wisdom, truth, and virtue as the proper and primary ends of education. It is a shared sequence taken by all undergraduates that consists of 19 courses in English, history, philosophy, theology, economics, politics, science, mathematics, language, and fine arts. During their course of study, students read the great works that have shaped Western civilization and discuss these works with their peers in small classes that average 16 students in size. A 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows professors and students to engage in thoughtful, meaningful dialogue that develops critical thinking skills and inspires a love of intellectual inquiry.
Most UD students spend a semester during their sophomore year at the University of Dallas’ Rome campus, located just south of Rome. The courses in Rome are Core courses, which ensures the academic integrity of the program and keeps students on track for graduation.
As part of their studies, students enjoy frequent outings through which they can walk in the footsteps of the greatest thinkers in Western civilization, stroll among the ruins of Ancient Rome and Greece (during the 10-day Greece trip), and visit some of the most beautiful and momentous sites of the Roman Catholic Church. Students can also perform recitations of the Greek tragedies they’ve been studying in the actual theaters where the dramas were once performed, and they have the chance to see the fields where ancient heroes fought and died in the battles that shaped the course of history.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 2%
White, non-Hispanic: 62%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
“All the classes I have taken that are unique to the UD Core have helped me develop my own ideas and articulate them clearly. My writing, a very important skill to have when formulating a scientific research paper, has improved with the help of my incredible literature professors. Participating in UD’s semester abroad in Rome helped enhance my view of the labs in my science classes. Being able to study an ancient architectural wonder, such as St. Peter’s Basilica or the Pantheon, and then visit the actual place and experience it for myself is very similar to learning about a physics concept in class and then seeing the real-world application of it in a lab. I was able to take those methods I used in Rome to get the most out of something I learned about in class and apply them to my physics labs.” – Joe Pelletier, Class of 2019
All courses across the Core curriculum emphasize writing. Students are encouraged to read texts, analyze concepts, and incorporate what they learn across multiple disciplines to draw insightful conclusions.
While pursuing undergraduate degrees, University of Dallas students grow spiritually, intellectually, socially, and creatively through various student organizations and activities. Over 50 extracurricular activities are available on both the Irving, Texas, and Rome, Italy, campuses, representing diverse interests through organizations like the Chess Club, the rugby team, the Investment Club, and the Jane Austen Society. Numerous service opportunities, theatrical performances, concerts, and art shows also available for students to participate in and enjoy throughout the year.
“When I was looking at colleges, it was important to me to find a place where I could grow both personally and academically. I wondered if going to school close to home might remove some challenges that would help me grow, but it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. So much is always happening on campus—from big events such as Groundhog and Mallapallooza, to weekly traditions such as TGIT and Music on the Mall—that I’ve definitely gotten a real college experience.” – Carolyn MacKenzie, Class of 2018
The main 750-acre campus is located in Irving, Texas, just minutes away from the exciting shopping, entertainment and cultural destinations of downtown Dallas. A second, 12-acre campus is located just south of Rome, Italy, near the picturesque Lake Albano.
Athletic Division: Division III, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
15 Varsity sports: Baseball (M); Basketball (M,W); Cross-country (M,W); Golf (M,W); Lacrosse (M,W); Soccer (M,W); Softball (W); Track and field (M,W); Volleyball (W)
Colors: Blue & White
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
The Office of Personal and Career Development aids students in securing internships that can additionally qualify for academic credit. All business majors are required to complete a 400-hour internship. 95% of the Class of 2017 was either employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
CAPSTONE COURSES AND PROJECTS/SENIOR EXPERIENCE
All students, regardless of major, complete either a thesis, research project, or other culminating experience that brings together all they have learned throughout their four years.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Character/personal qualities
Class rank | Interview | Extracurricular activities
First generation | Alumni/ae relation | Volunteer work
Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
SAT Critical Reading
25th Percentile: 520 | 75th Percentile: 660
25th Percentile: 520 | 75th Percentile: 630
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 30
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 31
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 28
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $11,596