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University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

Challenging academics that ask you the tough questions. Selfless service aimed at improving the world. Having a blast with a tight-knit community. These are just a few of the things you’ll find at the University of Dayton, a top-10 national Catholic university. Home to more than 7,400 undergraduates, who are ranked among the happiest in the nation according to The Princeton Review, the University of Dayton provides an education that challenges and inspires, encouraging you to grow and succeed by engaging the world.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
8,665 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
53% male — 47% female
51% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
630 full-time faculty
392 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

72% of students live on campus.

School Location

Dayton, Ohio

Retention Fall 2015

91% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

79% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 11%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 3%
White 78%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


NCAA Division I, Atlantic 10 Conference. 17 varsity sports (7 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis; 10 women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball), numerous club and intramural sports.

Other Information

University of Dayton is a four-year, private, comprehensive, coeducational university affiliated with the Society of Mary (Marianists) of the Roman Catholic Church and founded in 1850.

Academic Programs

Accounting; ADA Didactic Program In Dietetics; Adolescence To Young Adult Education; Art History; American Studies; Applied Mathematical Economics; Art Education; Biochemistry; Biology; Business Economics; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Communication (Communication Management, Electronic Media, Journalism, Public Relations, Theatre); Computer Engineering; Computer Information Systems; Computer Science; Criminal Justice Studies; Early Childhood Education; Economics; Electrical Engineering; Electronic And Computer Engineering Technology; English; Entrepreneurship; Environmental Biology; Environmental Geology; Exercise Physiology; Exercise Science; Finance; Fine Arts; Foreign Language Education; French; Geology; German; Global Manufacturing Systems Engineering Technology; History; Human Rights Studies; Industrial Engineering Technology; International Business; International Studies; Intervention Specialist (Special Education); Languages; Management (Leadership); Management Information Systems; Marketing; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering Technology; Middle Childhood Education; Music, Music Composition; Music Education; Music Performance; Music Therapy; Operations Management; Nutrition And Fitness; Philosophy; Physical Science; Physics; Physics-Computer Science; Political Science; Pre-Dentistry; Pre-Law; Pre-Medicine; Pre-Physical Therapy; Psychology; Religious Studies; Secondary Catholic Religious Education; Sociology; Spanish; Sport Management; Theatre; Visual Arts; Visual Communication Design; Women’s And Gender Studies; Discover Arts; Discover Business; Discover Engineering; Discover Engineering Technology; Discover Sciences; Discover Teacher Education. 

More Distinctions

  • UD is ranked among the top 10 national Catholic universities and is a top-tier national university, according to the 2010 issue of America's Best Colleges fromU.S. News and World Report and was listed as one of the nation's top values in the 2010 edition of American's Best Colleges list of "Great Schools, Great Prices."

  • The Princeton Review included UD in its 2010 guide, The Best 371 Colleges.

  • The University of Dayton was chosen by the Templeton Foundation as one of 100 colleges and universities in the United States that encourages character development and prepares students for lives of personal and civic responsibility.

  • UD has been named one of the country’s “most entrepreneurial campuses” by ThePrinceton Review/, and UD’s entrepreneurship has been ranked among the top 10 in the nation for four straight years.

  • The University of Dayton has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Interactive and Personal Education

With more than 70 challenging academic programs in four accredited divisions (arts and sciences, business administration, education and allied professions, and engineering), you will find countless ways to explore your interests and prepare for your career. And no matter what your interests are, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning.


At the University of Dayton, learning doesn’t happen just for the sake of learning. It’s about making a difference right now, as an undergraduate. Recently, UD students have created solar-powered equipment to sterilize medical devices, designed cost-effective cargo planes using new composites, developed fitness programs for grade-schoolers, explored the complexities of urban education, and managed and invested nearly $11 million of the University’s endowment.

Internships and Research Opportunities

With a vast array of internships and cooperative education opportunities, UD students earn a professional foothold in the world well before earning their diploma. Fortune 500 companies regularly recruit students on campus, and the University also hires undergrads to work on cutting-edge projects at one of the best research organizations in the world — the University of Dayton Research Institute.

Global Education

Whether studying on campus or abroad, University of Dayton students have the chance to receive a truly global education. Through extensive education abroad programs, students travel to every continent except Antarctica and immerse themselves in new cultures, earn course credits and improve the lives of others.

Campus Ministry

Whether you want to make a difference in the life of a child, work toward social justice, spend a week helping others or sleep under the stars during a wilderness retreat, you’ll find opportunities through Campus Ministry. Home to one of the nation’s largest campus ministry programs, the University of Dayton sponsors more than 30 student-run service clubs, retreats, BreakOut trips and more.


Making the world a better place begins one student at a time. That’s why the University of Dayton’s more than 800 faculty members create interactive learning environments.  With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1, UD classes ensure you receive personal attention and learn from professors who are experts in their field — prolific researchers and dedicated advisers who want you to succeed.

One-on-One Learning

UD professors provide large quantities of one-on-one learning. In addition to hosting office hours, many professors give out their cell phone numbers and email addresses so students can ask questions — and get answers — at any time.

Accomplished Faculty

UD faculty members contribute significantly to society, from studying how to prevent defective toys from being resold online to briefing dignitaries visiting the U.S. Supreme Court. They’re frequently awarded grants and fellowships from world-class institutions, and they have been recognized for their excellence by several organizations, including General Motors Corporation, the National Institute of Education, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

First-Year Experience (FYE)

To help students transition to college and maximize resources at the University of Dayton, all first-year students participate in the First-Year Experience (FYE). FYE includes a seminar offering an in-depth look at the university experience, development of a personal portfolio and professional résumé, and access to personal academic advising.


Walking through campus, you’re not the only one who feels right at home: approximately 90 percent of students live in residence halls or the student neighborhood. UD’s 373-acre campus isn’t just where you go to class; it’s your home.

First-year Living

First-year students live in Founders Hall, Marianist Hall, Marycrest Complex or Stuart Complex. After your first year, you might move into spacious apartments or suites — or one of the porch-clad houses in the student neighborhood.


With a recording studio, radio station, café and numerous creative spaces, ArtStreet is ready whenever creativity strikes. Students can even live in one of the modern condos or loft apartments — or just enjoy the concerts in the outdoor amphitheatre.

The John F. Kennedy Memorial Union

The John F. Kennedy Memorial Union, or KU, is one of UD’s most popular gathering spaces. Whether you have a club meeting, are hoping to score concert tickets or just want to relax with friends, you’ll find what you’re looking for. You can also bowl a few frames or grab a soft pretzel from The Hangar, a game room.


At the RecPlex, a $25 million recreation center, you’ll find every athletic amenity imaginable, including an indoor pool, elevated track, climbing wall, the latest exercise equipment and a juice bar.

Campus Activities

With so many campus activities, there’s never a shortage of things to do. Students can paint themselves red and cheer on the Dayton Flyers — or join the action themselves, as 70 percent of students participate in intramurals and club sports.  Students can also host a show on Flyer TV, build and race a concrete canoe, march with the Pride of Dayton or join more than 180 clubs and organizations. On-campus entertainment, including comedy troupes, concerts and movies, and off-campus adventures like white-water rafting, are offered regularly.


There’s also plenty to do in the city of Dayton. Located on the edge of campus, Brown Street offers a variety of shops and restaurants, and downtown offers a lively nightlife with coffeehouses, galleries, theater, music, minor league baseball and a laser-lit riverfront park.

A University of Dayton degree is powerful preparation for whatever comes next: launching your career, gaining admission to graduate, law or medical school, or spending a year in service. Employers know that UD graduates have developed the skills and qualities they need to succeed, and Fortune 500 companies regularly recruit on campus.


University of Dayton graduates consistently take jobs with the nation’s best firms and are accepted into top graduate programs. Many seniors receive multiple job offers months before graduation.

UD helps students prepare for their careers beginning on their first day on campus. From cooperative education and internships to on-campus recruiting, career advising and job-search strategies, Career Services assists students in exploring career interests, experiencing real work environments, and evolving in their chosen field.


Hire-a-Flyer is an invaluable online network that allows students to search job openings, post résumés, schedule interviews with employers and register for career-related events. Within this network, you’ll also find the Alumni Career Network, which connects you with UD alumni who offer advice on majors, careers, relocation and job responsibilities.


Admissions Fall 2015

16,968 Total Applicants 
9,760 Total Admissions 
2,143 Total Freshman Enrollment

57.52% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 510 620
SAT Math 520 630
SAT Writing 520 610
ACT Composite 24 29
ACT Math 24 29
ACT English 24 30
ACT Writing    

Admission Application Deadline

The University operates on an early action admission policy, a nonbinding program that allows you to receive your admission and scholarship decisions earlier in the year.

Early Action date: December 15
Regular Decision date: March 1 

Admission and scholarship decisions for students who applied by the early action date will be mailed by February 1st, while students who apply by the regular decision date will receive their admission and scholarship decisions later in the spring.


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $ 39,090
Room and Board (on campus) $ 12,190
Room Only $ 7,310
Board Only $ 4,880
Estimated Total On Campus $ 51,280


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

94% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
54% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$20,068 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,375 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates