Application Requirements

The University of Dayton operates on an early action admission policy. What does that mean? It's simple. The University has two deadlines for submitting admission materials:

Early Action (non-binding): December 15
Regular Decision: March 1

To receive priority notification regarding their admission and scholarship decision, students must apply by the early action date as well as visit campus and file the FAFSA. Priority notifications will be mailed in mid-February, and regular notifications will be mailed later in the spring. Students who applied by the early action date are not obligated to attend the University of Dayton.

Over the past several years, we have experienced a significant increase in the number and academic quality of applicants to the University. Based on the overall academic quality of applicants, along with the requirements for a particular major or division, the admission committee may choose to admit students to a different academic program.

Application materials

To be considered for admission, your student must submit the following materials:

  • Application (including the essay)
  • Official transcript
  • Official scores from the ACT or SAT (critical reading and math)
  • Counselor's recommendation

Application Instructions

To apply, your student should complete our online Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship or the Common Application. And yes, the essay is required.

Next, students should print the counselor recommendation form and ask their guidance counselor to:

  • Complete the recommendation.
  • Provide an official transcript of courses taken and grades received.
  • Include results of either the ACT or SAT (critical reading and math).
  • Note the current senior-year courses in which they are enrolled and grades for any courses completed.

The guidance counselor should mail all materials to:

Office of Admission and Financial Aid
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1669

Admission Process

When your student's application arrives in the office of admission and financial aid, our committee reviews it for admission to the academic major or program selected. The quality of your student's academic record is shown by:

  • Grade record and pattern throughout high school.
  • Selection of courses in preparation for college.
  • Class standing or ranking.
  • ACT or SAT scores.

The admission committee also considers the recommendation of your student's high school guidance counselor, along with other factors, including your student's demonstrated in the University. Over the past several years, we have experienced a significant increase in the number and academic quality of applicants to the University. Based on the overall academic quality of applicants, along with the requirements for a particular major or division, the admission committee may choose to admit students to a different academic program.

Balanced consideration is given to all aspects of your student's college preparation. While no minimum grade point average, class rank or standardized test score is specified, these measures must provide evidence of your student's readiness for college studies in his or her chosen academic program.

To receive priority notification regarding their admission and scholarship decision, students must apply by the early action date, visit campus and file the FAFSA. Priority notifications will be mailed in mid-February, and regular notifications will be mailed later in the spring.

Ways to apply

To apply to the University, your student simply needs to submit our Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship or the Common Application. There is no application fee.

Learn More

We constantly urge our students to delve deeper. Follow our students as they blog about their adventures in class, with friends and around the globe. Or explore campus — from wherever you are — by viewing our virtual tour or campus map.

And if you want to talk with one of our helpful admission and financial aid counselors, just call 800-UD PRIDE (800-837-7433).

Visit

The best way to determine if the University of Dayton is where your student belongs is to set foot on campus and see it for yourself.

You'll understand the spirit running through the University better after walking through the stunningly beautiful campus full of historic halls and lush greenery. Most importantly, you will see us through the eyes of the people who call it home: professors who will ask you thought-provoking questions and challenge you to be your best self, and the truly friendly students, your possible future classmates.

We offer a variety of campus visit options, but you're also welcome to explore campus on your own. Using our self-guided tour (.pdf) and your cell phone, you can learn more about our University. And if you can't make it to campus, take our virtual tour or view our campus map!

Contact

At the University of Dayton, we encourage questions, and our admission and financial aid counselors will be happy to help you find answers.

Office of Admission and Financial Aid
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1669

Phone: 800-UD-PRIDE (800-837-7433)

Email: admission@udayton.edu