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Top-Tier Catholic University
Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), a group of visionary leaders who knew that consistent change was necessary for constant growth, the University has grown into a top-tier Catholic university.
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Stellar Students
UD students are bold thinkers and servant leaders who use their gifts and talents to make a positive impact on the world. More than 8,200 full-time undergraduates and 3,300 graduate and law students call UD "home," and our 88% retention rate shows that students love UD.
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A Research Powerhouse
In fiscal year 2021, we had $195 million in research sponsorship. To top it off, the University is the No. 1 Catholic university for engineering research and development – and No. 1 in the nation for materials research and development.
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Successful Outcomes
Nearly all — 93% — of 2020 graduates report being employed, pursuing a graduate degree or participating in a service program within six months of graduation.
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Top Entrepreneurship Program
Our entrepreneurship program ranks among the top 50 in the nation according to The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
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Leaders in Service

The Catholic Volunteer Network listed the University of Dayton among its "Top Schools for Service." Through UD's Campus Ministry and Center for Social Concern, students can cultivate their faith-life and engage in service opportunities, including post-graduate service programs. 

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Industry Partnerships
We are pioneering partnerships with visionary companies. GE Aviation and Emerson built research facilities right on campus so our students and faculty work side-by-side with professionals to create solutions to real-world problems.
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A Sustainable Focus
The University achieved a gold STARS ranking for its sustainability efforts. The Princeton Review named us a "green school," and Sierra magazine named us a "cool school" for displaying a deep and thorough commitment to protecting the environment.
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Anchoring Peace and Justice
We were the first University to establish an undergraduate program in human rights studies, and our Human Rights Center creates positive change through research, education and dialogue.
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The University invests more than $200 million in our students each year through generous financial aid awards, and approximately 98% of students receive financial assistance. The Princeton Review named UD among the top "Best Value Colleges" in 2020. 
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Innovative Approach to Tuition
To ensure students have a successful college experience – and peace of mind regarding their degree – we created a four-year approach to tuition that's based on total transparency. As an added bonus, there are no surcharges or fees.
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Top Graduate Programs
U.S. News & World Report ranked UD's graduate programs in education, engineering, law, physical therapy, MPA and part-time MBA in its latest guide on "The Best Graduate Schools." Master's degree programs in education, engineering and MBA were included in the "Best Online Programs."
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Storied Athletics
The Flyers compete at the NCAA Division I level, and teams that have advanced to the postseason in the last decade include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball. Our basketball teams reached the Elite Eight in 2014 (men) and 2015 (women).
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Flyer Fanatics
Sporting News named our fans the best in the nation – and we've earned a consistent top-30 national ranking in fan attendance.
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Bicycle Friendly
UD was named a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists for promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus. UD is one of just seven Ohio campuses to earn the Bicycle Friendly distinction. 
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