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Points of Pride

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.

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 7,900 full-time undergraduates and 3,100 graduate and law students call UD "home," and our 89% retention rate shows that students love UD.

A Research Powerhouse

In fiscal year 2023, we had $238.6 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.

Successful Outcomes

Nearly all — 98% — of 2023 graduates report being employed, pursuing a graduate degree or participating in a service program within six months of graduation.

Top Entrepreneurship Program

Our entrepreneurship program ranks among the top 50 in the nation according to The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Leaders in 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.

A Sustainable Focus

The University of Dayton is a leader in sustainability. Through our sustainability efforts, UD achieved a gold STARS ranking, and The Princeton Review named us a "green school."

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.


We are passionate about ensuring a UD education is affordable and accessible to all who are qualified. Approximately 93% of students receive financial assistance, and U.S. News and World Report named UD a top "best value" school.

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.

Top Graduate Programs

Eleven of our schools and programs are included in U.S. News & World Report lists of "The Best Graduate Schools" — engineering tied for 37th overall — and "Best Online Programs." In addition, UD is included in The Princeton Review's best online Doctor of Education programs and FORTUNE'S best online MBA 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).

Flyer Fanatics

Sporting News named our fans the best in the nation and The Princeton Review listed us in the top 15 of students who love their school teams — and we've earned a consistent top-30 national ranking in fan attendance.

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.