Points of Pride
Top-Tier Catholic UniversityFounded 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 StudentsUD students are bold thinkers and servant leaders who use their gifts and talents to make a positive impact on the world. More than 7,800 full-time undergraduates and 2,400 graduate and law students call UD "home," and our 89 percent retention rate shows that students love UD.
In fiscal year 2016, we had $117.6 million in research sponsorship – making us No. 9 nationally for sponsored research among private, comprehensive research universities without medical schools. To top it off, the University is the No. 1 Catholic university for sponsored engineering research and development – and No. 2 nationally for federally sponsored materials research and development.
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.
Top 20 Entrepreneurship ProgramOur entrepreneurship program has ranked among the top 20 in the nation for 11 straight years by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
The Hanley Sustainability Institute provides a distinctive, integrated approach to creating a more sustainable future. UD is home to what's thought to be the largest university composting program in the country, and our master's degree program in renewable and clean energy is an international attraction — bringing three Fulbright scholars to the program at the same time.
China InstituteWe were among the first American universities to establish a campus in China's Suzhou Industrial Park, home to more than a third of the world's Fortune 500 companies. UD students can study at the China Institute for the same cost as a semester on campus.
The University invests $140 million in our students each year through generous financial aid awards, which help reduce the cost of education. Approximately 97% of first-year students receive financial aid.
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. Here, students' scholarships and grants grow each year to offset tuition increases, so the tuition they pay stays the same all four years. Students will also never be surprised when they receive their bill; there are no surcharges or fees.
The Princeton Review selected the University for "Colleges that Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck." Kiplinger's and Money also named us a "best value."
UD is one of the 50 best schools in the nation for undergraduate academics and experiential learning that lead to great careers, according to The Princeton Review’s "Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom."
Nearly all — 97 percent — of recent University of Dayton graduates report being employed, pursuing a graduate degree or participating in a service program within six months of graduation.
Our students are among the happiest in the nation, according to The Princeton Review.
The Flyers compete at the NCAA Division I level, and 10 teams have advanced to the postseason in the last decade: 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).
Sporting News named our fans the best in the nation – and we've earned a consistent top-30 national ranking in fan attendance.