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Transparent Value

Nationally recognized for providing exceptional value to students, the University of Dayton is committed to making our top-tier private education affordable — because our bottom line is student success.

Our Catholic, Marianist vision for education calls us to equip students with the tools they need to graduate on time and to graduate alumni who are on a lifelong path to success and prepared to make a difference in the world.

  • Students can earn college credit by bringing in AP, IB and College Credit Plus credits. With 24 AP credits, that's a tuition value of at least $32,000.
  • By applying, students are automatically considered for merit scholarships worth up to $112,000.
  • By visiting campus and filing for the FAFSA, students receive a textbook scholarship worth up to $4,000.
  • Students can study through select programs in China, Ireland or Spain at no additional cost and receive a study abroad scholarship for $3,000.
  • Best Value

    according to Kiplinger's and Money

  • 97%

    of students pay much less than our published costs

  • Up to $112,000

    The amount in merit scholarships for which students are automatically considered

Nationally, many students report not buying or renting textbooks altogether because of cost.  (Chronicle of Higher Education)

The average cost of studying abroad nationally is around $18,000 per semester.

That's why UD offers scholarships for both textbooks and education abroad.

See the UD Difference

At the University of Dayton, we believe in being transparent about the cost of your education.

Transparent Tuition Plan

No tuition increases. No fees. Scholarships for books and education abroad.

UD scholarships and grants increase each year to offset any rising tuition costs, so tuition at UD stays the same for all four years. And there's no cost to changing your major.

Since we implemented our fixed net tuition plan: 

  • More students are graduating and working at a faster rate. Our four-year graduation rate increased by 4 percentage points.
  • Students reduced borrowing by more than 28%
  • Students graduated with loans below the national average for four-year private institutions, less than $19,000 (U.S. Department of Education)

5-Year Graduation Rate

(ACT, Inc.)



63.2% Average rate, four-year private universities

51.9% Average rate, four-year public universities

Some UD programs in Engineering may require more than four years to complete, but we're committed to helping as many students as possible graduate in four years. 

At other universities — even those with tuition plans — hidden fees can cost $20,000 or more over four years, and tuition increases can cost over $12,500 over four years.

Changing majors, or adding another major or minor? At some schools, you have to pay for that. Not at UD.

We eliminated fees to give you peace of mind.

See the UD Difference

Apply and file the FAFSA, and we’ll send you a complete four-year overview of your investment.

Transparent Results

After four years, most UD students have graduated, earning a full-time salary within six months of graduation instead of paying another year of tuition or taking on more student loans. The opportunity cost can easily amount to $70,000 or more for a typical student.

  • First Position: Full-time: 95% | Chosen field: 89%
  • 93% success rate within six months of graduation
  • $102,600 average salary of UD alumni midway through their careers (Payscale)
  • 10 years after graduating, UD Alumni salaries are 50% higher than the national median (U.S. Dept. of Education College Scorecard)
  • UD Pre-professional Placement Rates: Dental school: 100% | Medical School: 70%+

Student Loan Default Rate

(U.S. Department of Education)



6.6% Average rate, four-year private universities

7.1% Average rate, four-year public universities

Our students are successful in repaying their loans. We'll tell you the full, four-year cost of your degree up front so you can plan with confidence.

A higher loan default rate could mean students are getting more financial aid in loans instead of scholarships, don’t have manageable loan amounts, or aren’t gainfully employed following graduation.

Plus, many schools offer scholarships that only apply to the first year; the award values decrease over time because of tuition increases each year.

See the UD Difference

See the difference transparency can make.

  • Top 50

    "Colleges That Create Futures"

  • #1

    Catholic university for sponsored engineering research and development

  • #17

    Top Internship Programs

  • TOP 25

    "Most Transformative Colleges" for graduation rates, earnings and student loan repayment - Money

  • #11

    Entrepreneurship Program

  • More than $180 million

    The amount invested in student financial aid by UD each year