See UD's plans to return to teaching, learning and research on campus this fall with measures in place to promote safety and lessen the risk of COVID-19 spread.

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COVID-19 Admission Response

The creation of community is central to all we do at the University of Dayton, where faculty and staff “educate in the family spirit” and help students find their vocation -- discovering where a student’s passion and gifts align with the needs of the world. During this global pandemic, you will see that our values and our commitment to community are not wavering, whether evident in our protection of students’ health and the greater public good or our emphasis on keeping students connected to each other and to faculty and staff, even across many miles. Simply put, there is no better place to call home than the University of Dayton, whether during joyous times or challenging times: you are connected, you are cared for, and you are part of a true community.

There are a few things we are doing that we hope will bring some relief to our parents and students going forward.

  • For students who have applied or already been admitted for the fall 2020 entering class, we are committed to being as flexible as possible to allow you time to respond to our offer of admission for the fall term. We encourage all families to confirm their enrollment as soon as they can or by June 1, but will extend the timeline longer, if necessary, and on a case-by-case basis.
  • For students who are considering transferring to UD for the fall 2020 semester or for those who have applied as a transfer student already, we are committed to being as flexible and responsive as possible to consider you for admission and to affirm the courses you are completing now, knowing that your current  semester has been disrupted by the pandemic and that you may have opted to select pass/fail grading options.
  • We have created new and innovative opportunities for you to learn more about UD and a chance for you to “see” campus and “experience our community” from many different angles, via digital media and virtual personal interactions with faculty, staff and current students. We’ll be making frequent updates and additions and invite you to visit our virtual campus site often. Please know that our staff is available via phone, email, chat and video during extended business hours and by appointment when it’s most convenient for you.
  • We know high schools are focused on multiple priorities, including moving to online instruction. Final grades, transcripts, graduation and AP courses are all in flux. UD is committed to doing all we can to assure you stay on track to have the college experience you’ve dreamed about. We will partner with you through all these unknowns.
  • The University of Dayton is a leader in tuition transparency. The scholarship and grant funding you have been offered gives you the assurance of the total cost of your degree. If you have not yet filed your FAFSA, please do so as soon as possible so we can provide you with a transparent financial aid offer and consider you for a book scholarship worth up to $4,000 for traditional undergraduate students and up to $3,000 for transfer students.
  • New Student Orientation will be moving to a virtual format.
  • For current high school juniors considering applying for our fall 2021 entering class, we are pleased to announce that we will be transitioning to test-optional admission. This is especially relevant now, as ACT and College Board have canceled test administrations this spring, and we don’t yet know how many more tests will be subject to cancellation in the future. 
  • Finally, we are committed to work with you to the best of our ability and to carefully and thoughtfully consider any requests you make of us. Please be in touch, anytime, and by any means possible, and we’ll be here to listen.

The University of Dayton is committed to protecting the health and safety of our campus and the broader community. The steps we are taking are at the recommendation of the state of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health, and Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, and are in the best interest of UD and the surrounding community. We are making frequent updates about our response, and the latest information can be found here.

The Society of Mary’s founder, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, most famously stated: “New times demand new methods,” and we are certainly all being challenged during this time in our history. We look forward to engaging with you in new ways to continue to support you during this time. We believe, as a Catholic, Marianist University, we are called to be an authentic community where faculty, staff, parents and students all work together, enrich each other and help all grow in community with one another. We pray with you for peace and health, and we stand with you to help your family make the best college choice decision possible.

Eric F. Spina, Ph.D., President
Paul H. Benson, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs
Jason K. Reinoehl, Ph.D., Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Management

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced the cancellation of their May 2020 exams. The IB will be awarding students a score for each of their registered subjects on the normal 1-7 scale, using a calculation that takes into account their coursework grades and their predicted grades.

As a Catholic, Marianist university for the common good, we are committed to supporting our incoming students' achievement and ensuring that their transition to UD goes as normal and smoothly as planned. Therefore, based on the calculated scores that the IB will provide, the University of Dayton will continue to award academic credit for Higher Level (HL) subjects listed on our credit chart that match your calculated scores.

UD Answers Your Questions: Videos 1 & 2

  • Enrollment Timeline and Processes
  • Financial Information
  • Lizzy Craft, Assistant Director of Admission and Financial Aid, answers questions about Enrollment Timeline and Processes

    William Coleman, Assistant Director of Admission and Financial Aid, answers questions about Financial Information

    UD Answers Your Questions: Videos 3 & 4

  • Health, Wellness and Safety
  • Transfer Credit
  • Gisselle Pereira, Assistant Director of Admission and Financial Aid, answers questions about Health, Wellness and Safety

    Hideo Tsuchida, Director of Institutional Partnerships and Program Development, answers questions about Transfer Credit

    More Information

    Journeying Toward a Safe Reopening of Campus

    University Response to the Coronavirus