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Early Launch Program

If you’re planning to attend the University of Dayton in fall 2021, you can get a head start on earning credits and building community this summer through our Early Launch, June 14 - August 7, 2021.

With interactive online courses created just for incoming first-year students, the Early Launch program provides an engaging learning community that enhances students' academic success, eases your transition to the collegiate learning experience and helps you complete degree requirements — all at an affordable summer tuition rate of $875 per credit hour, discounted from the original rate for undergraduate courses.

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As an Early Launch student, you’ll benefit from:

  • A discounted tuition rate and time to earn credits toward a UD degree during the summer. 
  • Small class sizes and an engaging learning community, with opportunities to connect, build friendships and spend time with fellow first-year students.
  • Innovative online teaching that helps you get to know faculty.
  • On-going personalized student support from faculty and staff mentors dedicated to the Early Launch program.
  • Access to UD’s broader community of support and a student success team dedicated to helping you make a smooth transition into the UD experience. 

Early Launch allowed me an opportunity to learn the necessary UD resources which reduced my stress in the fall semester. I also formed a few invaluable friendships with amazing people and that made moving onto campus even more exciting and fun!

Ali G.

Early Launch '20

Whether you have already selected a major or are still in the process of discovering your interests, every course offered in the Early Launch Program will fulfill requirements for the Common Academic Program or for your major, helping accelerate your progress toward your degree and toward making an impact on the world.

Early Launch Courses

This course introduces students to the field of western philosophy through personal exploration and critical examination of some perennial, philosophical questions, including: What is the meaning of life? Does God exist? What is knowledge? What is justice? Readings will include writings from major figures throughout the history of philosophy, such as Plato, Epicurus, St. Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Rawls, and Singer. Through readings and discussion, you will not only learn the theories and arguments of major philosophers, you will also begin to develop your own answers and responses to the big questions of life.

Instructors: Jacob Bauer & Megan Edmonds. Approved for the CAP First-Year Humanities Commons Philosophy requirement.


Through online, interactive, multimedia lectures and group discussions as well as engaging videos, podcasts and articles, students will explore the many different intersections between music, technology and culture, from the invention of instruments like the player piano and the electric guitar to modern flash-points like Autotune and Spotify. Open to all students, regardless of musical experience.

Instructor: Toby Rush. Approved for the CAP Arts and Integrative (Crossing Boundaries) requirements


Moving about in the world requires action. Yet, it is not always clear which action is best
or right, whether for an individual, for a community, for a workplace, or for the world.
Even when the right action becomes clear, it is rarely an easy task to perform that action.
With an aim towards rising to these two challenges, this course will introduce students to the foundations of ethics and leadership. We will seek to learn who we are as persons and develop, refine, and articulate our values. We will also strive to cultivate the courage to act according to those values. Finally, we will develop an understanding of leadership that does not focus on being in charge of anything. Rather, we will learn that we lead most effectively when we simply act from our own values, from an ethical standpoint, as opposed to merely following others. 

Instructor: Christa Johnson. This course is a free (no cost to you), 1 cr. hr. mini course, and is a gateway to the larger Ethics and Leadership certificate that develops these ideals throughout your time at UD.


Multidisciplinary, project-driven learning process that encourages students to develop problem solving and teamwork skills while fostering creativity and logic. The goal of this course is to not only provide students with some “programming maturity,” but also engage them through working in small teams on existing projects related to their discipline and interest. Projects may include creative animations and games, 3D modeling, or avatars.

Instructor: Ju Shen. Approved for the CAP Natural Science requirement.


This course introduces the relationship between communication and democratic life in contemporary and historical contexts, as well as examines the importance of communication in achieving mutual understanding and provides the opportunity to demonstrate effective and ethical dialogue. Students learn to structure messages that deliver complex information to non‐experts, effectively advocate a position and critique the messages of others.

Instructors: Sam Wallace & Cassandra Secrease. Approved for the CAP Oral Communication requirement.


This writing seminar focuses academic writing, research and argumentation, and students will examine a particular topic through sustained critical inquiry with the goal of contributing to a scholarly conversation in writing. This course is open to incoming first-year students who have accepted an invitation to the Honors Program.

Instructor: Amy Krug. Approved for the CAP First-Year Humanities Commons English and Second-Year Writing Seminar requirements.


Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101) gives you an opportunity to explore human behavior. We will look at  how you trained your dog and how your dog trained you!  You will gain an understanding of why people become addicted to drugs and why in high school you were worried about FOMO.  We will discuss how biology influences our mental health and how our environment impacts our responses to the world. You will learn how your memory works and sometimes unfortunately fails you.  We will discuss many of the mental health disorders that impact our culture and why we get hungry or are attracted to others.  This course applies to your daily life now and in the future, both personally (would you like to “understand” your siblings/parents/best friend/kid?) and professionally (why does your coworker/boss do that!?). Welcome to Psychology.

Instructor: Marguerite Wallace. Approved for the Bachelor of Arts Social Science requirement of the Liberal Studies curriculum, and approved for all Health and Sport Science majors.


This course is intended for students who are curious about the details of other countries’ politics and political institutions, how these institutions in different countries affect citizens’ quality of life, and why some countries do a much better job than others at creating conditions in which their citizens can live well, and fulfill their potential. Through case studies, you will examine domestic politics around the world and explore the basic institutions of power, and focus on an array of forms of political participation, cultures and challenges like COVID-19.

Instructor: Youssef Farhat. Approved for the CAP Diversity and Social Justice requirement.


Mark Twain once opined, “There are lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics.” While there is a long history of unethical and dishonest manipulation of data to convey a desired ideology or result, statistics at its core is simply about trying to unlock the “story” that is being told by data. For those less cynical than Twain, statistics is a tool – not a weapon – that helps explain the world in which we live.

MTH 207 introduces students to the concepts of statistical thinking from a non-calculus based perspective. As such, this course gives students the opportunity to understand and explore statistics as consumers of statistics, rather than creators of statistics. For example, you may have questions similar to the following: Are there enough rivets being used so that the wings of your airplane won’t fall off? Which Covid-19 vaccines seem to have the most promising results and the fewest side effects? Can a 5-year-old learn how to do physics? During this course, students will explore methods of presenting and analyzing data in order to make decisions and draw appropriate conclusions.  Various technology is introduced and used to make the majority of the statistical computations, so there is less focus on actual number crunching. The real emphasis in this course will be on how to interpret and discuss the results of those computations.

Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra

Instructor: Becky Krakowski. Approved for the CAP Mathematics requirement


An introduction to the professions, roles, responsibilities, and opportunities afforded to students in the health sciences. The course will help the student define professional goals and assess personal strengths and weaknesses in the light of competencies deemed essential for a health science career.

Instructor: Matt Beerse. Approved for Health Science majors only.


This course is designed to create a community of learners entering UD to develop skills needed for academic and personal growth. Instructors will coach students on how to be successful in their courses and use available resources on campus effectively. 

Instructors: Brad Balser, Michael Key, Petey Sanchez, Gretchen Theil, Laura Toomb, Lindsey Young. This course is a free (no cost to you), 1 cr. hr. mini course required of all Early Launch participants.


A Student's Perspective

Rebekah B. (Early Launch '20) talks about the Early Launch experience.

A Student's Perspective

Rebekah B. (Early Launch '20) talks about the Early Launch experience.

The Early Launch program is being offered exclusively for confirmed students, and space is limited. Confirmed students are able to see which Early Launch classes are available, as well as the credit hours per course, and sign up for the program in Porches. Need based grants from UD are available to students on a limited basis and will be awarded based on the 2021-2022 FAFSA. Should you qualify for the Federal Pell Grant, you should submit the 2020-2021 FASFA to UD so that you can receive this federal funding.

All the resources and time that they gave me at the Early Launch program contributed as a big step for me in college. I took that opportunity to learn and know what I should do as a first-year college student, and it was beneficial.

Jinyoung L.

Early Launch '20

If you’re an admitted student who has not yet confirmed your enrollment, you can do so now in your Admission Account. Once your confirmation is processed, you’ll receive a link to log in to Porches.

Questions: Contact Brad Balser at bbalser2@udayton.edu.

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