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Early Launch Program

Registration is now open for the Early Launch Program!

If you’re a senior or incoming transfer student planning to attend the University of Dayton in fall 2020, you can get a head start on earning credits and building community this summer through our new Early Launch Program.

With interactive online courses created just for incoming first-year and transfer 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 tuition rate, discounted by 46% from the original rate for undergraduate courses.

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 for all majors, helping accelerate your progress toward your degree and toward making an impact on the world.

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

  • A discounted tuition rate and time to earn credits toward a 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. 

The Early Launch program is being offered exclusively for confirmed students, and space is limited. The discounted tuition rate is $875 per credit hour. Confirmed students can see which classes are available, as well as the credit hours per course, and sign up for the program in Porches. Limited financial assistance is available for students who are Pell Grant eligible, determined by the 2019-20 FAFSA. (Even if you have submitted the 2020-21 FAFSA for fall, we are required to use the 2019-20 FAFSA to determine Pell eligibility for summer courses. The 2019-20 FAFSA is available at If you believe you qualify and would like to learn more, contact Brad Balser at

Early Launch classes run June 29-August 7. Courses include:

Begin to explore the practice of philosophical reflection and study of central philosophical questions in the Western intellectual tradition, including questions of ethics, human knowledge, and metaphysics. Readings will include works from major figures in the history of philosophy such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, and Kant.

Instructor: Michael Cox. 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

This course examines the complex relationship between natural geologic processes and their effects on human society. The course will examine fundamental geologic processes and associated hazards (such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, flooding) while also assessing human impacts such as pollution, the energy industry and land-use planning. This course provides an opportunity to discuss, from a geologic perspective, the ramifications of and potential solutions to problems associated with utilization of Earth’s resources. Laboratory optional but not required.

Instructor: Sue Klosterman. 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.

Instructor: Sam Wallace. 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: Patrick Thomas. Approved for the CAP First-Year Humanities Commons English and Second-Year Writing Seminar requirements.

The course provides an introduction to the principles and theories of community health and uses the Social Ecological Model to examine community and population-level health markers, goals, disparities and the factors that may impact these aspects. Students will also explore prevention strategies and the role of evidence-based health promotion and health education in increasing the health status of populations.

Instructor: Sabrina Neeley. Approved for the CAP Inquiry (Crossing Boundaries) requirement.

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.

This course introduces students to the concepts of statistical thinking for students whose majors do not require calculus. Students will explore methods of presenting data, including graphical methods, and using data to interpret results, make decisions and draw conclusions.

Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra.

Instructor: Lisa Wellinghoff. Approved for the CAP Mathematics requirement

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.

Register today for Early Launch in Porches ⇒