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Office of Experiential Learning

Experiencing Education

Our unique Marianist approach to experiential learning means students engage in a rich abundance of hands-on learning opportunities in a collaborative, supportive community that values education of the whole person - mind, hands, and heart - in leadership and service for the common good.


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500+ Courses

Across the colleges, UD offers over 500 courses with experiential learning components

50+ Dayton Partners

UD connects students with over 50 partners through service, entrepreneurial, and internship opportunities.

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Experiential Learning Catalog

Browse our catalog to discover EL programs in our numerous centers and institutes, as well in the Dayton community EL in the academic curriculum, including numerous examples of courses across the units.

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Through the Experiential Learning Innovation Fund for Faculty, the Office of Experiential Learning is proud to offer faculty support in bringing new and exciting opportunities into the classroom.

Read more about ELIFF here

Find Your Calling

Experiential Learning provides hands-on opportunities to discern and act on your vocation in ways that are personally satisfying and bring meaning to your life.

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  • Top School for Service

    The Catholic Volunteer Network listed the University of Dayton among its "Top Schools for Service."

  • 700 students

    presented on 300 student research projects during our Spring 2021 Standard Symposium.

  • 91%

    of the graduates from the Class of 2019-20 who responded to the Flyer First Destination Survey reported participating in a career-related or experiential education position.

Featured Programs

Dean's Summer Fellowship

Providing an opportunity for our undergraduate students to conduct summer research in any academic discipline under the guidance of a faculty mentor.


Students serve others and use practical engineering skills for humanitarian purposes. Our students learn about the world, different cultures and themselves. Students participate internationally or domestically in technical immersions for 11+ weeks or in breakouts for up to two weeks.

Flyer Enterprises

Go from barista to CEO before you graduate. With 10 divisions and $2 million in annual revenue, FE is one of the largest student-run businesses in the nation.


The Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) is an academic institute training students in the creative competencies that today’s job market demands — while applying those same skills to the students’ diverse disciplines of study.