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Our Mission in Motion

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We are called to transformation so that we can remain true to our foundational mission.

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Our Roadmap

The University of Dayton is a top-tier Catholic research university with academic offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. We are a diverse community committed, in the Marianist tradition, to educating the whole person and linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Characteristics of a Marianist Education

Based on consultation with educators around the world, an international team of Marianists identified five elements that characterize the Marianist approach to education:

  • Educate for formation in faith
  • Provide an integral, quality education
  • Educate in family spirit
  • Educate for service, justice, peace and integrity of creation
  • Educate for adaptation and change

The three Marianist universities in the U.S. — Chaminade University of Honolulu, St. Mary's University of San Antonio, and the University of Dayton — collaborated to produce "Characteristics of Marianist Universities." It articulates the distinctive characteristics of Marianist education in ways appropriate to their American setting, their pluralism in faculty, staff and student bodies, the notable diversity of their academic curricula, and their more decentralized governance structures.


Explore Our Mission

We are the University for the Common Good. Humanity's needs set our direction, shape our curricula, inspire our research, motivate our partnerships, and form our graduates.


Explore Our Vision

As a Catholic, Marianist university, we value:

  • Building community
  • Agility and innovation
  • Inclusive excellence
  • Engaging with the world
  • Faith and service

We must align UD's strategic and operational culture, leadership, structures, and functions to build the organizational capacity necessary for advancing UD's mission and executing our strategic vision.


Over the next three years, we will focus on achieving nine priorities:

  • Elevating student, staff and faculty voice
  • Cultivating a high-performing culture
  • Amplifying academic and research excellence
  • Prioritizing student success
  • Deepening a holistic UG educational experience
  • Enhancing climate and belonging
  • Furthering role as anchor and partner university
  • Investing in leadership development
  • Achieving financial sustainability

Achieve 90% of established goals in 2024 and beyond.