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Excellence Through Diversity

Our commitment to every student's success.

As a Catholic, Marianist university, we know that diversity, equity and inclusion are inextricably linked to excellence and enrich our learning environment. In our tight-knit community, every person is welcome.

From roommates and classmates to faculty and peers, UD students find a tight-knit, inclusive community that supports and challenges them to reach their fullest potential.

The University of Dayton is dedicated to improving success for all students as we work together toward greater excellence, and in recent years, UD’s historically underrepresented students have achieved record-level retention, graduation and placement rates. Read more in our Excellence Through Diversity brochure (PDF).

Multi-Ethnic Student Success

  • 84%

    first-year retention rate

  • 75%

    graduation rate, compared to an average of 48% for Ohio public universities and 40% for Ohio public universities.

  • 96%

    success rate

Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center MECPrO PEERS Mentor Program

Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center

For more than 50 years, UD’s Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center (MEC) has served as a resource for the entire campus community, cultivating and supporting our diverse community of scholars.

Explore MEC


MEC offers MEC Pre-Orientation (MECPrO), a free program for incoming first-year underrepresented students and families.

Learn about MECPrO

PEERS Mentor Program

First-year multi-ethnic students can participate in the PEERS Mentor Program, which helps equip and empower students to successfully navigate the college experience.

Learn about PEERS