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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).

  • 86%

    first-year retention rate

  • 75%

    graduation rate

  • 98%

    success rate

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.

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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


Why Diversity Matters

President Spina reaffirms that diversity at all levels enriches our University learning environment, expands our institutional intelligence and aligns with our mission of building community and working for justice for all people.

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Nationally Recognized

For the second consecutive year, the University of Dayton is among a small group of schools nationally honored with a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

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Deep Commitment

Learn how diversity, equity and inclusion are foundational Catholic principles and about our duty to build up the beauty of human diversity.

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