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New Beginnings

New University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina will welcome the class of 2020 during new student orientation Aug. 19-24 with a message of new beginnings.

"All of our University of Dayton students are special to me, but the Class of 2020 will always have an extra special place in my heart because we are starting our journey together," said Spina, who became president July 1. "We are taking this first step together. And together we will become veteran members of — and contributors to — the UD community."

Spina will address first-year students and their families at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in University of Dayton Arena.

Most of the more than 1,800 first-year students hailing from 34 states and territories and 18 countries will move into their residences during the weekend. Administrators, faculty and students will gather for convocation at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in RecPlex to formally begin the academic year. Classes start Wednesday.

"I hope they will find 'community' is not a word used lightly here. It's a way of life. It's a shared vision. It's a community that supports and challenges one another in our Catholic, Marianist tradition. We value collaboration, prize diversity and treasure the gifts of all," Spina said. "This is, above all else, a community striving to make a difference in the world. This is their community."

Some University of Dayton students are starting the school year in other places.

Through the new Semester Abroad and Intercultural Leadership Program (SAIL), second-, third- and fourth-year students are setting SAIL in Ireland and Spain. The study abroad experience costs the same price as tuition, room and board on campus and is followed by an on-campus spring semester intercultural leadership program.

Also for the first time, some University of Dayton students will be starting their academic journey at Sinclair Community College through the new UD Sinclair Academy. The academy is designed to expand access to University of Dayton education and is designed to make the journey to a 4-year degree seamless and smooth.

"The UD Sinclair Academy offers pathways to 22 high-demand degrees," said Paul Vanderburgh, associate provost at the University of Dayton. "These pathways easily allow credits and academic preparation at Sinclair Community College to count toward a UD degree and generous grants and scholarships are also available."

On top of institutional, federal and state need-based grants, academy students can receive up to $15,000 in scholarships for their junior and senior years as well as up to $500 per semester in textbook scholarships."

The academy also offers significant financial advantages.

"Academy students benefit from the University's transparent tuition plan, which eliminates all University fees and locks in tuition for their junior and senior years at the rate in effect at the time of admission to the academy," said Jason Reinoehl, vice president for enrollment management and marketing. "A four-year degree from a top-tier national Catholic university is now within financial reach for students who may not have considered it before — the academy offers 4-year degrees comparable to the cost of a four-year degree from a public university in Ohio."

As first-year students at Sinclair, academy students will also be University of Dayton students, equipped with a University ID and email account, and with access to student organizations, recreation facilities, student tickets to basketball games and peer mentoring through the University's Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Visit UD Sinclair Academy related link for more information.

In April, the Princeton Review named the University of Dayton one of the 50 best schools in the nation for undergraduate academics and experiential learning that leads to great careers in the first edition of Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom. The Princeton Review also selected the University earlier this year for Colleges that Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.

Colleges That Create Futures highlighted the University's Common Academic Program, honors program, Center for Social Concern, Intensive English Program, China Institute, Engineers in Service, Flyer Enterprises, the Davis Center for Portfolio Management and faculty.

"Their alumni associations are networking empires. Not surprisingly, high numbers of their students graduate with outstanding job offers and/or are accepted to post-graduate studies at first-rate institutions," said The Princeton Review in the University's listing.

Nearly all — 97 percent — of recent University of Dayton graduates report being employed, pursuing a graduate degree or participating in a service program within six months of graduation, according to the latest annual survey conducted by the career services office. Visit the related link to see the surveys.

Follow Spina on Twitter at @DaytonPrezSpina, Instagram at @daytonprezspina and his blog available through the related link.


News and Communications Staff