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UD among nation's best on The Princeton Review lists

Want to attend a Best-Run College with Best Campus Food and Best College Dorms among the Happiest Students who Love Their School Teams? Then the Princeton Review reports the University of Dayton could be the place for you.

The University of Dayton made the top 25 on those lists plus "Best Midwestern," "Best Value Colleges," "Colleges That Create Futures" and "Green Colleges" in The Princeton Review's Best 389 Colleges: 2024 Edition.

The Princeton Review also listed UD among its top schools overall for entrepreneurship students. It ranks in the top 10 for schools with fewer than 10,000 students and top 15 for schools in the Midwest.

"We created our rankings to provide a resource for college applicants that helps them answer what may well be the toughest question in their college search—'What's the best school for me?'" said Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review and lead author of The Best 389 Colleges. "Our selection of colleges for this book reflects our high opinion of the schools: we recommend each one as academically outstanding. Our ranking lists reflect the opinions of the school’s students—their customers—and their reports to us about their campus experiences."

Here are some of the things students told The Princeton Review.

There are many reasons to attend the University of Dayton, but the one mentioned above all is its experiential learning. We have opportunities for real world experience in every major (and sometimes even further independent expertises by department).

Most of my professors have been extremely nice, approachable, and engaging. They challenge you but also really want you to succeed, especially if you participate in discussions and provide quality work on assignments and exams. Indeed, they want to show each student that they have potential to be great, but they have to unlock it.

Undergrads at the University of Dayton overwhelmingly agree that their peers are very sweet, and super welcoming and approachable people who foster a strong sense of community and school spirit. Given the relatively small class sizes, it's easy to get to know a lot of people in your major and others more simply describe it as common to see strangers quickly become friends and friends become like family.

The schools in Best 389 Colleges: 2024 Edition comprise 15% of America's four-year colleges and universities. Profiles have information on the schools' admission and aid application requirements, enrollment, acceptance rates and student body demographics. Quotes from surveyed students reveal their opinions on everything from their professors to their campus food. 

Read the University's full profile.


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