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Parents and Families

Info For Parents

An education at the University of Dayton is a valuable investment — and not simply because of our high-quality academic programs and reputation as a top-tier Catholic research university.

Students are our top priority, and we want them to achieve success in their careers and in life. In keeping with our Catholic, Marianist identity, we educate the whole person: mind, body and spirit. We value collaboration, prize differences and treasure the gifts of all. Here, community is a way of life — our shared vision.

With a UD education, there's no limit to where your student will go.

Parent Communications

Stay connected with the University of Dayton to receive important news and updates throughout the year. To add or update your information:

Parents of incoming students will automatically start receiving the Family News Digest and other communications for current families, over the summer. If you are not receiving UD parent communication, email

Parent Questions and Commonly Requested Offices

If you have questions, please connect directly with the appropriate office. Some of the most commonly requested offices include:

  • 98%

    placement rate within six months of graduation

  • Top 50

    "Colleges That Create Futures," according to The Princeton Review

  • Best Value

    according to U.S. News & World Report

  • Academics
  • Campus Life
  • Experiential Learning
  • Driven By Boundless Curiosity

    The foundation of a UD education, the Common Academic Program encourages students to integrate knowledge – and put it to use. Studies support each student's individual interests and goals, while also developing career skills such as leadership, conflict resolution and practical wisdom.

    Explore Academics

    A Home Away from Home

    With more than 260 student organizations, Division I athletics, a strong campus ministry, plentiful service opportunities, engaging speakers and performers, and a vibrant community, our students are involved.

    Explore Campus Life

    Meet Professor Experience

    We know that practical, hands-on learning requires, well, practice. That’s why UD students are constantly engaged in the world around them, whether it’s through research, service-learning, education abroad, internships or co-ops. When graduation arrives, students are already part of the real world, fully prepared for their careers – and future lives.

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    Catholic and Marianist

    The University of Dayton is a pre-eminent Catholic university and an internationally diverse community committed, in the Marianist tradition, to educating the whole person and linking learning and scholarship to leadership and service.

    Career Services

    Nationally recognized for helping students succeed, UD provides real-world learning opportunities that prepare students for a meaningful career. Career Services offers free resources to students and alumni, including résumé critiques, mock interviews and interview assistance. That's why 97% of students are employed or in grad school within six months of graduation.

    Health and Wellbeing

    We care for students: mind, body and spirit. High-quality healthcare is offered through the on-campus Health Center, and the Counseling Center offers a variety of resources to help cope with struggles and achieve a more balanced lifestyle. Campus Recreation offers a variety of engaging recreational programs and facilities, including a 125,470 sq. foot recreation complex.

    Resources and Services

    Every step of the way, the University of Dayton offers the resources and services that students need to get the most out of their education and college experience. From robust advising and mentoring to resources that support learning, leadership, faith and service, we help students navigate the path to a bright future.


    We're committed to keeping our campus not only beautiful, but also safe. Our police training exceeds that of most traditional law enforcement agencies, and UD's public safety received an international award for innovations in community policing in 2018. Our student-run EMS squad also received four national awards for excellence in 2019.

    Parent talking with President Spina


    Parent Engagement Opportunities

    As a parent, you have the unique opportunity to impact your student's UD experience today — and help further the University's mission and reputation well into the future. We invite you to engage in the many opportunities available on-campus and in your hometown.