Seeking to Serve

Our passion for service stems from a powerful belief about what we can accomplish by working together in community.

How We Serve

A Catholic, Marianist Education

As a Catholic, Marianist university, we are deeply committed to the common good. Our spirit of hospitality and inclusiveness permeates campus, and we educate for service, justice and peace.

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Campus Ministry

Committed to peace and justice, Campus Ministry challenges you to develop your unique gifts in service to the world. Here, you'll find opportunities to grow in your faith, regardless of your religious background.

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Opportunities to Serve

Service Clubs

With 40+ clubs dedicated to service and social justice, you can turn your principles into action and make a real difference in the Dayton community — and around the world.

Service Clubs


Looking to expand your knowledge on various domestic or international issues while helping others? BreakOut and go on an adventure that helps the community — and broadens your perspective.


4 Paws for Ability

Some members of the UD community are known for sleeping in class. Through 4 Paws for Ability, UD students help socialize dogs, who will be trained and placed as service animals for children with disabilities.

4 Paws for Ability

Semester of Service

Each year, 20 students take a semester away from classes and serve full-time in local non-profit community centers, after school programs and organizations addressing homelessness issues.

Semester of Service

My ETHOS experience really opened up my eyes to the opportunities to do great work in the world using the knowledge and experiences I gained at UD.

Tom Tappel

2017 ETHOS Participant

Service in Action

  • REAL Dayton

    For a half-century, our students have spent summers among the people of Salyersville, Kentucky. They live simply and learn more than they ever could imagine.

    Our ETHOS in Action

    Conceived by a group of students determined to change the world, ETHOS combines study abroad and service-learning into a life-changing adventure.

    It's time to get REAL

    Through REAL Dayton, student reach out beyond campus, encounter Dayton, act with others and lead together.