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Experiential Learning

Flyers Learn By Doing

In whatever major you choose, the University of Dayton helps you engage the world, develop a critical mind and a compassionate heart.

From managing millions of dollars in UD’s Davis Center for Portfolio Management to working in key legislative offices as a Statehouse Civic Scholar to setting up an aquaponics system in Bolivia through ETHOS, you'll have opportunities to immerse yourself in your future career.

This way, when graduation arrives, you aren't entering the real world for the first time. You're already part of it — and prepared to make a positive impact on the world.

Featured Student Stories

Using Engineering to Help Others

At UD, Marty Kilbane was part of a research team that applied engineering knowledge, tools and analyses to clinical problems. The success of his research gave him a sense of purpose and drove him to continue his research in graduate school.

Explore the School of Engineering

College is More Than Classes

No matter what major — or majors! — you pursue, at UD, you'll be challenged to open yourself to the world and learn from firsthand experience. Learn how Anna gained valuable experience being part of the Common Good Players.

Explore the College of Arts and Sciences

Cultivating Confidence

In the Davis Center for Portfolio Management at UD, finance major Sydnee helps manage the nation's largest student-run investment fund. Through real-world experiences, mentorship and classroom discussions, Sydnee's confident she's on the right career path — and can handle whatever comes her way.

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Finding My Own Path

At UD, you'll be challenged to open yourself to the world and learn from firsthand experience. Through hands-on learning opportunities at IACT, Amari Spears discovered innovative ways to use his education degree.

Explore the School of Education and Health Sciences
  • No. 1

    largest student-managed investment fund in the country

  • No. 1

    in the nation for materials research and development

  • 350+

    courses with experiential learning components

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Discover Your Purpose

Hands-on learning not only prepares you for a successful career, it helps you explore your interests and discern your vocation — in other words, figure out your passion and purpose in life.

Utilize Your Resources

In addition to faculty, Career Services and the Office of Experiential Learning are here to support students find co-ops, internships and full-time jobs. Plus advisers can critique resumes and facilitate mentorships with alumni.