University of Dayton

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300 College Park

Dayton, OH 45469

Phone: (937) 229-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Mar. 1
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#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Dayton is a private institution that was founded in 1850. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,042, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 373 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Dayton's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 112. Its tuition and fees are $35,800 (2013-14).

The University of Dayton is a private, Catholic school in Ohio located about an hour north of Cincinnati and about an hour west of the state capital of Columbus. Students at the University of Dayton can choose from more than 80 undergraduate majors and many graduate programs, including those in the schools of business administration, law, engineering and education. The university, also called UD, encourages its students to actively practice their faiths through liturgies, spiritual retreats and special programs such as PORCH (People of Respect, Compassion and Hope). Through the PORCH program, students gather in small groups and meet once a week to pray.

Students can also get involved in more than 200 organizations and with the campus radio and television stations. Student athletes can play at the recreational level or try out for the numerous Dayton Flyers varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference. Notable UD alumni include Chuck Noll, the only NFL coach to win four Super Bowl titles, which he did in the 1970s with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1850, the University of Dayton is a top-tier Catholic research university that prepares students for success in their careers and lives. The University offers more than 70 undergraduate academic programs in four accredited divisions; arts and sciences, business administration, education and health sciences, and engineering.

At the University of Dayton, students find an environment where they are encouraged to engage the world, developing both a critical mind and a compassionate heart. More than 7,400 undergraduates call UD their home-away-from-home, and 90 percent of students live in the residence halls and porch-clad houses in the student neighborhood. And with more than 200 student organizations, there are activities to match every interest.

Guided by a Marianist education tradition that emphasizes building relationships, UD keeps its classes small, with an average class size of 27. In addition to hosting office hours, many professors give out their cell phone numbers and email addresses so students can ask questions and get answers at any time.

University of Dayton students have the chance to receive a truly global education. Extensive education abroad opportunities offer programs on every continent except Antarctica, and students can study at the University of Dayton China Institute, located in one of the fastest-growing innovation centers in the world. With its global perspective, the University attracts students from more than 60 countries and ranked first in the world in an international student satisfaction survey.

A vast array of internships, co-ops and part-time employment opportunities allow students to gain real-world experience before earning their diploma. UD is ranked first among all Catholic universities for sponsored STEM research, and students can work with top scientists and engineers at the University of Dayton Research Institute or GE Aviation's EPISCENTER, which is located on campus. Employers know UD graduates have developed the skills and qualities needed to succeed, and Fortune 500 companies regularly recruit on campus.

These opportunities aren't the only value at the University of Dayton. The University's innovative four-year tuition plan ensures the amount students pay for tuition remains the same each year, and there are no additional fees. UD is one of the most affordable private, Catholic universities in the nation and an excellent value among comparable institutions.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1850
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Marianist)
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $407,358,000


When applying to University of Dayton, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is December 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at University of Dayton is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 55.2 percent and an early acceptance rate of 63.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 55.2%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Dayton is 16:1, and the school has 33.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Dayton include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 60%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 29%
Engineering 12%
Education 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Health Professions and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

University of Dayton has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,042, with a gender distribution of 51.4 percent male students and 48.6 percent female students. At this school, 74 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 26 percent of students live off campus. University of Dayton is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 11,159
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Dayton offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Dayton also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Dayton, 37 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Dayton.

Students who have cars on campus 37%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Dayton, 53.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,235.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $35,800 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,490 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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