University of Dayton

University of Dayton


The University of Dayton is a top-tier Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. We are a diverse community committed, in the Marianist tradition, to educating the whole person — mind, body and spirit — and to linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service. As a Catholic, Marianist university, we are devoted to education for service, justice and peace, and we strive to develop critical minds and compassionate hearts.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

First-Year Experience & Transition Transitions Pre-Orientation Program

Transitions (held prior to new student orientation) is a free of cost pre-orientation program for incoming first-year multicultural students, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Students are introduced to integral support services and resources through a series of presentations and activities. Students are also provided with an opportunity to network with fellow UD students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Learn more about Transitions Pre-Orientation Program

Academic Advising & Support Discover Programs

The University of Dayton is committed to helping students find the right fit through their Discover Programs. As a member of the Discover Arts or Discover Sciences programs, students can explore the academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences before finalizing a major. Through the Discover Arts and Discover Sciences programs, students take a seminar acquainting them with the University and the College. The seminar will cover the curriculum and careers of each program, as well as the multitude of complementary minors. With the help of this seminar, along with the assistance of an academic adviser, students discover the program that best suits their needs and goals. Learn more about Discover Programs

Academic Advising & Support Office of Learning Resources

The Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center's Office of Learning Resources is a learning resource for students, parents, faculty, and staff at the University of Dayton. OLR offers a wide variety of information and services to help everyone become a successful learner, including Tutoring services, Supplemental Instruction, Disability Services, Global Learning Support, and writing support. Learn more about Office of Learning Resources

Student Life & Support Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs provides staff, facilities, services and special programs to support the academic experience of students. OMA staff members work closely with academic deans, faculty and administrative offices to provide a supportive campus environment based on the academic, social, and cultural needs of a diverse community of scholars. This office serves as a resource for the entire campus community, while providing multicultural students and their families with an additional connection to the University. Learn more about Office of Multicultural Affairs

Student Life & Support Success Professionals in Enrollment Management

Smart FLYERS have co-pilots. And, at the University of Dayton our directors of Student Enrichment and Academic Outcomes; and, College Access, Success and Transitions fit the bill! As your co-pilots they stand ready to partner with you as you navigate the UD experience. The directors employ an evidence based approach to support and retain undergraduate students at UD. Whether making the transition from high school to college or even to graduation, the success professionals provide excellent support and care to help you –and your family--make the most of your collegiate journey. We can help you: identify resources to support your classroom activities; develop your own “flight” (success) plan; or simply be the resource to help you discover the best of YOU and UD!

Mentoring P.E.E.R.S. Mentor Program

PEERS stands for “Program to Engage and Exchange Resources for Students.” Participants of the PEERS mentoring program will: • have access to a community of support and resources during key stages of their academic career • receive support that aids in their personal and leadership development • develop a greater sense of belonging to UD by engaging in the PEERS community • be exposed to diverse perspectives and experiences that affirms their cultural identity Learn more about P.E.E.R.S. Mentor Program

Student Diversity

  • 8,665
  • 53/47
  • 8%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 1%
  • 3%
    Black or African American
  • 3%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 77%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 11%

Student Success

  • 91%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 79%
    Six-year graduation
  • 67%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 94%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 85%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 535
    Full-time faculty
  • 86
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 16:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business/marketing, Engineering, Education, Communication/journalism, Health professions and related programs

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Action Through Unity; Hispanic Business Student Association; Multicultural Association of Pre-Med Students; Multicultural Programming Council; Multicultural Business Association; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; National Association of Black Accountants; Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; Women of Remarkable Distinction


Cost of Attendance

  • $40,940
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $12,680
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $131,187,436
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $22,360
    Average aid package
  • $35,740
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 12%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 72%
    Students with financial need
  • 91%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 72%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 16,968
    # of applicants
  • 57%
  • 3.64
    Average HS GPA
  • 27
    ACT Composite
  • 510—620
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 520—630
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 02/01
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/01
    Early action application closing date