See what students say:


University of Dayton, a Catholic school in the Marianist tradition, has done a tremendous job fostering a sense of community throughout the campus. Dayton is an institution that places an emphasis on service, and undergrads feel that the school is the “perfect size.” Academically, undergrads are quick to mention that “UD has a very strong engineering program…that encourages creativity and innovation.” And overall, there are also lots of “good opportunities [to participate] in research.” Students also benefit from “small” class sizes as well as professors who are “so passionate about their field[s].” They are usually quite “receptive to questions” and “never treat [students] like [they’re] below them.” UD professors are also great at making “their material very interesting [by fostering] discussions and [demonstrating real world] applications.” Time and again they prove that they “are genuinely interested in student success…[and] always more than willing to talk and meet outside of the classroom.” As this grateful student concludes, “I know all of my professors well at the end of the semester as we are able to develop a personal relationship.”

Student Body

University of Dayton works hard to attract (and admit) students who are “very friendly and welcoming to others.” As one undergrad gushes, “I have never been surrounded by a more positive group of people; everyone that attends is absolutely in love with the school and their passion for UD shows in everything they do.” Many are also keen “to spend their time volunteering to improve Dayton and the wider Ohio community.” Moreover, a laid back and “comfortable” lot, we’re told that “leggings and sweatshirts are standard attire”—at least when it comes to attending class. Of course, some students do lament the fact that UD “is not very diverse.” After all, students say the “majority [of undergrads] are white, upperclass [and] Catholic.” Still, there’s “always a place for someone new at the table.” And no matter their background or ethnicity, Dayton students are united in their desire to both “work hard and have fun.” As this incredibly content undergrad gently concludes, “there is no every man for himself mindset. Every person on campus is invested in helping one another to make UD feel like home. The day you choose to be a Flyer, you become a member of our family.”

Campus Life

Undergrads at the University of Dayton are diligent about their studies, but they also understand the importance of stepping away from their books. You can find many UD students working out on a “daily [basis] at the “Rec Plex,” and “intramural sports are also very popular.” There are “over 250 clubs” in which students can (and do!) participate. For example, as one busy undergrad reveals, “I enjoy playing Quidditch two to three days per week. I am also in the Flyer Pep Band which is a fantastic way to get involved in the student section at basketball games.” Further, “the school’s activity board usually puts on a movie or different events [throughout the semester].” Dayton students also report that “the weekends are really fun, and everyone lets loose by going to the student neighborhood.” There you’ll find kids “hanging out on porches and filling their houses…with music and laughter.” While drinking certainly occurs there, students assure us that “for the most part people practice safe behaviors.” Lastly, when UD undergrads want a respite from collegiate life, they can head into downtown Dayton to enjoy the city’s numerous restaurants and “vibrant arts scene.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Cheryl Johnston
Campus Visit Coordinator

Office of Admission
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1300



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
John F. Kennedy Memorial Union
Ryan C. Harris Learning-Teaching Center
University of Dayton Arena
University of Dayton Science Center
Kettering Laboratories; UDRI
ArtStreet, an innovative living-learning complex, combines student residential quarters with performance and visual arts spaces, a recording studio, radio station and cafe. Marianst Hall, a multifunctional facility consisting of student housing, a book store, post office, credit union, food emporium, worship space and learning center, was completed in fall 2004. A $22 million addition to and renovation of Sherman and Wohlleben Halls, home to UD science programs, connects them and provides close to 55,000 square feet for new laboratories, classrooms, offices and gathering spaces. A fitness and recreation complex, or RecPlex, opened in January 2006. It consists of three levels and totals 129,540 square feet.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Schuster Performing Arts Center
United States Air Force Museum
The Dayton Art Institute
Fifth Third Field, home of Dayton Dragon
The University of Dayton campus is located on a 259-acre hilltop, 2 miles from the city of Dayton. The Dayton metropolitan area is a vibrant community of approximately 950,000 people in southwestern Ohio. Top cultural, recreational and entertainment programs are available during the year. Dayton has the highest concentration of scientists and engineers on a per capita basis in the United States. Varied business, industrial, research and educational enterprises provide students with extensive work opportunities related to their academic disciplines.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F, Saturday mornings available Jan.-Ma
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET)

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Contact the Office of Admission.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Available in spring to accepted students


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The University of Dayton campus is located 20 minutes south of Dayton International Airport. Cincinnati and Columbus airports are also located within a 75 minute drive. Greyhound bus service is available to downtown Dayton. Greyhound bus service is available to downtown Dayton. Transportation from the bus terminal to campus is available by Yellow, Cliff and Checker cab companies, as well as the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) public bus service. The RTA bus stop is located two blocks west of the Greyhound Terminal, at the corner of Fourth and Ludlow streets. The RTA bus to UD is #16. In addition, the University provides a ride board for students, allowing those with cars to post rides available, and those without cars to post rides needed.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-75, southbound (from Toledo): Exit #51 at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. Turn left and follow Edwin C. Moses Boulevard east to Stewart Street. Turn right and continue on Stewart Street to the University of Dayton entrance at College Park. From I-75, northbound (from Cincinnati): Exit #51 at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. Turn right and follow Edwin C. Moses Boulevard east to Stewart Street. Turn right and continue on Stewart Street to the University of Dayton entrance at College Park. From I-70, westbound (from Columbus): Exit I-70 at I-675. Proceed southbound to state route 35. Go west toward Dayton to I-75. Take I-75 south one exit to #51 Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. Turn left and follow Edwin C. Moses Boulevard east to Stewart Street. Turn right and continue on Stewart Street to the University of Dayton entrance at College Park. From I-70, eastbound (from Indianapolis and Dayton Airport): Exit I-70 at I-75 south. Proceed southbound through Dayton and exit at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. Turn left and follow Edwin C. Moses Boulevard east to Stewart Street. Turn right and continue on Stewart Street to the University of Dayton entrance at College Park.

Local Accommodations
Please visit the Office of Admission Web site for a full list.


Applicants: 16,693
Acceptance Rate: 72%
Average HS GPA: 3.82



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