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University of Dayton: Degree Programs and School Information

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About the University of Dayton

The University of Dayton is a 4-year private school located in Dayton, Ohio. It is a Catholic university, affiliated with the Marianist tradition. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school number 101 of the best national universities and its undergraduate engineering program number 60 in the nation.


The university operates four colleges for undergraduates: The College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education & Allied Professionals and the School of Engineering. It offers more than 70 undergraduate fields of study. The school also offers 19 dual bachelor's and master's degree programs. Undergraduate engineering students can participate in the school's Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service- Learning (ETHOS), in which they participate in service projects. Undergraduate students are also able to take part in research with faculty and graduate students.

The school also offers master's degree programs through the four colleges and a law degree through the College of Law. Overall, the school offers graduate degree programs in more than 50 fields of study.

Two libraries and a law library are located on the school's 373-acre campus. In the fall of 2011, the school had a faculty-student ratio of 1:15.

Online programs are available, and students are able to study abroad in locations such as Shanghai, Ireland and Helsinki.


Undergraduate and graduate applications can be submitted online. Undergraduate applicants can submit either the common application or a school-specific application available on the school's website. Prospective students who want non-binding early action decision will need to submit an application by December 15 of the year before fall enrollment; the application deadline for regular admission is March 1. Notification for regular admission applicants is made in the late spring.

Graduate students must submit a school-specific application. The specific requirements for graduate applications differ for each program. Graduate applicants can check the status of their application online.

In 2011, the school had a student population of about 11,000, the majority of which were full-time undergraduate students. In the fall of 2011, the school received 12,314 applications and admitted 75% of applicants; 22% of the accepted students enrolled. The school will accept Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores for credit in some undergraduate classes.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate full-time tuition at the University of Dayton for the 2012-2013 school year is $16,000 per semester. Graduate full-time tuition for the same school year varies for each program, and ranges from $541-$858 per credit hour. Physical therapy students pay $9,575 in tuition per semester and law students pay $1,020 per credit hour in tuition. The University of Dayton also has fees for some specific programs, like engineering, as well as university, orientation and counseling center fees that all undergraduates must pay.

The school offers a tuition plan that allows students to make four payments a semester. It also accepts Sallie May payment plans, in which students spread out tuition payments free of interest. Nearly 100% of students receive some form of institutional grant or scholarship and 59% utilize a federal student loan.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral**
Religious Affiliation Catholic, Marianist*
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body About 11,000 students**
Student Housing 90% of students live on campus*
Schools and Programs 4 schools and a College of Law, 70 undergraduate fields of study, 19 dual degree programs and more than 50 graduate fields of study*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study Business, management and marketing (fall 2011 graduation trends)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 74% in 6 years**
Admissions Rate 75%**
First Year Retention Rates 86%**
SAT/ACT Scores of Admitted Students Middle 50% SAT combined score: 1060-1260; middle 50% ACT: 24-29**
Application Due Date March 1 for regular admission*
Decision Notification Date Late spring*
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition Undergraduate, full-time $16,000 per semester; graduate, full-time $541-$848 per credit hour (2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-11: Federal grants (18%), state and local grants (9%), institutional grants and scholarships (98%), federal loans (59%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 99% in 2010-11**

Sources: *University of Dayton, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Info

  • Address: Office of Admission and Financial Aid, 300 College Park, Dayton, Ohio 45469
  • Phone: (800) 837-7433
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