University of Dayton

The University of Dayton is a top-tier Catholic research university with academic offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. We are a diverse community committed, in the Marianist tradition, to educating the whole person and linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Top reasons to study here

  • UD students are bold thinkers and servant leaders who use their gifts and talents to make a positive impact on the world.
  • Nearly all — 93% — of recent students report being employed, pursuing a graduate degree or participating in a service program within six months of graduation.
  • Our entrepreneurship program ranks among the top in the nation according to The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Bachelor's programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (1)



On July 1, 1850, St. Mary's School for Boys, a frame building that not long before had housed farm hands, opened its doors to 14 primary students from Dayton. Known at various times as St. Mary's School, St. Mary's Institute and St. Mary's College, the school assumed its present identity in 1920.


The University of Dayton is a top-tier Catholic research university with academic offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. We are a diverse community committed, in the Marianist tradition, to educating the whole person and linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

We are committed to being an educational community that: 

  • offers a broad range of undergraduate programs and selected graduate and continuing education programs;
  • views learning and scholarship as a shared task of discovering, integrating, applying and communicating knowledge;
  • emphasizes learning and scholarship at the intersections of liberal and professional education, of the disciplines, and of theory and practice


  • In fiscal year 2019, we had $170 million in research sponsorship. To top it off, the University is the No. 1 Catholic university for engineering research and development – and No. 1 in the nation for materials research and development.
  • At this moment, UDRI is engaged in hundreds of complex experiments, tests, prototypes and more. But our goal is simple: to turn our research expertise into solutions for tomorrow's problems.
  • The Office for Research brings together faculty with the staff of UDRI in pursuit of world-changing research and development, while expanding entrepreneurship on campus.


If you're looking for a little direction in life, try Career Services. This office is dedicated to providing students and alumni with career-related resources, programs, services and opportunities.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

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University Ranking

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Student services

Each student is assigned an academic adviser who helps you create an interactive educational plan — and meet your personal and professional goals. Career Services features a team of dedicated, caring professionals committed to providing excellent programs, services and opportunities that build confidence and career-finding skills.

Housing services

  • More than 85 percent of our students live on campus and in the student neighborhood — a one-of-a-kind community of students living side by side in porch-clad houses.
  • All first-year undergraduate students belong to a learning-living community, which offers a chance to engage in shared classes and activities with your hallmates. Later, you'll move to an apartment, suite or house in the student neighborhood. We also offer special housing for law, graduate and international students.
  • And with its vast dining options and top-notch facilities, the University has received more than eight national awards for excellence in college dining since 2010.

Library services

The University of Dayton Libraries, consisting of Roesch Library, Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, and University Archives and Special Collections, are the University’s principal center for the collection, dissemination and preservation of diverse information resources, Catholic and Marian collections and research, and the University’s historical record.

ICT services

UD's eduroam network is now available for use on campus by UD students, faculty and staff. Once configured to use eduroam, you’ll connect safely and automatically across UD’s campus and when traveling within range of eduroam institutions worldwide.

Medical services

High-quality health care is offered through the on-campus Health Center, and the Counseling Center offers a variety of resources to help you cope with issues, overcome obstacles and achieve a more balanced lifestyle.

Student Life

Campus life

Located two miles from downtown Dayton, our 388-acre campus is bordered by a quiet neighborhood — the ideal surrounding for a residential university.

Your first walk on campus can be as exhilarating as the walk across the commencement stage. That’s the moment you realize you’re a part of something bigger than yourself.

Sports facilities

  • RecPlex

Run laps on the elevated 1/8-mile indoor track, or join a yoga class in one of the three group fitness studios. Shoot hoops on one of the main gym's four courts. Figure out how to ascend the face of the climbing wall or how to hit a racquetball with topspin. 

  • Stuart Field

Stuart Field features 5.6 acres of high use, high performance, multi-purpose fields that play and feel like natural grass. Surrounding the perimeter of the field is a .385 mile walking/running track. 

  • Rock Wall
The UD Rock Wall is a custom A.R.T. Wall by Nicros that is designed to look like a real rock face. The features are cast from real rocks and the surface is coated in a polymer-reinforced concrete, so it has the feel of real rock.

Student clubs

If you're one of those students who gets involved in every club, we wish you luck. With more than 270 student clubs and organizations on campus, the opportunities are endless.

Run for student government office. Become the broadcast news anchor on Flyer TV. March with the Pride of Dayton band. Join Habitat for Humanity. Volunteer at an elementary school. Work with the Rivers Institute to promote river conservation. Build and race a concrete canoe. Get ready to discover any number of activities to match your passions and talents. And if none of those options fits you, create your own club — we encourage it.


The University of Dayton is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.The University of Dayton is also officially accredited by the following agencies:

  • Accreditation Council for Education, Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for the didactic program in dietetics
  • American Bar Association (ABA) for the School of Law

Student Reviews

I am person who is really passionate about the nature and technology. I believe that I should dedicate myself not only in Mongolia, my interest is in worldwide ambition. My goal is to make a significant contribution to human and environment friendly techn
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

when I studied in this field, I knew about every single detail of theory and how to write projects officially. the disadvantage of my university was that we didn't have a chance to practice our gathered knowledge

Good University
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

It was good, the University of Dayton helps and tries to provide any opportunity. The staff is very cooperative and the atmosphere is friendly.

Fantastic University
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I really liked the relationship you were able to build with professors and all of the help the university provides in order for all students to succeed. I think some of the classes could be improved by having professors teach a lower level class when they are over qualified.

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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