Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), a group of visionary leaders who knew that consistent change was necessary for constant growth, the University has grown into a top-tier Catholic university.
UD students are bold thinkers and servant leaders who use their gifts and talents to make a positive impact on the world. More than 8,000 full-time undergraduates and 2,900 graduate and law students call UD "home," and our 90% retention rate shows that students love UD.
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.
The Catholic Volunteer Network listed the University of Dayton among its "Top Schools for Service." Through UD's Campus Ministry and Center for Social Concern, students can cultivate their faith-life and engage in service opportunities, including post-graduate service programs.
We are pioneering partnerships with visionary companies. GE Aviation and Emerson built research facilities right on campus so our students and faculty work side-by-side with professionals to create solutions to real-world problems.
The University achieved a gold STARS ranking for its sustainability efforts, and Sierra magazine ranked us on its "Top 20 Coolest Schools" list for displaying a deep and thorough commitment to protecting the environment.
The University invests more than $180 million in our students each year through generous financial aid awards, and approximately 98% of students receive financial assistance. The Princeton Review named UD among the top "Best Value Colleges" in 2019.
The Flyers compete at the NCAA Division I level, and teams that have advanced to the postseason in the last decade include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball. Our basketball teams reached the Elite Eight in 2014 (men) and 2015 (women).
UD was named a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists for promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus. UD is one of just seven Ohio campuses to earn the Bicycle Friendly distinction.