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University of Dayton

Ohio, United States

Ranked among top 100 universities in US

About University of Dayton

The University of Dayton, also called "UD" is a Roman Catholic, Marianist university dedicated to national research; it is the largest private university in Ohio. This university was founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary; it is one of three Marianist universities in the nation. UD offers more than 80 academic programs with its 4 different schools which are School of Education and Health Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Administration and School of Law and also the College of Arts and Sciences, with its 5 most popular majors being mechanical engineering, marketing, communications, finance and psychology. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. This university encourages its students to actively practice their faiths, through various programs and spiritual retreats. It ranks #127 according to U.S. News' 'Best National Universities Ranking' list.

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Located in Ohio's sixth-largest city, Dayton, Univeristy of Dayton's campus is located in the city's southern portion and spans 388 acres on both sides of the Great Miami River. One of the good things about the location of this university is how affordable it is to live in it since Forbes qualified it as the fourth-most-affordable city in America. Its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 373 acres. Near UD'S campus, there are various recognized restaurants such as Chipotle, Dewey's Pizza, Panera Bread, Five Guys and some others.


The University of Dayton's campus is divided into four sections, the Historic Campus, Campus West, River Campus, and the Arena Sports Complex. The campus includes 38 academic, research, athletic, and administrative buildings; five residence halls; 18 student apartment complexes; and 473 houses. At the Historical campus you will find the iconic Immaculate Conception Chapel. Inside campus west, is located the Raymond L. Fitz Hall which is the primary building on this campus, and it houses campus offices and academic departments, it is home to the Graul Tennis Complex, the Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCENTER). The main building at River Campus is known as the 1700 South Patterson Building and it houses the University of Dayton Research Institute. On the western edge of the campus, is located UD's Sports Complex which includes the University of Dayton Arena, with a seating capacity of about 13,000 fields for men's baseball and women's softball, and Welcome Stadium, an multi-purpose stadium that includes a football field and track used by all Dayton public high schools as well as the Dayton Flyers football team.

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Most of the student body lives on campus making the University of Dayton one of the most residential campuses in the country and you can walk everywhere in under 15 minutes. The residence halls are located in the heart of campus; Founders Hall is U-shaped and houses about 400 first-year students. Marianist Hall is composed of three separate wings. The east wing houses first-year students, the middle and west wings house second-year students. Marycrest Complex is the largest community housing on campus. It has three sections that house more than 500 first-year and about 300 second-year students by floor and wing. Stuart Complex is composed of three separate first-year student halls that share a common lobby. Virginia W. Kettering Hall (VWK) houses mostly sophomores in four-person suites and two 2-person suites. The university also owns a number of apartment buildings for student housing; these include the Lawnview Apartments, Garden Apartments and Plumwood Apartments. All-in-all, great options to reside both on and off campus.


In case you're wondering what the weather looks like in Dayton; its climate features hot, muggy summers and cold, dry winters. The average temperature is 51°F, being Dayton's coldest month January when the average temperature overnight is 19°F and July is the warmest month, the average daytime temperature rises to 84°F. It is partly cloudy all year round, the warm season lasts 4 months, and the cold season lasts 3 months. This city has a diverse weather so make sure to both bring jackets and flip-flops.

Faculty and pedagogy

The University of Dayton offers a wide variety of disciplines and it stresses the importance of a "well-rounded" education, this university incorporates a number of humanity classes in the curriculums of the various colleges. They also have a huge emphasis on experiential or "hands on" learning. For example, engineering students are typically on a five year academic plan which includes at least two semesters of Co-ops or Internships. Another example of this experiential learning is Flyer Enterprises. It's a student run company on campus with a number of coffee houses and snack shops; which is composed of students from top to bottom; these opportunities allow students to gain real-world experience before earning their diplomas. <br> Student reviews for teachers, is if you're willing to make the effort, the professors are almost always willing to set up an appointment with you if you are struggling and many professors share their cell phone numbers and email addresses so students can ask questions and get answers at any time. UD is ranked FIRST among all Catholic universities for sponsored engineering research, and students can work with top scientists and engineers at the University of Dayton Research Institute as well as the GE Aviation EPIS Center and Emerson's Helix Innovation Center, which are both located on campus.

Financial aid

At the University of Dayton, half of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid. Most types of financial aid awards at UD fall within one of two categories: the GIFT AID refers to awards that do not have to be repaid, which are scholarships or grants. There are a large number of scholarships that include the University Scholarships which are up to 10 different, including merit-based, athletic and music talent scholarships; federal scholarships, and the State scholarships. The University grants include the founder's grant, the president's special grant and the forever flyer grant. There are also federal grants available such as the Pell grant, the SEOG Grant and the TEACH grant; But, what are the options available for international students? Well, The University of Dayton awards international merit scholarships to selected first-year and transfer undergraduate international applicants and students are automatically considered for an international merit scholarship upon applying for admission.

Jobs and placements

All University of Dayton students, regardless of financial need, may apply for University-funded employment opportunities on campus. Positions are available in most on-campus departments. Federal work study is awarded to those undergraduates who demonstrate financial need and positions are available in most on-campus departments. Also, the university-funded employment choice is available too and this award is offered to any student interested in on-campus employment and financial need is not a factor in this type of employment. Lastly, the federal work study community service program offers an opportunity to work off-campus and you can search for available positions in Hire a Flyer using the keyword search FWS. For students graduate with 1 to 4 years of experience a expected median salary is $55,000 but it also depends of the major since an alumni graduated on the major of Business Insight could earn up to $90,000 with about 2 years of experience.


  • Erma Bombeck (humorist)
  • David Bradley (Engineer)
  • Bruce Graham (Architect)
  • Jon Gruden (American Football coach)
  • Chuck Noll (American Football coach, the only NFL coach to win four Super Bowl titles)
  • Kristina Keneally (journalist)
  • Dan Patrick (sportscaster)
  • Charles J. Pedersen (Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry)

  • Verdict

    The University of Dayton offers good academic education and a chance for its students to pursue spiritual growth, the curriculum also gives their students the opportunity to study their field of preference with also having a very human approach with its humanity classes. The financial aid offered at UD is very wide and the campus life is described as very inclusive. The research and hands-on experience opportunities at this university gives its students the chance of having a taste of what their jobs will be like once they graduate.

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