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University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

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University of Dayton overview
Location Dayton, Ohio
Online udayton.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
University of Dayton overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Dayton, established in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a private Roman Catholic research university located in Dayton, Ohio, with a picturesque campus known for its distinctive Marianist architecture. Situated less than three miles from downtown Dayton, the institution offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable emphasis on research and experiential learning in fields such as engineering, business, and education. A moderately selective institution, the University of Dayton provides a comprehensive academic environment, emphasizing interdisciplinary studies alongside traditional curricula. The campus houses over 80 percent of the student body in residential communities, reflecting a commitment to creating an integrated living and learning experience. While the university maintains diverse athletic programs, it is particularly recognized for its competitive Division I men's basketball team, known as the Flyers.

In the most recent statistical year 18,864 prospective students applied, and 13,969 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,996 enrolled in the school.  10,596 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,078 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $46,170 plus fees of $0. University of Dayton is ranked 230 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












University of Dayton is rated within the top 32% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Dayton overview
SAT 1158/1363
ACT 24/30
GPA 3.77

Applications Accepted

University of Dayton overview
Applications Due Feb 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for University of Dayton
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $15,390
Budget for Other Expenses$1,750
Total One Year Cost$64,310

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$57,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

74% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Dayton students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 28%
Engineering 13%
Education 8%
Communication 7%
Health Professions 5%

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