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Chances of getting into University of Dayton

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
72%
Admission Difficulty for University of Dayton
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into University of Dayton and can I get accepted? The school has a 72% acceptance rate ranking it #36 in Ohio for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 12,578 out of 17,462 applicants were admitted making University of Dayton a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 34 percent. University of Dayton typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of Dayton is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Dayton SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1120-1320
Applicants Submitting SAT
34%
SAT Scores for University of Dayton
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1120
SAT Scores for University of Dayton
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1220

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Dayton?

University of Dayton typically prefers applicants to be in the top 37 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1120 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1020. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. The school ranks #10 in Ohio for highest average SAT composite score. 34 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Dayton admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1320 and Above Good >81%
1220 to 1320 Avg + 72%-81%
1120 to 1220 Avg - 60%-72%
1020 to 1120 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 1020 Low <47%
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University of Dayton ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
82%
ACT Scores for University of Dayton
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for University of Dayton
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into University of Dayton?

Admission data indicates that University of Dayton regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #10 in Ohio for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 82 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Dayton.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Dayton admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >81%
26 to 29 Avg + 72%-81%
23 to 26 Avg - 60%-72%
20 to 23 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 20 Low <47%
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University of Dayton GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.64
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into University of Dayton?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into University of Dayton. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Dayton was 3.64 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in Ohio for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as University of Dayton accepts 72% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Dayton students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 40% Good
3.50 to 3.75 20% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 13% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 9% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

57% of University of Dayton freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Dayton students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 26%
Top 25% of class 57%
Top 50% of class 88%
Bottom 50% of class 12%
Bottom 25% of class 1%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Dayton admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,573 8,889 17,462
Accepted 6,292 6,286 12,578
Acceptance Rate 73% 71% 72%
Enrolled 990 1,045 2,035
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 17% 16%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
224

Applicants have 224 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on May 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Dayton is $0.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Dayton and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Dayton Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Dayton
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=202480 IPEDS survey data for University of Dayton.

FAQs

Does University of Dayton prefer SAT or ACT?

34% of students submit their SAT scores to University of Dayton. 82% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Dayton?

72% of those who apply are granted admission to University of Dayton. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Dayton?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1120 and 1320. 34% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Dayton?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. 82% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.