See what students say:


There are many reasons to attend the University of Dayton, but the one mentioned above all is its experiential learning. “We have opportunities for real world experience in every major” (and sometimes even further independent expertises by department), like “the Sophomore Experience Entrepreneurship Program that gives students a $5,000 grant to run their own microbusiness.” Engineers have space, time, and resources to build rigs and run experiments, “the music program is phenomenal,” and minicourses in subjects like microeconomics utilize the Dayton area to show “the interaction between economics and the environment through outdoor excursions that were often very informative.” All of this is backstopped by the professors, whom students give high marks. “Most of my professors have been extremely nice, approachable, and engaging.” They “challenge you but also really want you to succeed, especially if you participate in discussions and provide quality work on assignments and exams.” Indeed, “they want to show each student that they have potential to be great, but they have to unlock it.”

Student Body

Undergrads at the University of Dayton overwhelmingly agree that their peers are “very sweet,” and “super welcoming and approachable” people who foster a strong sense of community and school spirit. Given the “relatively small class sizes, it’s easy to get to know a lot of people in your major” and others more simply describe it as common to see “strangers quickly become friends and friends become like family.” As for finding a balance between school work and social lives: “we aren’t just book worms, and we are not just party animals. We are both.” The student body remains “predominantly white,” though “there are [now] more POC and LGBTQ+ students than there have ever been before.” Moreover, students feel strongly about inclusion, noting that “students never need to be told to work together to create a safe and inclusive campus, they just do.”

Campus Life

At the University of Dayton, learning and excitement extend far beyond the classroom: “there are activities going on everywhere, on-campus jobs to partake in, as well as a variety of organizations and clubs.” As one undergrad elaborates, “I’ve been in Bella Voce (the women’s choral ensembles), Opera Workshop (a musical theater class)...and Javanese Gamelan ensemble (a percussion tradition from Indonesia).” Additionally, “intramural sports are very active on campus…[along with] professional organizations that align with your major, ethnicity, or gender.” Of course, there’s plenty of casual fun to be had as well; students mention sledding in winter, hanging out at Kennedy Union and “[playing] pool or [going] bowling at the Hangar.” And eating is a serious activity at Dayton, given that “the food is awesome.” Some students describe “a lot of partying” on the weekends, but also suggest that “people do not pressure you into drinking if you don’t want to.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Cheryl Johnston
Campus Visit Coordinator

Office of Admission
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1300



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
John F. Kennedy Memorial Union
Ryan C. Harris Learning-Teaching Center
University of Dayton Arena
University of Dayton Science Center
Kettering Laboratories; UDRI
University of Dayton Research Institute Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center ArtStreet, an innovative living-learning complex, combines student residential quarters with performance and visual arts spaces, a recording studio, radio station and cafe. Marianist Hall, a multifunctional facility includes student housing, a bookstore, post office, credit union, food emporium, worship space and learning center. The RecPlex, UD's fitness and recreation complex, includes an elevated track, basketball, racquetball and squash courts, indoor soccer, weight room, 30-foot climbing wall, fitness equipment, swimming pool and smoothie bar.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Schuster Performing Arts Center
United States Air Force Museum
The Dayton Art Institute
Fifth Third Field, home of Dayton Dragon
BOONSHOFT MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY CARILLON HISTORICAL PARK COX ARBORETUM METROPARK DAYTON ART INSTITUTE DAYTON CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY FIFTH THIRD FIELD, home of the Dayton Dragons, the local minor league baseball affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds KROC CENTER, offers recreational, spiritual, educational and cultural arts programs LEVITT PAVILION, offering free outdoor concerts NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE OREGON DISTRICT, an entertainment destination for music, art house movies, comedy, food and fun PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR HOUSE, home of the first African-American poet to earn international acclaim RIVER STEWARDS RIVERSCAPE METROPARK, includes a scenic 86-mile recreational trail SCHUSTER CENTER, home to Broadway performances, the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra TECH TOWN, a 40-acre technology park URBAN KRAG, climbing center with 10,000 square feet of vertical terrain

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET)

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available

Virtual visit opportunities are also available

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The University of Dayton campus is located 20 minutes south of Dayton International Airport. Cincinnati and Columbus airports are also located within a 75 minute drive. Greyhound bus service is available to downtown Dayton. Greyhound bus service is available to downtown Dayton. Transportation from the bus terminal to campus is available by Yellow, Cliff and Checker cab companies, as well as the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) public bus service. The RTA bus stop is located two blocks west of the Greyhound Terminal, at the corner of Fourth and Ludlow streets. The RTA bus to UD is #16. In addition, the University provides a ride board for students, allowing those with cars to post rides available, and those without cars to post rides needed.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-75, southbound (from Toledo): Exit #51 at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. Turn left and follow Edwin C. Moses Boulevard east to Stewart Street. Turn right and continue on Stewart Street to the University of Dayton entrance at College Park. From I-75, northbound (from Cincinnati): Exit #51 at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. Turn right and follow Edwin C. Moses Boulevard east to Stewart Street. Turn right and continue on Stewart Street to the University of Dayton entrance at College Park. From I-70, westbound (from Columbus): Exit I-70 at I-675. Proceed southbound to state route 35. Go west toward Dayton to I-75. Take I-75 south one exit to #51 Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. Turn left and follow Edwin C. Moses Boulevard east to Stewart Street. Turn right and continue on Stewart Street to the University of Dayton entrance at College Park. From I-70, eastbound (from Indianapolis and Dayton Airport): Exit I-70 at I-75 south. Proceed southbound through Dayton and exit at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. Turn left and follow Edwin C. Moses Boulevard east to Stewart Street. Turn right and continue on Stewart Street to the University of Dayton entrance at College Park.


Applicants: 18,566
Acceptance Rate: 74%
Average HS GPA: 3.76



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