University of Dayton

University of Dayton Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

The University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, is a private, not-for-profit university that offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is the University of Dayton the School for You?

Located a short distance from the banks of the Great Miami River, the University of Dayton is the largest private university in Ohio. It is a Catholic and Marianist school that has been in existence in some form since 1850. Today, students can choose from more than 70 undergraduate degree programs and a plethora of graduate programs at the school. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of this private school and learn if it is the institution for you.


  • The 4-year graduation rate for students beginning their degrees in 2006 was 20 percentage points higher than average
  • Endowment grew by 19.6% between 2010 and 2011, per the National Association of College and University Business Officers


  • The acceptance rate is 8.5 percentage points lower than average
  • Total cost is nearly $7,000 higher than the national average for a private, 4-year, not-for-profit school
  • Students graduated with an average debt of $40,628 in 2012, which is higher than the national average debt of $26,600

Rankings & School Analysis

Nationally, the University of Dayton is highly regarded. U.S News & World Report calls the University of Dayton a top tier research university and ranked it #112 among national universities in 2014. The school also has well-ranked graduate programs in several areas, including legal writing and engineering. The Princeton Review also rated the university as one of the best for quality of student life and one of the Best Midwestern Colleges, as well as one of the top schools for student happiness and intramural sports.

The acceptance rate at the University of Dayton is slightly lower than average, at 55% in 2011, as per the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This is in comparison to the national average acceptance rate of 63.5%. However, a great number of students who start their college careers at the University of Dayton return for their sophomore year. In fact, 88% of full-time 2011 enrollees returned in 2012, based on information compiled by NCES.

If you are looking to complete your degree program in a timely manner, the University of Dayton might be the place for you. Of students who started at the school in 2006, 60% completed their studies within four years, compared to the national average of 40%. However, the university is a bit more expensive than others of its type. Its total cost was listed by NCES to be $46,250 in the 2012-2013 school year. This is more than the national average for 4-year, private schools, which was $39,518 in that year.

The University of Dayton is comprised of the General Education program, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Allied Professions, School of Engineering, School of Law and the Graduate School. Some popular majors include business, engineering, education and communication.

Getting In & Financial Aid

The University of Dayton has two applications deadlines. The first is an early action deadline of December 15, with rolling applications beginning February 1. The regular decision deadline is March 1. Materials needed to apply include the school application, an essay, your official high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores and a letter of recommendation from a school counselor. The closing date for transfer applications is June 15 for fall semester or December 1 for spring semester. Transfer students must also provide college transcripts.

There are merit-based scholarships, along with scholarships for music, visual arts and athletics for talented applicants. Additional scholarships are available from the alumni association, the armed forces and private alumni donations and business donations. Students in financial need may also strive to avail themselves of grants, tuition remission programs and federal loans. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is another useful tool for students seeking financial aid.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 1**
Application Fee (2013-2014) $50***
Acceptance Rate (2012) 55%***
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $33,400*
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 34%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $40,628***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 2.4%*

Life at the University of Dayton

From its humble beginnings in 1850 as a boy's boarding school, the University of Dayton has continued its commitment to providing a quality education, while also fostering faith and community. Sponsored by the Marianist order of priests, brothers and sisters, the university offers 70 undergraduate and 50 advanced degree programs. There are about 180 student clubs to join.

The Career Services Department provides career-related programs and services for students and alumni. Students can sign up with a counselor who can help with decisions regarding majors and job searches. The department can also help with employment opportunities on campus and paid student internships.

The University of Dayton has residence halls and learning-living communities in which students who attend class together or have a common interest can live together, plus Greek housing. Many upperclassmen live in the beautiful South Student neighborhood. There are meal plans that can be purchased for students who plan to eat on campus regularly.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Midsize city*
Student Population (2012) 8,024 undergraduate students, 3,117 graduate students*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 51% to 49%*
% of Full Time Students (2012) 93% undergraduates*
% of In-State Students (Fall 2011) 47%*
% of International Students (Fall 2011) 7%*
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 88% full-time students*
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 77%***
Extracurricular Activities 180 student clubs and organizations***

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **University of Dayton, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 300 College Park Dayton, OH 45469
  • Phone: (937) 229-1000