Leading the Way

The success of our community

#1 The success of our community

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The University of Dayton ranks as a top-tier, doctoral-level university and one of the 10 best Catholic universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. We measure our success in the research born from our community of learners and in our students’ demonstrated commitment to service.

A top-tier Catholic research university

#2 A top-tier Catholic research university

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GE Aviation made a bold statement about the research capabilities of the University of Dayton when it broke ground on a $51 million research-and-development center on campus this fall. The University of Dayton leads the nation in federally sponsored materials research and leads all Catholic schools in sponsored nonmedical research, and our graduate engineering program is ranked No. 1 among Catholic universities by U.S. News & World Report. The University of Dayton Research Institute has performed more than $1.5 billion in sponsored research

A people of faith

#3 A people of faith

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Our students grow in a diverse community committed, in the Catholic, Marianist tradition, to educating the whole person. We link learning and scholarship with leadership and service to prepare our graduates to pursue lives of service, justice and peace.

Our search for knowledge

#4 Our search for knowledge

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Whether it's discussing international terrorism with Belize's ambassador to the United Nations or going to Bangladesh to examine the conditions of factory workers, students find an environment where they engage the world, developing both a critical mind and a compassionate heart. We were the first university to offer an accelerated law program and the first to offer an undergraduate program in human rights. Our success shows in the quality of our students and scholars. This is our tradition, and it is our future.

We are a community

#5 We are a community

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More than 90 percent of our undergraduate students live on campus — in community. From porch to porch, classroom to classroom, we know that we learn critical-thinking skills by teaching across disciplines, reaching across traditional boundaries and speaking up to share ideas in a community that understands the value of ongoing intellectual dialogue — inside and outside of the classroom. We also like to have fun and serve others. More than 70 percent of our students play intramural sports, and we were named the No. 1 Catholic university in community revitalization efforts in the 2009 Savior of Our Cities national survey.

At home in the world

#6 At home in the world

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The scope of our Marianist mission knows no boundaries. We partner with 36 institutions around the globe, and our study abroad programs continue to grow, providing University of Dayton students and scholars a more comprehensive worldview. Our students serve local communities in countries around the world. In recent years our international student population has doubled in size, growing much more rapidly than the national average. Once international students arrive, they know they have found a new home. For two years in a row, the International Student Barometer survey ranked the University of Dayton No.1 in international student satisfaction.

Our most popular uniform? Cap and Gown

#7 Our most popular uniform? Cap and Gown

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Our athletes compete on the field and in the classroom. Our most recent Graduation Success Rate of 94 placed the University of Dayton 21st in the nation. During the 2010-11 season, three of our teams ended the season in the national top-25 rankings, seven teams participated in postseason action, four teams were conference champions and six athletes were named All-Americans. UD Arena has hosted more NCAA men’s basketball tournament games than any other venue and will continue to host the First Four through 2013.