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This educational institution is a private, not-for-profit university within a midsize city. When you arrive on-campus for a visit or to move in, you might want to consider setting aside some time to look around and get your bearings. Buildings and parking lots are located close together —and, with the relative size of the physical campus, you’ll have to hurry to get to your next class if it’s all the way across on the other side.

Overview of University of Dayton

You’ll notice two Catholic churches on-campus. The university is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. These churches are the Holy Angels Church and the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. Each parking lot on campus, designated by a letter of the alphabet, will be reserved for students or faculty and staff.

The university offers campus housing and it’s a good idea to live in the dorms for at least the first academic year, so you are able to get used to a new location and environment. You’ll also be closer to activities and the library for your study and research sessions. And you’ll be able to meet fellow students and form new friendships and study groups.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 14:1
Graduation Rate 82%
Year Founded 1850

Student Enrollment

Total Students11,473


Undergraduate Student

Male 4,411
Female 4,072

Graduate Student

Male 1,555
Female 1,435

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Male 8,889
Female 8,573


Male 6,311
Female 6,258

Acceptance Rate72%

Male 71%
Female 73%

Enrollment 2,012

Male 1,042
Female 970
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline November 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The entire cost of attendance for one recent academic year was $60,900. This included tuition, books, supplies, room, board, and other charges. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you or your family will have to cover the entire amount.

Universities, including private ones, reduce their cost of attendance by helping their students find financial aid. This aid lowers the average net cost. For the 2018-2019 school year, this was $33,372 but, depending on how much your family made in the most recent tax year, you may not end up paying this full amount either. Instead, your net price will reflect your income level because that is how financial aid is awarded. The average net price is the cost to the student after financial aid has been applied to tuition and other fees and charges.

Families that earned $30,001 to $48,000 in recent academic years had a net price of $23,351.

Financial aid for beginning students assisted 97% of the freshman class in this year. Slightly less (95%) obtained grants or scholarships averaging around $25,858; and the same percentage of students averaged $24,911 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $33,372
Average Total Aid $25,858
Students Receiving Financial Aid 97%
Room & Board $14,050

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $44,100
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $44,100
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $14,050
  • Other - $1,750


You may have decided on your major already even though you can’t officially declare it yet. Take a look at the most popular degree programs at the University of Dayton. One of them may be yours. These include business, management, marketing and related support services; engineering; education; biological and biomedical sciences; and health professions and related programs.

You may hear terms like “graduation rate and retention rate”. These may be important to you—they are certainly important to the university. The retention rate is 89%. This is the percentage of incoming students are retained when they return to the same university for their second year of classes. The graduation rate is affected by how many students graduate within a set amount of time (usually four years and six years). The 4-year graduation rate is 65% and the 6-year rate is 82%. And the student to faculty ratio is not too high but sits at 14 to 1 for the total student population of just under 11,500.

If, for one reason or another, you have a time conflict with one of your classes and you need both classes to graduate, your adviser may tell you that distance learning or online classes are an option, but evening classes are not offered.

Student Population Total

Student Population 11,473

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 531 Total Graduates / 27%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 170 Graduates
Finance, General 121 Graduates
Accounting 78 Graduates
Business/Managerial Economics 41 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 423 Total Graduates / 21%
Mechanical Engineering 224 Graduates
Chemical Engineering 77 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 52 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 40 Graduates
All Education Majors 152 Total Graduates / 8%
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 59 Graduates
Secondary Education and Teaching 28 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching, General 25 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching, Other 16 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 138 Total Graduates / 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 89 Graduates
Environmental Biology 25 Graduates
Exercise Physiology 17 Graduates
Biochemistry 7 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 132 Total Graduates / 7%
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 61 Graduates
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 36 Graduates
Dietetics/Dietitian 17 Graduates
Music Therapy/Therapist 9 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 31%

Outcome & Salary

The hope is that you will have the chance to accept your first job offer right out of college, hopefully in the field you’re trained for. Here are a few numbers you should keep in mind as you consider which school to attend, as it may impact your future earnings.

Graduates from the University of Dayton earn early-career salaries of $57,400 and mid-career salaries closer to $105,000. After 10 years, that makes their salary earnings potential $719,320 and their 20-year potential may be as high as $1,769,320. If you deduct the 4-year cost of education ($133,488), you can see that graduate’s 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) is $585,832 and their 20-year ROI is $1,635,832.

On the other hand, high school graduates earn a national average, annual salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $349,600 and their 20-year projected income, $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $57,400
College Grads Average Salary $71,932
College Grads Mid Career Salary $105,000
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $719,320
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,769,320
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $133,488
10 Year Projected ROI $585,832
20 Year Projected ROI $1,635,832
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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