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Coordinates: 39°44′26″N 84°10′48″W / 39.74056°N 84.18°W / 39.74056; -84.18

University of Dayton
University of Dayton
Motto "Pro Deo et Patria" (For God and Country) "Learn. Lead. Serve."
Established 1850
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Endowment $319.9 million [1]
President Daniel Curran
Faculty 400
Undergraduates 7,426
Postgraduates 3,143
Location Dayton, Ohio, USA
Campus Urban, 373 acres (1.5 km²)
Colors Blue and Red         
Mascot Rudy Flyer

The University of Dayton (abbreviated and commonly referred to as UD) is a private Roman Catholic university operated by the Society of Mary located in Dayton, Ohio. The full-time undergraduate student enrollment is around 7,500, and total student enrollment is about 11,000.

The University of Dayton is one of the ten largest Catholic schools in the United States and is the largest of the three Marianist universities in the nation. It is also home to one of the largest campus ministry programs in the world. The university offers more than 70 academic programs in arts and sciences, business administration, education and allied professions, engineering and law. It was first in the country to offer an undergraduate degree program in human rights.

In 2006, the University of Dayton's entrepreneurship program was named to the top 5 in the nation according to The Princeton Review and was in the top 10 of Entrepreneur magazine's "Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges for 2005." To complement the entrepreneurship program, a student-run organization called Flyer Enterprises was created in 2000. The university's School of Law is noted for its Program in Law and Technology, which emphasizes intellectual property law (patent, trademark, and copyright).

UD was recognized in 2006 as the third best university in the country in positive contributions the institution has made to the welfare of its surrounding community, and ranked number one in international student satisfaction compared with other universities, both in the United States and overseas, according to the "International Student Barometer", the largest survey of international student satisfaction in the world[2]



In 1849,[3] Rev. Leo Meyer purchased the land for the future university from John Stuart with a medal of St. Joseph, and a promise of US$12,000 during a cholera epidemic. As a condition of purchase, Rev. Meyer promised to maintain the grave site of Stuart's daughter. The land, known then as Dewberry Farm, was 125 acres (0.5 km2) and was primarily vineyards and orchards.[4]

In 1850 the university was founded as a day school and boarding school for boys called St. Mary's School for Boys, later St. Mary's Institute. In 1913, the city of Dayton suffered a massive flooding when the Great Miami River overflowed. The university responded by sending faculty, Marianist brothers, and students out in rowboats to rescue Dayton citizens. In 1920, to reflect UD's commitment to its community, it took its current name. In 1937, the University of Dayton began admitting women, making it the first coeducational Roman Catholic university in the United States. In June of 2006, a group known as UDLegends was established. This group includes a number of gentleman that represent the morals, performance, and excellence the University stands for. In this group, members include top tier employees in the fields of sales, accounting, engineering, and athletics. As of 2009, UD is the largest private university in Ohio.[5]


St. Mary's Hall and the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the University of Dayton

The University of Dayton main campus is compact and easy to navigate; one is generally able to cross campus in less than 10 minutes. Many historic buildings survive from the early years of the University; newer buildings fit in with the established architecture (with a few exceptions, including ArtStreet, Roesch Library and Miriam Hall).

The fields are being used for intramural sports, and the College Park Center houses the UD Department of Public Safety (26-officer police department, parking control, and student-staffed Emergency medical services), on-campus maintenance, and Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) charter school. Burt-Hill Architecture is developing the long-term plan for the property.

Kettering Labs is the home of the Engineering departments. This building includes classrooms, labs, offices, a machine shop, and a wind tunnel.

The Science Center is home of the Math and Science departments. This building includes class rooms, labs, offices, and auditoriums.

The Humanities building is home of the English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy departments. This building includes classrooms, and offices.


Campus expansion

In December of 2009, the University of Dayton Research Institute announced that they would be relocating to the former NCR world headquarters building. The former HQ and 115 acres came under acquisition of the University of Dayton at a purchase price of $18 million.[6] Along with UDRI, the large office building that sits on that land will house the Alumni Center envisioned in the University's master plan, as well as for graduate classes, executive development programs and conferences.[7]


Founders Hall

Located in the heart of campus, Founders Hall is U-shaped and houses first-year students. Its lobby is shared by the entire building. Founders Hall is coed by floor, and all rooms are double occupancy, except for two rooms, which are quads.

Marianist Hall

UD's newest hall is composed of three separate wings. The east and middle wing originally housed first-year students, coed by floor, in double-occupancy rooms. The middle wing now houses second-year students, coed by floor. The west wing houses sophomore students, coed by quad. A bookstore, credit union, food emporium, learning center and post office are also located in Marianist Hall.

Marycrest Complex

Marycrest Complex, which is coed by floor, has three sections that house first-year and upperclass students by floor and wing. Marycrest has double-occupancy rooms for first-year and upperclass students, as well as a limited number of single-occupancy rooms. A dining facility is part of this complex. Marycrest also includes the late-night stop, Crest Express. Renovations were completed in summer 2007.

Stuart Complex

Stuart Complex comprises three separate first-year student halls sharing a common lobby. Before renovations in 2009, Adele Hall housed women, Meyer Hall housed men, and Sheehy Hall housed men and women, coed by floor. Now, each wing has both men and women co-ed by floor. All rooms are double occupancy. A convenience store known as "Stuart's Landing" is part of this complex.

Upperclassmen Housing

Sophomores, juniors and seniors can elect to remain in a residence hall or live in other University housing. Upperclass University housing includes a residential suite complex, apartments and houses located within a short walk of campus. The university also owns a number of apartment buildings for student housing; these include the Lawnview Apartments, the Campus South, and Garden Apartments, forming the South Quad; ArtStreet townhouse and loft apartments in the center of the Student Neighborhood; Garden Apartments along Stewart Street; and Plumwood Apartments on Brown Street. Lawnview Apartments are four-person apartments located in the south student neighborhood for junior and senior students. Each apartment includes two bedrooms, a bath, kitchen, living room and storage space. The Campus South is a 10-story apartment building for sophomores. Each apartment accommodates six men or women. In addition to three bedrooms, these units also contain kitchens, living rooms and baths. Garden Apartments are for sophomore, junior and senior students. Ten apartment facilities contain units for four or six men or women. The Garden Apartments contain kitchens, living rooms and baths. Because of the student neighborhood, and massive availability of on-campus housing, over 98% of current UD undergraduates live on campus.

The Ghetto

The University of Dayton has a unique feature: it has a student neighborhood (literally). Over time, the University of Dayton has acquired houses adjacent to its property. These properties used to belong to NCR, and were used to house their employees. Most junior and senior-status students live in these houses. The university has been slowly renovating and/or rebuilding the houses in the worst condition. Most students refer to the South Student Neighborhood as "the Ghetto." The Ghetto is bounded by Brown Street to the west, Irving Avenue to the south, Trinity Avenue and Evanston Avenue to the east, and Caldwell Street and Stonemill Road to the north. The area north of the campus center (North Student Neighborhood) is known as "the Darkside", due to the lack of streetlights when it was annexed.


Logo of the University of Dayton Flyers sports teams

The Dayton Flyers compete in the Atlantic Ten Conference in all sports except football, in which they compete in the Pioneer Football League. The Flyers' mascot is "Rudy Flyer," a pun based on the university's initials, "U.D." Rudy is a barnstorming pilot who wears 1930s-1940s-era goggles and a leather pilot's helmet. The nickname "Flyers" is tribute to the Wright Brothers who began their careers and invented the airplane in Dayton.

University of Dayton Arena during Dayton Flyers game

Flyers basketball is one of the biggest sports attractions in the Dayton area with the Flyers perennially ranking in the NCAA Division I top 30 in basketball attendance.[8] The men's basketball team has advanced to the NCAA tournament numerous times and holds a 13-15 all time NCAA tournament record.[9] The team reached the NCAA finals against UCLA in 1967 and won the NIT in 1962 and 1968.

Football has similarly experienced considerable success throughout its history at Dayton. UD has won two NCAA Division III titles (in 1980 & 1989) and advanced to the title game three other times. Since moving to NCAA Division I-AA in 1993, the Flyers have won eight PFL championships and in 2002 and 2007 were the NCAA Division I-AA Consensus Mid-Major Football National Champion.[10]

Dayton's historic rivalries in most sports have included the University of Cincinnati, Miami University and Xavier University. Dayton and Xavier play for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy during their regular season home-home men's basketball matchups.

UD offers a wide variety of varsity athletic opportunities to men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis) and women (basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball).[11]

Many of these varsity athletic teams are supported by the Red Scare, UD's spirit group made up of 1300 undergrads. From its inception in 1996 until 2006, Red Scare was focused primarily on men's basketball. In 2007, the focus of Red Scare expanded to other sports including baseball and softball in the spring, football, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball in the fall, and men's and women's basketball in the winter. The Red Scare expanded other sports' fan base with the creation of a points system called "Spirit Points." Students are given points for each sporting event they attend. These points are then used to obtain a quality seat at the men's basketball game. [12]

In addition to varsity athletics, there are numerous club [13] and intramural [14] sports available to students including ice hockey. In January 2006, the university opened its new RecPlex, a $25 million state of the art sports and recreational facility for students of the university. [15]

Fight Song

Intercultural and Study Abroad programs

University of Dayton students have the opportunity to study at either of the other Marianist universities in the United States: Chaminade University of Honolulu (Honolulu, Hawai’i) or St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Texas). These intercultural exchange opportunities allow students experience with majority Asian-American culture in Honolulu and Latino-American culture in San Antonio.

The University of Dayton participates in exchange agreements with several overseas institutions for a semester or year of study. These locations are as follows: Nanjing, China; Shanghai, China; Helsinki, Finland; Bourges, France; Angers, France; Lille, France; Nice, France; Paris, France; Augsburg, Germany; Maynooth, Ireland; Rome, Italy; Seoul, Korea; Ifrane, Morocco; Nijmegen, The Netherlands; and San Sebastián, Spain.

UD also offers many study-abroad summer programs, which typically last about one month. These locations are as follows: Quito, Ecuador; London, England; Winchester, England; Paris, France; Leipzig, Germany; Delhi, India; Bangalore, India; Dublin, Ireland; Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; and Sorrento, Italy.

Greek life

Dayton has fifteen fraternities and nine sororities on campus. Only 12% of students participate in Greek Life.

Fraternities Alpha Nu Omega, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Phi Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Tau Delta, Epsilon Delta Tau, Epsilon Tau Pi, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Sigma Kappa, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu, and Sigma Phi Epsilon

Sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Sigma Rho, Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Alpha Iota, Theta Phi Alpha, Zeta Phi Beta, and Zeta Tau Alpha

Awards and rankings

In 2009, The Princeton Review ranked the University of Dayton ranked No. 7 for easiest campus to get around, No. 10 for number of students engaged in intramurals, and No. 13 for happiest overall students.[16] UD graduated 96% of its student-athletes in 2008, the most of any Atlantic 10 Conference school, and tied for 10th in the nation in such achievement.[17]

The University of Dayton also ranks as a top-tier national university and one of the 10 best Catholic universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.[18] Additionally, according to the 2007 National Survey of Student Engagement, students rate the University of Dayton higher than the national average.[19]

Other awards and recognition include:[20]

  • The entrepreneurship program has been ranked 4th nationally by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine.
  • The School of Business Administration is listed in the 2008 edition of Best 290 Business Schools, published by Random House and The Princeton Review.
  • The annual RISE (Redefining Investment Strategy Education) Forum is the largest student investment conference in the world.
  • The University of Dayton is one of 10 law schools — including Harvard, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Georgetown — selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to shape the future of legal education.
  • The Legal Profession Program at UD has been ranked in the top 20 legal writing programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • The School of Law received an award for excellence from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution in 2006.
  • The School of Engineering graduate program ranks second among all Catholic universities, behind Notre Dame, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2008. In Ohio, it ranks third. Nationally, it ranks 64th.
  • The University of Dayton is one of just 15 colleges in the nation named the 2007 winners of the Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) award.
  • The University of Dayton is the #1 Catholic university in nonmedical research and the #2 university nationally in materials research funding.
  • The Marian Library, which holds the world's largest collection of material about Mary, the mother of Jesus, attracts scholars from around the world. More than 40 percent of its holdings are not found in any other library. Holdings include high-quality Marian art, including works by internationally recognized American contemporary painter Roman Turovsky-Savchuk.
  • The "Savior of Our Cities" national survey of community revitalization ranks the University of Dayton #1 among Catholic universities and No. 3 overall in helping to save America's cities from blight.
  • The University of Dayton finished in the top 30 in men's basketballhome attendance for the 12th straight season in 2008-09. Since UD Arena opened in 1969, Dayton has been in the NCAA's top 35 in home attendance every season. The Flyers led the Atlantic 10 in attendance for the 12th straight season.
  • The University of Dayton athletic facilities compete with the best in the nation, with the University of Dayton Arena ranking as the second most-used venue for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
  • UD is the #1 university in the state of Ohio for Department of Defense-sponsored research and development and leads all other Ohio universities in aerospace research.


The former headquarters building of the NCR Corporation, now part of the UDRI.

The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) employs nearly 400 full-time researchers.[21] Established as the research arm of the University of Dayton in 1956, UDRI broke the $1 billion mark in sponsored research at the end of 2003. In fiscal year 2005, sponsored research at UDRI topped $70 million. In 2004 and 2005, the Research Institute was ranked number two in the nation in federal- and industry-funded materials research by the National Science Foundation. In Ohio, UDRI is number one among nonprofit institutions receiving contracts and grants from the Department of Defense.[22]

Notable alumni


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  2. ^ "University of Dayton Press Release". University of Dayton. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  3. ^ Marianist Resources - Father Leo Meyer
  4. ^ "University of Dayton History". Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  5. ^ "History of UD". Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
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  7. ^ "NCR land and facility aqusition". Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
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  16. ^ "Princeton Review 2009". Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  17. ^ "UD Student Athetics graduation ranking". Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  18. ^ "University awards and rankings". Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  19. ^ "Awards and rankings at UD". Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  20. ^ "Awards and rankings at UD". Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  21. ^ "About UDRI". Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  22. ^ "Deltek Atricle". Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
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