And now, a simple action that could change the course of your life forever.

Ready to make your next big step into adulthood — and prepare for your career? Apply to the University of Dayton — it's simple!

To apply to the University, submit our Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship or the Common Application. There is no application fee.

Application Requirements

The University of Dayton operates on an early action admission policy. What does that mean? It's simple. The University has two deadlines for submitting your admission materials:

Early Action (non-binding): December 15
Regular Decision: March 1

Priority notifications will be mailed in mid-February, and regular notifications will be mailed later in the spring. To receive priority notification regarding your admission and scholarship decision, you must apply by the early action date as well as visit campus and file the FAFSA. 

Application Materials

To be considered for admission, you must submit the following materials to the Office of Admission and Financial Aid:

  • Application (including the essay)
  • Official transcript
  • Official scores from the ACT or SAT (critical reading and math)
  • Counselor's recommendation

Application Instructions

To apply, simply complete our online Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship or the Common Application. And yes, the essay is required.

If you complete the Common Application, your essay is submitted as part of the the application. Your high school guidance counselor should complete the School Report, which serves as your counselor's recommendation. You should also ask your guidance counselor to submit your official transcript and include the results of the ACT or SAT.

If you completed our Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship, you can access your personalized counselor recommendation form through your admission account. Ask your guidance counselor to complete the recommendation, provide your official transcript, include results of the ACT or SAT, and note the current senior-year courses in which you are enrolled and grades for any courses completed.

Your guidance counselor should mail all materials to:

Office of Admission and Financial Aid
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1669

You're a VIP. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the admission process.

When your application arrives in the admission and financial aid office, our committee reviews it for admission to the academic major or program you selected. The quality of your academic record is shown by your:

  • Grade record and pattern throughout high school.
  • Selection of courses in preparation for college.
  • Class standing or ranking.
  • ACT or SAT scores.

The admission committee also considers the recommendation of your high school guidance counselor, along with other factors, including your demonstrated interest in the University, which could be shown by attending an official campus visit or event in your area. Over the past several years, we have experienced a significant increase in the number and academic quality of applicants to the University. Based on the overall academic quality of applicants, along with the requirements for a particular major or division, the admission committee may choose to admit students to a different academic program.

Balanced consideration is given to all aspects of your college preparation. While no minimum grade point average, class rank or standardized test score is specified, these measures must provide evidence of your readiness for college studies in your chosen academic program.

Priority notifications will be mailed in mid-February, and regular notifications will be mailed later in the spring. To receive priority notification regarding your admission and scholarship decision, you must apply by the early action date as well as visit campus and file the FAFSA.

Affordability

The University of Dayton is one of the most affordable private, Catholic schools in the country, and among comparable universities, it is an excellent value. Our graduates possess the independence, skills, knowledge and values preparing them for success in the ever-changing world. A University of Dayton education is a lifetime investment, appreciating over time.

With our innovative and transparent tuition plan, you get something very different from what you're likely to see from other schools: full disclosure in our costs and the comfort that your scholarships and grants will grow each year as tuition increases. In addition, you won't find any additional fees or surcharges when you receive your bill, so there will never be any surprises.

The University invests $100 million in our students each year through generous financial aid awards, and more than 90 percent of our students receive financial assistance including nonrepayable grants, scholarships, educational loans and part-time work study. We also offer a variety of alternative loans and payment plans to cover any balances remaining after deducting financial aid awards. Incoming, first-year students will automatically be considered for a merit scholarship as part of the application review process.

The scholarship figures on this page are for students entering in fall 2015. These scholarship ranges are to be used for informational purposes only and are based upon actual awards that accepted students received last year. Final scholarship awards will be based on the applicant's academic record, as well as the quality and strength of the applicant pool.

THE DESIRE TO LEARN MORE IS SOMETHING WE COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND.

We constantly urge our students to delve deeper. Get your questions answered by submitting our information request form to learn more about the University of Dayton. Follow our students as they blog about their adventures in class, with friends and around the globe. Or explore campus — from wherever you are — by viewing our virtual tour or campus map.

And if you want to talk with one of our helpful admission and financial aid counselors, just call 800-UD PRIDE (800-837-7433).

Come sit on our porch and soak it up.

The best way to determine if the University of Dayton is where you belong is to set foot on campus and see it for yourself.

You'll understand the spirit running through the University better after walking through the stunningly beautiful campus full of historic halls and lush greenery. Most importantly, you will see us through the eyes of the people who call it home: professors who will ask you thought-provoking questions and challenge you to be your best self, and the truly friendly students, your possible future classmates.

And to make your campus visit even more rewarding, incoming, first-year students who attend an official campus visit and file the FAFSA prior to March 1, 2015, may be eligible to receive textbooks worth $4,000 over four years (up to $1,000 per academic year) upon enrollment at the University of Dayton. Additional details will be provided during your visit.

Can't make it to campus? Take a virtual tour or view our campus map.

Have questions? We're only a phone call (or e-mail) away.

At the University of Dayton, we encourage questions, and our admission and financial aid counselors will be happy to help you find answers.

Office of Admission and Financial Aid
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1669

Phone: 800-UD-PRIDE (800-837-7433)

Email: admission@udayton.edu