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WE HAVE FAITH IN KNOWLEDGE.
WE HAVE FAITH IN COMMUNITY.
WE HAVE FAITH.

As Marianists, we are a worldwide family of Catholic brothers, priests, sisters and committed lay people. Our spirit of hospitality and inclusiveness permeates campus. What distinguishes us is our constant seeking of truth and knowledge in our overall mission to improve the world.

We ask big questions and take action in all realms of knowledge — the arts, sciences, religion, business, education, engineering and law.

We lead and we serve because we believe that the more people we help to develop compassionate hearts and critical minds, the better our world will be.

LEADERSHIP IS MORE THAN WHERE TO GO.
IT'S HOW TO GET THERE.

Without the inspired, compassionate direction of our leaders, it would be impossible to lead our students with that same unwavering spirit. It is a huge responsibility, to be charged with advancing our university into the future while keeping a firm foothold in our traditions and values. But it is a task that our leadership takes on with vigor and joy. They instill our faculty, staff and students with a confidence that lets us be proud of the things we've done and excited for the things we've still to do.

WITH A FOUNDATION BUILT ON A PROMISE,
WE ARE CONSTANTLY MAKING GOOD.

The University of Dayton's history is one of perseverance, tenacity, ingenuity and transformation. The school began with an act of faith more than 150 years ago.

In the middle of a cholera epidemic, the Bishop of Cincinnati sent Father Leo Meyer, S.M., to minister to the sick at Emmanuel parish in Dayton. Here, he met John Stuart, whose little daughter died of cholera the year before. Mr. Stuart wanted to sell his Dayton property and return with his wife to Europe. Father Meyer gave him a medal of St. Joseph and a promise of $12,000 in return for Dewberry Farm — 125 acres of vineyards, orchards, a mansion and farm buildings.

On July 1, 1850, St. Mary's School for Boys, a frame building that not long before had housed farm hands, opened its doors to 14 primary students from Dayton. Known at various times as St. Mary's School, St. Mary's Institute and St. Mary's College, the school assumed its present identity in 1920.

Today, the University of Dayton is recognized as a top-tier national research university.

Dayton DNA

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'LL DISCOVER.
JUST ASK THE WRIGHT BROTHERS.

All modesty aside, Dayton is among the most underrated cities in the United States. It’s a hidden gem rich in history, culture and recreation. 

Brown Street offers an eclectic row of restaurants and coffeehouses. Check out an array of nightlife options in the historic Oregon District. Catch the Cityfolk Festival downtown and late-night jazz at Gilly's. View an art house flick at the Neon Movies. Hop through local artists' galleries, take in exhibits at the Dayton Art Institute and the Dayton Visual Arts Center, or experience world-class concerts, plays and Broadway musicals at the Schuster Performing Arts Center and Victoria Theatre. Take off with the story of flight at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. After all, Dayton is where the Wright Brothers and aviation were born.

For the outdoor enthusiast, Dayton's beautiful river bikeways, recreation trails and parks provide miles and acres of exhilaration. Root, root, root for the Dayton Dragons, the local minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. That is if you can get tickets — the Dragons have sold out every game since 2000, the longest active sold-out streak in all of U.S. pro sports. And if you have a fix for MLB baseball, NFL football, NHL hockey, MLS soccer and just about anything else, Cincinnati and Columbus are both just an hour away.

DIVERSE IS WHO WE ARE.

At the University of Dayton, diversity isn't a buzzword. It has been a vital part of our identity for more than 160 years. Inclusiveness of all peoples, cultures and religions is what defines the core of our Marianist tradition. Thousands of our students study abroad or participate in immersion retreats. As a result, you’ll find a university zealously committed to creating an open, respectful and inclusive campus.

BEFORE YOU CHANGE THE WORLD,
LET THE WORLD CHANGE YOU.

The University of Dayton campus extends beyond Dayton, beyond Ohio and beyond even the nation, making our community an active, contributing participant and leader in the international community. We do this through our learning, working and service opportunities in every part of the world. Through our diverse student body and faculty. Through our commitment to view all we learn and do with an expansive global perspective.

NOW SERVING OUR PLANET.

Our work toward a more sustainable world crosses disciplines, programs and divisions. Facilities are becoming greener. Dining services has created what is thought to be the largest food-scrap composting program in the nation. And, in partnership with three other area institutions, we are offering the state's first master's degree in clean and renewable energy. 

We understand the interconnection of sustainable practices and its importance to all of our lives. At the University of Dayton, any major can earn a minor in sustainability, energy and the environment.