Group photo on Marianist house porch

Marianist Educational Philosophy

You are not alone at the University of Dayton. You are part of a community. As a Catholic, Marianist university, we are deeply committed to the common good. We educate for service, justice and peace. We readily adapt and change with the times. We build communities of faith and educate in a family spirit. And above all, we provide an integral, high-quality education on a campus that's known for its hospitality and inclusiveness.

Learning-Living Communities

We believe we learn best in community, and we blur the line between learning and living everywhere on campus.

You might walk down the hall from your room in Marianist Hall to attend history class, or step off your front porch in ArtStreet into a gallery or performance space. Perhaps you'll learn a thing or two about teamwork while climbing the rock wall at the RecPlex.

And then there are the front porches. We own hundreds of single-family homes in neighborhoods surrounding campus that students call home. You'll play competitive games of cornhole, gather on each other's porches, and share meals and prayers with the Marianist brothers and priests who live right in your neighborhood.

Community Outreach

We lead through service to others. Our name signifies our commitment to the Dayton region, but our outreach is national and even global. We've been chosen as the most innovative of all engaged colleges and universities nationally in the "Savior of Our Cities" survey.

Whether it's re-establishing urban schools as neighborhood centers or bringing fresh drinking water to a village in Cameroon, we're always learning lessons about humanity. Our passion for this work springs from a central tenet of our Catholic, Marianist identity: a powerful belief in what people working in community can accomplish together.

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