A Top-Tier Catholic Research University

World-class research and opportunities for innovation.

Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (The Marianists), the University of Dayton has grown into a top-tier Catholic university and is at the forefront of advanced research. With more than $117 million in sponsored engineering research, rigorous academic investigation through our centers and institutes, and partnerships within the Dayton community and around the globe, we continue to pave the way to a better world.


among Catholic universities for sponsored engineering R&D


in the nation for sponsored research among private research universities without medical schools

Top 20

entrepreneurship program for 11 straight years by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine


undergraduate human rights studies program

Points of Pride

As one of the largest private universities in Ohio, we are distinguished by our top-tier academics, research and community involvement.

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About UD


Pioneering Partnerships

GE Aviation and Emerson built research facilities right on campus, so our students and faculty work side-by-side with professionals to create solutions to real-world problems.

Undergraduate Admission

Creating Futures

UD is one of the 50 best schools in the nation for undergraduate academics and experiential learning that lead to great careers, according to The Princeton Review.

Students in nature

Sustainable Focus

The Hanley Sustainability Institute provides an integrated approach to creating a more sustainable future. UD is home to what's thought to be the largest university composting program in the country, and our master's degree program in renewable and clean energy is an international attraction.

Human Rights Center

Voice for the Voiceless

We were the first university to establish an undergraduate program in human rights studies, and our Human Rights Center creates positive change through research, education and dialogue.

A Resounding Success

The University of Dayton class of 2017 — the first to enroll under the University’s innovative fixed net-price tuition plan — has posted an 8 percentage point increase in the graduation rate and reduced its cumulative student loan debt by nearly $6 million as compared to the previous year.

NASA-Funded Research

UD's Umesh Haritashya will study the conditions and triggers of landslides in the Himalaya and Karakorum mountains of southeast Asia under a new $1.17 million grant from NASA.

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