Wednesday March 2, 2011

Investing in Quality

The University of Dayton raises cost of attendance, increases aid for students with financial need and invests in faculty and curriculum development.

The University of Dayton will increase undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board 5.5 percent, starting in fall 2011.

University officials will bolster financial aid by $7.4 million to help students with financial need, target $3.1 million for compensation increases for faculty and staff, and earmark $1 million for new faculty positions as well as faculty development and the creation of new courses for a proposed revision of the general education curriculum.

In the past five years, the University has increased its financial aid budget 64 percent — from $47 million to $77 million in endowed and institutionally funded scholarships — in an effort to remain accessible to students from all socio-economic walks of life. Approximately 95 percent of undergraduates receive financial assistance.

Construction of townhouse-style apartments along a block of Brown Street is expected to begin this summer, with occupancy slated for August 2012. Juniors, seniors and international students will live in the new residential development, which will house 427 students.

"We are committed to building upon the University of Dayton's strong momentum," said Daniel J. Curran, president. "When you compare the University's academic reputation, retention and graduation rates and the overall quality of the curriculum, we are one of the best values in private higher education. We are making significant investments in the quality of the learning and living experience on campus as we aggressively recruit students nationally and globally."

The University of Dayton remains one of the most affordable Catholic universities in the nation. Among the nation's 30 largest Catholic universities, the University of Dayton ranked 25th in price in 2010-11, according to the University's institutional research office. Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine ranks the University of Dayton 60th on its "Best Values in Private Universities 2010-11" list.

Starting in August:

  • Annual undergraduate tuition and fees will increase from $29,930 to $31,640.
  • The annual meal plan will rise from $3,560 to $3,730.
  • Average annual housing costs will increase from $5,940 to $6,220.
  • Tuition in the School of Law will increase 3 percent, with graduate tuition rising 4 percent.

The University of Dayton is a top-tier Catholic research university and Ohio’s largest private university.

For more information, contact Teri Rizvi at 937-229-3255 or rizvi@udayton.edu.

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