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Following record-setting years for first-year enrollment and retention, the University of Dayton expects to set another new record for total undergraduate enrollment.

With this year's first-year class — estimated at 2,150 — coming on the heels of the largest first-year class in University history, an estimated 8,300 full-time undergraduates will start classes Wednesday, Aug. 26 — topping last year's record undergraduate enrollment of 7,918. About 60 percent of the student body is coming to the University from outside Ohio.

International enrollment is also setting records. More than 56 countries will be represented on campus; overall, 12 percent of undergraduates hail from another country — another new record.

"Demand continues to be high because of our reputation and the value of a University of Dayton education," said Jason Reinoehl, interim vice president for enrollment management and marketing.

He said the University's innovative four-year tuition plan continues to be popular with families for the financial certainty it provides. The plan, now in its third year, promises that scholarships and grants will increase each year to offset any tuition increases, eliminates fees and offers up to $4,000 over four years for books.

Better ability to financially plan is contributing to the record retention rate, Reinoehl said, estimating that 91 percent of last year's first-year students are returning for their sophomore year, another new record. 

Many students are returning to new or completely renovated living spaces, completed during the summer in the first phase of the University's two-year $17 million investment in student housing.

The improved housing includes amenities such as: washers and dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, garbage disposals and open-space shared living areas. Safety features include fire suppression systems, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, all monitored by University public safety.

Students will move into the University this weekend. First-year students move into Founders and Marianist halls 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, and Marycrest and Stuart halls 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, and upperclassmen will return to campus on Sunday. Classes start Wednesday, Aug. 26.

For more information, contact Cilla Shindell, director of media relations, at 937-229-3257 or shindell@udayton.edu.

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