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Class of 2022 Sets Records for Most Diverse, Academically Gifted

The University of Dayton class of 2022 sets new records for diversity and academic talent, and is part of a record undergraduate student body.

Seventeen percent of the 2,200 incoming students are from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations. Socioeconomic diversity is also greater; more than 15 percent of the class is eligible for the federal Pell Grant awarded to undergraduates with financial need, the highest percentage since 2010.

The class, which comes from 39 states and 18 countries, also has the highest standardized test scores and high school GPAs. It is the second-largest class in school history, following the class of 2021.

“As a Catholic, Marianist university, we are committed to access and we know diversity, equity and inclusion are linked with excellence,” said Jason Reinoehl, vice president for strategic enrollment management. “We’re excited for this talented and diverse class to join our community and to make their own mark on our journey toward becoming the university for the common good.”

The incoming class includes 49 new Flyer Promise students. The program, which launched last year, removes financial barriers for high-achieving underrepresented students at partner high schools. All 42 students in the first cohort also return this year as sophomores.

The 2018-19 school year also sees growth in the UD Sinclair Academy, which eases the transition from Sinclair Community College and supports students on their path to a four-year degree. The program expands to include 30 majors this year.

The University also continues to bolster its graduate-level programs. The new hybrid juris doctorate, Law@Dayton, begins accepting applications this fall. Online Doctor of Education in Leadership for Organizations, Master of Applied Behavior Analysis, and Master of Business Analytics programs are also in development.

First-year students move in Aug. 17. The University will celebrate new students and faculty at convocation Aug. 21. Classes begin Aug. 22.


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