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The University of Dayton (abbreviated and commonly referred to as UD) is a private Roman Catholic university operated by the Society of Mary located in Dayton, Ohiomarker. The full-time undergraduate student enrollment is around 7,500, and total student enrollment is about 11,000.

The University of Dayton is one of the ten largest Catholic schools in the United Statesmarker and is the largest of the three Marianist universities in the nation. It is also home to one of the largest campus ministry programs in the world. The university offers more than 70 academic programs in arts and sciences, business administration, education and allied professions, engineering and law. It was first in the country to offer an undergraduate degree program in human rights.

In 2006, the University of Dayton's entrepreneurship program was named to the top 5 in the nation according to the Princeton Review and was in the top 10 of Entrepreneur magazine's "Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges for 2005." To complement the entrepreneurship program a student run organization called Flyer Enterprises was created in 2000. The university's School of Lawmarker is noted for its Program in Law and Technology, which emphasizes intellectual property law (patent, trademark, and copyright). UD was also recognized in 2006 as the third best university in the country in positive contribution the institution has made to the welfare of its surrounding community, and ranked number one in international student satisfaction compared with other universities both in the United States and overseas, according to the International Student Barometer, the largest survey of international student satisfaction in the world


Rev. Leo Meyer purchased the land that the university sits on from John Stuart with a medal of St. Joseph, and a promise of US$12,000 during a cholera epidemic in the 1800s. Rev. Meyer also made a promise to maintain the grave site of Stuart's daughter as part of the purchase. The land, that at the time was known as Dewberry Farm, was and was primarily vineyards and orchards.

The university was founded in 1850 as a day school and boarding school for boys called St. Mary's School for Boys, later St. Mary's Institute. In 1913, the city of Dayton experienced a massive flood when the Great Miami Rivermarker overflowed its banks; the university responded by sending faculty, Marianist Brothers, and students out in row-boats to rescue Dayton citizens. Thus in 1920, in order to reflect UD's commitment to its surrounding community, it assumed its current name. In 1937, the University of Dayton began admitting women which made it the first coeducational Roman Catholic university in the United States. As of 2009, UD is the largest private university in Ohio.


St. Mary's Hall and the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the University of Dayton
The University of Dayton main campus is compact and easy to navigate; one is generally able to cross campus in less than 10 minutes. Many of the buildings stand as they did when they were first constructed in the early years of the University and the newer buildings fit with the established architecture (with a few exceptions, including ArtStreet, Roesch Library and Miriam Hall). Recently the University purchased of property from the National Cash Register Company and named it "Campus West." This property extends campus from Brown Street, the traditional western border of campus, to the Miami River. Currently the fields are being used for intramurals, and one building on the property, now known as the College Park Center, is used by the UD Department of Public Safety (police and student-staffed Emergency medical services), on-campus maintenance, and the City of Dayton Schools' Dayton Early College Academy (DECA). Burt-Hill Architecture is handling the development of the property.

Kettering Labs is the home of the Engineering departments. This building includes classrooms, labs, offices, a machine shop, and a wind tunnel.

The Science Center is home of the Math and Science departments. This building includes class rooms, labs, offices, and auditoriums.

The Humanities building is home of the English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy departments. This building includes classrooms, and offices.


Founders HallLocated in the heart of campus, Founders Hall is U-shaped and houses first-year students. Its lobby is shared by the entire building. Founders Hall is coed by floor, and all rooms are double occupancy, except for two rooms, which are quads.

Marianist HallUD's newest hall, Marianist Hall, is composed of three separate wings. The east wing and middle wing originally housed first-year students coed by floor in double-occupancy rooms, however the middle wing now houses second-year students coed by floor. The west wing houses sophomore students coed by quad. A bookstore, credit union, food emporium, learning center and post office are also located in Marianist Hall.

Marycrest ComplexMarycrest Complex, which is coed by floor, has three sections that house first-year and upperclass students by floor and wing. Marycrest has double-occupancy rooms for first-year and upperclass students, as well as a limited number of single-occupancy rooms. A dining facility is part of this complex. Marycrest also includes the late night stop, Crest Express. Renovations were completed in summer 2007.

Stuart ComplexStuart Complex comprises three separate first-year student halls sharing a common lobby. Before renovations in 2009, Adele Hall housed women, Meyer Hall housed men, and Sheehy Hall housed men and women, coed by floor. Now, each wing has both men and women co-ed by floor. All rooms are double occupancy. A convenience store known as "Stuart's Landing" is part of this complex.

Upperclassmen HousingSophomores, juniors and seniors can elect to remain in a residence hall or live in other University housing. Upperclass University housing includes a residential suite complex, apartments and houses located within a short walk of campus. The university also owns a number of apartment buildings for student housing; these include the Lawnview Apartments, the Campus South, and Garden Apartments, forming the South Quad; ArtStreet townhouse and loft apartments in the center of the Student Neighborhood; Garden Apartments along Stewart Street; and Plumwood Apartments on Brown Street. Lawnview Apartments are four-person apartments located in the south student neighborhood for junior and senior students. Each apartment includes two bedrooms, a bath, kitchen, living room and storage space. The Campus South is a 10-story apartment building for sophomores. Each apartment accommodates six men or women. In addition to three bedrooms, these units also contain kitchens, living rooms and baths. Garden Apartments are for sophomore, junior and senior students. Ten apartment facilities contain units for four or six men or women. The Garden Apartments contain kitchens, living rooms and baths. Because of the student neighborhood, and massive availability of on-campus housing, over 98% of current UD undergraduates live on campus.

The GhettoThe University of Dayton has a unique feature: it has a student neighborhood (literally). Over time, the University of Dayton has acquired houses that are adjacent to its property. These properties used to belong to NCR, and were used to house their employees. Most of the students with junior or senior status at the university live in these houses. The university has been slowly renovating and/or rebuilding the houses which are in the worst condition. Most students refer to the South Student Neighborhood as "the Ghettomarker." The Ghetto is bounded by Brown Street to the west, Irving Avenue to the south, Trinity Avenue and Evanston Avenue to the east, and Caldwell Street and Stonemill Road to the north. The area north of the campus center (North Student Neighborhood) is known as "the Darkside" due to the lack of streetlights during its annexation.


Logo of the University of Dayton Flyers sports teams
The Dayton Flyers compete in the Atlantic Ten Conference in all sports except football, in which they compete in the Pioneer Football League. The Flyers' mascot is "Rudy Flyer," a pun based on the university's initials, "U.D." Rudy is a barnstorming pilot who wears 1930s-1940s-era goggles and a leather pilot's helmet. The nickname "Flyers" is tribute to the Wright Brothers who began their careers and invented the airplane in Dayton.

Flyers basketball is one of the biggest sports attractions in the Dayton area with the Flyers perennially ranking in the NCAA Division I top 30 in basketball attendance. The men's basketball team has advanced to the NCAA tournament numerous times and holds a 13-15 all time NCAA tournament record. The team reached the NCAA finals against UCLAmarker in 1967 and won the NIT in 1962 and 1968.

Football has similarly experienced considerable success throughout its history at Dayton. UD has won two NCAA Division III titles (in 1980 & 1989) and advanced to the title game three other times. Since moving to NCAA Division I-AA in 1993, the Flyers have won eight PFL championships and in 2002 and 2007 were the NCAA Division I-AA Consensus Mid-Major Football National Champion.

UD Volleyball is a major attraction for UD students, faculty and Alumni. UD is currently ranked 24 Nationally in NCAA Division I Volleyball.

Dayton's historic rivalries in most sports have included the University of Cincinnatimarker, Miami Universitymarker and Xavier Universitymarker. Dayton and Xavier play for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy during their regular season home-home men's basketball matchups.

UD offers a wide variety of varsity athletic opportunities to men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis) and women (basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball).

Many of these varsity athletic teams are supported by the Red Scare, UD's spirit group made up of 1300 undergrads. From its inception in 1996 until 2006, Red Scare was focused primarily on men's basketball. In 2007, the focus of Red Scare expanded to other sports including baseball and softball in the spring, football, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball in the fall, and men's and women's basketball in the winter. The Red Scare expanded other sports' fan base with the creation of a points system called "Spirit Points." Students are given points for each sporting event they attend. These points are then used to obtain a quality seat at the men's basketball game.

In addition to varsity athletics, there are numerous club and intramural sports available to students including ice hockey. In January 2006, the university opened its new RecPlex, a $25 million state of the art sports and recreational facility for students of the university.

Fight Song

Intercultural and Study Abroad Programs

University of Dayton students have the opportunity to study at either of the other Marianist universities in the United States: Chaminade Universitymarker of Honolulumarker (Honolulu, Hawai’i) or St. Mary's Universitymarker (San Antonio, Texas). These intercultural exchange opportunities allow students a glimpse into the Asian American culture in Honolulu and the Latin American culture in San Antoniomarker.

The University of Dayton participates in exchange agreements with several overseas institutions for a semester or year of study. These locations are as follows: Nanjingmarker, China; Shanghai, China; Helsinkimarker, Finland; Bourgesmarker, France; Angersmarker, France; Lillemarker, France; Nicemarker, France; Parismarker, France; Augsburgmarker, Germany; Maynoothmarker, Ireland; Romemarker, Italy; Seoulmarker, Korea; Ifranemarker, Morocco; Nijmegenmarker, The Netherlands; and San Sebastiánmarker, Spain.

UD also offers many study abroad summer programs which typically last about one month. These locations are as follows: Quito, Ecuadormarker; London, Englandmarker; Winchestermarker, England; Parismarker, France; Leipzigmarker, Germany; Delhimarker, India; Bangaloremarker, India; Dublinmarker, Ireland; Florencemarker, Italy; Romemarker, Italy; and Sorrentomarker, Italy.

Greek Life

Dayton has fifteen fraternities and nine sororities on campus. Only 12% of students participate in Greek Life.

FraternitiesAlpha Nu Omega,Alpha Phi Alpha,Alpha Phi Omega,Beta Theta Pi,Delta Tau Delta,Epsilon Delta Tau,Epsilon Tau Pi,Kappa Alpha Psi,Phi Kappa Psi,Phi Mu Alpha,Phi Sigma Kappa,Pi Kappa Alpha,Sigma Chi,Sigma Nu, andSigma Phi Epsilon

SororitiesAlpha Kappa Alpha,Alpha Phi,Chi Omega,Delta Sigma Theta,Phi Sigma Rho,Pi Beta Phi,Sigma Alpha Iota,Theta Phi Alpha,Zeta Phi Beta, andZeta Tau Alpha

Awards and rankings

In 2009, The Princeton Review ranked the University of Dayton ranked No. 7 for easiest campus to get around, No. 10 for its number of students engaged in intramurals, and No. 13 for happiest overall students. Apart from the Princeton Review, UD graduated 96% of its student-athletes in 2008, the most of any Atlantic 10 Conference school and tied for 10th in the nation.

The University of Dayton also ranks as a top-tier national university and one of the 10 best Catholic universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, according to the 2007 National Survey of Student Engagement, students rate the University of Dayton higher than the national average.

Other awards and recognition include:
  • The entrepreneurship program has been ranked 4th in the nation by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine.
  • The School of Business Administration is listed in the 2008 edition of Best 290 Business Schools, published by Random House and The Princeton Review.
  • The annual RISE (Redefining Investment Strategy Education) Forum is the largest student investment conference in the world.
  • The University of Dayton is one of 10 law schools — including Harvard, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Georgetown — selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to shape the future of legal education.
  • The Legal Profession Program at UD has been ranked in the top 20 legal writing programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • The School of Law received an award for excellence from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution in 2006.
  • The School of Engineering graduate program ranks second among all Catholic universities, behind Notre Dame, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2008. In Ohio, it ranks third. Nationally, it ranks 64th.
  • The University of Dayton is one of just 15 colleges in the nation named the 2007 winners of the Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) award.
  • The University of Dayton is the #1 Catholic university in nonmedical research and the #2 university nationally in materials research funding
  • The Marian Library, which holds the world's largest collection of material about Mary, the mother of Jesus, attracts scholars from around the world. More than 40 percent of its holdings aren't found in any other library.
  • The "Savior of Our Cities" national survey of community revitalization ranks the University of Dayton #1 among Catholic universities and No. 3 overall in helping to save America's cities from blight.
  • The University of Dayton finished in the top 30 in men's basketball attendance for the 11th straight season in 2007-08. Since UD Arena opened in 1969, Dayton has been in the NCAA's top 35 in attendance every season. The Flyers led the Atlantic 10 in attendance for the 12th straight season.
  • The University of Dayton athletic facilities compete with the best in the nation, with the University of Dayton Arenamarker ranking as the third most-used venue for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
  • UD is the #1 university in the state of Ohio for Department of Defense-sponsored research and development and leads all other Ohio universities in aerospace research.


The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) employs nearly 400 full-time researchers. Established as the research arm of the University of Dayton in 1956, UDRI broke the $1 billion mark in sponsored research at the end of 2003. In fiscal year 2005, sponsored research at UDRI topped $70 million. In 2004 and 2005, the Research Institute was ranked number two in the nation in federal- and industry-funded materials research by the National Science Foundation. In Ohio, UDRI is number one among nonprofit institutions receiving contracts and grants from the Department of Defense.

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