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University of Dayton

Dayton, OH 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate81%
Acceptance Rate81%

About University of Dayton

University of Dayton Overview

University of Dayton is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in Dayton, Ohio. University of Dayton was founded in 1850 and the school now enrolls around 11,971 students per year, which includes 8,637 undergrad students. University of Dayton ensures housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to University of Dayton for Fall 2023 is February 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by February 15.

Student Involvement at University of Dayton

Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? University of Dayton students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? University of Dayton has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? University of Dayton has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at University of Dayton on the Student Life page.

2022 University of Dayton Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 81%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 92%
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 92%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 13%
Tuition $46,170
Percent of Need Met 87.7%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $37,154

Is University of Dayton a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer view of what University of Dayton offers and if the school could be a good choice for you.

University of Dayton Acceptance Rate 2022

University of Dayton is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at University of Dayton is 81%. Out of 17,260 applications received in 2022, 13,919 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Dayton

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 88% of students who start at University of Dayton return the next year. Around 80% of students who started at University of Dayton earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for University of Dayton Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from University of Dayton by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. 67% of graduates from University of Dayton recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Recent University of Dayton grads have an average starting salary of $52,336 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Dayton

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

University of Dayton meets 87.7% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $37,154 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $32,154 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Dayton.

Based on this information, is University of Dayton the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is University of Dayton a good school for you?

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Where is University of Dayton?

University of Dayton is located in the suburban setting of Dayton, Ohio, in the suburbs of Cincinnati.

If you want to see University of Dayton for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 75 to Dayton, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Dayton International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of Dayton and Dayton are like without leaving home.

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College Info

300 College Park Dayton, OH 45469

Campus Setting: Suburban

University of Dayton Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 28

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Dayton is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Dayton is Aug 28.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

University of Dayton is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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University of Dayton ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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29 and Above


22 to 29


22 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Dayton is 25. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Dayton. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Dayton SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1350


Math SAT Range

560 - 670


Reading SAT Range

570 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1350 and Above


1130 to 1350


1130 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Dayton students is 1134. Applicants with SAT scores of 1350 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Dayton, while applicants with SAT scores between 1130 to 1350 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1130 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Dayton.

University of Dayton Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Dayton is like? There are approximately 11,971 students enrolled at University of Dayton, including 8,637 undergraduate students and 3,334 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 54% percent are from OH and 46% percent of students are from other states.


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