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University of Dayton

Dayton, OH 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate74%

University of Dayton Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Dayton. Around 74% of applicants get into University of Dayton each year. Out of 18,566 applications received in 2023, 13,795 students were offered admission.

Consult with University of Dayton's admissions department to confirm any application fees and information.

Students who submit their applications to University of Dayton for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than February 15.

University of Dayton Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of University of Dayton's admissions stats.

University of Dayton 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 27%
Mean SAT Score 1257
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 17%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 43%
Waitlist No

University of Dayton Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Dayton.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 November 2
Regular Decision Yes 2 1 February 15

Considering Applying Early to University of Dayton?

University of Dayton does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. University of Dayton will release EA admissions decisions no later than November 2.

University of Dayton accepts around 5% of early action applicants and 74% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, University of Dayton admitted 5,743 of the 11,573 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Dayton Admissions

How To Get Into University of Dayton

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Dayton. University of Dayton evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, University of Dayton accepted 74% of students, approximately 13,795 from the 18,566 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like University of Dayton, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to University of Dayton

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Dayton

University of Dayton has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does University of Dayton Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at University of Dayton

Wondering what factors are considered by University of Dayton during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with University of Dayton for more information on admission factors.

University of Dayton Application Requirements

To apply to University of Dayton, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with University of Dayton's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Dayton?

Students admitted to University of Dayton have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 31% submitted a class rank. At University of Dayton 27% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 55% were in the top 25% and 83% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Dayton, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 37%
3.75 and 3.99 18%
3.50 and 3.74 16%
3.25 and 3.49 12%
3.00 and 3.24 9%
2.50 and 2.9 7%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of Dayton directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of Dayton is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 17% of University of Dayton's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 43% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Dayton?

To be competitive with other University of Dayton applicants, you should aim to earn between 1168 and 1350 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Dayton 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1350 and 25% of scored lower than 1168, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Dayton student is 1257.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Dayton students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 588 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Dayton students scored 673 or higher, and 75% scored a 588 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of Dayton, you should strive to earn between 23 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Dayton's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Dayton students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

More Information on Transferring to University of Dayton

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of Dayton.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 28. Applicants should hear back by December 15.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Dayton during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

University of Dayton Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Dayton?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Dayton.

Does University of Dayton accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Dayton accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Dayton accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does University of Dayton accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ University of Dayton accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Dayton?

❌ No, University of Dayton is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is University of Dayton's acceptance rate?

✅ University of Dayton's acceptance rate is 74%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Dayton?

❌ University of Dayton does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at University of Dayton?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at University of Dayton was 5% in 2021.

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University of Dayton Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into University of Dayton? University of Dayton is a somewhat selective institution. The University of Dayton acceptance rate is 74%. This means that the institution accepts 74 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1168 - 1350


Math SAT Range

570 - 690


Reading SAT Range

588 - 673

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1350 and Above


1168 to 1350


1168 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Dayton students is 1257. 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 1168 to 1350 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1168 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Dayton.

University of Dayton GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Dayton, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.76. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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