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University of Dayton Admissions

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

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from University of Dayton by February 15.

University of Dayton Admissions Stats at a Glance

University of Dayton 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 28%
Mean SAT Score 1133
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 33%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 82%
Waitlist No

Considering Applying Early to University of Dayton?

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

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! University of Dayton will release EA admissions decisions no later than November 2.

University of Dayton accepts about 9% of early action applicants and 81% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, University of Dayton admitted 1,56 of the 11,191 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

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

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to University of Dayton?

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

In 2021, University of Dayton accepted 81% of all applicants, around 13,475 of the 16,658 students who applied.

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.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What's Most Important to Get In to University of Dayton?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating 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 prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at University of Dayton

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

University of Dayton Application Requirements

Double check with University of Dayton's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

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

Students admitted to University of Dayton have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 30% submitted a class rank. At University of Dayton 28% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 56% were in the top 25% and 86% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Dayton, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 30%
3.75 and 3.99 20%
3.50 and 3.74 18%
3.25 and 3.49 13%
3.00 and 3.24 10%
2.50 and 2.9 7%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

University of Dayton does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 33% of University of Dayton's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 82% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for University of Dayton?

To be competitive with other University of Dayton applicants, you should strive to earn between 1040 and 1210 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Dayton 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1210 and 25% of scored lower than 1040, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Dayton student is 1133.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Dayton students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Dayton students scored 610 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for University of Dayton?

To be most competitive at University of Dayton, you should strive to earn between 23 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Dayton's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 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.

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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 - Spring 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.

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

University of Dayton accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

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

No, University of Dayton is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to send your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is University of Dayton's acceptance rate?

University of Dayton's acceptance rate is 81%.

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

The early action acceptance rate at University of Dayton was 9% 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 81%. This means that the institution accepts 80 out of every 100 applicants.



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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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


23 to 29


23 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 26. 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 23 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Dayton SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1040 - 1210


Math SAT Range

510 - 610


Reading SAT Range

520 - 610

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1210 and Above


1040 to 1210


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Dayton students is 1133. Applicants with SAT scores of 1210 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Dayton, while applicants with SAT scores between 1040 to 1210 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1040 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 3.73. 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.

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