university of dayton

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

Enrolling over 8,200 undergrads (the majority of which come from out-of-state), the University of Dayton is a private, Catholic university that dedicates itself to serving the common good through community outreach and intellectual inquiry. UD sponsors approximately 40 student volunteer organizations, from the Social Justice Club to Wheels for Kids, and service clubs can apply for mini-grants of up to $300 each semester to support their special projects throughout the year. The School of Business Administration and the School of Engineering enroll most of the University’s undergraduate population, but UD offers unique majors within their College of Arts & Sciences (such as human rights studies, medicinal-pharmaceutical chemistry, and music therapy) that are certainly worth exploring. All students at the University must complete the Common Academic Program, a set of approved elective and core courses that provide a foundation for further study in themes such as practical ethical action, diversity and social justice, and faith traditions. Students looking for an additional challenge can pursue the honors program (freshmen usually rank in the top 10% of their high school class) or one of 18 combined Bachelor’s Plus Master’s programs.

Image credit: Top, courtesy of University of Dayton


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.