University of Dayton Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

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The University of Dayton is not a highly selective school, admitting 60 percent of applicants each year. Students can use the Common Application to apply, or can use the school-specific application. Additional materials include high school transcripts, scores from the SAT or ACT, and a teacher recommendation.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • University of Dayton Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Dayton
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 500 / 610
    • SAT Math: 520 / 630
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 24 / 29
    • ACT English: 24 / 30
    • ACT Math: 23 / 28

University of Dayton Description

The University of Dayton is a private, Catholic (Marianist) university located in Dayton, Ohio. The University is divided into four schools (and a college): the School of Law, the School of Engineering, the School of Business Administration, the School of Education and Health Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences. The school's program in entrepreneurship has been ranked highly by U.S. News and World Report, and Dayton also gets high marks for student happiness and athletics. Their Center for International Programs helps students find a way to study abroad for a summer, semester, or full year. There are a number of partner institutions, in 20 countries. 

Nearly all Dayton students get financial aid, but prospective students should look out for higher than average loans.

For its overall strengths, the University of Dayton made the list of the country's top Catholic universities. Students are welcome to join one (or more!) of the many clubs and organizations ranging from academics, to athletics, to music and art, to religious groups. On the athletic front, the Dayton Flyers compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference (In football, they compete in the Pioneer Football League).

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 10,803 (8,330 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 53% Male / 47% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $40,940
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,680
  • Other Expenses: $1,750
  • Total Cost: $56,370

University of Dayton Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 96%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 95%
    • Loans: 52%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $19,511
    • Loans: $8,278

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Chemical Engineering, Criminal Justice, Education, Finance, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, Public Relations, Sport and Fitness Administration

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 59%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 75%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Basketball, Track and Field, Tennis

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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