University of Dayton: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Dayton is a private, Catholic (Marianist) research university with an acceptance rate of 72%. Located in Dayton, Ohio, University of Dayton is divided into five schools/colleges: 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. University of Dayton offers 80 undergraduate degree programs, and for its overall strengths, the university is considered one of the country's top Catholic universities. On the athletic front, the Dayton Flyers compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference and in the Pioneer Football League.

Considering applying to University of Dayton? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, University of Dayton had an acceptance rate of 72%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 72 students were admitted, making University of Dayton's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 16,793
Percent Admitted 72%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 18%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of Dayton requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 34% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 560 650
Math 550 660
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of University of Dayton's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to UD scored between 560 and 650, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 550 and 660, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 660. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1310 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at University of Dayton.

Requirements

University of Dayton does not require the SAT writing section. Note that University of Dayton participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

University of Dayton requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 82% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 31
Math 23 28
Composite 24 30

This admissions data tells us that most of University of Dayton's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to University of Dayton received a composite ACT score between 24 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

University of Dayton does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, UD superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of University of Dayton's incoming freshmen class was 3.82, and 50% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to University of Dayton have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Dayton Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Dayton Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of Dayton. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

University of Dayton, which accepts fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind, however, that University of Dayton also has a holistic admissions process and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and a glowing letter of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of University of Dayton's average range. Note that UD also considers demonstrated interest, so visiting campus or attending a university event in your area can improve your chances of admission.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most successful applicants had high school averages of "B" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 21 or better. Higher numbers clearly improve the likelihood of acceptance, and a high percentage of admitted students had GPAs in the "A" range.

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