University of Dayton

A better tomorrow begins with a busy today.

At the University of Dayton, we learn by doing, because doing transforms education. Whether it’s breaking ground on campus to do groundbreaking work with GE Aviation, staying ahead of the economic curve by opening an institute in China or increasing our global foothold by reducing our local footprint, we’re rolling up our sleeves and taking action to create a better tomorrow.

15-TO-1 Student-to-faculty ratio
114K Alumni worldwide
#1 Catholic university in the nation for sponsored engineering
#2 Catholic university in the nation for sponsored STEM research

Points of Pride

Founded in 1850 by the Marianists (Society of Mary), the University of Dayton is a top-tier Catholic research university. We are one of the largest private universities in Ohio and are distinguished by our academics, research and community involvement.


Starting with only 14 students, one building and one farm, the University of Dayton rose from its humble beginnings in 1850 to become an internationally recognized university.

Mission & Identity

We provide an experience that educates the whole person — mind, body and spirit — to inspire students to be better professionals and create a better world.

University Initiatives

Whether it’s opening a new campus in China, creating a food-scrap composting program or adding study abroad opportunities, we’re committed to making UD greener, more global and more diverse.