The professors were extremely engaging, highly available, and incredibly bright. Many of the classes in my major (electrical engineering) and even my minor (Spanish) had fewer than 15 students in them. In the cross-major classes, I can’t remember having any more than 35 students in a class. Everyone was very helpful, and there was a feeling that people wanted me to succeed. Engineering required first-year students to attend weekly study sessions, which was a huge help for me during that time. Advisors were well versed in the academic programs and typically were also my favorite professors. Grading was fair, while assignments were challenging. It’s also important to understand that the learning experience at UD isn’t just in the classrooms or laboratories. During my time at UD, I had the privilege to be a part of many groups, functions, and outings that enriched the overall Dayton experience. These included the music programs such as pep band, immersion trips to inner cities and to Mexico and Honduras as well as a study-abroad in Spain and an outstanding series of cooperative education rotations.Quality of Life
Campus housing is a dream-come-true at UD. It’s reasonably priced, and super fun. Students are welcoming at any event, and they always hold the door for the person behind them. The campus at Dayton is super beautiful and well-maintained. It’s accessible to all abilities while also having unique topographies. The residential properties and facilities staffs take great pride in their work, and it shows with luscious lawns, well-groomed gardens, and highly maintained structures. Students at UD are very happy, and I can tell you that I just get so excited simply by being on campus. There is no fast food on campus, which is a plus for me – everything is made there. Id you have a hankering for something more corporate, though, pretty much every restaurant is within reasonable walking or driving distance to UD. UD has an image of a community partner in Dayton and is looked to in both times of great need as well as the good times to be the light and source of pride for the city. UD invests heavily in both time and treasure in its city.Admissions
The admissions process was thorough. The University considered my high school record, my test scores, my activities, and other factors. Applying online directly to the University was free and very easy to navigate.Graduation Year
2004 or earlier
Very good housing program...this is what our school excels at!Admissions
Common application is acepted with no furthere requirements. Early action is due by Dec. 15th with regualr decision by Jan. 31st.Level
Religion and Philosophy requirements are tailored to your interest. Average class size is around 27 students. My biggest class as a college of arts/sciences major has been 40 and my smallest class has been 5. Professors are extremely avaliable, and I have received the home/cell phone number of many of my professors. Academic advidors are avaliable to students and are very knowledgable in their departments. I think UD has a very competitive environment because of all of the research opportunities that the departments have to offer. Study abroad opportunities are plentiful and through scholarships and financial aid, they are pretty affordable. Workload varies on how many credit hours you take per semester, but I find that most of my friends are excellent on balancing academics with social life, work, and athletics successfully.Quality of Life
Over 95% of the student lives on campus all four years due to an outstanding housing program with over 450 student houses available. Cost of living is cheap compared to other colleges because your house will come furnished and you do not have to pay utilities. The neighborhoods are all together right on campus, so you do not live next to locals or have to cross any busy streets to get to classes.
Facilities are all in pretty shape and are maintained very well. The library is open from 8am-5am and has a ton of resoures ranging from reference help to tutoring. I lived in one of the oldest residential halls my freshman year and loved it.
There are 3 full service dining halls, and many stop-and-go places on campus to eat. Meal plans work at all facilities, as does a general account on your flyer card. I am a somewhat picky eater, and consider the food here pretty good. All of the menus are posted online so you can see what you want/where you want to eat before leaving your residence.
Community relations is what makes our school stand out. Since it is a residential campus, students walk/ride bikes everywhere, and nobody drives to class. I always see familiar faces on campus and have people to talk to on my way to class.
UD has their own police force and patrols the campus at all times. There are over 15 blue lights on campus and the police response rate is under 30 seconds. We have our own student escort service that will pick you up anywhere and drop you off anywhere on campus between 7pm and 3am.
I would say the typical UD student is overly happy. I find myself never wanting to leave this place, as I stayed for my fall break, spring break, and am here working on my summer vacation.Admissions
The university accepts the common application and has a supplemental essay. All portions are avaliable online. The early action deadline is not binding, you are just informed of admittance before the general release date. Admission counselors are avaliable to work with during the academic school year as well as summer. Scholarships for your first year are all merit based (criteria used are ACT/SAT scores as well as GPA), and are renewable all four years. More scholarships are avaliable upon arrival to campus (i.e. endowed scholarships, departmental aid, etc..)Level
humanities/liberal arts base
25-40 class sizes (at least for me)
v. accessible and helpful professors
faculty w/ respectful reputationsQuality of Life
eh, kinda high cost of living
lovely student neighborhood designed to foster community
good, quality dorms
library could be a bit (much) better
nice dining halls
love the city of dayton!
feel pretty safe on campus
told us in two weeks - that was nice
v. personalized campus tours
scholarship opportunities came w/ the acceptance letterLevel
You have to complete general education requirements as a Freshman and Sophmore. As you get older, the classes become more focused on your major.Quality of Life
I love student life. Aside from the abundant oppurtunities, the people make everything so friendly and welcoming.Admissions
I used the Common Application so the admission process was pretty standard.Level