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Academics

The University of Dallas is a small Catholic university that aims to unite its “community of learners” by having them “[investigate] the same essential questions of human life.” This is accomplished through the school’s Great Books curriculum, which puts all 1,500 undergrads through a sequence of nineteen core English, philosophy, and history courses. While this focus on primary texts leads to a “heavy homework load,” students embrace this “rigorous, but reasonably so” coursework, saying that it creates “thoughtful and provoking discussions” that encourage them to develop “independent and opposing viewpoints to aid in a well-rounded education.” Further setting UD apart from other institutions is the way it uses its “extremely well-established” Rome Program to encourage students to visit notable cities from their studies: “it’s one thing to read and discuss the Great Books in a Texas classroom, and another to do so while immersed in the places where those books were written.”

University of Dallas professors are the cornerstone of enrollee support. Instructors “care about their students and the UD community at large,” as illustrated in the ways that “combine academic expertise and experience, classroom rapport, and interest in their students.” And given the ten-to-one student-to-faculty ratio, it is no surprise that students and faculty form close relationships. Undergrads appreciate how professors treat them as intelligent individuals, saying they “are not trying to push their own agenda onto the students” and “lead us to reach our own conclusions and develop our own ideas rather than having us regurgitate lecture material.” Many attest that the faculty at UD “want [them] to succeed,” and their teachers’ unending support has “made this university [their] home.”

Student Body

Community is strong at University of Dallas. Everyone at UD is “very close and welcoming [which] makes it easy to find a group of people with which you can learn and grow together,” and the core “really does bond students together in the first years of college before getting more specific major-only classes.” As one undergrad notes, “Every student, no matter what major, can relate to any other student because they all have the same academic background to some extent.” With more than seventy-five percent of this “fun and respectful student body” identifying as Catholic, “the authenticity of the Catholic tradition is prevalent on campus and stays true to its nature.” Enrollees find that with so much in common between their academics and their commitment to Catholic values, students will “talk all the time and for hours about everything, and it’s awesome.” Above all, undergrads at UD agree that they choose to “[gild] their days spending genuine and meaningful time with one another when they aren’t studying.”

Campus Life

At this “very academic focused” university “most students study together” across campus “in lounges, [the] library, the cafeteria, empty classrooms, [and other] main areas”, as the “majority of the week is spent doing homework.” But when undergrads are ready for a break, the school “has really unique traditions that offer plenty of occasions for fun activities.” For instance, the Campus Activities Board hosts weekly TGIT (Thank. Goodness. It’s. Thursday!) events at the bar and grill on campus, which include live music, drinks, and themes, as well as Quiz Bowl on Wednesdays, where students “can win gift cards and prizes.” For those looking for relief in the form of a spiritual community, “daily Mass is also a popular weekday activity.” On the weekends, you’re never too far from your friends since all students under the age of twenty-one are required to live on campus in one of seven residence halls. In the dorms, undergrads enjoy participating in “programs put on by the resident assistants.” Many also make plans to “attend sporting events [together] or hang out in each other’s dorm rooms for fun.” And when they’re looking to get off campus for a bit, students “love to have bonfires, go on road trips, hang out in coffee shops, and have get-togethers.”

Overview

Applicants
4,676
Acceptance Rate
45%
Average HS GPA
3.83

GPA Breakdown

30%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 660
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1

Regular — August 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
240
with Terminal Degree
170

157
Men
83
Women
36
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology, General.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other.
  • Information Resources Management.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Management Science.
  • Organizational Behavior Studies.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Educational Administration and Supervision, Other.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, Other.
  • Pre-Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

  • Art.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Financial Mathematics.
  • Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, Other.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Economics, Other.
  • Economics.
  • Political Science and Government, General.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other.
  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies.
  • Religious Education.
  • Theology/Theological Studies.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Painting.
  • Printmaking.
  • Sculpture.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Paul Rydberg
VP, Goldman Sachs

Ed Hardy
Owner and Founder, Central Rock Climbing Gym

Most Reverend Daniel Flores
Bishop, Diocese of Brownsville

Julie Weber
Vice President of People, Southwest Airlines

Karen Raskopf
Chief Communications Officer, Dunkin' Brands

Sara Lake
Renewable Energy and Environmental Manager, US Department of Defense

Emmet Flood
White House Special Counsel

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$53,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$96,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$55,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$104,600

Percent High Job Meaning
16%

Percent STEM
56%


Students Say

Students at the University of Dallas definitely leave campus well prepared for their post-graduate lives. They are fortunate to get amazing support from the school’s Career Development office, which works closely with anyone who wants help starting from day one. For example, they host periodic Milk & Cookies events to introduce themselves and inform students about how they can be of assistance. The office also sponsors career fairs every year and consistently welcomes top corporations. Additionally, undergrads have the opportunity to attend numerous information sessions and on-campus interviews with potential employers. It’s safe to say these efforts pay off, given that the vast majority of students receive job offers within six months of graduation with a median starting salary of $53,000.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,943

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,804

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,322

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,205

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$29,431

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,660
Required Fees
$3,150
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,040

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,500
Transportation for Commuters
$1,220

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,080
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,475
Foreign Countries Represented
41

Demographics

6.54%
Asian
1.91%
African-American
24.51%
Hispanic
59.16%
Caucasian
1.43%
Unknown
3.13%
International

53% female
47% male
48% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
61%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
84%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Joshua A. Skinner

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
54
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

19% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Crusaders)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Crusaders)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Texas at Arlington
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of North Texas

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Discount agreement with Dell, Microsoft

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Olivia Hernandez
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
1845 East Northgate Drive
Irving, TX 75062

Phone
972-721-5266

Email
ojhernandez@udallas.edu.

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Church of the Incarnation
Cappuccino Bar
The Mall
The Rathskeller
Art Village

Most Popular Places Off Campus
American Airlines Center
Deep Ellum/Downtown Dallas/Uptown
Dallas Museum of Art/Nasher Sculpture Center
AT&T Stadium
GlobeLife Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8-5
972-721-5266

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
crusader@udallas.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Sunday-Thursday only, high school seniors only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field are within 12 miles of campus. DART light rail access to campus from DFW Airport. Rideshare, taxis, and rental cars are readily available. Plenty of parking available on campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
https://udallas.edu/visitors/directions.php


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