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About University of Dayton

Dayton University asks big questions and takes action in all realms of knowledge — the arts, sciences, religion, business, education, engineering and law. For the international student, Dayton offers a pathway for success that eases you into your new surroundings, culture, and educational experience.

The Numbers Don't Lie

There are many reasons why students choose to study internationally at the University of Dayton. Consider the statistics below to learn more about the school’s city, academics and campus life.

Academics: Valued Traditions & Exciting Innovations

Love innovation and improving the world? So do we. UD was the first U.S. university to create an undergraduate program in human rights studies.

  • 1st Catholic university in the U.S. for sponsored engineering research.
  • $117+ million in research sponsorship.
  • 56th Best Engineering School.
  • TOP 50 ranking for U.S. “Colleges that create futures” for students.
  • 96% of students find success after graduation.
  • 15-TO-1 student-to-faculty ratio, for more personal attention from professors.
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Dayton, Ohio
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Sinclair Academy at UD

No matter which degree you pursue, you’ll be challenged to open yourself up to the world and learn from firsthand experience that will prepare you for a successful career — and life — after college. At the University of Dayton, international students can opt to participate in the UD Sinclair Academy, where you are given academic preparation to transfer to UD as an undergraduate. Sinclair College at UD offers international students tailored access to advising, student activities, and athletic events.

Whether it’s showing an employer an impressive resume or wowing admission counselors with your graduate school application, you’ll build the skills you need to stand out and make a difference.

Student Life: Friends, Fun & More

There’s always something to do at UD, from making friends with students from 60+ countries to exploring culture right on campus:

  • 8,000+ undergraduate students from around the U.S. and the world.

  • 2,475 graduate and law students from around the U.S. and the world.

  • 4th ranked school for “Students love these colleges.”

  • 270+ student clubs and organizations focused on academic interests, diversity, hobbies and more.

  • 8+ national awards for excellence in college dining since 2010.

  • 13 art and performance venues on campus.

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Pathway for the International Student

The Intensive English Program helps non-English speakers learn the language quickly and proficiently through an immersive program that combines teaching, learning support and community interaction.


Dayton: Just the Right Size for Success


Student Stories


I am from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, where I majored in electrical and computational engineering. This is my first year at the University of Dayton, and I am still excited about being able to study here.

As an engineering student, I was especially attracted to the extraordinary advanced technologies in the US. Having the chance to study these technologies is a dream to me. I was motivated to gain comprehensive knowledge and practical skills, so I applied to the master's program in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Dayton.

With top scholars and advanced facilities – including 10 specialized laboratories – students here experience great enhancement in our academic ability, and we gain both theoretical and hands-on training. This enhancement can lead to good job opportunities in the future.

It’s not easy to step out the protection of our parents and face the challenge of living in a new country alone. But this is also a great opportunity for us to be stronger and better. Besides, we are never alone here. The University of Dayton is a big family who supports each other. We can find lifelong friends.


I am a Ph.D. student in the electro-optics program at the University of Dayton. I have been at UD for two and a half years, and feel comfortable studying and living here.

I decided to study in the USA when I was a freshman. The higher educational quality and better research capabilities attracted me to study in the USA. I decided to come to UD because the electro-optics program is strong in academic research. The quiet and beautiful small town where the school is located also attracted me.

I have made a lot of friends here at UD, and some are like family members to me. People here are all kind enough to support each other and take care of each other.

It's not an easy decision for anybody to study abroad. Choose the University of Dayton to warm you up with the light from the whole UD family.


After I graduated from middle school, I decided I wanted to earn my master’s degree in the United States, and I finally decided to achieve my dream. I wanted to become a successful engineer, and the United States and especially the University of Dayton became the primary choice to help me excel in this field. I am really grateful to my parents who stood by me in all my dream and endeavors; it is because of them I am here.

I chose UD because the professors are experienced and friendly. UD also provides the infrastructure and has a dedicated research institute for students to work on their projects. And UD is one of the top-ranked universities in the U.S. The campus is one of the safest and most student-friendly.

I had the same jitters every other international student has when they leave their country for higher education. But the fears were gone within a matter of days, and ever since then I feel like I am at my home. The students and faculty always have a smile on their face, which brightens the day and helps to get rid of any stress. I participate the international club events and other campus events, which helped me make lot of friends. My stay in the U.S. is an unforgettable one.

My on-campus job is another addition to the long list of things I love about UD. I get to meet new people every single day, and the job is interesting and challenging. The friends I have and the campus events are what I love the most about UD. The biggest surprise for me was that in short time I made so many friends, and I will never ever regret my decision to join UD. I will remain a Flyer forever.



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