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University of Dallas

Academic Rigor, Engaged Community & Commitment to Affordability

The University of Dallas is a private, Catholic, coeducational, residential liberal arts university. Founded in 1956 and awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in 1982, UD is the youngest university in the 20th century to receive the distinction. The university seeks to educate its students, to develop individuals intellectually and morally and to prepare graduates for life and work so that they may become leaders in society.



Academic Rigor

University of Dallas students thrive on a rigorous academic program distinguished by UD’s nationally-recognized Core curriculum. Based on the belief that truth and virtue exist and are the proper objects of search in an education, the Core curriculum is a two-year course of study through which every UD student directly encounters Western civilization’s greatest authors, leaders and artists by reading classic, original works. The Core curriculum is comprehensive, encompassing English, philosophy, mathematics, fine arts, science, classics, modern languages, American civilization, Western civilization, politics, economics and theology. Students are given the opportunity to further their curiosity in a particular area of study by choosing a specific major. The University of Dallas offers 29 majors, as well as a number of concentrations, allowing students to combine programs to fit their particular interests.


Rome Program

Students’ academic experience is heightened and enriched by spending a semester abroad on the Eugene Constantin Campus in Rome, Italy. Because of the accessibility and affordability of the Rome Program, all students are encouraged to participate and the majority does so, usually during their sophomore year. The Rome curriculum is derived from the Core curriculum and is a coherent and integral part of UD’s undergraduate education, regardless of major. The courses taught are selected from the Core curriculum and deepen students understanding and appreciation of Western civilization by allowing them to experience history and culture firsthand. Additionally, the Rome Program includes two class trips – one to Northern Italy and a 10-day trip to Greece – as well as a 10-day break where students may travel on their own and expand their international experience.


Engaged Campus Community

While pursuing undergraduate degrees, University of Dallas students grow spiritually, intellectually, socially and creatively through various student organizations and activities. Over 40 extracurricular activities are available on both campuses, representing diverse interests from Chess Club to rugby and from Best Buddies to the Student Government. Numerous service opportunities, theatrical performances, concerts and art shows also available for students to participate in and enjoy throughout the year.


Commitment to Affordability

The university’s Core curriculum and strong academic programs prepare both for students entering the workforce and students continuing their education at an advanced level for success. In fact, approximately 85% of UD graduates who apply to medical school are accepted, and approximately 90% of UD graduates who apply to law school are accepted. University of Dallas graduates have gone on to be radio hosts, novelists, politicians, actors, professors, business leaders and scientists, among many other notable professions.

The University of Dallas has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Value School” in the West region and by the Fiske Guide to colleges as a Best Buy.  Approximately 94% of the University of Dallas student body currently receives financial aid of some sort in the form of merit- or need-based award packages. 

We work closely with families to make a private, Catholic liberal arts education affordable.  The University of Dallas views the 529 Plan as a valuable option because it gives families the opportunity to save money for college now and have the reassurance of knowing money will be available when their child is ready to attend college.  Having money saved for college through the 529 Plan gives a student more options for choosing the college that is the best fit for them.

-Taryn Anderson, Director of Financial Aid