The University of Dallas, a private, Catholic, residential liberal arts university, has earned many distinctions among colleges nationwide, one of which is being the youngest university in the 20th century to receive a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The atmosphere at UD is dedicated to the well-being of the entire person, producing graduates well equipped to become independent thinkers in the world.
Our Core curriculum
UD’s rigorous academic program is centered on our Core curriculum. All students, regardless of major, complete our two-year, 60-credit-hour sequence devoted to the greatest and most influential thinkers of the Western intellectual tradition—from Plato to Tocqueville, Dante to Aquinas, and many more.
The Core helps students grasp the inherent interconnected nature of all knowledge, bringing education off the page and into their everyday lives.
Our Catholic identity
UD is enthusiastically Catholic, in both the spiritual and intellectual sense. With twice-daily Mass at the Church of the Incarnation, a chapel that is accessible 24/7, an active campus ministry, and myriad service opportunities, UD provides an encouraging atmosphere for students looking to grow and deepen their faith. In the classroom, the rich Catholic intellectual tradition informs our search for truth as the definite end of education. While more than 80% of our student body is Catholic, UD supports academic and religious freedom; all faiths are welcome and heard in our pursuit of knowledge.
Our Rome Program
For many UD students, the semester-long Rome Program stands out as a particular highlight. From the University’s Eugene Constantin Campus in Rome—with UD’s own professors, curriculum, and students—the UD Rome Program provides a uniquely cohesive and in-depth study abroad experience. In Rome, the courses come to life as students immerse themselves in the very culture, history, and art they are studying. Students have many opportunities for additional travel outside of Rome, both with their class and independently.
UD students work hard—and they relax in kind! Whether it’s the silliness of Charity Week every fall or laid-back socializing at Music on the Mall on Fridays, there’s always something happening on campus. UD’s unique academic, spiritual, and communal character brings students together through more than 50 academic, service, and social clubs and organizations.
UD student-athletes compete in 15 intercollegiate sports at the NCAA Division III level as members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. These include baseball (M), basketball (M & W), cross-country (M & W), golf (M & W), lacrosse (M & W), soccer (M & W), softball (W), track & field (M & W), and volleyball (W).
Located in the heart of the vibrant DFW area, the UD campus provides a host of entertainment options. Students can take advantage of the University of Dallas DART Station, located just two blocks from campus, to go shopping in Uptown, take in a Dallas Mavericks game, dine in any of the 2,000-plus restaurants, cheer on all five major sports teams, or visit any of the 120 museums and galleries Dallas has to offer.
At A Glance
143 full-time faculty members
89% with the highest degree in their field
10:1 student-faculty ratio
Average class size of 16
All classes taught by faculty members
1,342 undergraduates from 49 states and 20 countries
Mid-range scores (25th–75th percentiles): SAT CR: 540–690; SAT M: 540–650;
SAT W: 530–650; ACT: 24–30
39% of incoming freshmen in top 10% of graduating class; 67% top quarter; 88% top half
3.78 average high school GPA
Awards and Distinctions
39 Fulbright Scholars
U.S. News & World Report—“America’s Best Colleges”
Forbes—“America’s Best Colleges”
The Princeton Review—“Best of the West”
What Will They Learn? “A” rating; one of three “Hidden Gem” schools
Fiske Guide to Colleges
85% of Pre-med students accepted to
90% of those who apply accepted to law school
Visiting campus can be one of the most important parts of the college search because it provides visitors with a firsthand experience of students’ academic, spiritual, and social lives. UD invites interested high school seniors to Odyssey Days, our two-day open house program. Visitors can sit in on classes, meet professors, ask questions of current students, and get a feel for campus. Personalized campus visits are also available. Schedule a visit by calling the Office of Admission at 800-628-6999 or visiting udallas.edu/visit.
•Art (Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture)
• Classical Philology (Greek, Latin)
• Classics (Greek, Latin)
• Comparative Literary Traditions
• Computer Science
• Economics & Finance
• Electrical Engineering*
• Human Sciences in the Contemporary World
• Pastoral Ministry
* Cooperative degree program: Nursing—Texas Woman’s University; Engineering—University of Texas at Arlington