University of Dallas

Irving, TX

The University of Dallas, chartered in 1910 and opened in 1956, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts institution. Its 215-acre campus is located in Irving, on the northwest boundary of Dallas.

School Profiles: Catholic

University of Dallas

Irving, TX

The University of Dallas—a residential, private Catholic 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.


140 full-time faculty members
92% with the highest degree in their field
11:1 student-faculty ratio
Average class size of 16 students
All classes taught by faculty members

1,471 undergraduates from 39 states and nine countries
83% Catholic
Mid-range scores (25th–75th percentiles):
SAT EBRW: 580–700; SAT M: 540–660; ACT: 24–30
3.83 average high school GPA

Awards and Distinctions
38 Fulbright Scholars
“America’s Best Colleges” — U.S. News & World Report
“America’s Best Value Colleges” — Forbes
One of The Best 384 Colleges — The Princeton Review
“A” rating; one of three “Hidden Gems” schools — What Will They Learn?
Best Colleges for Getting Big Merit Scholarships”  — Money magazine 2019
Fiske Guide to Colleges
90% of students who apply accepted to law school
85% of Pre-med students accepted to medical school

Visit UD
Visiting campus can be one of the most important parts of the college search because it provides visitors a firsthand experience of students’ academic, spiritual, and social lives. UD invites interested high school seniors to one of our Odyssey Day open house programs offered in the fall. Visitors can sit in on classes, meet professors, ask current students questions, 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

Academic Programs
• Art (Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture)
• Art History
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Business
• Chemistry
• Classical Philology (Greek, Latin)
• Classics (Greek, Latin)
• Comparative Literary Traditions
• Computer Science
• Drama
• Economics
• Economics & Finance
• Education
• Electrical Engineering*
• English
• French
• German
• History
• Human and Social Sciences
• Italian
• Mathematics
• Nursing*
• Pastoral Ministry
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Politics
• Psychology
• Spanish
• Theology

* Cooperative degree program: Nursing—Texas Woman’s University; Engineering—University of Texas at Arlington

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 over 80% of our student body is Catholic, UD supports academic and religious freedom; all faiths are welcome and heard in our pursuit of wisdom and truth.

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, with their class and independently.

Our community
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.
NCAA athletics
UD student-athletes compete in 15 intercollegiate sports at the NCAA Division III level as members of theSouthern 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).

Dallas/Fort Worth
Located in the heart of the vibrantDallas/Fort Worth 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 at any of the 2,000+ restaurants, cheer on all five major sports teams, or visit any of the 120 museums and galleries Dallas has to offer.