The University of Dayton is located in Dayton, Ohio which is about 60 miles from Cincinnatti. The university is a Catholic, Marianist, liberal arts institution that believes that they are defined not just by the success of the university but by the success of the community. The school uses a whole-person teaching method; they provide an education that has many hands-on opportunities as well as small class sizes in which students may learn the theory of their professions. The university consistently ranks in the top of its category in both research and educational programs and prides itself on providing a well-rounded, quality education to every student that attends.
The University of Dayton was established in 1850 in the middle of a cholera epidemic as St. Mary’s School for Boys. The school was purchased with a medal of St. Joseph and a promissory note for twelve thousand dollars. No cash was exchanged and the land that had been known as Dewberry Farm became the first glimmer of what is now UD. The name changed several times from St. Mary’s School for Boys, to St. Mary’s School, to St. Mary’s Institute, then St. Mary’s College. Finally in 1920, it became known as University of Dayton and is nationally recognized as one of the top private Catholic universities in the nation, and is the largest private university in Ohio.
There are several different student housing units on campus as well as an active Greek life for those who wish to pledge to a sorority or fraternity. There are also numerous student clubs and organizations as well as a successful athletic club. The school actively promotes community service and fellowship among its students and has established over thirty humanitarian clubs so that students may learn to serve their fellow man and improve their community.