Dayton University

United States

About the University

The University of Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio, is a private Roman Catholic research university. It was founded by the Society of Mary (Marianists) in 1850 and is one of the nation's three Marianist universities and the second largest private university in Ohio. The campus of the university is in the southern portion of the city and covers 388 acres on either side of the Great Miami River. The campus is known for the University of Dayton Arena and the Immaculate Conception Chapel.

Starting in the 1960s, the University started to buy hundreds of single-family homes and duplexes in the neighbourhoods adjacent to the student housing campus, expanding the campus to Brown Road. In 2007, in a Citirama partnership with the Dayton Home Builders Association, the University constructed five new townhouses and restored four homes.


Campus Life

The campus of the University of Dayton is located on about 388 acres on the southern border of the city of Dayton, Ohio, U.S. It is divided into four sections — the Historic Campus, the East Campus, the River Campus, and the Sports Complex Arena. The campus comprises 38 academic, educational, athletic, and administrative buildings; five residence halls; 18 apartment complexes for students; and 473 houses (347 of which are university-owned).

Student life

Dayton University's practices are influenced by the Commitment to the Society, which incorporates three values adapted from the Catholic and Marianist view of education. The three principles— "the dignity of every citizen" "the common good" and "culture is necessary for learning" — provide the basis for the mission statement of the University and its objectives as an educational institution.

Dayton University provides students with various service learning opportunities, regardless of their major. The Fitz Center for Community Leadership and the Center for Social Concern are the most active organizers of opportunities for service-learning. The Dayton Civic Scholars, the Rivers Foundation, Service Semester, Neighborhood School Centers, Student Community Fellows and Community Service Learning are located in the Fitz Centre. The Center for Social Concern, part of the campus ministry, offers "numerous opportunities for constructive engagement, service-learning, and training and activism for justice." During breaks in the academic calendar, the center provides numerous domestic and international service-learning opportunities.


  • Nan Whaley-Politician, mayor of the city of Dayton.
  • Bill Klesse-CEO of Valero Energy.
  • Jerry Blevins-pitcher.
  • Chris Johnson-NBA Player.


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