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About the University of Dallas

The University of Dallas (UD) began in 1910 as Holy Trinity College with a charter to establish a Catholic-based higher learning institution. UD would officially open its doors in 1956 as a private, not-for-profit liberal arts university with a Roman Catholic religious affiliation. UD is located in Irving, Texas, which is northwest of Dallas and just 10 miles from both of the major airports in Dallas.

The University of Dallas has received numerous recognitions by various organizations, including the 'Best 377 Colleges' list by the Princeton Review in 2012. In 2012, UD was listed as one of the state's best colleges of a similar size in U.S. News and World Report's, '2013 America's Best Colleges.'


There are approximately 30 degree programs offered through UD's four colleges and schools. The four UD colleges and schools are: the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, the College of Business, the School of Ministry and the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

The Constantin College of Liberal Arts offers 23 undergraduate degree programs ranging from art to theology and is the largest college at the university. Also, as part of the university's continuing education program, the School of Ministry offers a four-year program called the Catholic Biblical School, focused on in-depth study of the Bible. Nationally, this is the largest academic program of its kind among Catholic universities.

As part of this university's faith-based focus, all undergraduate students can apply to UD's study-abroad program in Rome. The Eugene Constantin Rome Campus is located in Due Santi, which is south of Rome. Traditionally, UD undergraduates participate in this program during their sophomore year following the application process and eligibility review. The UD also offers an alternative study-abroad program in Rome that is open to high school students, students from other universities, non-credit seeking adults and UD students unable to attend a fall or spring semester in Rome.


The application process for prospective undergraduate students requires several items, including the application and application essay, a supplemental information form, an official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. UD also requests that prospective undergraduates provide evaluation forms from a guidance counselor and a high school teacher. There is a $40 application fee, but applicants who submit their application packet within 15 days of visiting the campus receive a waiver for this fee. The school accepts the Common Application as well.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates and cost of attendance vary by degree program. For the spring 2013 semester at the main campus in Irving, the total estimated cost for undergraduate students taking 12-19 credit hours was $21,125, which includes tuition, housing, meals and any other expenses. The total estimated cost for students attending the Rome campus in the spring 2013 semester was $25,087. Specific courses may require students to pay additional fees.

In the 2010-2011 academic year, 95% of all undergraduate students received either grant or scholarship financial aid. In the same year, 99% of first-time undergraduates received some type of financial aid. Financial aid options include federal loans, state or federal grants and scholarships. UD also offers a payment plan option for a $50 fee each semester, allowing students and/or their families to make interest-free payment installments on tuition and fees.

School Type Private, four-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic**
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body 2,725 total enrollment; 1,356 undergraduates in fall 2011**
Student Housing Full-time undergraduates with less than 90 credit hours or who are under the age of 21 are required to live on campus*
Schools and Programs Four schools and colleges offering approximately 30 degree programs*
Undergraduate Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) For full-time students beginning in 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Social sciences (35)
Master's: Business, management and marketing (301)
Doctorate: Social sciences (4)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who began in 2005:
63% in four years
73% in six years**
Admission Rate 88% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 371 in fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 80% of full-time students who began in 2010 and returned in 2011**
Composite ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% scored between 24 and 30 in 2011*
Undergraduate Application Due Date January 15 for the fall semester*
Tuition (2012-2013) Estimated undergraduate tuition was $14,570 per semester for 12-19 credit hours*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Beginning Undergraduates Receiving it) For full-time beginning students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (27%), state and local grants/scholarships (19%), institutional grants/scholarships (99%), student loans (68%)**
Percent of First-time Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 99% in the 2010-2011 academic year**

Sources: *University of Dallas, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admission, 1845 E Northgate Dr, Irving, TX 75062
  • Phone: (800) 628-6999
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