Academic Rigor

A supportive community of scholars dedicated to intellectual inquiry and the independent exploration of ideas.

Here’s what makes UD different.

Academic rigor is the foundation of all our programs, a fact that has enabled us to enroll one of the nation’s highest percentages of National Merit Scholars as compared to other Catholic colleges and universities. All undergraduates participate in our nationally recognized Core curriculum, a two-year, 60-credit sequence of classes focused on the Great Books of Western literature and culture. Our student:faculty ratio of 10:1 means that Core classes are kept small, allowing students to participate in thoughtful, meaningful dialogue with their peers and their professors. Because all undergraduates take these Core courses, discussions usually continue outside the classroom and serve to create a tightly knit community of scholars sharing a common intellectual experience.

The Core curriculum typically culminates with a semester abroad on our 12-acre Eugene Constantin Campus (informally known as Due Santi) located just outside Rome, Italy. During their Rome semester, students are able to experience firsthand the roots of Western culture, immersed in the architecture, culture and history of the place where so much of Western tradition began. In Rome, students learn to meld intellectual inquiry with an independent spirit of exploration in a way that is truly the heart of the University of Dallas experience.

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While our graduate students come from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds to study an equally wide array of subjects, all of them find the experience of being a graduate student at the University of Dallas just as rigorous, thought provoking and spiritually grounded as the undergraduate. Whether studying literature, ministry, cybersecurity, business or art with world-class faculty who are truly thought leaders in their fields, graduate students are members of a unique community that values the pursuit of wisdom, the quest for truth and the importance of virtue equally in both their professional and their personal lives.

Learn more about our academic rigor through our legacy, points of pride and merit:

News

University Community Remembers Former Long-Time President

The university community mourns the passing and remains forever grateful for the dedication and contributions of Robert Francis “Bob” Sasseen, university president from 1981 to 1995, who is credited with stabilizing the university during his tenure. He passed away on June 14 in Salem, Oregon, at age 85.

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Due Santi Cookbook Celebrates Italy, Supports Rome Expansion

"My original idea was to create a cookbook for our hungry students, a 'food for thoughts' manual, if you will," said Silvia De Simone, Eugene Constantin Campus business office manager, of her Due Santi Cookbook: A Taste of UD Rome. "Time spent on the Rome campus does not only involve studying; it involves getting to know a new culture and widening your horizons."

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UD Adds 'Best Value' and 'Best Colleges' Rankings for 2017

Forbes and MONEY magazine have included the University of Dallas, once again, in their annual rankings of America's most valuable and affordable colleges and universities. Dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence, both rankings reward UD for being one of the nation's top higher education institutions.

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