National Merit Scholars

Meet Some of Our National Merit Scholars

Compared to other Catholic colleges and universities nationwide, UD has one of the highest concentrations of National Merit Scholars per capita.

Kelly Anderson

  • High School: Saint Francis High School
  • Hometown: Fair Oaks, Calif.
  • Intended Major: English and History
  • Student Activities: Swing Club, Student Government, SPUD

What was it that most influenced your decision to attend UD? "The school seemed to really care about the students. The impression has only been confirmed by attendance."

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Caeli Austin

  • High School: Chandler Preparatory Academy
  • Hometown: Gilbert, Ariz.
  • Intended Major: Drama
  • Student Activities: Collegium Cantorum, French Club, Lovely Little Ladies

What has been your favorite aspect of UD so far? "…I’ve been so blessed to meet so many wonderful people, and I can’t imagine going through the tough transition into college life without being surrounded by the support of those who share what is most precious to me--my faith…"

Abby Bagby

  • High School: Broken Arrow High School
  • Hometown: Broken Arrow, Okla.
  • Intended Major: Art

What was it that most influenced your decision to attend UD? "The art program and the Rome program."

Kelsey Clary

  •  High School: St. James Academy
  • Hometown: Lenexa, Kansas
  • Intended Major: Biology and Theology
  • Student Activities: Dance Team, Swing Club, Crusaders for Life

What was it that most influenced your decision to attend UD? “I wanted to attend a small, private university that had a truly Catholic identity. UD was the most authentically Catholic school I looked at, and it was just the right size. I also love Texas!...”

 Jude Galbraith 

  • High School: Home school
  • Hometown: Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Intended Major: Undeclared
  • Student Activities: Collegium Cantorum

What has been your favorite aspect of UD so far? "One of the most impressive aspects of UD is the availability and friendliness of the faculty. While I have found many sources of wisdom during my UD experience, from my studies, from the library, and from the students around me, none of these can replace personal contact with a knowledgeable instructor, in any subject…"

 Olivia Gulino

  •  High School: Saint Joseph's Academy
  • Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
  • Intended Major: Theology
  • Student Activities: Crusaders for Life and Lovely Little Ladies

What has been your favorite aspect of UD so far? "I've really enjoyed the community at UD, not only the small class sizes and small student population, but the community within the dorms. Because of this, I feel like I have a family away from home."

Vance Nygard 

  • High School: Williston High School School
  • Hometown: Williston, N.D.
  • Intended Major: Chemistry
  • Student Activities: Ultimate Frisbee

What has been your favorite aspect of UD so far? "The friends made and Truth found."

Catherine Pool 

  • High School: Caddo Magnet High School
  • Hometown: Shreveport, La.
  • Intended Major: History and English
  • Student Activities: Swing Club, Called to Crochet

What has been your favorite aspect of UD so far? "The balance between maturity and goofiness, stress and fun—that the people here understand you cannot and should not study at all times, but are intelligent enough to manage the balance properly."

Evan Sadasivan

  • High School: Home school
  • Hometown: Milford, Mich.
  • Intended Major: Psychology
  • Student Activities: Rugby

What has been your favorite aspect of UD so far? "Charity Week!"

Jillian Schroeder 

  • High School: Home school
  • Hometown: Vandalia, Ohio
  • Intended Major: Classics and History
  • Student Activities: Classics Club

What was it that most influenced your decision to attend UD? "I think the classes and Core affected my decision to come to UD the most. I knew that if I came to UD, I would get a high quality education. And with the Core, I knew my fellow students and I would share a common experience of learning and groundwork of knowledge."

Rebekah Spearman 

  • High School: Home school
  • Hometown: Wheelock, Texas
  • Intended Major: Classics or Classical Philology
  • Student Activities: Classics Club, French Club, Swing Club

What was it that most influenced your decision to attend UD? "The Classics Department, the Core curriculum (because I believe there are certain books everyone should read), my scholarship, and knowing I would be able to meet people with similar interests and beliefs to myself."

Anne Wadsworth

  • High School: Fredericksburg High School
  • Hometown: Fredericksburg, Texas
  • Intended Major: English
  • Student Activities: Swing Club

What was it that most influenced your decision to attend UD? "The Core! I wanted to go to a school that views education as a good in and of itself rather than merely a means to an end. By giving every student the opportunity to read and discuss the great works, UD shows its dedication to academics for their own sake. All of that on top of the Rome program made UD the obvious pick."

News

UD Announces Faculty Tenure and Promotions

The University of Dallas is pleased to announce that the following faculty members have received tenure or promotion in rank for the 2017-18 academic year. The Rank and Tenure Committee recommended these faculty during the end of the spring 2017 semester for their continued support and enhancement of academic excellence and student success.

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