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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 14-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

Beloved Rome Campus Chaplain Appointed to Serve Nebraska Parish Next Year

For more than 15 years, Monsignor Thomas Fucinaro has served as chaplain on the University of Dallas’ Eugene Constantin Campus (affectionately known as Due Santi) just outside of Rome, Italy. However, in May, Pope Francis reassigned him to his home diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, beginning on Feb. 2, 2022, as pastor of the Cathedral of the Risen Christ.

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Commending Success: UD to Honor Class of 2021 at Spring Commencement

The University of Dallas is pleased to welcome Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil, Iraq, as a special guest and keynote speaker at the 61st annual Spring Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 16, honoring the Class of 2021. This year, UD will award more than 500 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry and Satish and Gupta College of Business.

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Chaplain Father Thomas More Leaves UD with Wisdom, Fierce Love

“As a priest, it’s been a blessing that my first assignment was to serve a college campus,” said UD Chaplain Father Thomas More Barba, BA ’09 ’10. “Young people need to see that their priests are approachable and can connect with them. Being present on campus as a Dominican, walking around campus and being approachable to students, faculty, or anyone who is here, has been a happy, providential thing.”

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