"Poetry is civically important for a healthy and happy society," said three-time UD alumnus Matt Mehan, BA '00 MA '09 PhD '14. "In other words, a healthy politics requires a healthy poetics."+ Read More
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Dallas has the state’s second-lowest federal loan default rate – 1.5 percent – of any private institution offering both undergraduate and graduate programs. It is the fourth consecutive year the university has seen a decrease in its default rate; the national average is 11.3 percent.
The annual list reports the average percentage of borrowers, as reported by each institution, who entered repayment between fiscal years 2012 and 2013 and then defaulted in their first three years of repayment.
“Our students are finding jobs and not overborrowing so they can pay back their federal debt,” said Director of Financial Aid Taryn Anderson. “Fewer University of Dallas students than ever before are defaulting on their federal loans, which further shows the tremendous value of the education we provide.”
From the 2013 cohort, UD recorded only eight defaults, out of 513 students who entered repayment and remained in the cohort for three years. Sixty percent of UD graduates (who earned bachelor’s degrees) from the Class of 2013 borrowed federal loans, and the average federal student loan debt accrued from those borrowers was only $23,655 per person. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, the national average student loan debt has grown to nearly $30,000. UD students’ overall student loan debt has remained in line with national averages.
When a school’s cohort default rate becomes too high — 30 percent or more for three consecutive years or 40 percent during one year — students of that institution become ineligible to participate and receive federal loans. Because the majority of college students rely on federal loan assistance, the cohort default rate is diligently tracked by the U.S. Department of Education, higher education organizations, news media and schools, which ultimately helps determine the value for a school’s education.
Kimberly Diwa, BA '22, first heard of the University of Dallas during a Bible study at her church. She decided to visit campus and immediately was struck by UD's friendly character, not to mention its impressive record of preparing pre-med students for medical school.+ Read More
During the course of the 2018-19 academic year, the university will sponsor a series of lectures, art exhibits, panel discussions and other activities centered around All the Light We Cannot See, the first chosen book for this new community reading initiative, culminating in author Anthony Doerr's visit to campus as the 2019 Eugene McDermott lecturer.+ Read More