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About UD

Vision and courage for nearly six decades

Opened in 1956 through the stimulus of the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur and a group of dedicated lay people in partnership with the Diocese of Dallas, the University of Dallas is a Catholic institution welcoming students of all faiths. Offering a comprehensive list of bachelor's, master's, doctoral and continuing education programs, the university attracts highly motivated students from throughout the nation and the world.

Student in Rat

UD currently enrolls more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 1,200 graduate students from across the U.S. and the world. The university has been consistently ranked as one of the top regional universities and enjoys a spot in the list of the top 10 Catholic colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report and in the top 15 Catholic colleges nationwide by Forbes. UD’s summer programs for gifted high school students are ranked in the top 20 in the nation.

Located in Irving, a city of over 200,000 with six global Fortune 500 headquarters, the university’s campus is an oasis in the middle of the vibrant Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) metro area. Downtown Dallas is 15 minutes away, and DFW International Airport is also approximately 15 minutes away and reachable by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system; UD has its own stop. Campus facilities include the award-winning Church of the Incarnation, the J.M. Haggar University Center, the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library, seven residence halls, student apartments, and the Maher Athletic Center, which houses 14 men’s and women’s NCAA III varsity sports.

 

News

Scherer Lecturer Poses American Economy's 'Big Questions'

Father Joseph W. Koterski, associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, will deliver the keynote for this week's University of Dallas Scherer Lecture, "A Practical Moral Vision for the American Economy," in which he addresses the state of current natural law reflected on economics.

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Rome Essay Winner Focuses on Greater Appreciation for Beauty

A new insight and awareness of beauty became the subject of the essay, titled "Learning to See," that won Aspen Daniels, BA '19, first place in the fall 2016 University of Dallas Rome Program Essay Contest, which engages students studying abroad through the university's Rome Program in describing a place they visited or an encounter they had during their study abroad semester, exploring how some part of the Rome Program curriculum better enabled them to comprehend that experience.

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Learning to See

I was shocked by the beauty I saw when I stepped inside the door, and I wondered how I could have missed this before. The church wasn't large, but it didn't need to be because a dome soared upwards above our heads, giving an impression of grandeur. Bea pointed out that the dome was topped by a "lantern," one of our key terms; as we looked around at the marble and gold, naming the different architectural decorations, we realized how much skill it had taken to craft every detail.

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