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Points of Pride

  • Seventy-five National Merit Scholars currently attend UD, giving us one of the highest percentages per capita when compared to all other Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • Recognized in the Princeton Review’s Best 379 Colleges guidebook. UD was among 121 colleges and universities included in the Best of the West list. The university was also ranked fifth in the "Most Religious Students" category and eighth in the "Most Popular Study Abroad Program" category.
  • Named to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014, making it the only Catholic college or university to receive such an honor in the southwestern United States.
  • Named one of America’s Best Colleges in the annual rankings of public and private colleges by Forbes magazine. UD was honored with the #212 spot on the list of 650 schools, placing us second in Dallas/Fort Worth, eighth in Texas and 14th among all other Catholic universities nationwide.
  • Thirty-eight students have been named Fulbright scholars over our 58-year history.
  • Ranked second among 31 Texas colleges and universities (13th out of 121 schools in the West Region) of a similar size in the 2014 America’s Best College rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Youngest university in the 20th century to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the U.S.
  • Undergraduate Rome Program celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010. All undergraduate students have the opportunity to study for one semester on the UD Rome Campus, where they also may attend Mass at the Vatican.
  • Received an “A” in the third annual “What Will They Learn” college ratings announced by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni; we were also designated one of three “Hidden Gems.”
  • Studio arts program was named one of the top programs in the nation by PARADE magazine.
  • Catholic Biblical School in the School of Ministry is the largest program of its kind among all Catholic universities in the U.S., offering courses online and face-to-face in English and Spanish.
  • College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a distinction earned by less than five percent of business schools worldwide.
  • Our cybersecurity program is one of seven university programs worldwide, and the only one in Texas, designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education that maps to all six Committee on National Security Systems standards. UD has been a Center of Academic Excellence since 2003 as designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Over the last three years, we have awarded more than $40,000 to students and alumni in our annual Business Plan Competition.
  • Eighty percent of pre-med and 90 percent of pre-law graduates are accepted into professional schools.
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