Health, Wellness and Counseling
What are the important dates to know for parents during the academic school year?
Please refer to the Critical Dates and Deadlines webpage for a full list of important dates and deadlines.
What information do I need to know if my student is a commuter?
Each semester that your student commutes from a local home, the student and parent(s)
must sign a Verification of Residency Form (verifying that the student is actually
living at the parents' home. This form is mailed to the student's home address at
the beginning of each semester.
If your student will live at home and commute to school, please remind yourself that
college is not an extension of high school. UD courses are more demanding and require
more out-of-classroom preparation. Involvement in a variety of on campus events and
activities is essential in order for your student to get the most out of his or her
Does my student need to bring a computer to college?
While it is not necessary to bring a computer to college as the computer lab has computers
available for student use, most students do bring their own computers with them. For
more information about computer services available at UD, visit the Academic Information Systems webpage.
On the Rome campus there are just a few computers for limited email use. If you want
to be able to type rather than hand-write your papers and have access to online media
for the art course, you will need to bring a laptop. If you are purchasing a new computer
for college, we suggest making it a laptop so you can bring it with you to Rome.
Is the University of Dallas a safe campus?
Yes, we have a Campus Safety office that is open 24 hours a day for students. Officers
patrol the campus via marked cars and also perform a walk through of the dorms every
few hours. These officers provide physical security, fire protection and prevention,
emergency first aid, safety programs and inspections, and investigate and enforce
violations of the Code of Student Conduct and criminal offenses on UD property. Thanks
to the size and location of the campus, students feel very comfortable on campus and
look out for each other.
Campus Safety Office: 972.721.5305
Is there parking or public transportation available?
Parking is readily available on campus and freshmen are allowed to have cars. A small
fee is charged for students who wish to park on campus. UD is located just 15 minutes
from downtown Dallas. Public transportation to the greater Dallas and Fort Worth areas
is accessible through DARTDallas Area Rapid Transit. UD does currently have a DART bus stop on campus. The
University of Dallas is now also home to a DART light rail stop. The light rail system
takes students to locations throughout Irving, Downtown Dallas and its suburbs; including
Dallas Love airport, Parkland Hospital, Fair Park and American Airlines Center.
Students can also get off campus and enjoy all that Dallas and Fort Worth have to
offer through the UD Dallas Year program. At least twice a month, UD sponsors a trip to locations throughout the Metroplex.
For a minimal price (usually $5-$15), students can attend the Dallas Symphony Orchestra,
professional sporting events, Texas State Fair, Dallas area museums and more.
During the holidays many students need a ride to one of the regional airports, such
as DFW International or Dallas Love Field. They may also need a ride to and from
campus for other reasons. Although there are many private local transportation companies
that may be found online, below are a couple of regional services options.
Super Shuttle: 800-BLUE-VAN (258-3826) or online at www.supershuttle.com
TRC Transportation: 469-387-8131 or online at www.trctransportation.com
Where can I find the Student Handbook?
Please visit the Student Handbook webpage.
What happens after my student decides to attend the University of Dallas and send
in their $400 deposit?
Once a student has been admitted to the University of Dallas and decides he or she
wants to attend UD, a $400 deposit is required to reserve their place. Students who
have deposited can now begin preparation for attending UD. Housing and academic advising
information will be sent via e-mail to students. Students will also receive information
about their UD e-mail address, a "what to bring" list, and Orientation information.
When will I be able to visit my son or daughter?
Parents are welcome to visit their son or daughter once they are a current student.
We also host a Family Weekend each year during the fall semester. Check our recommended hotels webpage for a list of hotels for families to stay at if they are visiting the Dallas area. Another
popular time to visit your student is during their Rome semester. There is limited
housing on the Rome campus for families who choose to visit or they may stay in nearby
When is Family Weekend?
Family Weekend normally takes place in October. For more information please feel
free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972.721.5113. Once plans are finalized, complete details can be found on
the Parent and Family Weekend webpage.
Will my student feel welcome on campus if he/she is not from Texas?
Yes, students who are not native Texans are actually the majority at UD. About 55%
of UD students are not from Texas, and the average distance traveled by students who
attend UD is just over 700 miles. The University of Dallas is a residential campus
where 90% of first year students live on campus, and many students choose to live
on campus through their junior and senior years. This creates a very welcoming and
safe community where students live together, study together, pray together and enjoy
each others' company. UD students are often found enjoying activities in the evenings
and on the weekends, both on campus and throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
What is the Catholic identity of UD?
The UD community believes faith strengthens and matures when it is subject to deep
thought, probing questions and passionate debate. UD is a Catholic university in that
it is an intellectual community empowered by an honest search for truth. John Paul
II wrote in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, "A Catholic University is distinguished by its free
search for the whole truth about nature, man, and God," and the UD community upholds
his passionate words. The UD community as a whole can be described as religious, theological
and spiritual, and discussions about faith continue outside of the classroom. Four
churches are available to students for daily and Sunday Masses. Reconciliation, daily
Rosary, Bible study, praise and worship and community service opportunities are available
to students throughout the week. The Church of the Incarnation is open 24 hours a
day so students and professors have access to the Blessed Sacrament. Though UD is
an independent Catholic university, there are diocesan, Dominican and Cistercian priests
and seminarians on campus.
What if my son or daughter is not Catholic?
UD students who are not Catholic still partake in the search for truth and join in
the passionate debates mentioned above. All students are encouraged to explore the
idea that they are spiritual beings, even if that may mean something different to
them than it does to their classmates. UD Campus Ministry is open to all students and can help non-Catholic students find churches and religious
organizations in the Dallas/ Fort Worth community if they are interested. Community
service also serves as a common interest of our students regardless of denomination.
Community service and Mass are not required of any students at UD but are open to
anyone who wants to participate. To learn more about Campus Ministry, click here.
Should I send my high school student to visit the University of Dallas?
Absolutely, we recommend that high school and transfer students considering the University
of Dallas as a college option visit our campus. A visit to campus can be personalized
per your student's interests and often includes classes, meetings with professors
and coaches, lunch with current students, Department Scholarship interviews and a
chance to stay overnight in the dorms. Your student can also visit for one of our
many overnight open house events where students from all over the country come to
participate in an Aspiring Scholars Preview (juniors), Odyssey Day (senior and transfers),
or Meet Us @ the Tower (admitted students) weekend. Dates for these weekends and recommended
dates for personalized visits can be found here.
What is new at the University of Dallas?
UD is growing and currently has more undergraduate students on campus than any other
time in its 56 year history. There are 1,350 undergraduate students at the University
During the 2011-2012 school year, renovations to the Haggar University Center began
with the initial phase completed in time for the spring 2012 semester. In the summer
of 2012, extensive renovations to the Haggar Caf were completed in order to better
accommodate students with special diets, modernize the kitchen and facilities and
provide more freshly made options to students and other patrons.
Recently, the University of Dallas has added majors in Human Sciences and the Contemporary World, which explores the institutions, structures, and practices that have prompted dynamic
changes in today's society; Computer Science, which includes 50 hours of computer science, math and physics courses; and Nursing, which is a dual degree program in partnership with Texas Woman's University; and
Engineering, which allows physics majors to have the opportunity to pursue a cooperative degree
in electrical engineering through the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Electrical
The DART Orange Line includes a University of Dallas stop on the northeast side of campus,
which began operation in July of 2012. The city of Dallas is also updating the current
freeway systems around campus. Over the next few years, the addition of the DART stop
and updated renovated streets and highways will mean enhanced access for UD students
to the greater Dallas and Fort Worth areas.
If my student attends the University of Dallas, what kind of academic environment
will he/she find?
The academics at UD are rigorous, and students are challenged to think and be an active
participant in their learning. This starts with reading the Great Books, then students
discuss Western tradition as a whole in Core classes and finally they learn to formulate
their ideas in dialogue and on paper and present them to their peers. Small class
sizes guarantee that your student will interact with our professors and their peers
as they prove that truth and virtue still exist and can be discovered through an education
in the Great Books.
Does the University of Dallas have a reputation for academics? Is it ranked?
The University of Dallas was the youngest college or university in the 20th century
to be honored with a Phi Beta Kappa honors chapter. UD is ranked as a "Best College" by The Princeton Review, a "Best
Buy" by the Fiske Guide to Colleges, one of America's best in U.S. News & World Report's
2012 Best Colleges rankings and Forbes magazine named UD one of America's Best Colleges.
The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College has also designated UD as one of the
top Catholic colleges in the United States.
Other UD distinctions include an 85% acceptance rate for pre-med students into medical
school and a 90% acceptance rate for pre-law students into law school. Overall, 80%
of UD students continue their education at graduate or professional schools. UD also
has one the highest participation rates for students who study abroad; currently the
vast majority of UD students spend a semester on our campus in Rome, Italy.
Where should I send my student if he or she needs any help with classes, registration,
tutoring or any other academic issues?
Students should first seek the assistance of the professor of the class they need
help with. Professors and Advisors can provide support and point students in the right
direction for tutoring. The Academic Success Office is also a great place for students to seek assistance.
What is the Core Curriculum?
The Core Curriculum is comprised of 60 hours, most of which are taken during your student's first two
years at UD. The Core is shared between all majors, meaning every student has the
unique opportunity to study works that have been the most influential in shaping and
revolutionizing the history of the Western World. All UD students and alumni are familiar
with the original works of Homer, Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, Shakespeare, Milton,
and other great thinkers who make up Western tradition as it is known today. As students
discuss and reflect upon the information embedded in many of the greatest works and
stories ever written, they realize that there are many common themes and conversations
throughout the Core. This type of liberal arts curriculum challenges students to think
independently, write intellectually, and communicate effectively. Whether our graduates
become teachers, doctors, scientists, lawyers, or priests, they will be able to reflect
back upon the Core curriculum which helped them realize who they are as an "independent
thinker." Visit the Core curriculum webpage to learn more.
Does the University of Dallas offer tutoring?
Peer and graduate student tutors are available in many departments on campus. A writing lab is available to edit essays for students before they are turned in for a final grade.
Most of the tutoring services offered on campus are free of charge. Study groups are
also very popular and easy to manage, since most of the students live on campus. The
best way to find out about tutoring opportunities is to ask your professor. They may
be able to suggest a student tutor, study group, or classmate for your student to
use to help them in a particular class.
How will my student choose his or her major?
Students are not required to choose their major until the end of their sophomore yearin
fact, "Undecided" is the most popular freshman major. Students can focus on the Core
classes for their first two years at UD while they learn more about the different
classes and professors in each major. UD currently offers 25 majors, 30 concentrations,
and 10 pre-professional programs that students can choose from and even combine to
fit their unique interests. Each semester, your student will be required to meet with
a faculty advisor. Their advisor can help them determine which undergraduate program
is the best option for them based on what they want to do while they are a student
and once they graduate from UD. For a complete list of majors offered at UD and more
information visit the majors webpage.
When do classes end for the fall semester and when will final exams be over in the fall?
The final exam schedule is based upon the student's class schedule. For more information,
contact the Registrar's Office at 972.721.5221.
How much does the University of Dallas cost?
Tuition and fees, along with other important financial information can be found on
the tuition and fees webpage.
How do students apply for financial aid?
The Admissions and Financial Aid Office can help you with the financial aid process.
What type of financial aid will be available to my student?
Approximately 95% of UD students are awarded financial aid and/or scholarships. Students
qualify for scholarships based on their academic merit. To estimate the financial
aid and scholarship options for UD, please use the Financial Aid and Scholarship calculator. Financial aid is available to students with financial need as established through
the FAFSA (www.FAFSA.ed.gov). On average, UD students are eligible for $14,000-$16,000 in merit
based scholarship and need-based aid.
What scholarships are available?
UD has numerous scholarship opportunities. Please visit the Scholarships and Awards webpage for information about each award and the deadlines for the awards.
Who can I speak to about my student's tuition bill?
Questions about a student's bill can be directed to email@example.com, 972.721.5144
or the Student Account Services webpage.
How can I have the Yearbook fee removed from my child's account?
The Yearbook fee can be removed by filling out the Opt Out of Yearbook form before
the mid-September deadline.
What is my student's mailing address?
Address mail to your student at:
First Name Last Name
University of Dallas
1845 E. Northgate Dr.
Irving, TX 75062
What is the residency requirement at the University of Dallas?
The majority of UD's student body is required to live on campus until they are 21
years of age, married, or have senior standing. On-campus housing options include
traditional freshman dorms, on-campus apartments, and a brand new suite-style resident
hall with one, two, and three person options. Students who live on campus will also
have a meal plan (unless in Student Apartments) and declining balance which can be
used at the Haggar cafeteria or the Rathskeller.
How can I change my child's meal plan?
Contact the Office of Student Affairs at (972) 721-5323 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How much does it cost to do laundry on campus?
Room rates include the cost of laundry. Campus residents can do as much laundry as
needed under this plan.
When do the residence halls open at the beginning of the fall semester?
New incoming freshmen may move into the residence halls at the beginning of New Student
Orientation when advised to do so. If a student has any boxes that have been shipped
from home, they may also pick those up from Printing and Postal on that same Friday
afternoon before 5:00 pm. For more information, visit the new student information
page, or contact the Office of Student Affairs at 972.721.5323 or via email to email@example.com. Continuing students can move into the residence halls and student apartments beginning
the following Sunday, at 8:00 am.
When do the residence halls and student apartments close at the end of the spring
All residents must be completely moved out of their residence hall by the end of finals
on Friday, at 10 am. Upon moving out, students must complete either the resident hall
online checkout form or the student apartment online checkout form. Residents of freshman
halls and the student apartments must return their room/apartment keys to their Resident
Assistant or to the Campus Safety Office. Contact the Office of Student Affairs at
972.721.5323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Will there be food available on campus during Easter break?
No, there will be no contract food service available on campus from the cafeteria
or the Rathskeller during the Easter break, even though the residence halls will remain
open. The last meal served will be lunch on that Thursday, and meals will resume
with dinner on the following Monday. For more information, contact the Office of Student
Affairs at 972.721.5323 or email@example.com.
My child has extraordinary circumstances that affect travel to or from school. Can
arrangements be made for early arrival or late departure from the residence hall?
It is generally possible to make arrangements for students with extraordinary travel
circumstances to move in or out of their residence hall room at a day later than the
hall opening or closing dates. However, this typically is accompanied by a charge
of $20 per night for each day the the students stays on campus when the hall is closed.
Relocation may also be necessary. Please complete the late departure request form
or early arrival request form or email Betty Perretta at firstname.lastname@example.org with details about the extraordinary circumstances and she will contact you with
the housing arrangements and any charges incurred.
My child has a maintenance issue in his/her dorm room. How can this be fixed?
Your child should complete an online work order with the Facilities department, [if submitting from a computer on campus] or work order if submitting from a computer
off campus. If you have issues submitting this form, contact Facilities at 972.721.5296.
What is the cost for on-campus housing?
Housing charges are based upon where the student will be residing. The charges differ
for the freshman halls, the New Hall, and the Student Apartments and also differ form
room type. A list of these charges can be found on the Housing Rates Sheet. Contact
the Office of Student Affairs at 972.721.5323 or email email@example.com for more information.
Where will my son or daughter go if he or she becomes ill?
Students who become ill during the school year can report to the Student Health Service
Clinic. Dr. Lora Rodriguez is our on campus physician and is available Monday through
Friday in the afternoons for appointments and walk-ins. Health Services also educates
students on health concerns and illnesses that can affect a college campus. Health
Services can also coordinate with counseling services for students with mental health
concerns. For emergency care, multiple hospitals and clinics are located within minutes
of campus. Consult the Student Health Clinic webpage for more information.
Will I be informed if my son or daughter is ill?
If it is an emergency, parents of a student will be notified. Otherwise, the student
needs to sign a release of information form from the Health Center to release personal medical information to anyone, including parents.
How do out-of-state students get their monthly prescriptions refilled?
Students can visit the Student Health Clinic for a consult.
What vaccination do students need before coming to campus?
Students are required to have proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella,
meningitis, hepatitis B and tetanus. Students at risk for tuberculosis must provide
documentation of tuberculosis screening within the past year. A complete Medical History
Form must be received in the Office of Student Affairs before a student is allowed
to register for classes or live on campus. Exemptions must be processed through the
State of Texas.
Are students required to have health insurance?
Yes, it is mandatory for all full time UD undergraduate students to have health insurance.
To waive the UD student health insurance, fall students must complete an online waiver
form by the publicized date in mid-September. The deadline for new spring enrollees
is in early February. Verification of private insurance is required on the form.
All students who do not complete the insurance waiver form are automatically charged
for the University student health insurance. Information about the mandatory student
insurance program can be found in the 'Student Insurance' section on the Health Services webpage.
Can you explain the UD student health insurance process and what the insurance covers?
All UD students are required to be covered by health insurance. As a result, all
undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in and charged for the University
of Dallas Health Insurance plan through Aetna at the beginning of each academic year.
As many students are already covered by health insurance, there is the option of waiving
the UD health insurance by submitting current health insurance information, which
will remove the health insurance charge from the student's account. the waiver process
is done entirely online and can be found on the Aetna Student Health website. The
deadline for waiving the UD health insurance is Saturday, September 21, 2013. After
this date, the student's coverage is locked in for the entire year and the charge
cannot be removed. Failure to waive by the deadline implies acceptance of the policy
and the related charges. For information about what the UD health insurance specifically
covers, visit the University of Dallas page on the Aetna Student Health website.
For additional information, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 972.721.5323
How does the student health insurance work while my child is in Rome?
Students are still required to have health insurance while in Rome. If the student
is enrolled in the University of Dallas health insurance, the coverage, via reimbursement,
applies in Europe as well as in the United States (factor in currency exchange rates).
For more information, please visit the travel coverage section of the Aetna Insurance
What is the biggest adjustment my student will face when he or she comes to college?
Students face a number of adjustments over the course of their first year at college.
Initially, their biggest issue is often homesickness. It can take some time to get
used to living away from home, sharing a living space with someone they have never
met before - all without the close support system that parents and families represent
for them. Later on in the semester, roommate issues may arise and academic pressures
begin to build up as students realize the great amount of time and effort it takes
to succeed at UD.
Fortunately, UD has plenty of resources available for students at each stage of their
adjustment to life at UD. The Counseling Center has a licensed counselor available
to speak with students regarding anything from homesickness to anxiety or any other
issue they would like to discuss.
For roommate issues we encourage students to talk to one another to resolve the problem;
Resident Assistants are available to help mediate the discussion. Students facing
academic difficulties are advised to talk with their professors and/or advisors.
What kinds of athletics are available to students at UD?
A variety of sports activities are provided to nurture the physical well being of
the community and to provide an opportunity for students to compete in sports in an
educationally sound environment. The University of Dallas currently offers 14 intercollegiate
sports for men and women on the non-scholarship, Division III level of the National
Collegiate Athletic Association. More information about UD Athletics can be found
on the Athletics webpage.
What activities are available for my student at UD?
Student Activities puts on frequent events around campus. These events include TGIT, movies, dances,
and excursions off campus in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. The Residence Hall Association also puts on various hall and campus wide events throughout the school year. There
is a Club and Organization Fair at the beginning of each semester so students can
learn about the various clubs and organizations offered on campus. Check out the various
Clubs and Organizations to which your student can join.
What happens if my student decides to study on the Rome campus?
Studying abroad is very popular for college students. In order to make studying abroad
easier on the students and the parents, UD owns a campus in Rome, Italy, where students can continue to take Core classes. They can study Western
tradition at its heart while living in an Italian villa overlooking a working vineyard.
Most UD students go to Rome during their sophomore year. The tuition in Rome is the
same as a semester on the Irving campus.