Points of Pride

  • Forty-nine 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 380 Colleges guidebook. The university was also ranked fourth in the "Most Religious Students" category and third in the "Most Popular Study Abroad Program" category.
  • Named to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, remaining 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 #276 spot on the list of 650 schools, placing us third in Dallas/Fort Worth and seventh in Texas.
  • Ranked No. 18 on Best College Review's list of “The 20 Best College Summer programs for Gifted Students"; we were also named the eighth most popular Great Books program.
  • Thirty-eight students have been named Fulbright scholars over UD's 60-year history.
  • Ranked second among 30 Texas colleges and universities (12th out of 124 schools in the West Region) of a similar size in the 2017 America's Best College rankings by U.S. News & World Report. 
  • Recognized as one of America's top 300 colleges and univesities for women (#61) in the 2017-18 Women's Choice Award. 
  • 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 annual "What Will They Learn?" college ratings announced by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni; we were also designated one of 21 Hidden Gems.
  • Studio arts program was named one of the top programs in the nation by PARADE magazine.
  • The Catholic Biblical School in the Neuhoff 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.
  • The Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a distinction earned by less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide.
  • Our cybersecurity program is one of 127 university programs worldwide, and 11 in Texas, designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. UD has been a Center of Academic Excellence since 2003 as designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Approximately 80 percent of pre-med and 90 percent of pre-law graduates are accepted into professional schools.

News

Parents Support University in Late Daughter's Memory

Mike Kiegerl's youngest daughter, Christine, would have graduated from UD in the Class of 1994, but just before her graduation, she was struck by an impaired truck driver and died instantly. Kiegerl and his wife, Peggy, established the Christine S. Kiegerl Memorial Scholarship in their girl's memory in 1997.

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UD in Service: Ph.D. Students Share 'Confessions' in South Irving

UD students not only read St. Augustine's "Confessions" in Rome, traveling to Ostia to marvel at the place in which, according to Book IX, St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica, had a joint mystical vision of God — they also travel 4.4 miles from the Irving campus to read the text with residents of South Irving.

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