Elizabeth Griffin Smith

Lizzie Griffin

Director of Admission

Hometown: Anahuac, TX

Alma Mater: University of Dallas, 2009, 2013

Degree: B.A. Politics, concentrations in Spanish and International Studies, M.B.A. Marketing Management

Why I love UD/Why I Recruit for UD: I love UD for many reasons, not the least of which is the unique educational experience that it offers. The Core curriculum provides students with a challenging, interesting, comprehensive and thought-provoking education. The Rome Program is truly life-changing and is an invaluable opportunity for our students. UD students value learning for the sake of learning, but they also love to have a good time and really make the most of their four years here. It is easy to make friends at UD, and UD students possess the character that makes them the kind of person that you want to be friends with for the rest of your life.

Favorite Spot on Campus: The softball field

Where Do You Hang Out in Dallas? You can usually find me on the Katy Trail walking with my dog, Chester, or perusing the shops in the Bishop Arts District with my husband, Tim.

Favorite Book: This is an unfair question to ask of a liberally-educated individual!  However, I did particularly enjoy Pride and Prejudice, Life of Pi and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Favorite Place to Eat in DFW: There are too many to choose from! I love Cosmic Café for vegetarian food, Breadwinners for brunch and Torchy’s Tacos for unique taco creations.

Favorite UD Event: Charity Week

Favorite/Coolest Place I have Visited: Prague was definitely a highlight of my time in Europe during my Rome semester. I have also been to Mexico City and seen the tilma of San Juan Diego with the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which was very important for me since I have heard the story of this apparition since I was a little girl.

Advice to Prospective Students: I cannot overemphasize the importance of a campus visit! This is the best way to get a firsthand perspective of the places where you could potentially be spending the next four years of your life. Ask lots of questions, not just of admission office staff, but also of professors and students that you meet on campus.

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For the UD community, the beginning of the spring semester also means that another significant event is on the near horizon: Groundhog 2018. It's the 55th Groundhog celebration at UD, and this year, we think, might just be the best one yet. From refreshers on the standard information to some exciting new additions we're trying out this year, here's what you need to know about the night the Groundhog will dance with the promise of spring.

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Annual MLK Day Symposium Fosters Discussion on Spirituality of Nonviolence and Inclusion

After spending nearly a decade in the banking industry, Sister Josephine (Toni) Garrett, C.S.F.N., BA '03, began searching for ways to build upon her Catholic faith, and on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, she fostered a discussion on discipleship and discernment as she delivered the university's annual Martin Luther King Day Symposium lecture titled "I've Been to the Mountaintop: Reflections on a Spirituality of Nonviolence and Inclusion."

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UD Gathers Renowned Catholic Journalists to Examine the Modern Papacy

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