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UD sees record overall enrollment, most diverse student body : University of Dayton, Ohio

The University of Dayton enters the 2021-22 academic year with record overall enrollment and its most diverse student body in history.

Nearly 8,700 undergraduate students start classes Aug. 23, including about 2,150 first-year students. Nearly 10% of the incoming class is the first in their family to attend college. Nearly 20% are eligible for the federal Pell Grant, a financial aid award for undergraduates who demonstrate a significant financial need. Nearly 19% are from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. The University also expects growth in graduate and professional enrollment, and total enrollment is expected to exceed 11,500, which eclipses UD’s record high established last year.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome students back to campus, and especially proud the University’s efforts to enroll and support students from all backgrounds are making campus a more diverse and inclusive community,” said Jason Reinoehl, vice president for strategic enrollment management. “The incoming class further builds on our success of improving access and affordability by being completely transparent about our price and creating many new programs and offices to support military-affiliated students, lower-income and transfer students.”

The UD Sinclair Academy welcomes 90 new students this year. The program significantly reduces the cost of a bachelor’s degree, offers dual enrollment at UD and Sinclair Community College, academic advisors on both campuses, clear pathways so students know exactly what classes count toward their degree, and the opportunity to join UD clubs and use university facilities while taking classes at Sinclair.

Additionally, Flyer Promise Scholars welcomes 40 new students. The program offers leadership opportunities and removes financial barriers for high-achieving students at partner high schools. It has a near-perfect retention and graduation rate.

The new school year also marks the start of classes at The Hub Powered by PNC, fulfilling UD’s commitment with The Entrepreneurs’ Center as the anchor tenant in the redevelopment of the historic Arcade building in downtown Dayton. Students from all majors will take advantage of the energy and collaboration with entrepreneurs, arts organizations, nonprofits and community groups fostered by the Hub.

Other highlights include growth in international enrollment following the COVID-19 disruption to global travel. International students will make up nearly 9% of the student body. The Women in Science & Engineering Integrated Learning Living Community also expands with 92 new first-year STEM students. UD’s computer science master’s degree and education doctoral degree in leadership for organizations see major growth as well. Nearly 300 incoming students double enrollment in the computer science master’s program. Education doctoral enrollment is also up nearly 50% over last fall to more than 270 students.

The University will celebrate new students and faculty at convocation Aug. 21. Classes begin Aug. 23.

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