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mmurray's Avatar Jump to comment 18 by mmurray

Some research is always a good thing.

The University of Dayton (abbreviated and commonly referred to as UD) is a private Roman Catholic university operated by the Society of Mary located in Dayton, Ohio. The full-time undergraduate student enrollment is around 7,500, and total student enrollment is about 11,000.

The University of Dayton is one of the ten largest Catholic schools in the United States and is the largest of the three Marianist universities in the nation. It is also home to one of the largest campus ministry programs in the world. The university offers more than 70 academic programs in arts and sciences, business administration, education and allied professions, engineering and law. It was first in the country to offer an undergraduate degree program in human rights.

So not a university which only has a loose Catholic tradition. But I do like the the irony of that last line.

If you look at the admissions page no sign that you have to be a Catholic or have any religion. I would have thought that would be illegal in the US even for a private university. A lot of discussion of scholarships and funding. Seems that the fowls of the air would need a scholarship to attend as they neither sew nor reap.

Some more irony on the actual university website:

The University of Dayton is a Catholic, Marianist university. What does that mean to you? It means you will, of course, find a strong Catholic presence on campus, but you'll also find much more. You'll find a community of compassionate individuals who believe knowledge is the key to solving issues on a global scale and moving society forward. You'll discover expressions of faith in many ways, whether through worship at a late-night Sunday Mass in the student neighborhood or through a commitment to service and social justice. You'll have the freedom to define what faith means to you.

As Marianists, we are a worldwide family of Catholic brothers, priests, sisters and committed lay people. Our spirit of hospitality and inclusiveness permeates campus. What distinguishes us is our constant seeking of truth and knowledge in our overall mission to improve the world.

We ask big questions and take action in all realms of knowledge — the arts, sciences, religion, business, education, engineering and law.

We lead and we serve because we believe that the more people we help to develop compassionate hearts and critical minds, the better our world will be.

Sounds like they have a similar mission to RDF :-)


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