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University of Dayton - one of 28 universities to receive national honor

Read about the University of Dayton, OH, receiving National honors among 28 Universities in the US for its leadership in recruiting, supporting, and graduating lower-income students. UD is the only school in Ohio and the only Catholic institution nationwide to earn the distinction.


Bloomberg Philanthropies and the American Talent Initiative named UD as one of 28 colleges and universities — including Ivy League and flagship public universities — for our leadership in recruiting, supporting, and graduating lower-income students. UD is the only school in Ohio and the only Catholic institution nationwide to earn the distinction. “UD has demonstrated the will and the skill to find, support, educate, and launch low-income students into lives of opportunity and impact,” said Dan Porterfield, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute (which manages ATI alongside Bloomberg Philanthropies). Porterfield, along with leaders from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Wilpon Family Foundation, visited campus to hear from students and alumni in signature programs that helped us earn the High-Flier status. At the event, Porterfield said, “The University is a national leader in this area. It has some really distinctive assets: the Marianist tradition, the Catholic respect for the whole person, and the understanding of the dignity of each and every person. These values are so profound here, so you start the work in a position of moral leadership.” Learn more about UD’s High-Flier designation as well as a few of the programs that played key roles in earning the recognition:

  • Flyer Promise Scholars. Launched in 2017, the program makes a UD education more accessible for academically talented students from underserved backgrounds, and 92% of Flyer Promise students graduate in four years. Learn more about the Flyer Promise Scholars program.

  • Kessler Scholars Program. Part of the national Kessler Scholars Collaborative, a collection of 16 colleges and universities nationwide that are transforming the undergraduate experience for first-generation college students. Learn more about the Kessler Scholars Program at UD.

  • UD Sinclair Academy. Students can earn an associate degree at Sinclair and then transfer their credits to UD toward their bachelor’s degree. There are 100-degree pathways available for students. Plus, they can access all of the benefits of UD for all four years. Learn more about the UD Sinclair Academy.



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Congratulations!!!! You make us all proud!!!

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