University of Dayton officials credit the growth of academic programs for the record student body they expect this school year.
Despite fewer freshman heading to the University of Dayton this year than the last two, the private Catholic campus expects to welcome more than its previous record of 11,300 total students across its undergraduate, graduate, law and doctoral programs when classes start Wednesday.
More than 2,050 first-year students will begin moving in Friday. While one of the largest and most academically gifted class in the university's history, according to a statement from the college, the class size is 150 fewer than the 2,200 last year and 200 fewer than the 2,250 that were expected to start in 2017.
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Part of this year’s growth comes from the new bachelor of science in nursing program in partnership with Sinclair Community College, according to the statement.
The university has also grown its international population with the UDayton Global program in partnership with Shorelight Education.
Nine new graduate programs have been created at the University of Dayton in the last five years; these along with other new options like the Law@Dayton hybrid juris doctorate, online Master of Business Analytics, online Doctor of Education in Leadership for Organizations and online Applied Behavior Analysis have also increased enrollment, according to the statement.
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The class of 2023 sets a new record for the most students that are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant at 18 percent, according to the release.
“We are committed to improving financial access for talented students who might have thought a University of Dayton degree was out of reach,” said Jason Reinoehl, vice president for strategic enrollment management. “In recent years, the University has championed a transparent tuition model, created new programs and pathways and been a leader in the national American Talent Initiative to expand access to an excellent education for students regardless of their income level.”
Traffic near the University Friday will likely be busier as the class begins move in.
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