founded in 1850 by the society of mary (the marianists), a group of visionary leaders who knew that consistent change was necessary for constant growth, the university has grown into a top-tier catholic university.
ud students are bold thinkers and servant leaders who use their gifts and talents to make a positive impact on the world. more than 8,000 full-time undergraduates and 2,600 graduate and law students call ud "home," and our 90 percent retention rate shows that students love ud.
in fiscal year 2018, we had $150 million in research sponsorship. to top it off, the university is the no. 1 catholic university for sponsored engineering research and development – and no. 1 in the nation for sponsored materials research and development.
we are pioneering partnerships with visionary companies. ge aviation and emerson built research facilities right on campus so our students and faculty work side-by-side with professionals to create solutions to real-world problems.
the university achieved a gold stars ranking for its sustainability efforts, and sierra magazine ranked us on its "top 20 coolest schools" list for displaying a deep and thorough commitment to protecting the environment.
the university invests $164 million in our students each year through generous financial aid awards, and approximately 97 percent of first-year students receive financial aid. the princeton review named ud among the top "best value colleges" in 2019.
to ensure students have a successful college experience – and peace of mind regarding their degree – we created a four-year approach to tuition that's based on total transparency. here, students' scholarships and grants grow each year to offset tuition increases, so the tuition they pay stays the same all four years. students will also never be surprised when they receive their bill; there are no surcharges or fees.
the flyers compete at the ncaa division i level, and teams that have advanced to the postseason in the last decade include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball. our basketball teams reached the elite eight in 2014 (men) and 2015 (women).