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University of Dallas: Narrative Description


1845 East Northgate Dr.
Irving, TX 75062-4736
Tel: (972)721-5000
Free: 800-628-6999
Admissions: (972)721-5266
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Independent Roman Catholic, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1955. Setting: 750-acre suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $40.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $69,836. Educational spending 2003-04: $8162 per student. Total enrollment: 3,005. Faculty: 208 (121 full-time, 87 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 815 applied, 87% were admitted. 35% from top 10% of their high school class, 67% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 6 National Merit Scholars, 6 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,055 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 119 students, 45% women, 55% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 13 other countries, 44% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 16% Hispanic, 1% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 2% 25 or older, 61% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 8/1, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $27,437 includes full-time tuition ($19,604), mandatory fees ($807), and college room and board ($7026). College room only: $3296. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $823 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $807.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 42 open to all. Most popular organizations: SPUD (Programming Board), Residence Hall Association, student government, Best Buddies, Alpha Phi Omega. Major annual events: Charity Week, Groundhog, Mallapalooza. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 740 college housing spaces available; 650 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. William A. Blakley Library with 223,350 books, 75,554 microform titles, 583 serials, 1,636 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 125 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 150,000. Irving is a suburb of Dallas. The community enjoys a temperate climate. Transportation facilities in the community include a railroad, bus lines, excellent highways, and air lines at nearby Dallas and Fort Worth airports. The city has a public library, YMCA, many churches of various faiths, and hospital facilities. Some part-time employment is available. Local recreation includes four theaters, water sports on nearby lakes, and athletic facilities of neighboring communities. There are major civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations active in the area. The Dallas-Ft. Worth area has a population of nearly 3,000,000.

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