Since 1956, the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, has earned a national reputation for fidelity to Catholicism and strong academics. Its slogan “The Catholic University for Independent Thinkers” captures well the University’s atmosphere and student body.
Dallas has a comprehensive core curriculum which emphasizes the classics of Western civilization and includes three philosophy and two Catholic theology courses. Students can choose from more than two dozen majors, rooted in the typical liberal arts disciplines. The Rome semester at the University’s campus just south of Rome has long been regarded as a model for other colleges, and most sophomores participate.
Most students are Catholic, but the University does not track or report the number of professors who are Catholic, which raises concerns about faculty hiring policies which should favor Catholic applicants. All theology professors have a mandatum from the local bishop.
Spiritual life is faithfully Catholic, with daily Mass, Confession times four days a week, FOCUS Bible study, and other programs. About half the student residences are appropriately single-sex—others separated by floor or apartment—but regrettably opposite-sex visitation is allowed in student rooms until late at night, with only an open-bolt policy that requires doors to be slightly open. Activities include more than 45 student clubs and 15 varsity sports teams in the Southern Collegiate conference of NCAA Division III.
For a good price, fidelity, and a great academic program, the University of Dallas understandably draws Catholic students from nearly every state in the country.
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The University of Dallas graduates many faith-filled leaders in the academic, business, legal, and medical fields and has helped foster many vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The Rome semester is highly regarded for both academic quality and the experience of Europe and the Vatican.
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