University of Dallas

  • University of Dallas

    Irving, TX

  • University of Dallas

    Irving, TX

  • University of Dallas

    Irving, TX

  • University of Dallas

    Irving, TX

  • University of Dallas

    Irving, TX




Catholic Faculty


Catholic Students


On-campus students in single-sex dorms


Since 1956, the University of Dallas (UD) has earned a national reputation for excellence in both its fidelity to Catholicism and its academics, especially its core curriculum, which emphasizes the classics of Western civilization known as the Great Books. 

Although founded by the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur, UD has always been an independent university governed by a board of trustees, composed largely of alumni and lay business leaders from the Dallas area. There are a few Catholic religious figures on the board, most notably the bishops of the Dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth, but no diocesan control. 

As part of its mission statement, UD declares: “The University is dedicated to the recovery of the Christian intellectual tradition, and to the renewal of Catholic theology in fidelity to the Church and in constructive dialogue with the modern world.” 

Located in Irving, 15 miles outside of Dallas, the University draws students from 49 states and 30 countries. Graduate students comprise approximately half of the student body, but the undergraduate population of more than 1,400 is growing rapidly. 

There are 30 majors rooted in the typical liberal arts disciplines. Included are classics degrees in Greek or Latin and a studio arts program, and nursing and engineering are available through cooperative degree programs. But unlike most contemporary universities with a range of departments and majors, UD students must take half of their courses in a rigorous, comprehensive core curriculum to receive an undergraduate degree. 

UD alumni go on to become leaders in the academic, business, legal, and medical fields, among others. The University also claims 11 bishops, 225 priests, and 70 religious brothers and sisters among its alumni. 

Along with its Catholic tradition, the University has the distinction of having gained a Phi Beta Kappa chapter faster than any other institution in the 20th century, one of the highest percentages of National Merit Finalists per capita of any Catholic college or university in the United States, and 38 Fulbright scholars. 

UD has had a long relationship with a number of religious orders, including the Cistercians, Franciscans, Dominicans, Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur, and School Sisters of Notre Dame. 

In March 2021, the University announced Jonathan Sanford, PhD, as its new president.  Sanford taught for 13 years at Franciscan University of Steubenville before becoming dean of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts at UD in 2015.

Tuition at UD is comparable to other private institutions in the area: $47,052 for tuition, room and board. The University provides generous financial aid, which 96 percent of students receive, and it participates in federal grant and loan programs.


In addition to its orthodox Catholicism, the University is widely respected for intellectual rigor and quality of teaching. Eighty-nine percent of the full-time undergraduate and graduate faculty hold a doctorate or highest degree in their field. An impressive 85 percent of pre-med students are accepted into medical schools, and the average LSAT score for graduates is in the 75th percentile.

Resisting the nationwide trend of making colleges more like training centers, UD requires a two-year sequence of 60 credit hours as follows: four courses each in English and history, three in philosophy, two in theology (Scripture and Church history/theology), and one each in economics, politics, biological science, physical science, fine arts, and mathematics. Students must also reach an intermediate level in a classical or modern language.

The core courses emphasize critical thinking and the fundamental principles of each discipline, drawn from the Great Books. There is a heavy emphasis on Greek thought and Catholic works, but students also read Shakespeare, de Tocqueville, and a significant number of American authors including Thomas Jefferson, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Nearly 80 percent of undergraduate students, most in their sophomore year, participate in the Rome program. The 15-credit semester is no vacation, and it is widely respected as one of the best in higher education. Students live and study in a 14-acre villa with a vineyard outside of Rome, complete with a 114-student residence hall and athletic facilities. The Pope’s summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, is visible from the campus. Students are immersed in the culture and intellectual tradition as they study Western Civilization I, Art and Architecture of Rome, Western Theological Tradition, The Human Person, and Literary Tradition III. 

Most of the majors are offered in the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, but undergraduates can also earn degrees from the business and ministry schools. UD offers majors and concentrations in several sciences, music, journalism, and other disciplines not found at many of the other Newman Guide-recommended colleges. Most majors require a senior thesis and/or a comprehensive examination as a degree requirement. Students are increasingly accepted into prestigious research or internship experiences and present the results of their projects at professional meetings.

Students benefit from several domestic institutes located at UD. These include the Center for Thomas More Studies, which sponsors courses, conferences, and publications related to the 16th-century English saint. 


The University invites students to experience an authentically Catholic environment “where faith plays a significant role in every aspect of life.” Students have access through campus ministry to daily Mass, Confession, retreats, community service, and faith-sharing groups.

Masses are offered twice daily at the campus Church of the Incarnation, where there are four Sunday Masses, including one on Saturday night. Confessions are heard four times a week and by appointment. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday-Friday during the academic year. 

Campus ministry has several programs, such as men’s and women’s ministries that focus on deepening the student’s life in Christ, film lectures, Scripture studies, an annual Awakening retreat offered to the whole student body, an annual religious vocations and volunteer fair, and daily Liturgy of the Hours in most residence halls. They also support and oversee a chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FOCUS missionaries on campus, and pro-life work through the active Crusaders for Life Club.

Social service activities are particularly strong in campus ministry, as they provide monthly community engagement opportunities through the Mercy Crew initiative, as well as the annual Alternative Spring Break program, which is open to all students. They also oversee and support student service clubs such as the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Best Buddies.

Students can share in the spiritual life of the on-campus Dominican Priory of St. Albert the Great, which includes eight Dominican friars, and the nearby Cistercian Abbey, Our Lady of Dallas, which has 26 Cistercian monks. 


All undergraduate students under the age of 21 or with fewer than 90 earned credit hours are required to live on campus. There are seven residence halls and a small number of apartments. 

Sexes are separated by floor in Clark Hall, which is reserved for upperclassmen; the other six residence halls are single-sex. O’Connell Hall, however, is a flex hall, and is either single-sex or separated by floor depending on the needs of the incoming freshmen class.  UD’s handbook specifies visitation times throughout the week, and overnight opposite-sex visitation is not allowed. 

UD prohibits immoderate and underage drinking, but students of legal age can consume and keep alcohol on campus. 

The health clinic at the Haggar University Center addresses routine medical issues, and there are several hospitals in the area, including Medical City Las Colinas and the Baylor Scott and White Medical Center at Irving. 

Nearby Dallas is a world-class city, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area includes nearly 7 million people. The region’s economy is largely based on health care, aeronautics, technology, communications, and banking. The cultural, sports, and social opportunities in the area are extensive. 

Crime in Irving is slightly above the national average, but the UD campus is relatively safe and free of violent crime. Most campus security violations are for alcohol abuse. 

UD is easy to reach, especially via the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, a key hub for American Airlines, and Love Field, the headquarters of Southwest Airlines. Amtrak is located in Dallas, and UD has its own Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Light Rail station on the Orange Line, which provides a direct link to DFW International Airport, Love Field, and downtown Dallas. 


The University encourages students to take part in the more than 50 clubs and organizations on campus. In addition to typical collegiate groups, there are a Venture Crew for outdoor exploration and camping, a swing dancing club for recreational and performance dance, and a Best Buddies program that works with children with special needs. 

UD students can enroll in Army and Air Force ROTC programs, and an ROTC Club helps students keep in top physical shape. 

The student government is reported to be strong and typically Catholic-oriented. In addition to an executive council, there is a Student Government Senate, which holds representatives from every class year as well as a representative from every residence hall on campus, an international student representative, and a commuter representative.

The weekly student newspaper, The University News, is impressive. The Rotary Club has a chapter at UD. Two language clubs – French and Spanish – are up and running.

The intramural sports program is one of the most popular activities on campus, including football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and softball. Recreational classes are offered in Zumba, yoga, boxing, and more. Past workshops and tournaments have included dodgeball, tennis, chess, and self-defense. 

UD is a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and fields 15 athletic teams in NCAA Division III competition. Sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball. 

 Every fall the junior class sponsors Charity Week, a major fundraiser for charitable organizations.  Traditional events include Charity Week Jail, Semi-Formal, Silent Auction, and Air Band. 

The student-led Campus Activities Board (CAB) provides a variety of social and academic events throughout the year, such as Oktoberfest, Battle of the Bands, and one of the nation’s largest celebrations of Groundhog Day. In addition to the major campus events programmed by CAB, there are Cap House concerts in the campus Cappuccino Bar, Monthly Quiz Bowls, and weekly TGITs (Thank Goodness It’s Thursday) celebrations with music, food, and activities for all. 

Bottom Line

The University of Dallas is a premier Catholic university in the United States. It combines an extensive core curriculum, often emphasizing classical works, with adherence to the Catholic intellectual tradition. It prides itself on educating students in truth, wisdom and virtue. UD has an impressive study-abroad semester with its Rome program; 80 percent of its students take advantage of this opportunity to immerse themselves in the classics in a region steeped in the antecedents of Western and Catholic thought. Many commentators and college rankings give the Rome program and the University high marks.

UD has served the Catholic community in Texas and throughout the nation for more than 60 years. It has weathered some storms, expanded, and remained faithful to its mission. A Catholic student interested in a challenging education in the heart of Texas would do well to consider UD.

Questions & Answers

Each year, the Newman Society asks the colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to answer the following questions. Below you will find the responses that we received directly from the University of Dallas.

Is your institution accredited by at least one regional or national education association? (Yes/No)


Please identify each accreditor and indicate whether it is approved by the U.S. Department of Education:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Please cite evidence of student or alumni accomplishment, such as graduation rate, graduate school placement, job placement, awards, etc.

Youngest institution to receive Phi Beta Kappa charter in 20th Century

49 total National Merit Scholars enrolled in the Constantin College of Liberal Arts

38 students named Fulbright scholars over university’s 62-year history

80% of pre-medical students are accepted by medical schools

Average LSAT score for graduates is in the 75th percentile

#3 nationally among all master’s institutions in terms of percentage of undergraduate students who study abroad

Among 24 institutions nationwide that best prepare undergraduates for the workforce as designated in the “What Will They Learn?” study of 1,070 colleges and universities

12:1 student/faculty ratio

93-97% of each graduating class (undergraduate) either employed or enrolled in continuing education within six months after graduation.

Please identify any notable public recognition of your institution’s academic quality in the last three years, such as rankings, awards, etc.

U.S. News & World Report – No. 14 among 140- regional universities in the West; No. 3 among 32 regional universities in Texas; No. 4 Best Value School in the West among 58 institutions.

Princeton Review – One of Best 384 Colleges in Nation; #1 in the “Most Conservative Study Body in Texas” category; #2 in the “Most Religious Students” category; #4 in the “Most Popular Study Abroad Program” category.

Forbes – #253 on the list of all 650 institutions; #1 Catholic institution in Texas and top 25 nationwide; #4 among all colleges and universities in North Texas.

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019.

Without neglecting difficult topics and ideas, how does your institution avoid leading students into serious error and spiritual harm through blasphemous, dissident, or heretical material in the bookstore, library, lectures, and course content?

As the UD mission states, “the University of Dallas is dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, of truth, and of virtue as the proper and primary ends of education. The university seeks to educate its students so they may develop the intellectual and moral virtues, prepare themselves for life and work in a problematic and changing world, and become leaders able to act responsibly for their own good and for the good of their family, community, country, and church.” This pursuit of truth is grounded in the truth of the Catholic faith. Our students examine the common heritage of the Western intellectual tradition in order to learn from it and to renew it. It is a hallmark of the Catholic intellectual tradition that it examines tradition and nature from the eyes of faith, perceiving in them and adopting from them all that is true, and rejecting what is false. Our curriculum and our mission are fully rooted in this practice of investigation and discernment.

How are the insights of the Catholic faith integrated throughout the curriculum and course content in all subject areas?

The undergraduate Core Curriculum and majors are designed to fulfill the mission of the university’s vision of truth, wisdom, and virtue as the proper ends of education. The majors and the core pursue truth within their particular disciplines as an end in harmony with the Truth of God as revealed in Revelation and guarded by the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, such that the truth of reason and the truth of faith cannot contradict each other. Not only do the Core courses in theology, “Understanding the Bible” and “Western Theological Tradition,” form both a foundation and an end of the Core Curriculum, the Core courses and majors in the humanities and sciences all recognize that there is a unity of truth, and that the various disciplines participate in that truth from their own perspectives and methods.

How does the institution’s academic program form students in love and knowledge of God, for sainthood?

The university’s mission states: “The university is open to faculty and students of all denominations, and it supports their academic and religious freedom. It thus seeks to provide an academic and collegial community which will help students acquire a mature understanding of their faith, develop their spiritual lives, and prepare themselves for their calling as men and women of faith in the world.” In preparing students to pursue truth, wisdom and virtue, we call the students to develop both the intellectual and moral virtues and to be ready to receive the gifts of the theological virtues, so as to “become leaders able to act responsibly for their own good and for the good of their family, community, country and church.”

How does the institution’s academic program prepare students for the renewal of culture in the light of Christ?

As the university’s mission states, “The university as a whole is shaped by the long tradition of Catholic learning and acknowledges its commitment to the Catholic Church and its teaching. The university is dedicated to the recovery of the Christian intellectual tradition, and to the renewal of Catholic theology in fidelity to the Church and in constructive dialogue with the modern world.” The University of Dallas aims to provide the paradigm for Catholic university education into the 22nd century and beyond. Education is fundamentally a matter of culture-formation, and so the principal manner in which we contribute to the task of cultural renewal is through our education. We also provide specific courses and degree pathways that focus on the new evangelization, such as our undergraduate major in pastoral ministry.

What is the median SAT and ACT of your most recently admitted class? (Note that some colleges may not require one or both scores from all students) 

SAT: 1280


What is the median H.S. GPA of your most recently admitted class?


Are more than half of the current members of your faculty practicing Catholics? (Yes/No)

The University of Dallas as a Catholic institution is dedicated to following the norms established by the USCCB in “The Application for Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States.” As such we follow Article 4.4a: “In accordance with its procedures for the hiring and retention of professionally qualified faculty and relevant provisions of applicable federal and state law, regulations and procedures, the university should strive to recruit and appoint Catholics as professors so that, to the extent possible, those committed to the witness of the faith will constitute a majority of the faculty.”

Approximately what percentage of your current faculty members are practicing Catholics?

The University of Dallas does not report publicly the specific percentage of its faculty who are practicing Catholics.

Are members of your faculty officially informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the institution? (Yes/No)


How are faculty members informed of this responsibility?

As part of the hiring process, prospective faculty members are informed of the mission of the university and its Catholic character, they are invited to articulate their understanding of that mission and its Catholic character, and they are asked whether they can support this mission and Catholic character. All new faculty receive mission training as part of their orientation to the university, where study of the mission and the Catholic character of the university is foundational. Faculty are led to envision how they can incorporate this mission into each and every one of their courses.

Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to be faithful to the magisterium of the Catholic Church in all teaching activities? (Yes/No)

In accord with its fulfillment of the norms established by the USCCB in “The Application for Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States,” we follow Article 4.4b “All professors are expected to exhibit not only academic competence and good character but also respect for Catholic doctrine.” Our education of all faculty in the mission of the university and its Catholic character and the leadership of our academic administrators maintains this commitment, in line with footnote 37, which states: “The identity of a Catholic university is essentially linked to the quality of its professors and to respect for Catholic doctrine. The Church’s expectation of ‘respect for Catholic doctrine’ should not, however, be misconstrued to imply that a Catholic university’s task is to indoctrinate or proselytize its students. Secular subjects are taught for their intrinsic value, and the teaching of secular subjects is to be measured by the norms and professional standards applicable and appropriate to the individual disciplines.”

Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to conform to Catholic moral teaching in their public actions and statements both on and off campus?

In its criteria for the appointment, retention, promotion and tenure of faculty, the university “seeks to appoint and advance teaching faculty of good character who are committed to the purposes of the university (as stated in its mission), whose conduct as faculty members is supportive of these purposes and consistent with the ethics of the teaching profession, and who will be contributing and valued colleagues.” In accordance with its mission, “the university is open to faculty and students of all denominations, and it supports their academic and religious freedom.”

Do all Catholic faculty members make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)


Please identify key undergraduate faculty members who are noted experts in their field, have produced important publications, have leadership roles in academic associations, etc. and briefly describe such accomplishments (optional):

Greg Bell (Management), Sue Conger (I&TM), Bainard Cowan (English), Scott Crider (English), Scott Churchill (Psychology), Robert Dupree (English), William Frank (Philosophy),  Peter Hatlie (Classics/History), Sally Hicks (Physics), Thomas Jodziewicz (History), Theresa Kenney (English), Bob Kugelmann (Psychology), Tammy Leonard (Economics), Richard Olenick (Physics), Kim Owens (Art), Joshua Parens (Philosophy), Jonathan Sanford (Philosophy), Dennis Sepper (Philosophy), Gerard Wegemer (English), J. Lee Whittington (Management), Chris Wolfe (Politics), Robert Wood (Philosophy)

Additional faculty information, clarification, or description (optional):

Eighty-nine percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

Does the institution have a department of Catholic theology, distinct from “religious studies” and other disciplines?


Are courses in Catholic theology clearly identified and distinguished from other courses dealing with religion?


Does every faculty member in the theological disciplines have the mandatum (or the “canonical mission” for ecclesiastical faculties) approved by the appropriate Church authority, as required by Canon Law? (Yes/No)


Do all faculty in the theological disciplines make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)


Does your institution require that all theology courses be taught in a manner faithful to Scripture, Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium, and also to the principles and methods proper to Catholic theology? (Yes/No)


Please identify the theology courses that are included in the undergraduate core or distribution requirements and the professors who routinely teach those courses:

Theology 1310: Understanding the Bible

Theology 2311:  Western Theological Tradition

Andrew Glicksman, Mark Goodwin, Christopher Malloy, John Norris, Ronnie Rombs, Sr. Mary Angelica Neenan, O.P.

Please describe the place of Catholic theology in your institution’s undergraduate curriculum and how it is distinct from other institutions.

Catholic theology has a very important place in the undergraduate curriculum of the University and is taught in a variety of courses. The Theology Department plays a central role in teaching Catholic theology. Its focus is on the Catholic theological tradition, covering Scripture, moral theology, systematic theology, and the history of doctrine.

One distinctive feature of Catholic theology at the University is its focus on primary texts of the Tradition, rather than on secondary texts. Students engage, for example, the biblical text directly; they read Augustine’s Confessions; and Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica. As a result, students gain a firsthand and broad-based familiarity with the foundational writings of Catholic theological Tradition.

Additional theology information, clarification, or description (optional):

At the University of Dallas, theology is understood to be “faith seeking understanding,” a faithful listening to and a systematic, methodical articulation of the Word of God through the deeds and words of God first in encountered in Israel. These words and deeds culminate in Jesus Christ, himself both the mediator and sum total of Revelation, and are transmitted in the living Tradition of the Church.

The department’s mission is the recovery and renewal of Catholic theological Tradition in harmony with the Magisterium and in dialogue with contemporary thought. It teaches Catholic intellectual Tradition in four areas (biblical, moral, historical and systematic) through an academically rigorous curriculum.

Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:

English 1301: The Literary Tradition I; English 1302: The Literary Tradition II; English 2311: The Literary Tradition III; English 2312: The Literary Tradition IV; History 1311: American Civilization I; History 1312: American Civilization II; History 2301: Western Civilization I; History 2302: Western Civilization II; Philosophy 1301: Philosophy and the Ethical Life; Philosophy 2323:  The Human Person; Philosophy 3311: Philosophy of Being; Theology 1301: Understanding the Bible; Theology 2311: The Western Theological Tradition; Economics 1311: Fundamentals of Economics; Politics 1311: Principles of American Politics.

Please identify the courses that students may choose from in order to satisfy common curriculum distribution requirements:

One course in mathematics: geometry, statistics, calculus or linear point set theory.

One course in fine arts: art history, drama or music.

One course in biological science: general biology, human biology, biotechnology, Darwin or others.

One course in physical science: astronomy, chemistry or physics.

Zero to four language courses, depending on level of proficiency: must have language proficiency at intermediate II level.

How many credits are required for graduation and what percent are from core / distribution courses?

120 credits    50%

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more courses in which they are taught authentic Catholic doctrine and practice? (Yes/No)


If yes, please describe them generally and note how many courses are required?

Theology 1301: Understanding the Bible; Theology 2311: Western Theological Traditions.

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more interdisciplinary courses relating theology or philosophy with other disciplines? (Yes/No)


Additional core curriculum information, clarification, or description (optional):

Although UD does not have an interdisciplinary course dedicated to relating philosophy or theology to other disciplines, such relating happens regularly in major and other courses.

Number of majors:


List the major, minor and special program areas that students may choose for specialization while pursuing an undergraduate degree:

Majors – Art, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classical Philology, Classics, Comparative Literary Traditions, Computer Science, Drama, Economics, Economics and Finance, Education, English, Modern Languages (Italian, French, German and Spanish), History, Human and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Pastoral Ministry, Philosophy, Philosophy & Letters (for seminarians), Physics, Politics, Psychology and Theology

Cooperative Degree Programs – Nursing (Texas Woman’s University), Engineering (UT Arlington)

Concentrations – Accounting, American Politics, Applied Math, Applied Physics, Art History, Art Studio, Biblical Greek, Biopsychology, Business, Christian Contemplative Tradition, Classics, Comparative Literary Traditions, Computer Science, Drama, Education (Secondary),Environmental Science, Ethics,  Greek, Health Care Business, History & Philosophy of Science, Human Sciences in the Contemporary World, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, International Studies, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Language and Area Studies, Latin, Legal Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Modern Foreign Language, Molecular Biology, Musical Performance, Pastoral Ministry, Political Philosophy, Pre-Theology, Pure Math,  Sacred Music, and Studio Art

Pre-Professional Programs – Pre-Architecture, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy, Teaching Certification

What are the three most popular majors or specialty disciplines for undergraduate students, and about what percentage of undergraduate students specialize in these disciplines?

Biology 11%

Business 10%

English 8%

Does each undergraduate degree program require Catholic ethical formation related to the student’s major field(s) of study? (Yes/No)


Does your institution regularly provide academic events to address theological questions related to specialized disciplines? (Yes/No – if yes, please describe)

Yes. The Landregan Lecture brings to campus nationally prominent figures whose expertise reflects the many interests of alumnus Steven T. Landregan throughout his service to the Catholic Church in North Texas.

The Aquinas Lecture series is an annual event in which distinguished philosophers address contemporary topics in the spirit of Thomas Aquinas.

The John Paul II Lecture series is sponsored annually by the Theology Department.

This academic year UD brought in internationally recognized scholars on two occasions: 1) on the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, and 2) on the 20th anniversary of Fides et Ratio. In the spring they will host another scholar who holds doctorates in both biology and theology to discuss the relationship between faith and science. Other recent events include a year-long series on Catholic social thought, in which faculty from across the different disciplines discussed encyclicals pertaining to the topic. Similar smaller events take place all year long.

Does your institution require cooperation among faculty in different disciplines in teaching, research, and other academic activities? (Yes/No – if yes, please describe)

Yes. Faculty in multiple disciplines collaborate in a multitude of ways at the University of Dallas. An example of the interdisciplinary programs that have grown up over the years is Across the Core, a series of collegial and well-attended conversations between professors of different disciplines, regarding the university’s Core curriculum. Across the Core is available for students to take for credit. Another is the faculty conversation series “Fides et Ratio,” begun in 2006, focusing on the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Additional programs of study information, clarification, or description:

Engineering and nursing are cooperative degree programs with UT Arlington and Texas Woman’s University.

Does the institution have one or more priest chaplains on campus for the Sacraments and spiritual direction? (Yes/No)


On average, how many hours per week is a priest chaplain on campus and available to students?

35 hours

Please describe the priests who minister to students and celebrate the Sacraments on campus.

The University Chaplain is a Dominican Friar of the Southern Province of St. Martin de Porres; the Chaplain of the Rome campus is a secular monsignor who works at the Vatican. We have several priests who regularly celebrate the sacraments with our students both in Irving and Rome including: secular/diocesan priests, Cistercian monks, Opus Dei, Legionaries of Christ, Dominican friars, and Jesuits.

Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your priest chaplain(s)? (Yes/No)


Does the institution have one or more campus ministers on campus (lay or religious, but not priests) who are available to students for spiritual direction? (Yes/No)


Please describe the campus ministers who are not priests.

Nicholas Lopez, MTS, Director of Campus Ministry

Shelby Ponikiewski, Campus Minister for Faith Formation & Outreach

Does your institution offer Mass to students at least on Sundays and other days of obligation? (Yes/No)


On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year? 

About 70%. Not all students who attend UD are Catholic.

Does your institution offer daily Mass to students? (Yes/No)


On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?


Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students? (Yes/No – if yes, when and how often?)

No. For the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, other arrangements have been made by the bishop through the Diocese of Dallas.

Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives? (Yes/No)


Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):

Mo 12:05 & 5:00 p.m.,* no music, Ordinary Form in English

Tu 12:05, no music, Ordinary Form in English; 5:00p.m.,* Ordinary Form in Spanish

We 12:05 & 5:00 p.m.,* no music, Ordinary Form in English

Th 12:05, no music, Ordinary Form in English; 5:00 p.m.,* Gregorian chant, Ordinary Form in Latin

Fr 12:05 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.,* no music, Ordinary Form in English

Sa 12:05 p.m.,* no music, Ordinary Form in English

Sa 5:00 p.m., traditional/contemporary music, Ordinary Form in English

Su 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.,* traditional/contemporary music, Ordinary Form in English

* When classes are in session

Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly? (Yes/No)


List the schedule for Confession by day and time:

Mo 11:00 a.m.

We 11:00 a.m. & 9:00 p.m.*

Fr 11:00 a.m.

Sa 4:00 p.m.

Other: By appointment with the chaplain

*When classes are in session

Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly? (Yes/No)


List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:

Mo-Fr – 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.,* Wed: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.*

* When classes are in session

Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:

Adoration with Praise & Worship – Every other Thurs. 8:00  p.m.

Evening Prayer – Daily 5:45 p.m.

Rosary – Daily 8:00 p.m.

Liturgy of the Hours – Lauds and Compline at 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. daily in most residence halls.

Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually? (Yes/No)

Yes, three times per year

Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:

A vocation fair of over 30 communities each fall semester, as well as various other events in conjunction with the Diocese of Dallas Office of Vocations; semi-regular vocation discernment groups for men and women; periodic visits from groups of women religious throughout the year; connecting our students with vocations/spiritual directors. Priests of various communities are invited to celebrate Mass throughout the year, which allows exposure of many charisms to our students who are considering the priesthood. The diocesan director of vocations celebrates one daily Mass each week.

If your institution has formal vocation programs, about how many students participate in them each year?


Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.

Yes; 12 UD alumni have gone on to become bishops: Bishops Oscar Cantú ’89, Robert Coerver ’76, J. Douglas Deshotel ’74, Michael Duca ’74 & ’78, Daniel E. Flores ’83 & ’89, John Gregory Kelly ’78 & ’82, David Konderla ’89, Francis Malone ’74 & ’77, Shawn McKnight ’90, Mark Seitz ’76, Joseph Strickland ’81, Robert Francis Vasa ’76. Additionally, approximately 225 UD alumni are priests, and 70 are religious brothers and sisters.

Does your institution limit religious services and activities on campus (not including private prayer and devotions) to faithfully Catholic activities? (Yes/No)


Additional Chaplaincy information, clarification, or description (optional):

Students are encouraged to serve the liturgical worship of the community as sacristans, lectors, members of the choir, extraordinary ministers of holy Communion, and altar servers. All of these ministries are open to both men and women.

Please describe options for students to reside on and off campus:

The university requires matriculated undergraduate students under the age of 21 or with fewer than 90 earned credit hours (senior standing) to live on campus. Students who fall under the residency requirement must actually reside on campus. Married students, veterans and commuter students living with their parents at home (within a 50-mile radius of campus) do not fall under this requirement.

The university has seven residence halls and one apartment-style hall for upperclassmen still under the residency requirement.

What percentage of students reside in housing offered by your institution?


Does your institution offer only single-sex residence halls? (Yes/No)


What percentage of students living on campus live in single-sex residence halls?


If your institution offers co-ed residence halls, how are students of the opposite sex separated?

By floor or by apartment.

When are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit common areas of residence halls?

At any time

Are students of the opposite sex ever permitted to visit students’ bedrooms? (Not including irregular “open house” events, once or twice a semester.) (Yes/No – if yes, when?)

Yes. Mo-Th 1:00-10:00 p.m.; Fr –Sa 12:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.; Su noon-10:00 p.m.

If students of the opposite sex are visiting students’ bedrooms, does your institution require that doors are fully open and lights on? Please describe.

Students must follow the university’s open-bolt policy, as specified in the Student Handbook. A room’s deadbolt must be in the locked position with the door cracked open when a student of the opposite sex is permitted into a student’s room in traditional residence halls.

How does your institution foster sobriety and respond to substance abuse on campus, particularly in campus residences?

Students of legal drinking age are permitted to drink in moderation and store alcoholic beverages in their own residence hall rooms or in their student apartment if all other residents and guests of that room or apartment are of legal drinking age. If one roommate is of legal drinking age and the other roommate is not of legal drinking age, no alcohol can be possessed, consumed or stored in the room or apartment. Students of legal drinking age are not permitted to consume alcohol in the rooms of underage students. Underage students may not be present in a room where students who are of age are consuming alcohol.

How does your institution foster a student living environment that promotes and supports chastity, particularly in campus residences?

The university handbook specifies visitation times throughout the week, and overnight opposite-sex visitation is not allowed.

How does your institution foster Catholic prayer life and spirituality in campus residences?

The Office of Student Affairs, in conjunction with Campus Ministry, offers morning and evening prayer in the first-year residence halls Monday-Friday.

Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution that…

…foster spiritual development:

…engage in corporal works of mercy:

Crusaders for Kids – Spends positive time with young girls and boys with cancer or other diseases to distract them of their hardships by enjoying make-up parties, nail-polishing, games, pizza parties, and other group events which will attempt to lift up the children’s spirits and help them feel cheerful and optimistic towards the future.

Best Buddies – Works to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

Co-Workers in the Vineyard – Co-Workers in the Vineyard aims to form the spirituality of aspiring lay ministers through monthly and/or weekly fellowship to instill a sense of personal spirituality, ministerial identity, service to the Catholic Church, and individual call to holiness. Through their participation in Co-Workers in the Vineyard, aspiring lay ministry students will foster and grow in a prayer life rooted in sacred Scripture, spirituality supportive of ministry, and understanding of the theological realities of a vocation to ministry.

…address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):

Crusaders for Life – Works to defend life from conception to natural death and promotes the ideas of chastity and abstinence as proper God-given methods of birth control in accordance with the Catholic Church.

…address issues of social concern:

Alexander Hamilton Society – Sponsors debate and discussion on contemporary issues relating to foreign, economic, national security, and international relations.

College Republicans – As the official student group at UD of the National Republican Party, it works to cultivate Republican ideas on campus, provide opportunities for members to get involved in politics, and assists Republican candidates at all levels of government.

Rotaract Club – Provides an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

Society for Women – University of Dallas Society for Women is an organization dedicated to empowering women, particularly University of Dallas women, through service and education.

The Society of St. Joseph – A club dedicated to emulating the works of the foster father of Christ, St. Joseph. In order to achieve these ends, the Society will cultivate in its members: spiritual unity through regular prayer, steadfast charity through acts of service, academic excellence through group study and tutoring, school spirit through campus involvement, and brotherly friendship through our commitment, accountability and camaraderie.

…address particular academic interests:

Accounting & Finance Society – The Account and Financing Society (AFS) aims to promote fellowship among Accounting and Finance majors within the University of Dallas’ Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. The AFS shall endeavor to promote awareness of the University’s academic programs in Accounting and Finance, to recognize current students and alumni who have made noteworthy contributions to the accounting and finance fields, to build relationships between student members and local employers with the goal of assisting in job placement, and to represent collective student interests for Accounting and Finance majors at the University.

Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society – Stimulates interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in the biological sciences, and promotes the dissemination of information and new interpretations among students of the life sciences.

French Club – Strives to promote and appreciate the French language and culture.

German Club – The purpose of this organization is to foster German language, literature, arts and culture at the University of Dallas and in the Dallas area.

Investing Club – The University of Dallas Investing Club is an organization to educate and promote the financial tool of investing to the student body. Meetings will be held to discuss the importance of investing, to teach techniques and ways to invest as well as to have guest speakers to come in and talk to the student body on careers in the financial sector.

MarketShare – Advances the business education and experience of all its participants through student involvement in the UD, DFW and business community at large while promoting UD and the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business.

Philosophy Club – Works to foster a philosophical community and encourage philosophical discussion outside of the Core curriculum.

Pre-Health Society – Aids club members in their decision of whether to pursue particular careers in the healthcare field or not by meeting various representatives from many health professions schools.

Psychology Club – Fosters an appreciation for psychology as a human science with an emphasis on how psychology relates to students’ everyday lives and on service to those in need. Sigma Tau Delta – Alpha

Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society – Confers distinction for high achievement in English language and literature; provides cultural stimulation and promotes interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities; fosters all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing; promotes exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; exhibits high standards of academic excellence; and serves society by fostering literacy.

Society of Physics Students -Promotes an appreciation of and participation in the physical sciences.

Student Chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery- The primary goal of our organization is to expose members to computer science. This occurs primarily through various open instructional events. We also have a game project that aims to expose students to software engineering in a career-oriented manner while having fun.

Student Members of the American Chemical Society – Fosters an understanding of chemistry and related scientific issues in the undergraduate community in order to provide better opportunities and advise chemistry students.

UD Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology – Promotes student interest in microbiology and further improves the quality of the university’s microbiology program; provides support for students with respect to academic curriculum, research, employment.

UDLaw Society – Provides prospective law students with a forum to understand, discuss, and learn more about the different fields of law.

…address particular cultural interests:

African Students Association – African Students Association is a multicultural group of students attending the University of Dallas. Our mission is to create an awareness of the heritage and values of the general African culture in the University of Dallas environment.

Asian-American Student Association – Provides a venue for the support and understanding of the diversity and commonality of the Asian-American students; shares the different Asian cultural experiences with the wider University community; expands the enlightenment and purpose of the Asian-American student community to other academic settings.

Contra Club – Teaches and promotes English Country and Contra dancing among the student body.

Latino Association of Students – The purpose of this association is to share and practice our culture, values, and traditions with all the UD community. To serve our local community in all events they might need our help and support. To sustain communication with all the Latinos in the university and all those students who want to join us and learn about different cultures.

Indian Film and Culture Club – Promotes an understanding of Indian culture through film and cuisine exposition.

International Student Association – Enhances international understanding, friendship and diversity; promotes awareness and understanding of the University’s international student community.

Italian Club – Introduces and enhances the Italian culture to students in an exciting and interactive way.

Spanish Club – Seeks to bring to life the Latin and Spanish cultures at UD through food, art, literature and language.

Swing Club – Organizes and facilitates the social gathering of UD students for the purpose of learning and enjoyment of swing dancing.

UD Art Association – Brings together a diverse community of emerging and established artists and the public to advance the educational experience of the arts at UD.

…provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:

Lyrical Dance Ensemble – A performance group of dedicated dancers who attend weekly practice led by a captain. They practice ballet, jazz, and lyrical dance techniques and perform at the school once each semester. They are also looking into arranging a performance featuring this club and perhaps the performances of other students that take place as a form of community service at a retirement home.

Martial Arts Club – Provides practical self-defense instruction and practice, to offer a setting for martial arts sports, and acts as both a physical fitness regimen and outlet for stress for members and students of the University, all in a safe and controlled environment.

Rugby Football Club – Plays in the Texas Rugby Union in Men’s Collegiate Division II.

Tennis Club

University of Dallas Ultimate – Teaches, practices, competes and enjoys the sport of Ultimate Frisbee.

Venture Crew – Pursues forms of adventure where learning leadership qualities and outdoor survival techniques are necessary.

Intramural Sports

…please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:

Crusader Yearbook – Publishes the student yearbook.

Juggling Club – Spreads the joy of juggling to both students and faculty, as well as members of the local Dallas community.

Resident Hall Association – Brings high-quality programming to the residents of UD ranging from social to education to recreational. Strengthens the resident hall community and provides an overall healthier and more enjoyable living environment.

Campus Activities Board – Plans and runs the majority of events on campus.

UD Student Foundation – Serves the purpose of promoting school spirit and volunteering services among the student body, the local community, and university alumni with the hope of developing future leaders in their professional work.

Student Government – Fosters an enriched campus environment and builds a strong student community through promotion of academic and social traditions of the University.

Students for Veterans – Promotes the values of loyalty, honor, duty, respect, selfless service, integrity, and courage, as well as physical health and well-being to help develop future leaders.

University News – Publishes the weekly student newspaper of the University of Dallas.

If applicable, in which athletic Division and Conference does your institution compete? (Please specify NCAA, NAIA, etc. as well as Division level.)


What athletic teams are offered for men and women?


How do you help develop the mind, body, and soul of student-athletes?


Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching? (Yes/No)


How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?

Student clubs and organizations are required to uphold and follow the mission and vision of the University of Dallas. All operate under the supervision of a faculty/staff adviser.

Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives? (Yes/No)


How does your institution restrict student access to obscene and pornographic material, including computer and network access, the library, and the bookstore?

The university has placed a filter on the top 200 pornographic sites. If any of those sites are visited from anywhere on the campus network (including the library and bookstore), the user gets a page stating that the site they are trying to reach is against the university’s policy, and that if they feel the block is in error to contact IT (IT has had no such contacts).

As far as print materials in the library, we are guided by our collection development policy. The No. 1 priority of our selection is: “Materials to support accreditation requirements and academic recognition of departments as well as materials required to support the core programs in Constantin College of Liberal Arts, the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business, the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, and the Ann & and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry.” Any pornographic content is not appropriate to support academic departments or the Core Curriculum. If someone has a complaint about offensive materials in the collection, we have a resource objection form that students can submit; that submission will be taken to the Library Committee for discussion.

The university and Follett bookstores work from established guidelines regarding all products in the bookstore. Anything that might be considered questionable is brought up in a review in the regular monthly meetings between the EVP and the Follett Bookstore manager.

Additional Student Activities information, clarification, or description (optional):

Student clubs and organizations are required to uphold and follow the mission and vision of the University of Dallas. All operate under the supervision of a faculty/staff adviser.

Has your institution’s diocesan bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) officially recognized the institution as Catholic? (Yes/No)


Do your institution’s governing documents include or reference the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)


Do your institution’s governing documents or institutional policies require conformity to the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)


What is your institution’s mission statement?

As a Catholic university committed to liberal learning, the University of Dallas recognizes truth, wisdom and the other virtues as the primary ends of education. In both undergraduate and graduate programs, we educate the whole person through rigorous coursework, an unabashed commitment to excellence, and world-class faculty.  By this education our graduates cultivate a lifelong commitment to the pursuit of truth and justice so as to think and act for their own good and the good of their family, community, country, and church.

Does your institution have a written policy prohibiting awards, honors, or speaking platforms for individuals or organizations that defy, by public action or statement, fundamental Catholic moral principles including the sacredness and dignity of human life and the sanctity of marriage? (See United States bishops, “Catholics in Political Life.”)(Yes/No)


Please give or explain your campus speaker and honoree policy in light of Catholic moral teaching:

Honorees and major speakers at all-university events, for example at Commencement, are approved by the bishop.

Additional Institutional Identity information, clarification, or description (optional):

Invitations are evaluated on a case by case basis.

Describe the makeup of your institution’s undergraduate student body with regard to sex, religion, home state/country and type of high school (public, private, homeschool):

Total number of undergraduates: 1,471

Male: 45%  Female: 55%

Catholic: 74%  Other: 26%

Number of states represented:

Top three states: Texas, California, and Virginia

Students from top three states: 56%

Catholic HS: 35%  Homeschool: 14%

Private HS: 7%  Public HS:  44%

Most up-to-date information as of 12/13/18

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Are prospective and current members of your institution’s governing board(s) informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of your institution? (Yes/No)


Are more than half of the current members of your institution’s governing board(s) practicing Catholics? (Yes/No)


Do Catholic members of your institution’s governing board(s) make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)


Is your institution’s president a practicing Catholic? (Yes/No)


Does your institution’s president make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)


Additional Leadership information, clarification, or description (optional):

We are blessed to have the presence of Holy Trinity Seminary on our campus. It is a collegiate seminary which has grown 15% in size in recent years and is nearly at capacity. Additionally, the nearby St. Albert the Great Dominican Priory is now the novitiate for the southern and western provinces of the Dominican order. Our Lady of Dallas Cistercian Abbey is the largest Cistercian abbey in the U.S. and an essential partner in the University of Dallas enterprise. Our campus in Rome provides nearly 80% of our students an opportunity to study and participate in the life of the Church in a tangible manner.

A Message from the President

Thank you for taking the time to explore the University of Dallas through the Cardinal Newman Society’s Guide to faithful Catholic universities and colleges. At the University of Dallas, everything we do proceeds Ex corde Ecclesiae–from the heart of the Church. Whether considering our celebrated core curriculum that provides our students with a truly liberating and Catholic education, our outstanding majors that build upon the core in ways that prepare our graduates for the professional and personal lives that God is calling them to live, our wholesome campus culture that promotes virtuous living, or our vibrant campus ministry and liturgical life, we are dedicated to forming our students intellectual, morally, and spiritually.  Our graduates go on to make remarkable contributions as doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, scholars, teachers, civic leaders, priests, nuns, bishops, and outstanding mothers and fathers. At the University of Dallas, we are seeking to renew our culture through an unwavering commitment to an excellent education. Our students cultivate deep friendships through this education, with each other, with their professors, and ultimately with God. I encourage you to visit our campus and to see for yourself the intellectual and spiritual vibrancy of our university.

Jonathan Sanford, PhD.

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