The University of Dayton Awards International Merit Scholarships

Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University of Dayton is a top-tier, doctoral-level university located in the Midwestern city of Dayton, Ohio

Apply for free using the University of Dayton Application or the Common ApplicationApplication materials should be emailed to

Already applied and looking to confirm enrollment and/or check on your application status? Log into your application portal here

How to Apply – First- Year and Transfer Students

International students applying for first-year or transfer admission to the University of Dayton must submit the following documents:

  • Application, including the essay. Student may apply through the University of Dayton Application or the Common Application. There is no application fee.
  • Official secondary transcripts (in language of original issue). Transcripts of all previously attended secondary schools, including dates of attendance, all subjects studied, grades earned and marks achieved on examinations;
    • Transcripts not issued in English should be accompanied by a certified English translation.
    • Proof of completion must also be provided in the form of a graduation date listed on the transcript, a diploma, or a certificate of completion. If secondary schooling is still in progress, this must be submitted as soon as completed and prior to enrollment at the University of Dayton.
    • Transcripts may be submitted directly from the secondary school  to the University of Dayton via:
  • Proof of English Proficiency. If your native language is not English, you are required to submit proof of English proficiency by submitting TOEFL, IELTS, PTE,  DET, SAT or ACT scores. Your scores should be sent to the University of Dayton directly from the testing center using code 1834 or for the ACT, code 3342.
  • Financial documentation. F-1 and J-1 students must provide a letter of financial support and a bank statement showing sufficient funds to cover the first year of study. These may be emailed to OR mailed to the address above.

Application Deadlines

The University of Dayton’s calendar year is divided into three terms. Application deadlines for international students are:

  • Fall term (August through December) — May 1  
  • Spring term (January through April) — November 1
  • Summer term (Transfer students only, May through July) — March 1

Should you be unable to attend a specific term, please return to your admission portal to submit a new application for a future term.


  • Once your application is complete, the evaluation and review process takes approximately 4-6 weeks (certain programs may have a longer evaluation and review process).
  • Official decision letters, immigration documents, and instructions for confirming your enrollment will be sent via email to the email address used on the admission application.
  • You can check your status at any time in your application portal to see what documents we have received and what is still needed to complete your application. Please allow 6-8 weeks for documents to be processed.


Dayton is an affordable city — housing, food, transportation and entertainment cost considerably less in Dayton than in other U.S. cities.

Undergraduate costs for international students for the 2023-2024 academic year are:

  • Tuition: $47,600 (fall and spring terms only)
  • Living expenses: $16,470 (includes UD housing and meal plan for 12 months)
  • Insurance and other costs: $5,025 (includes mandatory health and accident insurance, transportation, books, etc. estimated for 12 months)

Students must submit an official bank statement and letter of financial support showing a minimum of $69,365 US Dollars. The name on the bank statement and letter of financial support must match.

  • Financial Documents must be less than six months old.
  • Financial documents may be submitted in your country’s home currency equaling the necessary amount in USD.
  • Students who are being sponsored by their home country’s government or embassy must submit the official financial guarantee letter.
  • These documents can be emailed to


Merit Scholarship

The University of Dayton awards international merit scholarships to selected first-year and transfer undergraduate international applicants. These scholarships are worth up to $30,000 per year toward your tuition. Students are automatically considered for an international merit scholarship upon applying for admission. Simply complete the admission application for consideration.

Textbook Scholarship

You may be eligible to earn up to $4,000 over four years to cover the cost of your textbooks. A campus visit or video visit is required to be awarded this scholarship. 

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