The Catholic University for Independent Thinkers
A Compendium of Stories, Facts, Illustrations & Idiosyncrasies to Consider When Choosing UD
erhaps you aspire to challenge yourself academically, culturally,
spiritually and socially. Maybe you seek to connect with the foundations of the Western tradition while studying in Rome. Maybe you hope to strengthen your faith through study, debate and reflection. Or maybe you simply wish to be well prepared for life, regardless of where it may take you. No matter what you aspire to, the University of Dallas offers a truly unique environment of intellectual, spiritual and cultural opportunities in which to grow. The following reasons will show you how we help our students as theyâ€Ś
We know who we are. The University of Dallas is a Catholic institution that seeks to educate its students to develop intellectual and moral virtues, to prepare themselves for life and work and to become leaders in the community. Through intensive teaching, interactive discourse and critical analysis, the university pursues truth, virtue and wisdom in the liberal arts and professional studies.
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Top scholars, not teaching assistants Among the country’s most learned scholars and original thinkers, our faculty choose UD because of the emphasis placed on teaching. Students benefit from a student-tofaculty ratio of 11 to 1 and the fact that 93 percent of our professors hold the highest degrees in their academic fields. Plus, all courses are taught entirely by faculty rather than teaching assistants. No. 03
“We prepare leaders who can think critically “Future leaders are formed by knowing and creatively about the problems faced in the great leaders of the organizations and society, past and by reflecting and we do this in the upon the excellence context of an ethical of which human framework.” beings are capable.”
J. Lee Whittington Professor of Business
No. 06 “Tomorrow’s leaders need to be able to discuss, debate and transform society. UD provides an excellent basis for that action through its Core curriculum.”
Andrew Moran Assistant Professor of English
Richard Olenick Professor & Department Chair of Physics
“The UD curriculum is five-star and contributes to Catholic education in America on all levels.” Susan Hanssen Associate Professor of History
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Leaders in their fields UD faculty value the academic freedom to pursue intellectual inquiries both within and outside their disciplines. For this reason, their expertise is much sought after and their list of achievements goes well beyond the following highlights. n
Consulted with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts on its award-winning “The Spirit of Ceramics” film series
Presented at the World Shakespeare Congress
Served as a bio-mechanics and medical expert on the History Channel’s “Stan Lee’s Superhumans”
Exhibited three prints at the Centre Sint-Niklaas in Belgium
Presented at the European Financial Management Association Conference
Consulted with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s Rose Hall of Birds and Discovering Life Hall
Received a NASA grant for “STExTS: Small Telesecope Extrasolar Transit Searches”
Published in the International Journal of Retailing & Distribution Management
Served as academic program chair of the Jane Austen Society of America’s annual general meeting
Cited in a Psychology Today article for research on procrastination
Our anything-but-average class size While 18 students is our official average class size, many classes have far fewer. This makes for full faculty engagement in every class, in settings that encourage meaningful dialogue, help develop critical thinking skills and push intellectual capabilities to new heights. Most of all, however, it means that everyone participates.
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“We foster students from orientation through graduation with oneon-one academic and social support.” Sharon Oster Academic Success Adviser
Our Academic Success Office is one of many ways we show our commitment to maximizing student success. Add to that professors whom students describe as truly involved, always available and easily accessible, as well as student study groups that are the norm rather than the exception, and you have the formula for a successful transition to UD. No. 10
Mentors and friends From the first day of class, you’ll find a faculty that is committed to serving as mentors, coaches, advisers and friends. Welcoming students into their homes is not uncommon for a faculty that focuses on building close relationships which serve as a hallmark of traditional undergraduate education.
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Homer, Vergil, Plato, Aristotle and others Only a handful of schools in the country provide a life-transforming opportunity to learn from the intellectual giants of Western civilization. All students, regardless of major, are required to complete our nationally-recognized Core curriculum – a two-year, 60-credithour sequence of classes. Through the Core, explore many fields of study and come to understand the interconnected nature of all knowledge. 14 Common Core Curriculum Courses* English (4 Courses) ■■
The Literary Tradition I
Classical epic poetry at the base of the Western tradition
The Literary Tradition II
The great Christian epic poems and the nature of lyric poetry
The Literary Tradition III Tragedy and comedy from the Greeks through the English tradition The Literary Tradition IV The novel as a distinctly modern contribution to the Western tradition
History (4 Courses) ■■
American Civilization I American intellectual, political and military history from the colonial period to the Civil War American Civilization II The United States emerging from the Civil War and the Reconstruction Western Civilization I Foundation of the West from Greek and Roman culture through the Renaissance Western Civilization II
Continued study of the West to the present
Philosophy (3 Courses) ■■
Philosophy & the Ethical Life
A philosophical inquiry into the nature of the fully human life
The Human Person
The nature of the human person as a unity of body and soul
Philosophy of Being
An introduction to metaphysical thought
Theology (2 Courses) ■■ ■■
Understanding the Bible
A careful reading of sacred Scripture
Western Theological Tradition History and theology of the early Christian church and its subsequent tradition
Politics (1 Course) ■■
Principles of American Politics
Basic principles of the American political order
Economics (1 Course) ■■
Fundamentals of Economics
Fundamental modern economic concepts in contrast to other economic systems
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No. 12 f our alumni continue on to graduate or 80% oprofessional schools pre-medical students are accepted 80% obyf our a medical school of their choice f our pre-law students are accepted by a law 90% oschool of their choice Cambridge. Carnegie Mellon. Georgetown. Harvard. Notre Dame. Oxford. Stanford. UT Southwestern. Recent UD graduates have entered some of the world’s most highly regarded graduate and professional schools. No. 13
“No matter how far technology may advance, the ability to critically reason and think on your feet will always be the most sought-after skill in the workforce.” Paul Lanari, Class of 2011
Rigorous graduate and professional programs, as well as competitive careers, require more than knowledge of a specific subject; they require critical thinking skills, the ability to articulate complex thoughts and the confidence to make tough decisions. UD provides these attributes to each and every graduate.
Dozens of “Great Books” make up our Core curriculum’s foundation, including these five notable titles: n The
Iliad by Homer
Republic by Plato
Comedy by Dante
Lost By John Milton
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Undergraduate Majors n
n Art History
Human Sciences in the Contemporary World
Classical Philology (Greek, Latin)
Classics (Greek, Latin)
Comparative Literary Traditions
Art (ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture)
n Computer Science n n
n Pastoral Ministry n
Economics & Finance
*Cooperative degree program: Nursing - Texas Women’s University. Engineering - University of Texas at Arlington
Undergraduate Concentrations (Minors) ■■
History & Philosophy of Science
Human Sciences in the Contemporary World
Art- Studio Art
Business (for non-business majors)
Christian Contemplative Studies
Legal Studies Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Comparative Literary Traditions
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Recent program additions Engineering – An integrated dual-degree program in physics and electrical engineering that offers a multidisciplinary approach to the increasingly complex challenges of the engineering field. Computer Science – Careful, critical thinking of computer programming merges with the creative thinking and intellect of arts and humanities. Nursing – An integrated dual-degree program in biology and nursing provides a pathway to a career as a liberallyeducation healthcare professional.
What will they learn? Only a few universities, like UD, make the annual “What Will They Learn?” report’s “A-List” for providing graduates with the “broad-based skills and
knowledge to succeed in the global marketplace.” We’ve also been designated one of three “Hidden Gems” by receiving credit for every rating criteria.
Pre-professional pathways Eight pre-professional programs are ideal for students planning to attend professional school after graduation in the areas of architecture, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, ministerial programs, physical therapy and teaching.
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The capstone experience Art exhibits, senior studios, comprehensive exams and major research presentations are among the various ways students choose to demonstrate the depth and breadth of their knowledge. While the nature of the experience varies by department, all students are required to complete some sort of capstone experience in their major field.
“I’m very impressed with the intellectual standard, and with the heart of the students who are willing to go after truth.” Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein Whether a visit by Liechtenstein’s royal couple, a Jewish/ Catholic interreligious dialogue, a traveling United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibition or a lecture by the curator of the Vatican Meteorite Collection, learning opportunities outside the classroom are all around.
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Phi Beta Kappa
Badges of honor
Fewer than 10 percent of colleges and universities have been granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, America’s oldest and most widely recognized collegiate honor society. Fewer still have received a charter in as little time as UD. When awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in 1988, only 32 years after our doors officially opened, UD became the youngest in the 20th century to be so honored. No. 23
Our Fulbright legacy UD graduates are no strangers to the Fulbright Program, a highly selective international exchange for talented students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists. Consider our age – only 57 years – and our relatively small size. Then consider that 37 Fulbright alumni are also UD alumni. No. 24
Question: Which of the following were heard during a recent walk across campus? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
A. “Dude, Homer never would have said that.”
B. “If you could be any character from ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ which one would you be?”
C. “Publius had such a great sense of humor.”
D. All of the above
Answer: While it’s entirely possible for D to be the answer, only A and B actually have been confirmed. Slightly off-kilter, intellectual conversations outside the classroom are commonplace around here.
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Students play an integral role in Assistant Professor Stephen Slaughter’s research on fall prevention for the elderly. Their work in our state-of-the-art Human Performance Lab, where they measure patterns of movement and stability, is not only introducing them to research methods and principles but it is also collecting valuable data that will eventually be used to improve the lives of millions. UD provides similar opportunities, both on campus and off, for students interested in learning more about the research experience.
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It’s no surprise that, on a campus like UD’s, even a seemingly routine gathering like Sunday Sundaes could suddenly be transformed from the typical buildyour-own-sundae event into a deconstruction and reconstruction of ice cream. Take half and half, vanilla, sugar and a tank of liquid nitrogen and you get vanilla ice cream in minutes, a pop-up demonstration in cryogenics and the laboratory version of Student Government’s popular weekly “town hall” meeting. Unique ongoing programs like this provide opportunities for students to learn and share in less formal academic settings.
National Merit Scholars...concentrated Seventy-two National Merit Scholars currently attend UD, giving us one of the highest percentages per capita when compared to all other Catholic colleges and universities in the United States, according to the National Merit Scholarship Annual Report. No. 28 “As a prospective student, I had the opportunity to sit in on English classes with Dr. Osborn and Dr. Gregory. The classroom dynamic was truly impressive, and from the moment the students started discussing Byron’s poetry, I found myself hopelessly in love with this school.”
No. 29 “The main reason I chose UD was that I wanted an education in how to think – to learn an underlying thought process that would enable me to succeed in any aspect of life. UD – with the Rome program, the Core curriculum and that mission intertwined into all of its classes – really stood out.”
Rachel Hastings English Major Heath, Texas National Merit Scholar
Will Chavey Philosophy Major Ann Arbor, Michigan National Merit Scholar
“The truly Catholic culture and the liberal arts curriculum attracted me to UD. I considered attending an engineering school, but I believe the broadness of a liberal arts education will help me build the intrinsic skills necessary for success.” Thaddeus Howard Physics Major Buford, Georgia National Merit Scholar
“Nearly everything about UD – the Core and the overall academic rigor, the strong Catholic community and the Rome program – influenced my decision to attend. It just seemed like a really positive place to learn.” Caitlin Vaughan Undeclared Major Bronx, New York National Merit Scholar
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A campus with faith interwoven A keen interest among students in religious, theological and spiritual matters creates a nurturing environment for engaging in faith-based discussions and debates beyond the classroom. The light of the Catholic faith illuminates every aspect of life at UD, from social activities to clubs and organizations.
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Educating the whole person For hundreds of years, the Catholic Church has been delivering education that takes the whole person into account. UD continues that longstanding Catholic intellectual tradition, preparing students for success beyond UD and encouraging them to make a difference in the world by providing rigorous scholarship with an emphasis on the liberal arts, a commitment to spiritual and ethical values and the development of the whole person. No. 34
Independent thinking Students laughingly describe our professors as sometimes playing “devil’s advocate” in the classroom, acknowledging that they occasionally need that kind of spur to see and understand different points of view. Because we are “The Catholic University for Independent Thinkers,” we believe that faith is strengthened and matures more fully when it is the subject of deep thought, probing questions and impassioned debate. UD is truly an intellectual community engaged in an open and honest search for the truth.
All are welcome Those of other faiths find that our Catholicism is not the rigid variety that relentlessly proselytizes or admits no debate or discussion. While more than 80 percent of our students are Catholic, we welcome those of all denominations. UD supports academic and religious freedom and fosters spiritual development – no matter the faith tradition – to prepare students for their calling as men and women of faith in the world.
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Campus Ministry In the spirit of true ecumenism, our Campus Ministry Office welcomes all students to participate as fully as possible in prayer and programming. The spiritual, intellectual and moral development of our students is the goal of activities that range from lectures, Bible study and career fairs to volunteer opportunities, weekly faithbased gatherings and annual retreats.
Praise and Worship On Sunday evenings after the final Mass, students gather for an experience of praise and worship, lifting their voices to God through a combination of prayer and charismatic hymns.
â€œOne of my most important responsibilities is to ensure that students have as many opportunities as possible to receive the sacraments. It is the sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation that enable them to be nourished and grow in their faith.â€?
Fr. Donald Dvorak, O.P. University Chaplain & Church of the Incarnation Rector
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Other places of worship The Church of the Incarnation is not the only option for worship on our campus. _________________________________________
Cistercian Abbey accommodates monks of the Cistercian Order who operate an on-site preparatory school.
Church of the Incarnation Students attend liturgies on campus at the 500-seat Church of the Incarnation, which houses our St. Thomas Aquinas Eucharistic Chapel. Because it is centrally located and open 24 hours per day, youâ€™re never more than a brief walk away from a quiet haven for prayer and reflection any time of the day or night.
The Priory and Novitiate of St. Albert the Great is the residence of the Dominican friars who have served as UD chaplains and professors since 1958. _________________________________________
The Holy Trinity Seminary is a place of residence for the students who attend classes at UD as they prepare for the diocesan priesthood.
Mass is celebrated at UD twice daily most weekdays during the academic year, as well as once Saturday and three times Sunday. For students of other faiths, Campus Ministry can help locate nearby worship services, as well as provide transportation.
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“The University of Dallas has provided service to the Catholic community in Texas and throughout the nation for half a century... Any Catholic student interested in challenging his or her mind would do well to put UD on a list of colleges to investigate.” In its annual college guide, the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization dedicated to renewing and strengthening Catholic identity at Catholic institutions of higher education, has identified UD as one of the nation’s top Catholic universities.
The Blessed Sacrament
A vocation of service
Our students find peace and grace in the St. Thomas Aquinas Eucharistic Chapel, located within the Church of the Incarnation, where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed from 8 a.m–5 p.m. each weekday. Those who wish to make adoration part of their weekly routine can commit to being present with the Eucharist for a 30-minute time slot each week. 18 | ud a l l as.e du/admissions | 800.628.6999
For those seeking information to help with the discernment process, Campus Ministry’s Vocation and Post-Grad Fair is a valuable resource. The annual event provides students with an opportunity to learn more about religious life and discerning their future calls by engaging a wide variety of Catholic organizations, such as religious orders, vocation directors and postgraduate volunteer programs.
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Enliven your faith The University of Dallas Ministry Conference offers students an unmatched opportunity to learn, pray and serve with more than 5,000 other Catholic faithful from across the region. The two-day event is highlighted by keynote addresses from some of the country’s most influential Catholics and features musical performances, prayer services, art displays, an exhibit hall full of faith-based organizations and dozens of speakers discussing diverse topics.
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“It’s critical to have programs in place that foster the growth of this faith. The growth of good youth ministers and catechetical directors is vital to the Church’s well-being. I’ve been ministered to; now I’m learning to minister to others.” Emily Wilson, Class of 2015
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Landregan Lectures For more than a decade, the Landregan Lecture series has brought to campus nationally and internationally prominent figures to speak on diverse topics of interest to the Catholic and broader community.
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Crusader Awakening Truly communicate with the Lord through prayer and adoration; examine Godâ€™s role in your life and share with others through spiritual talks and small group exercises; receive the grace to enkindle life through daily Mass and the sacraments; and come together in the love of Jesus Christ. Each spring, UD students build up the Christian faith and community during Crusader Awakening, an annual peer-led, weekend retreat hosted by Campus Ministry.
Freshman Retreat Many of our students begin their college journeys by participating in Freshman Retreat, a weekend hosted by Campus Ministry that is filled with community building activities, the sacraments and upperclassman insight. Itâ€™s the perfect opportunity for new Crusaders to get to know, learn from and pray with their classmates. 20 | ud a l l as.e du/admissions | 800.628.6999
Spring break with purpose Awake at 6. Daily Mass at 7. Follow up with packing lunches, morning prayer and a full day of manual labor. Not the typical college spring break, but all in the name of serving those in need. Since 1994, UD students have been participating in Alternative Spring Break, helping communities across the country while gaining a greater understanding of significant social issues.
Crusaders for Life
Alumni who serve
Actively practice your commitment to defending life from conception to natural death by joining Crusaders for Life, one of four clubs sponsored by Campus Ministry. Other organizations include: Best Buddies - better the lives of those who are intellectually disabled Called to Crochet – create baby items for a Catholic crisis pregnancy center Hearts & Hammers – help refurbish Dallas/Fort Worth homes for those in need
Serving the Catholic Church is something we have been committed to since our founding in 1956. Not only do our alumni serve as chaplains, youth ministers, brothers, sisters and priests, but there are even seven bishops who claim UD as their alma mater. Bishop Oscar Cantu ’89 uxiliary Bishop A J. Douglas Deshotel ’74 ’78 Bishop Michael Duca ’74 ’78 Bishop Joseph Strickland ‘81 ‘85 Bishop Daniel E. Flores ’83 ’87
Food and food for thought Home-cooked meals and lively discussions of current faith topics, led by UD professors and outside speakers, are served up in lively weekly forums known as Dinner and Discourse. Other weekly faith-based gatherings include Open Anselm- an opportunity to make friends by way of board games, movies and snacks. There’s also Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults for those interested in becoming Catholic or finding out more about the Catholic Church.
Bishop Mark Seitz ’76 ’82 Bishop Robert Francis Vasa ’76
Share a prayer Make your personal prayer needs known to the UD community or find out how you can pray for others. Requests come in many forms, but none are as visible as Campus Ministry’s prayer request board, located in one of the busiest areas of the Haggar University Center.
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The Rome experience What sets UD’s Rome Program apart from nearly every other study abroad program in the world is that, at the Eugene Constantin Campus in Rome, it’s all UD, all the time. Though study time may be interspersed with trips to the gelateria, it’s still hardcore Core curriculum in the Rome Program. All courses, which are as academically challenging as those taken on the Irving campus, are taught by UD professors and taken only with fellow UD students.
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Nationally recognized for study abroad Our Rome Program is not mandatory, but the great majority of UD students spend a fall or spring semester living and learning from our Eugene Constantin Campus. For this reason, according to the Institute of International Education, UD ranks fifth nationally among all masterâ€™s institutions when it comes to the percentage of undergraduate students who study abroad for academic credit.
Learn it. Live it. A part of the Rome Program is the fast-paced and challenging curriculum of study. The following Core courses are generally saved to be taken in Rome because they not only take advantage of the unique setting in which they are taught but they are designed to fit smoothly into the Core program required of all students.
Typical Rome courses Art & Architecture of Rome Literary Tradition III (Tragedy & Comedy) The Human Person Western Civilization I Western Theological Tradition
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An extended ancient campus Classes are typically held on the Rome campus from 8 a.m.1 p.m., leaving afternoons open for a little face time with history, architecture, religion and art. Primed with knowledge of Rome’s history and the enormous contributions made to the world by its residents, students take full advantage of “free” time to descend upon ancient ruins, monuments, museums, galleries, churches and castles, solidifying daily much of what they learn from our Core curriculum. No. 59
More second home than vacation rental UD’s Rome campus is not a generic space leased solely for the purpose of claiming to have an international campus. Instead, the elegant Eugene Constantin Campus, which is situated on 12 acres amid olive groves and working vineyards, is a microcosm and extension of UD’s main campus. The former private estate, with a clear view of the papal palace on the hill above, features suite-style student housing, classrooms and a library, as well as a swimming pool and tennis courts. No. 60
Rome: the rivalry Our biggest rivalry doesn’t happen on a diamond, field or court. Instead, the most heated competition occurs when students debate which Rome semester is best.
Fall in Rome
Spring in Rome
Easter at the Vatican
Campus grape harvest
Carnivale in Venice
Swimming in Greece
Europe in bloom
Oktoberfest in Munich
Skiing in the Swiss Alps
“Notte Bianca” in Rome (entire city open all night) Summer travel before the semester begins
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Summer travel after the semester ends More time to earn travel money
All roads lead to (and from) Rome
Faith in the Eternal City
The Rome experience is packed with planned, faculty-led group travel, but there is still considerable time for independent travel. In fact, because half of the weekends during the Rome semester are three-day weekends, students make frequent trips to surrounding towns and historical sites.
From the catacombs, where early Christians worshipped in hiding, to the Coliseum, where many were martyred, to the tomb of St. Peter beneath the basilica that bears his name, Rome is filled with the sites that loom largest in the Catholic Church’s history. These nearby sites, along with Vatican City, have provided the backdrop for the Rome Program’s spiritual dimension, which has profoundly affected those visiting the earthly center of Catholicism. No. 63
“Students seem as eager to embrace the challenges of our Core curriculum as they do the pleasures of living in Europe. It’s exciting to see a whole new world open up to them.” Peter Hatlie, Director & Dean of the Rome Campus
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Closer to the Pope Literally. While many leave the Eternal City feeling profoundly closer to their Catholic faith, all leave Rome having experienced a more literal interpretation. UDâ€™s Eugene Constantin Campus is located on the outskirts of Rome fewer than two miles from Palazzo Papale, a majestic palace that serves as the Popeâ€™s summer residence.
UD Rome Campus
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Overnight junkets Rome students are eased into educational travel with an early semester overnight trip to southern Italy’s Campania region and its abundance of Greco-Roman art and history. The weekend experience, which includes a visit to the archaeological site at Paestum and a day spent in the ancient city of Pompeii, complements the curriculum that is studied during the semester’s first weeks and encourages Romers to fully immerse themselves in ancient culture. No. 66
Ancient to modern in five days To think that the transition from the ancient to modern world takes place only on the pages of textbooks would be a mistake. Before your eyes, the study of ancient Greece and Rome shifts to Christianity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the awakening of the modern world during a five-day trip to three of Europe’s most historic cities – Florence, Venice and Assisi.
Working in the vineyards Once a working Italian villa, our Rome campus still features five acres of vineyards from which our own brand of organic wine, Rosso da Tavola, is produced. Late fall is time to harvest grapes − or vendemmia − and students are invited to assist.
Keys to a successful harvest ■
1 durable pair of gardening gloves
sharp pruning shears
sturdy five-gallon bucket
suitable for stomping
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The ‘cradle’ is your outdoor classroom For many, the Rome semester is highlighted by a 10-day learning expedition to what is generally considered the cradle of Western civilization, Greece. Daily, on-site lectures by UD faculty with iconic monuments and sites as the backdrop bring Core courses to life. An unofficial no homework policy means there is plenty of time to explore.
The ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe By the end of each Rome semester, students are careful planners and confident travelers, so many use the end of each term to explore European destinations that are not within an arm’s reach of Rome. Sample Itinerary 1 Prague Salzberg Munich Berlin Zurich
Sample Itinerary 2
Unlike other study abroad programs, tuition in Rome is the same as in Texas, and all federal financial assistance programs apply. Plus, the ample UD scholarship opportunities that are available to students in Irving are also available in Rome. Students are responsible for additional travel costs.
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Amsterdam Copenhagen Stockholm
Sample Itinerary 3 Croatia Albania Slovenia
Rome sickness Each semester, students who have just returned from Rome experience a psychological “illness” commonly referred to as “Rome sickness.” The affliction is usually incurable, but can be alleviated by future
Staring off into space as if mind is elsewhere Longing for food and beverages only found in Rome
Feeling the need to walk everywhere
Looking at Rome photos over and over Wearing Rome clothes long past their prime Rearranging Irving residence hall rooms to look like those in Rome
Symptom Checker No. 72
The Rome supplement For those who are unable to travel to Rome in either the fall or spring, there is the Rome Summer Program. Much like its popular semester-long counterpart, this six-week-long program offers room and board at the Eugene Constantin Campus near Rome, faculty-led day and overnight excursions and plenty of time for independent exploration.
More reasons to roam At UD, study abroad has become synonymous with Rome. That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t plenty of other study abroad options for those looking to experience life beyond our campus borders. Perfect your Spanish through language immersion programs or study habitat restoration in Costa Rican tropical forests. Opportunities are all around.
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No car? No problem. A brief two-block walk, 12 miles of light rail and a couple bucks are all that separate UD students from the popular shopping, entertainment and cultural destinations that make Dallas one of the nationâ€™s most dynamic and cosmopolitan areas. Catch a Stars or Mavs game, take in a great play or symphony performance or hang out at NorthPark Center. The newly opened University of Dallas DART station provides convenient, safe and inexpensive access to Dallas and beyond.
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Dallas is a great place to learn…and then stay It is with good reason that more than a million people moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth region during the last decade, making it the nation’s fourth largest metropolitan area. Its central location, low cost of living, moderate weather, strong regional and state economy and abundance of leisure activities all contribute to a thriving DFW.
Midnight breakfast Blood-shot eyes. Brain filled to capacity. The need for sleep is setting in. The stress of final exams keeps building, so what do UD students do for relief? Eat breakfast. As it turns out, the key to successful test-taking might be Midnight Breakfast, a biannual event where faculty and staff volunteer to serve up the most important meal of the day, all in the name of a much-needed late night break.
The freshman resident As a first year student, you’ll live in a double room in one of six traditional residence halls designated primarily for freshmen, where you’ll spend every day doing everything in the company of friends who become your extended family. The transition from living at home to living on your own is easier when surrounded by like-minded neighbors and supportive resident assistants and coordinators.
Students feel safe with a dedicated team of professional safety officers – like 27-year veteran Campus Safety Officer Dave LeMire – who are on duty around the clock to create an environment which gives parents comfort and peace of mind. Even though we’re located at the heart of Texas’ most populated metropolitan area, our campus is considered to be one of the state’s safest.
Real food on campus Homestyle comfort foods, made-to-order pasta and stir fry, fresh-cut vegetables and seasonal fruits, as well as salads, sandwiches, burgers and desserts, mean you won’t go hungry. The most economical way to enjoy the Haggar Café’s freshlyprepared American entrées, ethnically-inspired foods and vegetarian selections is with a meal plan, which comes in a variety of increments and declining balance options.
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A small fleet of UD sailboats is docked only a short drive away, waiting for those interested in becoming skippers or wanting to enjoy a leisurely sail on a warm day. In addition to sailing, the Office of Student Activities and Recreational Services ensures that there’s plenty of intramural and recreational programs like: Basketball
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Our students relish the dozens of academic, service and social clubs and organizations offered at UD and throw themselves into those activities with the same energy and enthusiasm they devote to their studies. While a wide variety of interests is represented, it’s not uncommon for new studentorganized opportunities to pop up all the time. Starting your own club is just that easy.
Clubs and organizations Alpha Phi Omega
America Runs on Dallas
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society
Sigma Tau Delta
Society of Physics Students
Society of St. Vincent DePaul
Crusaders for Kids
Crusaders for Life
Economics in Action
UD Chapter of Alexander Hamilton Society
Student Members of the American Chemical Society
Gluten Free Society
Student Programming @ UD
Indian Film and Culture Club International Students Assoc. Invisible Children Italian Club Juggling Club Debate Club Knights of Columbus
Residence Hall Association
Swing Club UD Art Association UD Earth Service (UDES) UD Law Society UD ROTC UD Rugby Football Club UD Ultimate (Frisbee)
University News Student Newspaper
Martial Arts Club
Orthodox Christian Fellowship
“The University of Dallas delivers a passionate and beautifully staged version of the Bard’s play about wine, women and song at the Margaret Jonsson Theater.” D Magazine of UD’s recent production of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”
The greater Dallas/Fort Worth community takes notice when UD students perform. Campus life is filled with performances that range from full-scale dramatic productions and senior drama studios to Broadway musicals and formal choirs and ensembles. Off-campus options include the country’s largest urban arts district with world-class theater, dance, opera and symphonic music.
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DFW on the cheap Whether a Dallas Cowboys football game, Maroon 5 in concert, the State Fair of Texas or something a little more cultural, like the Dallas Opera, Dallas Year offers multiple chances to explore the area with a full calendar of diverse activities. Tickets are generally low to no cost and transportation is always free.
Art is all around Take a stroll around campus and you’ll find original student and alumni works of art in virtually every public space. Or choose a more direct route straight to the Haggerty Gallery, home to approximately 30 exhibits yearly from an array of contemporary artists. If that’s not enough, then the Dallas Museum of Art and Fort Worth’s Kimbell Museum are close by.
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UD loves Groundhog Shortly after the university’s founding, students approached the president asking for suggestions of social events. From that meeting, a celebration of Groundhog Day – or Groundhog as it is now known – was born. Now, our longeststanding and most popular social tradition includes a full schedule of activities like a 5K run, powder-puff football game, rugby game and a celebration at Groundhog Park, which students can only travel to via a hay ride. UD alumni observe the “holiday” at Groundhog events in major cities throughout the U.S.
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“Our student-athletes compete at the NCAA Division III level with a focus on academics and integrating into campus life. Don’t be misled about the quality of play, as UD has produced drafted baseball and professional basketball players, as well as an Olympian.” Dick Strockbine, UD Athletic Director
UD competes in 14 intercollegiate sports at the NCAA Division III level as a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Baseball (M) Basketball (M, W) Cross Country (M, W) Golf (M) Lacrosse (M, W) Soccer (M, W) Softball (W) Track & Field (M, W) Volleyball (W)
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Bocce Take bowling, croquet and billiards, roll them into one and you’ll have something like bocce, a ball sport with its beginning in ancient Rome that now has a professional-grade home at UD. Beyond our new bocce court, there are other more mainstream recreational facilities like a fullyequipped fitness center and a softball complex that is described as one of the best in Texas, as well as baseball and soccer fields, five miles of jogging trails, lighted tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool.
Because UD is situated on one of the highest points in Dallas County, the view from certain vantage points is dominated by the skylines of both Las Colinas and Dallas. Most visitors, however, are surprised to find at ground level a more serene environment afforded by approximately 200 acres of heavily-wooded rolling hills. No. 94
A towering symbol The Braniff Memorial Tower, built in 1966, rises 188 feet above our 30-building campus, serving as an area landmark that can be seen for miles and housing four bronze bells that still ring out every 15 minutes. Other significant campus features include the Haggar University Center, Braniff Graduate Building, Gorman Lecture Center, Haggerty Science Center, Margaret Jonsson Theater and Haggerty Art Village, a five-building complex of classrooms, art studios and galleries. No. 95
Word problem Two students hurriedly set out at 8:50 a.m. from the same room in Madonna Hall. Walking at the same pace, one heads through the Art Village to the Braniff Graduate Building for “Understanding the Bible,” while the other makes a stop in the Haggar University Center to grab a cappuccino before “American Civilization I” in the Gorman Lecture Center. Question: Will both students arrive before their classes begin at 9 a.m.? Answer: Yes. If it takes longer than 10 minutes to get almost anywhere on campus, then you’re probably walking too slowly. UD’s campus is compact with most academic buildings situated around the Braniff Mall.
A taste of Rome at home Long before the current coffee house craze, UD opened the Cap (cappuccino) Bar as a pleasant reminder to students who returned from Rome missing the local cafés. Now, after serving generations of students, it has become the campus crossroads at its location in UD’s student union, the Haggar Center. Within the center you’ll also find a food court, bookstore, post office and more. C OM M U N I T Y C ON N E C T ION | 41
Internship opportunities ExxonMobil. AT&T. American Airlines. JCPenney. GameStop. Celanese. More than a dozen Fortune 500 companies have headquarters located within a 10-mile radius of our campus. Add scores of Fortune 1000 and major privately-held companies that also call Dallas/Fort Worth home, and it adds up to a large number of internship opportunities—all at our back door. The list of internships the Office of Personal and Career Development has helped UD students secure is long, but includes: AmeriCorps Food on the Move Program Boy Scouts of America Colliers International Department of Homeland Security The Fort Worth Modern Museum of Art
“In a competitive job market, being prepared makes all the difference, and the Office of Personal & Career Development’s mission is to help prepare students to meet their demanding career goals.” Julie Janik, Director of Personal and Career Development
In addition to helping students build convincing résumés, relevant cover letters and interviewing and salary negotiation skills, the Office of Personal and Career Development also establishes lasting relationships with a wide range of prospective employers. No. 99
Professional life beyond UD Armed with the flexibility of a liberal arts education, many UD alumni have achieved great success in a variety of fields. ■■ ■■
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George W. Bush Institute
The Heritage Foundation
National Center for Policy Analysis
The Retina Foundation
Texas Public Policy Foundation U.S. House of Representatives The Wall Street Journal Workers’ Defense Project
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Vice President & Chief Information Officer; 7-Eleven, Inc. Global Supply Manager; Apple Assistant Attorney General; State of Arizona Director of Process Improvement; Bayer Corp. Vice President of Corporate Affairs; Blue Cross Blue Shield Curator of Special Projects; City of Chicago Public Art Program Director of Finance; ConocoPhillips Vice President of People; Southwest Airlines Assistant Vice President of Finance; Citigroup Director of Finance; U.S. Department of Labor Vice President of Marketing; Weather Channel
In addition, our graduates have gone on to become doctors, teachers, economists, lawyers, politicians and even bishops.
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St. Paul Boston
Minneapolis Buffalo Milwaukee
Sacramento Oakland San Francisco
St. Louis Louisville
Los Angeles Long Beach
New York City
Memphis Oklahoma City
Little Rock Wichita Falls
Ft. Worth El Paso
Orlando Tampa W. PalmBeach Miami
Worldwide alumni support Even before you graduate, you become part of a global UD alumni network that can assist with job searches and career advice. While the majority reside stateside – alumni are concentrated in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, D.C./Baltimore and New York City – approximately a quarter of our nearly 30,000 graduates live outside the U.S. in Thailand, Taiwan, China, Belgium, France, Indonesia and 101 other countries.
The next steps are easy... If something you’ve seen has piqued your interest, then take the next steps to becoming a member of the UD community. We try hard to make the admission process as easy and painless as possible.
One of the best ways to get a sense of what we’re all about is to take us for a test
drive. Schedule a personalized campus visit or attend Odyssey Days,
a two-day, on-campus open house for prospective students and families.
We accept applications for admission via the online Common Application or
ApplyTexas, either of which may be accessed by visiting udallas.edu/admissions.
For more information on visiting campus or applying, continue on to the next section.
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Need to Know n
Applying to UD
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The Admission Office
Visiting a college campus can be one of the most important things you do during your college search. At UD, we take extraordinary measures to make your visit as informative and enjoyable as possible.
The Office of Admission is located on the main floor of Haggar University Center, which is located toward the center of campus near the mall. For a campus map, visit www.udallas.edu/ directions.
Two Ways to See UD
Accommodations Several area hotels offer special preferred rates for UD visitors. For a list of accommodations near campus, visit www.udallas.edu/visit.
Odyssey Days October 25-26 2013 November 22-23, 2013
Directions to Campus
In the fall of your senior year in high school, you can experience the life of a UD student by attending one of two Odyssey Days programs. These two-day events will enable you to immerse yourself in the UD community by sitting in on classes, meeting with UD faculty, staff and students, eating in Haggar Café and experiencing campus events and spiritual life, as well as staying overnight in a residence hall. Plus, you’ll be provided an opportunity to take a student-led tour of campus, talk with your admission counselor and ask even tougher questions during a student-only panel.
UD is located in Irving, Texas, approximately 15 minutes from Dallas and 10 miles from either DFW International Airport or Dallas Love Field. From DFW International Airport North Exit: Take Highway 114 eastbound to the Tom Braniff Drive exit. Turn right on Tom Braniff Drive. Take the first right into the UD campus. South Exit: Take Highway 183 eastbound to the Carl Road exit. Turn left onto Carl Road and travel north to Northgate Drive. Turn right onto Northgate Drive and travel east until you reach the UD campus.
Personalized Campus Visits
From Love Field
If Odyssey Days does not fit your schedule, we’ll help you plan an individual campus visit tailor-made to your interests. Given two weeks advance notice, we’ll make sure you meet the faculty members, coaches and students who can tell you everything you want to know. You’ll also get a campus tour and a chance to meet with an admission counselor. Call 1-800-628-6999 or visit udallas.edu/admissions to register.
Turn right on Mockingbird Lane. Follow Mockingbird Lane to Highway 183. Take Highway 183 westbound to the Carl Road exit. Turn right on Carl Road and travel north to Northgate Drive. Turn right on Northgate Drive and travel east until you reach the UD campus. From Northbound or Southbound Loop 12 Take the Highway 183 westbound exit. Take Highway 183 to the Carl Road exit. Turn right on Carl Road and travel north to Northgate Drive. Turn right on Northgate Drive and travel east until you reach the UD campus.
Persons with disabilities needing special assistance to attend should call (972) 721-5000 at least three days in advance and ask for the ADA coordinator.
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Applying to UD We understand how exhilarating – yet difficult – the college selection process can be, so be assured that you’ll receive personalized attention from our staff, faculty and current students throughout the process. It is our goal to work alongside you and your family so you may make an informed decision about whether or not UD is the best fit for your college education.
Application Check List
UD welcomes students of all backgrounds to apply for undergraduate admission. As such, we look at several factors when evaluating your application, such as your high school curriculum and standardized test scores, as well as individual achievements and talents.
The Office of Admission accepts applications via the Common Application and ApplyTexas. To apply, visit www.udallas.edu/admissions.
Standardized Test Codes ACT: 04234 SAT/CEEB: 6868 In order to have your official test score(s) sent to us, provide the corresponding UD code.
Academic Profile Mid-range Scores (25th-75th percentiles)
nline application via The Common O Application, including the essay
Membership Questions via The Common Application
high school transcript with online counselor evaluation form
transcript of college courses taken during high school, if any
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ACT and/or SAT score reports
application fee or official fee waiver form
teacher evaluation form via The Common Application (optional)
Application Deadlines Our application schedule is flexible, but in order to qualify for our merit-based scholarships, you should observe the priority deadlines. Those who apply after March 1 receive admission decisions on a rolling basis and scholarship consideration based upon availability of funds.
Freshman November 1 - Early Action I December 1 - Early Action II
January 15 - Priority Scholarship; applicants who want maximum consideration for a meritbased scholarship must apply by this date
Position in High School Class
March 1 - Regular Admission Deadline
SAT: CR 550-680; M 530-650
53% in top 10%
March 1-August 1 - Rolling Admission
72% in top quarter 85% in top half
Transfer December 1 - Spring Entry July 1 - Fall Entry
International Freshman March 1 - Fall Entry
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Financial Aid Homeschool Applicants
Cost of Attendance
Homeschooled students, who make up around 10-15 percent of our undergraduate student body, are encouraged to apply for undergraduate admission. Small seminar-style classes, a tightknit community and an active faith life are the attributes that attract a significant number of students from home-educated backgrounds.
The cost of attendance, along with a studentâ€™s FAFSA, are the cornerstones of establishing a studentâ€™s financial need because they determine the limits on the total aid a student may receive for state, federal and campus-based aid.
Our homeschool application process has been specifically tailored to the unique characteristics of a home education.
Undergraduate Cost of Attendance 2013/2014 for a Freshman Living on Campus Tuition
UD welcomes transfer students who have proven themselves to be academically successful at other postsecondary institutions. Whether transferring from a community college or a four-year degree program, completing a degree at UD can broaden your educational foundation through a liberal arts curriculum rooted in the Great Books of Western tradition, as well as detailed studies in a specific major.
Books & Supplies
Students considering transferring to UD are invited to apply for the fall or spring semester, but are encouraged to make the transition as early as possible during their academic careers. Our academic advising sheet, which is available at www.udallas.edu/admissions, can help determine which of your credits will transfer and assist you in deciding which courses to take while in the transfer transition. All credits are subject to the approval of the academic dean.
Cost of attendance is the estimate of a studentâ€™s educational expenses for an academic year (typically fall and spring terms), including direct costs such as tuition, fees, room and board. Estimated costs like personal and travel expenses are also incorporated into the cost of attendance. The full cost is not what a family owes to the university.
International Applicants With a global alumni population, a growing international student body and a reputation for being a top liberal arts school, UD is the ideal place for international students to continue their education. Just as domestic applicants are evaluated individually based on previous academic performance, candid recommendations, standardized testing and personal qualities, so are our international applicants. Additional required components, however, are required of international student applicants in order to complete the application process.
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Types of Financial Aid Approximately 96 percent of UD undergraduates receive some sort of financial assistance in the form of achievement-based and need-based awards and scholarships that are available from federal, state, private, outside and institutional sources. Awards range from scholarships to grants and loans to work study, with many packages being made up of a combination.
Achievement Scholarships $5,000-$23,000
IB Scholar Award
$ 1,000-$ 10,000 Up to $2,000
National Achievement Scholarship
National Hispanic Scholars
National Merit Finalist
Phi Theta Kappa
Premier Scholarship Departmental Awards
Other Scholarship Opportunities Opportunities exist for students to earn scholarships from private (outside) sources. Visit scholarship websites, such as www.fastweb.com, for additional information.
Parish Matching Scholarship
To estimate your merit-based award, visit our online scholarship calculator at udallas.edu/admissions.
Grants may be offered through federal, state or institutional sources and are based on the demonstrated level of need. While some grants are guaranteed, such as the Pell grant, others from the state (for Texas residents) or university are based on availability of funding.
Work Study UD offers federal and state work study awards to students who demonstrate need. Awards are limited to the funding allocated to the university annually. A work study award allows a student to work part-time on campus by applying through our Human Resources Department.
$10,000 $ 1,000-$ 5,000
Merit Scholarships The application for admission doubles as the application for institutional scholarships. Upon being granted admission to UD, you will be awarded the merit-based scholarship for which you are eligible. This scholarship is offered for four years, provided eligibility requirements set forth in the scholarship letter are met. Merit scholarships range from $5,000-$23,000 based on GPA and test scores (ACT or SAT).
Loans Unlike scholarships, grants and work study, loan funds must be paid back to the lender. Undergraduate level loan amounts are determined by grade level and consist of both need-based and non-need-based loans. Beyond federal loan options, a student may research state and private loans. We recommend that students exercise moderation when applying for additional funding. Private loans have variable interest rates and are generally more expensive.
Payment Plans While not considered financial aid, the payment plan is a useful method of payment for families that would like to pay off their balance in installments. The number of payments is determined by the specific plan.
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For More Information Office of Admission & Financial Aid University of Dallas 1845 E. Northgate Dr. Irving, TX 75062 Phone: (972) 721-5266 Toll-Free: (800) 628-6999 Email: email@example.com Web: www.udallas.edu ___________________________ The University of Dallas is open to all applicants without regard to ethnic or national origin, gender or creed. Applicants for admission must furnish evidence of good character and demonstrate the academic work ethic required to earn a degree from the university. Accreditation The University of Dallas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees through the Ph.D. Questions relating to accreditation and the accreditation status of the University of Dallas should be directed the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA 30033 (404) 679-4500 www.sacs.org Non-Discrimination Policy The university does not discriminate on the basis of gender in its programs and activities. Any person alleging to have been discriminated against in violation of Title IX may present a complaint to the Title IX coordinator. The coordinator assists in an informal resolution of the complaint or guides the complainant to the appropriate individual or process for resolving the complaint. The university has designated Janis Townsend, director of human resources, as the Title IX coordinator. The Human Resources Office is located on the second floor of Carpenter Hall and the phone number is (972) 721-5382. Primary photos by Jeff McWhorter and Danny Sauer.
Quick Facts 1,356 undergraduates 50 states 13 countries 11:1 student/faculty ratio 3.65 average high school GPA 550-680 SAT CR 530-650 SAT M 24-30 ACT
mid-range scores (25th-75th percentiles)
18 average class size 93% of faculty hold the
highest degree in their field
29 majors 8 pre-professional programs 12 acre Rome campus 80% attend graduate school 80% of pre-med students accepted to medical school of their choice 90% of those who apply accepted into law school
96% of students receive financial aid
University of Dallas Office of Admission 1845 E. Northgate Dr. Irving, Texas 75062 800.628.6999 udallas.edu/admissions