University of Dayton offers two different but related programs for
its most academically accomplished students. Both the University Honors and
John W. Berry Sr. Scholars Programs share the Catholic, Marianist
philosophy of education — one that recognizes the dignity and
encourages the development of the special intellectual and creative gifts
of each student. Both programs also provide numerous and varied
leadership opportunities and seek, through the curriculum and practical experience,
to instill ethical sensitivity and social responsibility in each student.
The Honors and Berry Scholars Programs fulfill this mission in
very distinctive ways. While the Honors Program is carefully structured,
the individual student chooses how and when to participate. Each
academic area of the University — humanities, arts, social and
natural sciences, business administration, engineering, engineering technology, and education and
allied professions — in collaboration with the University Honors Program
office offers diverse curricular and extracurricular opportunities and benefits to
its University Honors students.
The Berry Scholars Program, in comparison,
provides a unique, collaborative educational experience to a small group
of carefully selected students. Here the emphasis is on an
intimate, shared learning environment through a sequence of seminars, combining
a strong and broad foundation in liberal and professional education
with generously supported individual research opportunities.
The University Honors and
John W. Berry Sr. Scholars Programs are well-funded with over
$15 million in independent endowment.
Once you have been
admitted to the University of Dayton, you will automatically be
designated a University Honors student if you meet both of
the following criteria: 1) combined SAT of 1300 or above
or a composite ACT of 30 or above, and 2)
class rank in the top 10 percent or 3.7 GPA.
Only incoming first-year students who are admitted to the University
of Dayton and who meet the requirements of the University
Honors Program are eligible to apply to the John W.
Berry Sr. Scholars Program. Each year, the program selects no
more than 30 entering students from all undergraduate divisions (humanities,
arts, social and natural sciences, business administration, engineering, engineering technology,
and education and allied professions).
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