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|Latin: Universitas Dallasensis|
|Motto||Veritatem, Justitiam Diligite|
Motto in English
|Love Ye Truth and Justice|
|Endowment||$74.9 million (2020)|
|Chancellor||Edward J. Burns|
|President||Jonathan J. Sanford|
|136 full-time, 102 part-time|
|Undergraduates||1,342 (2015) |
|Postgraduates||1,045 (2015) |
|Campus||Urban; 744 acres (301 hectares)|
|Colors||Navy and White|
|NCAA Division III - SCAC (non-football)|
Since at least the late 1960s, the University of Dallas has been ranked by some commentators as a leading university for both Catholic orthodoxy and traditional academic excellence. William F. Buckley, Brad Miner, and Pat Buchanan are just a few of the American conservative leaders who have spoken at UD over the years. Additionally, 80% of 2010 graduates participated in international programs, which is the sixth highest percentage of students from any higher education institution in the US to study abroad.
The university comprises four academic units: the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business, and the School of Ministry. Dallas offers several master's degree programs and a doctoral degree program with three concentrations. There are 136 full-time faculty and 102 part-time faculty.
The University of Dallas' charter dates from 1910 when the Western Province of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) renamed Holy Trinity College in Dallas, which they had founded in 1905. The provincial of the Western Province closed the university in 1928, and the charter reverted to the Diocese of Dallas. In 1955, the Western Province of the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur obtained it to create a new higher education institution in Dallas that would subsume their junior college, Our Lady of Victory College, located in Fort Worth. The sisters, together with Eugene Constantin, Jr. and Edward R. Maher, Sr., petitioned the Diocese of Dallas to sponsor the university, though ownership was entrusted to a self-perpetuating independent board of trustees.
The University character was defined from its first day as being quite unlike the other Catholic universities of Texas and in fact unlike most Catholic colleges nationwide because of the understanding in Bishop Gorman of what a great University was supposed to be. This understanding came in great part from his own education in Europe between the wars at the Louvain, the Catholic University in Belgium often thought to be the greatest Catholic University in the world.
"Bishop Gorman, as chancellor of the new university, announced that it would be a Catholic coeducational institution welcoming students of all faiths and races and offering work on the undergraduate level, with a graduate school to be added as soon as possible. The new University of Dallas opened to ninety-six students in September 1956 on a 1,000-acre tract of rolling hills northwest of Dallas."
The Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur, monks from the Order of Cistercians (Cistercians), friars from the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), and several lay professors formed the university's original faculty. The Franciscans departed three years later; however, friars from the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) joined the faculty in 1958 and built St. Albert the Great Priory on campus. The Cistercians established Our Lady of Dallas Abbey in 1958 and Cistercian Preparatory School in 1962, which are both adjacent to campus. The School Sisters of Notre Dame arrived in 1962 and opened the Notre Dame Special School for children with learning difficulties in 1963 and a motherhouse for the Dallas Province in 1964, which were both on campus. The sisters moved the school to Dallas in 1985 and closed the motherhouse in 1987. The faculty now is almost exclusively lay and includes several distinguished scholars.
A grant from the Blakley-Braniff Foundation established the Braniff Graduate School in 1966 and allowed the construction of the Braniff Graduate Center. The Constantin Foundation similarly endowed the undergraduate college, and, in 1970, the Board of Trustees named the undergraduate college the Constantin College of Liberal Arts. The Graduate School of Management, begun in 1966, offers a large MBA program. Programs in art and English also began in 1966. In 1973, the Institute of Philosophic Studies, the doctoral program of the Braniff Graduate School and an outgrowth of the Kendall Politics and Literature Program, was initiated. The School of Ministry began in 1987. The College of Business, incorporating the Gupta Graduate School of Management and undergraduate business, opened in 2003.
Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools came in 1963 and has been reaffirmed regularly. In 1989, it was the youngest higher education institution to ever be awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
In 2015 the university applied for an exception to Title IX allowing it to discriminate based on gender identity for religious reasons. The university "cannot encourage individuals to live in conflict with Catholic principles" according to president Thomas Keefe. In 2016 the organization Campus Pride ranked the college among the worst schools in Texas for LGBT students.
The university briefly considered a large expansion into adult education in 2017. That idea proved unpopular with many faculty and was shelved. President Keefe was hired from Benedictine University. Like his predecessors, he quickly ran into controversy as he oversaw efforts to adapt the way the University operates to those associated with more conventional American Catholic colleges and universities. In 2017, his leadership was strongly and publicly challenged by over half the faculty and thousands of alumni members of an independent alumni group called UD Alumni for Liberal Education. Their complaint was over a proposal to add a new college within the university that it was believed would have watered down standards. After almost nonstop controversy and multiple efforts by Trustees to rein in the controversies, on Good Friday of 2018, after an extended and unexplained absence from work, the university's trustees voted to fire Thomas W. Keefe as university president effective at the end of the academic year.
Bishop Thomas Gorman wrote as early as 1954 to Fr. Anselm Nagy, O. Cist. to ask the displaced Hungarian Cistercian fathers from the Monastery of Zirc, Hungary to come assist in founding the university. On the first day of classes in September 1956, 9 Cistercian fathers, half the entire faculty, were employed at the new university. The history of UD is connected to both those founding Cistercian priests and the many more Hungarians who would move to Dallas over the next decade and begin teaching at UD.
On February 14, 2008 an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was removed without permission from the Upper Gallery of the Haggerty Art Village. The image, entitled "Saint or Sinner", was on loan from Murray State University in Kentucky as part of a larger exhibit of works by Murray State University students. The piece reportedly portrayed the Virgin Mary as a stripper. Immediate responses to the piece by students when it went on display were largely negative; to appease concerns, signage was put up warning students that "some items [on display] might be considered offensive." The university's president, Frank Lazarus, publicly condemned the theft. Reaction to Dr. Lazarus' statement prompted heated campus discussion and faced negative reception from online Catholic and conservative tabloids.
The current President is Jonathan J. Sanford, an American philosopher who previously served as the school's provost.
The University of Dallas is governed by a board of trustees. According to the university's by-laws, the Bishop of Dallas is an ex-officio voting member.
Previous chancellors include:
Previous presidents include:
The university is located in Irving, Texas on a 744-acre (301 hectare) campus in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The Las Colinas development is nearby. It is 10 miles (16 km) from downtown Dallas. The campus consists mostly of mid-century modernist, earth-toned brick buildings set amidst the native Texas landscape. Several of these buildings were designed by the well-known Texas architect O'Neil Ford (dubbed the Godfather of Texas modernism). The mall is the center of campus, with the 187.5 feet-tall (57.15 meters) Braniff Memorial Tower as its focal point.
Perhaps reflecting prevailing biases against mid-century modern architecture, the Princeton Review once mentioned the University of Dallas as having the fourth-least beautiful campus among the America's top colleges and universities, along with several other campuses with abundant modern architecture. Travel + Leisure's October 2013 issue lists it as one of America's ugliest college campuses, citing its "low-profile, boxy architecture that bears uncanny resemblance to a public car park," but noting that a recent $12 million donation from alumni Satish and Yasmin Gupta would bring new campus construction.
The 2019-2020 estimated charges, including tuition, room, board, and fees, for full-time undergraduates is $59,600. This is an increase from the 2016-2017 academic year of $54,976.
81% of freshmen who began their degree programs in Fall 2014 returned as sophomores in Fall 2015. 66% of freshmen who began their degree programs in Fall 2009 graduated within 4-years.
From its beginning, the university has resisted a focus on "trades and job training" and pursued the traditional ideas of a liberal education according to the model described by John Henry Newman in The Idea of a University. The university's "Core Curriculum" is a collection of approximately twenty courses (two years) of common study covering philosophy, theology, history, literature, politics, economics, mathematics, science, art, and a foreign language. The curriculum not only includes a slate of required courses, but includes specific standardized texts, which permit professors to assume a common body of knowledge and speak across disciplines. Classes in these core subjects typically have an average class size of 16 students to permit frequent discussion. Dallas is one of 25 schools graded "A" by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for a solid core curriculum.
There is a similar Core Curriculum for graduate studies in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.
Constantin College of Liberal Arts
Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts
(Note that departments in Constantin College also teach graduate courses for Braniff.)
Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry
Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business
Undergraduate students are enrolled in the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business, or the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry. The university awards bachelor of arts (BA) and bachelor of science (BS) degrees.
In 1970, the university started its own study abroad program in which Dallas students, generally sophomores, spend a semester at its campus southeast of Rome in the Alban Hills along the Via Appia. In June 1994, the property was renovated (12 acres [4.86 hectares]) and dedicated as the Eugene Constantin Rome Campus. It includes a library, a chapel, housing, a dining hall, classrooms, a tennis court, a bocce court, a swimming pool, an outdoor Greco-Roman theater, working vineyards, and olive groves.
The Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts administers master's degrees in American studies, art, English, humanities, philosophy, politics, psychology, and theology, as well as an interdisciplinary doctoral program with concentrations in English, philosophy, and politics.
The University of Dallas Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business is an AACSB-accredited business school offering a part-time MBA program for working professionals, a Master of Science program, a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Graduate Certificates, graduate preparatory programs, and professional development courses.
The University of Dallas Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry offers master's degrees in Theological Studies (MTS), Religious Education (MRE), Catholic School Leadership (MCSL), Catholic School Teaching (MCST), and Pastoral Ministry (MPM). Classes are offered onsite during weeknights and online. The University of Dallas School of Ministry also is one of the few Catholic universities in the US that offer a comprehensive, four-year Catholic Biblical School (CBS) certification program. This program, which covers every book of the Bible, is offered onsite and online in both English and Spanish. The CBS is the largest program of its kind among all Catholic universities in the US based on 2007 enrollment numbers.
|U.S. News & World Report||12 (West)|
|Master's University class|
The on-campus editorial offices of Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations have been publishing a book series of medieval Latin texts with facing English translations. The goal of the series is to build a library that will represent the whole breadth and variety of medieval civilization. The series is open-ended; as of May, 2016, it has published 21 volumes.
The University of Dallas Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts features a small, graduate art program, located in what is called Haggerty Art Village. Haggerty Art Village is separated from the rest of campus by a wooded grove, and the social atmosphere around the village is considerably different from the rest of the university. One notable feature of the graduate art program is that it provides all accepted graduates a full tuition scholarship, allowing them to study for three years and receive both their MA and MFA degrees.
Haggerty Art Village itself features printmaking (all forms, plus papermaking and letterpress studios), painting, sculpture (well-equipped and spacious woodworking and metalworking studios), and ceramics facilities, though graduate students are not bound to a single medium, and receive their degree as a broader "art" classification (despite this, students are required to choose an adviser, based on which medium they might employ the most). There is also a Mac lab for digital photography and web design seminars. The program is small and intimate, and allows students to exhibit work both on and off campus. University of Dallas MFA candidates typically go on to successful artistic careers nationwide, and students come from a variety of backgrounds (there have also been numerous international students). Each student receives a private studio space in a collective studio environment. At this time, there are 16 graduate art students, indicative of the competitive nature of the acceptance process. In addition to flexible studio art courses and independent studio work, graduate art students are required to fulfill numerous art seminar credits, as well as take four art history courses throughout their time at UD (modern and contemporary art, plus two others; many students choose to create their own independent coursework). Because the UD art faculty are linked to the Dallas - Ft. Worth arts community, there are often graduate field trips to various Dallas - Ft. Worth art institutions, such as the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Modern in Ft. Worth, and several others.
The University's gallery is named after Beatrice Haggerty who was influential in forming the Art Village. Haggerty's involvement with the art program emerged from a personal need when her daughter Kathleen was seriously injured in an auto accident. The Haggerty gift of the first art building in 1960 was engineered for her therapy. At the time Dallas was not highly developed, so Haggerty suggested to her husband Patrick E. Haggerty that the new university could benefit by a small building for sculpture. In return, their daughter had access to the needed therapeutic work. Giving an alternative opportunity of recovery for her daughter, Beatrice Haggerty simultaneously cultivated partnerships and future opportunity for the university's art program to flourish. After the completion of the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art in Wisconsin, Haggerty again donated to fund the building of the first art building at the University of Dallas in 1960. It is currently one of six structures that make up the Haggerty Art Village. In 1994 a "Belong, Believe, Become" campaign was launched to fund the completion of the entire art village. Haggerty promised the "seed money," remarking: "I would like to see the art center finished." The funds would renovate the older art buildings and add a multipurpose art history building, a new sculpture facility, and an art foundations building. This donation served the first part of the 125 million dollar campus wide aid campaign. The original investments of the Haggerty family helped to establish a respectful, healthy, safe environment that promotes the values of quality and creativity in the visual communication of artist and their art. As a prominent member of gardening clubs and possessing an eye for aesthetic landscaping, Beatrice advocated to uphold the natural beauty of the campus' trees and to maintain an environment for all artists to find inspiration. Currently, the exhibitions in the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery are designed to encourage a dialogue between the University of Dallas and the broader artistic community by inviting an array of contemporary artists, both national and international, to the university's campus.
O'Neil Ford Buildings
The first University of Dallas art building was completed in 1960 through the benevolence of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick E. Haggerty. The objective was to create a space that would allow artists to be cultivated and challenged. Designed by O'Neil Ford and his firm Ford, Powell and Carson of San Antonio, the associated architects Landry and Landry of Dallas, the building is separate from the rest of campus by a wooded grove. Using simple materials, the building features both exhibition and gathering spaces with high ceilings and natural light. To further encourage the making of art, the building includes three, semi private studios. This first building was opened in 1960 and was dedicated by the Bishop of Dallas, most Reverend Thomas K. Gorman, and attended by Sr.Mary Corita Kent, renowned contemporary print-maker from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles In 1965, the University of Dallas welcomed its second art building designed by Ford. This building provided studios and a frame shop for both painting and printmaking studios. In 1975, a third art building designed by Ford was established. The space was created for both ceramics and graduate studios. Additionally, the building served as a printmaking expansion, drawing room, and art history classroom and kiln shed. These buildings were the first of six structures to form the Haggerty Art Village.
O'Neil Ford also designed the main buildings on the Mall of the university. Those buildings, built thanks to the large gift in 1964 from Mr. Blakely and Mr. Braniff, and the tower on the end of the mall built later were designed by Mr. Ford to be both typical of the architecture of the American Southwest and were built using stronger and more durable building methods than most modern construction.
Haggerty Art Village features the Upper Gallery, which can be merged for one, large exhibition, or separated into two distinct exhibitions. The Upper Gallery is fully equipped with track lighting and movable walls. Many students show in the Upper Gallery for their MA on-campus exhibitions. In addition to the Upper Gallery, there is a small studio space gallery, which usually shows group exhibitions featuring recent graduate work. The art history building features the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery, which hosts an eclectic array of exhibits, featuring works by artists from around the United States and the rest of the world. There are other places outside of the Art Village to show work: Gorman Lecture Center Foyer is commonly used, as is the Braniff Lounge (called "the fishbowl" by students for its many windows and natural light).
National Print Invitational
Started by Juergen Strunck in 1974, the National Print Invitational was an annual exhibit that allowed printmakers from all over the US to share their work without paying entry fees. With no fee, a couple hundred submissions were narrowed down to roughly 50 by the university printmaking graduate students.
After the initial $2000 university funding was spent and not replenished, continued fundraising was mostly accomplished through membership fees: for $200 a year, members received a print as well as funded future exhibits.
With Strunck's retirement, the National Print Invitational ended after many successful years of supporting not only artists in the immediate community, but nationally as well. Hardcopies of all invites are located in the Matrix and Printmaking Collection in the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery, with the exception of the first NPI, which does not have an invite.
Matrix Program The Matrix Program invites visiting artists from around the country. It allows students to print an edition of that artist's work. Artists have included Endi E. Poskovic. Students who participate in printing the edition typically receive a finished, numbered print to add to their personal print collection. Matrix donors feature several citizens of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex community appreciative of the arts. For their donations, they receive a print by every other Matrix artist (Matrix artists are divided into "small edition" and "large edition" semesters; donors receive "large edition" prints). The program also features a student-curated exhibition of the artists' work, complete with an opening reception and an artist demo session.
The University of Dallas was the local sponsor for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts' (NCECA) 32nd annual Conference in 1998 with the central theme of "Heroes, Icons, History, Memory." The University's Dan Hammett acted as the Dallas-Fort Worth Onsite Conference Chair and has served the organization in various capacities for seventeen years. A Clay Traditions exhibition appeared in conjunction with the March Conference, promoting the mission of ceramic education. Instructors from various institutions combined the different roles of teacher and artist, providing a cross section of contemporary work in clay. The University started the ceramic exhibition and elevated the Conference's visibility through exhibitions and P.B.S. style films released throughout the country. In all, three exhibitions were presented on the campus to make available the visual icons of the organization to students. Hammett mounted the work of Professor Harding Black, a regionally respected Texas artist, in upstairs Haggar; the work of Maria Martinez, an artist from New Mexico; and a national Student Competition in the University Gallery in Haggar which no longer exists. On the Irving Campus by the Madonna Pond, the Constantin Arch serves as a continuing testament to the organization. Designer Robert Harrison constructed the brick, cement, steel, and ceramic tile structure over four days with University art professors, Dan Hammett and Cameron Schoepp, and students. Hammett's position on the national Board of NCECA has been beneficial for the Graduate and undergraduate ceramic students, whom he takes to the national Conference each year.
The Celebration of Japanese Arts The university agreed to house one of the most renowned and respected swordsmiths in Japan in the spring of 1980. Master Yoshindo Yoshihara hoped to come to the United States and demonstrate how blades were forged and ultimately produce the first Samurai blades forged in the Western Hemisphere. In the early spring of 1980, the garden between the art buildings was transformed into a Japanese setting with plants and a gravel surface to welcome the guests. The project began on Holy Saturday, after the lighting of the fire of sacramental order. Yoshihara, inside the Kaji-Ba, struck the first fire with flint and steel at the forge, and began with raw ore that had been transported from Japan. Along with Yoshihara and his assistants there was also a hibaki maker, grinder, and a polisher. The scabbard and hibaki makers sat on tatami mats inside the sculpture studio, which is currently the printmaking studio at the university. 16 blades were completed, and three from raw ore. One is in the Metropolitan, one in Boston, and the third in on the University of Dallas Campus. A week long Shinsa was offered in upstairs Haggar. Here the blades made by Yoshihara were evaluated and approved for transportation. Along with the smithing, The Samurai Sword Museum in Kyoto offered to send an exhibition of spear heads, blades, kutani, and Tsuba. The University also housed an exhibition of Japanese ceramics in the Art building. The blades were displayed in the University Gallery, located then where the student life offices are now. They were considered so valuable that they were guarded during the day. So precious were they that no catalogue or identifying labels were permitted. The oldest was 10th century. Also offered in the Campus wide Celebration of the Japanese Arts was a tea ceremony, flower arranging, and kite flying. Among the UD Community Education programs was an eight-week instructional class on "Beginning Ikebana Japanese Floral Art" along with a four-week lecture series on "Zen and Contemporary American Literature" and an eight-week lecture series on "Treasures of Japanese Civilization." A 30-minute, 16mm film "Samurai" was made by Lowell Jordan that shows the process of the forging of the blades on the University campus. The film was shown on PBS and also won a silver medal at an International film Festival.
The University of Dallas' student-run media is diverse. The student newspaper is The University News, published weekly on Wednesdays both in-print and online. The yearbook, first published in 1957, is The Crusader. Ramify, the official journal of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, has been published since 2009 to showcase "serious but jargon-free intellectual treatments" on subjects of the liberal arts. OnStage Magazine has been operated by the Drama Department since 2016. The Mockingbird, a student-ran and student-funded publication, began monthly printing in September 2020. Since 2011, the Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts honor society has published the University Scholar once a semester to showcase the "undergraduate writing, comprising essays, short stories, poems, and scientific abstracts" of the university's undergraduates.
The Office of Advancement publishes Tower Magazine for alumni on a regular basis, usually once in Summer and once in Winter.
On campus residency is required of all students who have not yet attained senior status or who are under 21 and are not married, not a veteran of the military, or who do not live with their parents or relatives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. These requirements change from year to year depending upon the size of the incoming freshman class; for instance, in 2009, all students with senior credit standing were required to live off campus. Freshmen live in traditional single-sex halls, while upperclassmen live either in the University's co-ed dormitory or off-campus.
There are five traditional halls for freshmen students. Jerome, Augustine and Gregory halls are all-female halls. These halls were last renovated in 1998, 1995, and 2014 respectively. Theresa and Madonna halls are all-male halls. These halls were renovated in 2000 and 1999 respectively. Clark Hall is the only co-ed dormitory and was built in 2010. The final hall is O'Connell Hall. Renovated in 2010, O'Connell Hall housing is based upon campus population housing needs for any given year. This hall may house new students, continuing students or a combination of both by floor if necessary.
The cost of attendance for the University of Dallas is dependent on the student's commuter status. For an on-campus student, the cost of attendance for the 2019-2020 school year is $59,600. For an off-campus resident in Texas, the cost of attendance for the 2019-2020 school year is $55,640. For a student living with parents or relatives, the cost of attendance for the 2019-2020 school year is $51,340.
The University of Dallas was criticized for a 2015 commencement ceremony in which speaker Brent Bozell attributed the "destruction of the family" to gay marriage, saying that paganism and gay acceptance constituted anti-Christian bigotry taking over America. The Princeton Review ranked the university as the 15th most LGBT-unfriendly school in the United States.
Notable alumni include:
The university's full-time, permanent faculty have included the following scholars:
Notable visiting or part-time faculty have included: