The University of Dallas is a private Catholic university in Irving, Texas. Established in 1956, it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
|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) |
32°50′42″N 96°55′33″W / 32.8451074°N 96.925807°W
|Campus||Urban; 744 acres (301 hectares)|
|Colors||Navy and White|
|NCAA Division III – SCAC (non-football)|
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. As of 2017, 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 opened with an initial class of ninety-six students in 1956.
The university's character was intended to be unlike other Catholic universities in Texas. Bishop Thomas Gorman had plans to shape it in the manner of Louvain, the Catholic university in Belgium where he himself had studied and which considered an elite institution in his day.
The Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur, Cistercian monks, Franciscan friars, and several lay professors formed the university's 1956 faculty. The Franciscans departed three years later; professors 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 a school for children with learning difficulties in 1963 and a motherhouse for the Dallas Province in 1964, both on campus. The sisters moved the school to Dallas in 1985 and closed the motherhouse in 1987. The faculty is now almost exclusively lay.
Braniff Graduate School, the Graduate School of Management, and programs in art and English all 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.
Since the first class entered in 1960, university graduates have won 39 Fulbright awards.
Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools came in 1963 and has been reaffirmed regularly. In 1989, it was the youngest institution of higher education ever to 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.
President Thomas W. Keefe was hired from Benedictine University to serve as president. Like his predecessors, he quickly ran into controversy. In 2017, Keefe's 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 low standards. After intense controversy and multiple efforts by trustees, on Good Friday of 2018, after Keefe's extended and unexplained absence from work, the university's trustees voted to fire him, effective at the end of the academic year.
The University seal is emblematic of the ideals to which the University is dedicated. The outer circle bears reference to the Book of Zechariah 8:19, which freely translates to "Through Truth, Seek Ye Justice". Incased in the seal is a Triquetra interwoven with a triangle as a double symbol of the Holy Trinity. As well as a Fleur-de-lis, which symbolizes the Cistercians. It also includes two crusader shields which depict the (Left) Lone Star of Texas and (Right) the torch of liberty and learning. The wavy lines near the bottom represent the Trinity River (Texas)
The Role of the CisterciansEdit
Bishop Thomas Gorman wrote as early as 1954 to Fr. Anselm Nagy to ask the displaced Hungarian Cistercian fathers from the Monastery of Zirc to assist in founding the university. On the first day of classes in September 1956, nine Cistercian fathers, at that point half of the entire faculty, were employed at the new university. The history of UD is connected to both those founding Cistercian priests and many more Hungarians who taught there in the first decades.
Guadalupe art print scandalEdit
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 students. The piece reportedly portrayed the Virgin Mary as a stripper. After students voiced criticism, signs were put up to warn visitors that "some items [on display] might be considered offensive." The university's president, Frank Lazarus, publicly condemned the theft. Reaction to Lazarus' statement prompted heated campus discussion, was discussed online on Catholic blogs and in conservative tabloids.
Governance and leadershipEdit
As of 2022, the 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.
Edward Burns, Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, currently serves as the chancellor. The office, held by a Catholic bishop per the constitution of the university, is an unpaid, honorary position.
Previous chancellors include:
- Thomas Kiely Gorman (1954–1969)
- Thomas Ambrose Tschoepe (1969–1990)
- Charles Victor Grahmann (1990–2007)
- Kevin J. Farrell (2008-2016)
Previous presidents include:
- F. Kenneth Brasted (1956–1959)
- Robert J. Morris (1960–1962)
- Donald A. Cowan (1962–1977)
- John R. Sommerfeldt (1978–1980)
- Robert F. Sasseen (1981–1995)
- Milam J. Joseph (1996–2003)
- Frank Lazarus (2004–2010)
- Thomas Keefe (2010-2018)
- Thomas S. Hibbs (2019–2021)
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.
The Princeton Review claimed the University of Dallas had the fourth-least beautiful campus among the America's top colleges and universities. 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.
A Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Orange Line light-rail station opened near campus on July 30, 2012.
The campus is home to the Orpheion Theatre, a small Greek-style performance space built into a hillside in 2003.
- 1,471 students
- 44% in-state; 55% out-of-state; 1% international
- 98% full-time
- 56% female; 44% male
- 99% age 24 and under
- 78% Catholic
- 27% minority
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.
Core curriculum and traditional liberal educationEdit
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.
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.
UD offers a five-year dual degree program in Electrical Engineering, in collaboration with The University of Texas at Arlington.
In 1970, the university started a 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 Nuova. In June 1994, the property was renovated and renamed 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, 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 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 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). The University of Dallas School of Ministry offers 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.
|U.S. News & World Report||12 (West)|
- Ranked No. 9 in the nation as the least LGBT friendly by Princeton Review in 2017 and 15th in 2018
- Ranked No. 12 among Western regional universities by U.S. News & World Report (2022 edition).
- Ranked No. 15 among master's universities by The Washington Monthly (2015 edition).
- Ranked No. 64 among Western regional universities on the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (2012 edition).
- Ranked No. 225 on Forbes list of America's Best Colleges (2019 edition).
- Listed as one of the 126 best colleges in the Western United States by The Princeton Review.
- Endorsed by the Cardinal Newman Society, a conservative Catholic association.
- The Department of Art was ranked No. 191 by the U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate School Rankings 2016.
- The 2010 National Research Council Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the US ranked the University of Dallas' doctoral concentrations at or near the bottom (survey-based quality score) of those surveyed in the US: English: 116-119/119; philosophy: 76-89/90; politics: 100-105/105.
- A 2010 survey of political theory professors published in the journal Political Science & Politics ranked the doctoral concentration in politics 29th out of 106-surveyed programs in the US specializing in political theory.
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.
Haggerty Art VillageEdit
The Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts features a small, graduate art program, located in Haggerty Art Village. The 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.
Haggerty Art Village itself features printmaking, painting, sculpture, and ceramics facilities, though graduate students are not bound to a single medium, and receive their degree as a broader "art" classification. The program is small, with only 16 graduate art students.
The University's gallery is named after Beatrice Haggerty who helped form the Art Village. Haggerty's involvement with the art program came after 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. 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.
The student newspaper is The Cor Chronicle, 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. 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 essays, short stories, poems, and scientific abstracts of the university's undergraduates.
The Office of Advancement publishes Tower Magazine for alumni on a twice yearly basis, usually in Summer and 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 Hall, Theresa Hall, Augustine Hall, Madonna Hall, and Catherine Hall. 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.
Built in 2010, Clark Hall is a co-ed dormitory for upperclassmen, with male and female students separated by floor. Undergraduate students who meet certain criteria also have the option to live in on-campus student apartments with roommates of the same gender. 
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 was $55,640. For a student living with parents or relatives, the cost of attendance for the 2019–2020 school year was $51,340.
The University of Dallas was criticized for a 2015 commencement ceremony in which speaker L. Brent Bozell III 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:
Intellectuals, artists and entertainersEdit
- Larry Arnhart - Political theorist
- Jeffrey Bishop - Philosopher, physician and bioethicist (Director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics) at St. Louis University
- L. Brent Bozell III - Founder of Media Research Center and Fox News political commentator
- L. M. Kit Carson - Actor and screenwriter
- Elizabeth (Betsy) DiSalvo, née James - Scholar in interactive computing and learning sciences and professor at Georgia Institute of Technology.
- John C. Eastman - Constitutional law scholar and Reagan Administration official
- Joe G. N. Garcia - Pulmonary scientist, medical researcher, academic administrator (at Johns Hopkins University) and physician
- Henry Godinez - Scholar of Latino theater at Northwestern University
- Lara Grice - American film actress known for The Mechanic (2011), The Final Destination (2009) and Déjà Vu
- Ernie Hawkins - Blues guitarist and singer
- Jason Henderson - Best-selling fantasy novelist and comic book author
- Thomas S. Hibbs - Philosopher and Honors College Dean at Baylor University, former President
- Andy Hummel - Bassist and songwriter for power-pop band Big Star
- Emily Jacir - Palestinian-American artist and activist
- Anita Jose - Professor, business strategist, essayist
- Joseph Patrick Kelly - Literary scholar focused on the works of James Joyce
- Peter MacNicol - Actor, notable performances include Ghostbusters, Ally McBeal, and Fox's 24
- Patrick Madrid – Author, radio host and Catholic commentator
- William Marshner - Ethicist and theologian
- John McCaa - American television journalist
- Eric McLuhan - media theorist and son of Marshall McLuhan
- Trish Murphy - Singer-songwriter
- Carl Olson - American journalist and Catholic writer
- Mackubin Thomas Owens - assistant dean of academics for Electives, Naval War College
- Tan Parker - Texas State Representative from Flower Mound and businessman
- Margot Roosevelt (attended, did not graduate) - American journalist at Orange County Register
- Gary Schmitt - public intellectual and co-founder of the Project for the New American Century
- Daryush Shokof - artist "Maximalism", Filmmaker "Amenic Film", Philosopher "Yekishim"
- Christopher Evan Welch - American actor famous for playing Peter Gregory in the HBO series Silicon Valley
- Gene Wolande - actor (L.A. Confidential) and television writer (The Wonder Years)
- Brantly Womack - professor of government and foreign affairs, University of Virginia
Business, politics and public affairsEdit
- Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun - Moroccan businesswoman and president of Confédération générale des entreprises du Maroc from 2012 to 2018
- Robert Bunda - Hawaiian politician
- Suren Dutia - Business executive and entrepreneurship expert at Kauffman Foundation
- Emmet Flood - Special Counsel to President George W. Bush, 2007–2008
- John H. Gibson - Senior Defense Department official and business executive
- Tadashi Inuzuka - Japanese politician and diplomat
- Katherine, Crown Princess of Yugoslavia - Wife of Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia
- Michael Neeb - CEO at HCA Healthcare UK
- Rosemary Odinga - Kenyan entrepreneur and activist
- Susan Orr Traffas - Former Head of the United States Children's Bureau
- Oscar Cantú - Bishop of San Jose
- Michael Duca - Bishop of Baton Rouge
- Daniel E. Flores - Bishop of Brownsville
- David Konderla - Bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa
- Shawn McKnight - Bishop of Jefferson City
- Mark J. Seitz - Bishop of El Paso
- Mike McPhee - NHL player and investment banker
- Tom Rafferty - Professional football player (offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys)
The university's full-time, permanent faculty have included the following scholars:
- Mel Bradford - literary scholar and traditional conservative political theorist
- John Alexander Carroll- American historian and co-winner of the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for George Washington, Volumes I-VII
- Louise Cowan - literary critic, English professor and public intellectual
- Eugene Curtsinger - professor of English, novelist and academic administrator
- Willmoore Kendall - political theorist (mentor of William F. Buckley while teaching at Yale University)
- Thomas Lindsay - Texas Public Policy Foundation, Center for Higher Education
- Taylor Marshall - traditionalist Catholic writer, former Anglican priest, and one time philosophy professor
- Wilfred M. McClay - Intellectual historian and public intellectual
- Joshua Parens - Philosopher concentrating on Islamic and Jewish medieval philosophy
- Philipp Rosemann - German philosopher specializing in continental and medieval philosophy
- Robert Skeris - American theologian and pioneering enthno-musicologist
- Janet E. Smith - classicist and philosopher
- Gerard Wegemer - literary scholar and the Director for The Center for Thomas More Studies
- Thomas G. West - political theorist 
- Frederick Wilhelmsen - philosopher
Notable visiting or part-time faculty have included:
- Rudolph Gerken - former Archbishop of Santa Fe
- Caroline Gordon - American novelist and literary critic
- Magnus L. Kpakol - Chief Economic Advisor to the President of Nigeria
- Marshall McLuhan - Media theorist and philosopher (coined the expression "the medium is the message" )
- Bernard Orchard - British Biblical scholar and Benedictine monk
- Mitch Pacwa - American theologian and host of several shows on EWTN
- John Marini - political scientist studying American legislative and administrative politics
- Mark J. Seitz - Bishop of El Paso
- Jeffrey N. Steenson- prelate who converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism
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