Dominican University of California

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50 Acacia Avenue

San Rafael, CA 94901-2298

Phone: (415) 457-4440
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#31 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Dominican University of California is a private institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,628, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 80 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Dominican University of California's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 31. Its tuition and fees are $40,600 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1890, Dominican University of California is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in California and is distinguished by its history, geographic location, student profile, and educational philosophy. Our mission is to educate and prepare students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community, and service into their lives. Our 2,200 students are highly diverse; over 40% are students of color compared to a national average of 28%, and nearly a third are first-generation college students. This profile mirrors the demographic profile of the future United States, and serves as a dynamic educational and democratic incubator. Dominican offers 50 programs of study with an educational approach designed to serve our diverse student body. We provide students with a rigorous first-year experience and core curriculum, while offering strong professional programs in the health sciences, business, and education. To further strengthen our distinctive academic model, undergraduate students engage in at least three forms of applied learning experiences beyond the classroom through programs in service learning, leadership development, study abroad, research, or internships. Dominican sponsors 12 intercollegiate sports and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and the 14-member Pacific West Conference, the largest conference in the NCAA Division II West Region. Men's lacrosse is a member of the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA) and is one of just two NCAA Division II mens lacrosse programs in California. Dominican offers a four-year graduation guarantee for students who select a major by the end of the freshman year, persist in that major and successfully complete a full-time course load. Should a student follow the course of study agreed upon with his/her official advisor and not be able to graduate within eight semesters, tuition and fees for any subsequent coursework necessary for graduation will be waived. Engaged Learning, a hallmark of a Dominican education, incorporates active, collaborative learning in the classroom with enriching educational experiences beyond the classroom.
First Year Experience 'Big History' is an innovative one-year program developed by Dominican faculty. It provides freshmen with a common intellectual experience while preparing them to be thoughtful global citizens.
Service-learning, integrates meaningful community work with the academic curriculum. Students apply academic skills and critical thinking to address societal issues, working in partnership with more than 30 community organizations. The Dominican/LINES Ballet BFA dance program offered in partnership with Alonzo Kings LINES Ballet School combines Dominican's comprehensive liberal arts education with technically rigorous and artistically expansive dance training. Dominican is one of only two universities in United States to offer a Dance BFA program. Dominican offers a research-intensive curriculum for undergraduate science education. Professors train students to work independently on specific research topics early in their freshman year, providing a unique experience and contributing to the success of faculty research programs. Each year, students from all disciplines present their original research at leading academic conferences. Examples of undergraduate research include: malaria, breast cancer, coral reefs, biofuels, and sudden oak death. Dominicans Green MBA program is the nation's first Master's of Business Administration in Sustainable Enterprise. The program seeks to integrate business and environmentalism and to educate a new generation of leaders who are able to bridge the gaps among environmentally sound, socially responsible and financially successful business practices.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1890
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $24,650,130


When applying to Dominican University of California, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Dominican University of California is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.5 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Dominican University of California is 10:1, and the school has 60.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Dominican University of California include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Humanities/Humanistic Studies; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 38%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 34%
Business Administration and Management, General 15%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 12%
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 11%
Psychology, General 11%

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Student Life

Dominican University of California has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,628, with a gender distribution of 25.8 percent male students and 74.2 percent female students. At this school, 33 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 67 percent of students live off campus. Dominican University of California is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,207
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Dominican University of California offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Dominican University of California also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Dominican University of California, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Dominican University of California.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Dominican University of California, 81 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $22,292.

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Tuition and fees $40,600 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,940 (2013-14)
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