Dominican University of California

Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA
student ratio
total students
$42,100 | $42,100
in-state | out-of-state tuition
February 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


Dominican University of California Focuses on the Diversity of its Student Body and Commitment to the Community

Dominican University of California is a coeducational university of Catholic heritage in San Rafael, California, only 12 miles north of San Francisco. An intimate 10:1 student-teacher ratio exists, with more than 1,600 undergraduate students and nearly 200 full- and part-time faculty members.

Dominican was founded in 1890 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael. The university enjoys a century-long reputation for excellence in scholarship, research, and community outreach. In fact, a central thrust at Dominican is for undergraduate students and faculty members to actively connect with the community-at-large. As a school founded by a Catholic order, an important part of the overall philosophy is to develop the whole person bound in the spirit. Dominican helps to support the spiritual nature of all people on campus through its ministry. Several different religious faiths, however, are represented at Dominican.

At Dominican Every Student is Part of an Engaged Learning Community

A hallmark of a Dominican education is the belief that the most important aspect of a quality education is the personal interaction between professor and student. A program of engaged learning builds on this premise, incorporating active, collaborative learning in the classroom with enriching educational experiences beyond the physical classroom. These high-impact practices actively engage students in the learning process, enhancing their experience with the content making the interaction personal and memorable.

Engaged learning at Dominican includes study abroad, internships, leadership, undergraduate research programs, and service learning initiatives, all interwoven with Dominican's distinctive programs, offering students a multitude of outlets to better understand themselves and the world around them.

At Dominican, Students Will Find 24 Majors, 23 Minors, and 1 Dynamic Education

There are 4 schools within Dominican University of California: the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; the School of Business and Leadership; the School of Education and Counseling Psychology; and the School of Health and Natural Sciences.

Dominican is serious about its academics, and every student has the opportunity to graduate in four academic years. There are several specialty degree programs offered at Dominican as well as multiple academic honors societies and honors programs. Some of these include the BFA in Dance, a Nursing program, a 5-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Health Science and the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, the 4+1 MBA program, and the Dual Degree/Dual Credential Program.

Students Have Opportunities to Engage the World

Japan, Australia, Spain, Sweden, Indonesia, South Africa. The world is at students' fingertips. Fostering an appreciation of cultural diversity and global interdependence is a fundamental part of a Dominican education. The school wants students to develop a rich understanding of different cultural perspectives and experiences, and there is no better way to do that than by spending time living, learning, and working in a foreign country.

Dominican encourages students to study abroad for two reasons: The first is their personal growth, and the second is their professional development. There is a growing demand in the United States, across industries and geographical locations, for professionals who are multilingual and multicultural. Studying abroad and learning a new language will give students the competitive edge that they will need once they graduate.

A Dominican Education is Within Reach

The value of a Dominican education extends well beyond the college years, making investment in a Dominican education one of the most important and worthwhile decisions students and their families will make. Yet, financing education and managing college costs can seem challenging.

The good news is that Dominican students receive significant financial support from a variety of sources including Dominican scholarships and grants, federal and state grants, federal and private loans, work study, and external agency support. More than 92% of undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid.

A Variety of Student Groups and Organizations at Dominican Range from Academic Honors Societies to the Mountain Biking Team

College is not just about studying and good grades. A large part of the college experience is the social aspect. Students at Dominican make their student life experiences ones to remember. Students can get involved in Student Government (ASDU), Campus Ministry, or other clubs and organizations on-campus. After a fun activity, students head to their residence halls for some rest, the Dining Hall for a quick snack, or the Conlan Recreation Center for a swim.

The Penguins Are Not Cuddly, They're Fierce Competitors

In addition to being fierce competitors, Dominican's Penguins are dedicated student athletes. The school's teams have earned the Pacific West Conference Academic Achievement Award in each of the last four years. Dominican's sports consist of women's basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball and men's basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, and soccer.

Housing and Travel Options Cover All Styles and Price Ranges

There are several housing options for first year students, including three residence halls where more than 30% of all Dominican students live. While the area has virtually no crime, there are security guards that patrol the campus and housing units continuously. There are also apartments and other types of easy-access housing in around San Rafael. Students can easily get around campus and town by foot, bicycle, car, taxi, or by local and interstate bus line. Additionally, San Francisco and Oakland airports are within short distance of the Dominican campus.

Location & Contact

50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901-2298

Ms.Nichelle Passanisi

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: 415-485-3206
Fax: 415-485-3214

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication and Journalism Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Occupational Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Health
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Natural Resources Management and Policy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


80% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied2,076
    • Accepted1,680
    • Acceptance Rate80%
    • Enrolled1,478
    • Female Applicants1,535
    • Females Accepted1,230
    • Female Acceptance Rate80%
    • Male Applicants541
    • Males Accepted450
    • Male Acceptance Rate83%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.25
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 1st Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer February 1st Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 470 570
    • SAT Math 470 580
    • SAT Writing 480 570
    • ACT Composite 20 25
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$42,100
    • Out-of-state tuition *$42,100
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$450
    • Room and board *$13,380
    • Room only *$7,880
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,478
    • Male Student Percentage26%
    • Female Student Percentage74%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino20.7%
    • Black or African American3.92%
    • White or Caucasian32.54%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.41%
    • Asian19.82%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander1.08%
    • Two or more races4.4%
    • Unknown15.7%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.42% representing 11 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students2% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 35%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Filipino Cultural Club, BSU, Perceptions, Global Ambassadors, Intramural Club/Programming
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Not Reported
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other 24-hour security on campus accessible by phone


Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Basketball No Yes Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Cross-country running No Yes Yes
    • Golf No Yes Yes
    • Lacrosse No Yes Yes
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Basketball No Yes Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Yes Yes
    • Golf No Yes Yes
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes Yes
    • Softball Yes Yes Yes
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Yes Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Yes Yes
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty326
    • Full-time Percentage31%
    • Part-time Percentage69%
    • Female Percentage64%
    • Male Percentage36%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 1,655 students to 177 faculty