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Dominican University of California

San Rafael, California

Dominican University of California’s 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. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences, and professional programs.

 

Located in a community known for its extraordinary creative and entrepreneurial energy, Dominican’s commitment to integrating the liberal arts and the professions prepares students for lives of purpose. The University balances academics with extensive practical, hands-on experiences, including service-learning, research, and internships with some of the Bay Area’s largest and fastest-growing companies. Upon graduation, students are well-prepared to enter professional life or continue their studies in medical or graduate school.

Student Profile

1,448 undergraduate students (27 percent male 73 percent female); 27 states and 16 countries.

Faculty Profile

106 full-time faculty, 251 part-time. 11.1 student/faculty ratio.

Residence Life

31% of students live in the school’s residence halls.

School Location

San Rafael, California, 12 miles north of Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Athletics

NCAA Div. II varsity sports: Men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, softball. Lacrosse is offered as a club sport.

Mascot: Penguins.

Other Information

Dominican University of California is an independent, four-year, accredited, private liberal arts college founded in 1890. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Academic Programs

Art (BA, BFA, Minor), Concentration Tracks: Graphic Art, Studio Art, Art History (BA, Minor), Biological Sciences (BA, BS, Minor), Concentration Tracks: Environmental Studies, Molecular Cell Biology, Ecology, General Biology, Business Administration (BA, Minor), Concentration Tracks: Management, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, International Business, Chemistry (BA, BS, Minor), Communications and Media Studies (BA, Minor), Concentration Tracks: Broadcast Media, Cinema, Organizational and Corporate Communications, Print/Media, Sports Communication, Dance/Lines Ballet (BFA), English (BA, Minor), English with a Writing Emphasis (BA, Minor), Environmental Studies (Minor), Health Science/Pre-OT (BS), History (BA, Minor), Humanities and Cultural Studies (BA, Minor), Interdisciplinary Studies (BA, BS), International Studies (BA, Minor), Latin American Studies (Minor) (BA/Credential), Mathematics (Minor), Music (BA, Minor), Music with Concentration in Performance (BA), Nursing (BSN), Philosophy (Minor), Political Science (BA, Minor), Concentration Tracks: International Affairs, International Political Economy, Public Law, American Politics, Moral and Political Philosophy, Pre-Law (Minor), Pre-Medicine (Advising Track), Psychology (BA, BS, Minor), Public Health (BS), Religion (BA, Minor), Sports Management (Minor), Undeclared/Vision Quest Program, Women and Gender Studies (BA, Minor)

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Engaged Students

Dominican is known for being close-knit, friendly, and supportive. With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 15, Dominican provides both the personal attention associated with smaller schools and the academic resources and global opportunities associated with larger universities. 

Engaged Learning

Engaged learning at Dominican University of California includes undergraduate research, service-learning, internships, clinical practice, student leadership development, and study abroad.

Dominican’s research-intensive curriculum has raised the bar for undergraduate science education, and the outcomes support the success of the Dominican formula. The University’s commitment to active learning through enhanced research activities results in a highly competitive and skilled student body prepared to continue their studies in graduate, health professional school, and industry.

Service Learning

Dominican’s reach extends throughout the San Francisco Bay Area through service-learning and internships. Dominican’s Service-Learning (SL) Program, now in its 10th year, offers more than 40 courses a year across the curriculum. Of 250 students participating in a recent survey, 92 percent said they felt that service-learning enhanced their learning of class content and theories.

Internships

Internship sites include business, non-profits, and public agencies that also benefit from the program. Students are required to make a formal presentation regarding the experience, what they learned, what skills they were able to cultivate, and how this experience enriched their understanding of their major as well as personal and professional goals.

Study Abroad

As part of the university’s mission of fostering an appreciation of cultural diversity and global interdependence, students are encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities while attending Dominican. Students can arrange to study in virtually any country where an accredited study abroad program exists. Opportunities are available for every major on campus and for periods of study from one week to one year.

Great Teaching

Dominican offers more than 60 programs of study, reflecting the diversity and creativity of the University’s faculty and students. Some of the most popular and highly-regarded programs include business, psychology, education, biology, chemistry, nursing, political science, and occupational therapy. 

Throughout its curriculum, Dominican offers small-size classes that are conducive to providing an intense and engaging learning environment, allowing faculty to give students more individualized attention.

In the sciences, students work alongside faculty researchers on federally funded research, including studies examining breast cancer, climate change, malaria, and neurobiology. Each year, students are invited to present their findings at academic conferences throughout the United States. Dominican sends one of the largest delegations of students to present work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. A significant portion of science students enter some of the top medical schools in the country after graduation.

In the humanities, students can combine dance and musical performance with the study of philosophy, literature, world cultures, and religion. Dominican also offers strong undergraduate professional programs in business, education, and nursing, in addition to graduate offerings in these disciplines as well as counseling psychology and occupational therapy. The University offers a nationally recognized BFA in Dance with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.

The new Barowsky School of Business offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, finance, international business, management, and marketing. The school’s professors have accumulated years of experience in one of the most vibrant business centers in the world – the San Francisco Bay Area. Students pursue internships and other activities in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Sonoma and Napa (“wine country”) counties. Recent graduates are working in some of the best companies in California, the U.S., and Asia, including the Big 4 accounting firms, regional and national financial institutions, and global management, marketing and advertising firms.

Dominican is the only university in the United States to offer a multi-disciplinary First Year Experience course based on Big History. Big History is an emerging academic discipline that provides a unifying overview of the 14 billion-year history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the present day. Big History synthesizes history, astronomy, chemistry, biology, geology, sociology, and other fields to provide a cohesive picture, to scale, of the history of the human race and its relationship to the planet.

Special characteristics of a Dominican education include the Senior Thesis, an intensive research project that provides all students with an opportunity to shine in their chosen fields of study. The Senior Thesis can also provide the final distinguishing feature that ensures admission to graduate school or the offer of an appealing job.

Internships are available through the University’s Internship and Career Services Office, giving students the opportunity to explore employment options with local companies. The center also offers workshops and individual counseling on career and job search strategies, résumé writing, and interviewing skills.

Vibrant Communities

The 80-acre campus is at the center in a historic neighborhood located close to downtown San Rafael’s restaurants, sidewalk cafes, movie theaters, live music venues, and seasonal farmer’s market. Although only 30 minutes from San Francisco, Dominican’s quiet and safe campus is set at the edge of some of the best hiking and mountain biking trails in the Bay Area. Marin County’s popular Stinson Beach is less than an hour from campus, while Lake Tahoe’s mountain resorts are a favorite weekend destination for skiers and snowboarders.

Dominican’s NCAA Division II athletics program is a member of the Pacific West Conference, which stretches from Arizona and Utah to Hawaii. For the past five years, Dominican has received the PacWest Academic Achievement Award for the highest cumulative grade-point average in the PacWest. The University’s recreational sports program offers intramural leagues in flag football, dodge ball, and soccer. Outdoor recreational options include kayaking, standup paddleboard, golf, miniature golf, batting cages, and hiking.

The Associated Students of Dominican University (ASDU) is the primary group that helps students plan and provide campus activities, distribute activity funds, initiate changes in policy, and represent themselves to the University’s administration and the broader community.  This group of elected student representatives serves both as the student activities association and the student government board.  The members of the ASDU Senate are composed of representatives from all four class levels of regular day program students. 

Opportunities exist for involvement in many activities on and off campus.  Recent events include:  the San Francisco Bay boat dance, pumpkin carving parties, on-campus haunted house, midnight madness, VoteSmart Challenge, flashback dance, intramural sports, pool parties, penguin ball, and karaoke nights. 

Dominican also offers a wide variety of clubs, including the Dominican Sailing Club, the Penguin Student Athlete Advisory Council, the Water Polo Club, the Black Student Union, the Latino Cultural Club, the Debate Team, the Harry Potter Association, toastmasters, the Green Club, the  Business Bakers Club, the Dominican University of California Business Association, the Dominican Nursing Student Association, the Dominican Political Science Association, the Dominican Students Occupational Therapy Association Dominican Writers Guild, the History Club, Phi Alpha Delta , and the Psychology Club

Dominican also has an online student publication and an internet-based radio station with listeners across the world.

Each year Dominican welcomes individuals from the worlds of literature, business, entertainment, politics, psychology, civil rights, and the media to participate in the Leadership Lecture Series. Recent speakers include Leon Panetta, Al Gore, Caroline Kennedy, Carlos Santana, Kirsten Gillibrand, Billy Collins, Nancy Pelosi, Dave Eggers, Isabel Allende, Bill McKibbon, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Chris Matthews. Dominican students have many opportunities to be involved with this series, serving as ushers, technical assistants, and in the green room. 

Successful Outcomes

Dominican models and instills the values and theories of interdependence, sustainability, social justice and stewardship into the entirety of its learning environment. The Dominican learning environment encompasses the education programs as well as maintains sustainable working and living spaces, and adopts policies and business practices that minimize the University’s environmental footprint. Dominican strives to increase the awareness, knowledge, skills and sense of purpose within our students, faculty, staff and community to best meet the needs of the present, while creating a future that is just and sustainable for all.

Dominican’s distinctive mission and vision outlines goals and strategies designed to empower the University community through capacity building, accountability, agility, and innovation—goals and strategies that will help Dominican flourish in this new era.

Dominican is providing today’s students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to be successful, while delivering on the promise of education that Dominican’s founders first envisioned when the institution was established in 1890. Dominican is committed to creating a stronger, agile and more competitive university. Today’s students demand and deserve more and better tools and training, and Dominican is prepared to respond.

Special characteristics of a Dominican education include the Senior Thesis, an intensive research project that provides all students with an opportunity to shine in their chosen fields of study. The Senior Thesis can also provide the final distinguishing feature that ensures admission to graduate school or the offer of an appealing job.

Internships are available through the University’s Career Services Office, giving students the opportunity to explore employment options with local companies. The center also offers workshops and individual counseling on career and job search strategies, résumé writing and interviewing skills.

Admissions and Financial Aid

2014-15.  Comprehensive tuition: $41,280. Financial Aid: More than 89% of undergraduate students receive financial aid.

Dominican has a rolling admission plan for undergraduate admission.

Priority application deadlines: February 1 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester. Admission decisions made within two weeks of receipt of all admission materials.

Admission interviews are recommended, but not required. Each candidate is reviewed on the basis of past scholastic record, present motivation, and potential intellectual development as indicated by all admission materials submitted.

Dominican welcomes applications from all students without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, ethnicity, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. The University seeks to enroll students who will take full advantage of the academic and extracurricular opportunities available. Offers of admission are contingent upon sustained academic performance and receipt of a final transcript(s). Offers of admission are valid for one semester only. Deferrals may be granted on an individual basis, after review by the Office of Admissions

Dominican commits over $19 million each year for institutionally-funded scholarships and grants that directly reduce cost of attendance. Scholarships and grants from other sources (federal, state, or private) also directly reduce the cost of attending Dominican. In addition, educational loan programs can help finance part or all of any remaining costs.

Completing the financial aid process at Dominican is easy. First, complete the 2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To meet the priority deadline, complete the FAFSA after January 1 but before March 2. Once Dominican receives your FAFSA results, they will let you know by e-mail if you need to send them anything else.

Dominican offers scholarships based on academic accomplishments, athletic abilities, musical talent, and participation in their Honors program: Scholarships include Trustee, Presidential, Deans, and Dominican merit scholarships; Scholar in the World awards; Coaches awards; and Music scholarships

At the point of admission, each undergraduate day student is automatically considered for a renewable Dominican merit scholarship. For new freshmen, scholarships are based on high school academic achievement, SAT (Critical Reading and Math only) or ACT composite, and high school grade point average (GPA). For new transfers with more than 12 transfer units, scholarships are based on college GPA for all transferable coursework. Merit scholarships are renewable as long as the student maintains the required GPA and continues as a full-time student.

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