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Dominican College fosters relationships between students and faculty through small personal classes. The College...

Dominican College

Orangeburg, New York

Since 1952, Dominican College has provided students with an environment that cultivates unique bonds and life-long relationships. It is a unique environment where the building of personal connections shares center stage with academics. There are many reasons why students from across the country and the world choose Dominican College. The small, personal classes translate into a highly individualized educational experience for each student. The College’s convenient location in the scenic Hudson Valley area, just 17 miles from New York City, feels like a home away from home.


Dominican College is dedicated to the principle that its educational programs and services must be both challenging and supportive, distinguished both by high standards and by attention to the needs and potential of the individual student. With seven national accreditations, the College offers small classes taught by highly regarded faculty. In surveys, students rave about their personal connections to their professors and the family feel of the campus. Dominican College is a place where faculty, staff, and administrators are focused on students’ engagement, success, connections to the community, and preparation to live full and significant lives.


Committed to building its programs upon a strong liberal arts foundation, the College maintains a student-centered climate and offers an array of degree opportunities in Liberal Arts, sciences, business, and the professions on the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dominican College boasts a diverse student body that includes national and international representation of all races and religions.


Dominican College is an independent, four-year and master’s-level liberal arts college for men and women, chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The aim of the College is to promote educational excellence, leadership, and service in an environment characterized by respect for the individual and concern for the community. In the tradition of its Dominican founders, the College fosters the active, shared pursuit of truth and embodies an ideal of education rooted in the values of reflective understanding and compassionate involvement.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,552 undergraduate students
87% of undergrad students are full time
34% male — 66% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
75 full-time faculty
135 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

45 percent of students live on campus. The Office of Residence Life is composed of 3 residence centers, Hertel Hall, Rosary Hall, and Guzman Hall.

School Location

Orangeburg, NY, in the scenic Hudson valley, less than 30 minutes from New York City, and a short distance from West Point, the Meadowlands and Yankee stadium.

Retention Fall 2015

71% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

46% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 29%
Black or African American 17%
White 32%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 11%


Division II.  

12 Varsity teams.  
Men: Baseball, basketball, Golf, Lacrosse, and Soccer
Women: Basketball, Cross-country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field, and Volleyball

Mascot: Chargers
Colors: Red, White, and Black.


Dominican College is a four-year college offering programs in the liberal arts as well as professional programs. It was founded in 1952.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs: Athletic Training, Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Computer Information Sciences, Criminal Justice, English, History, Humanities, Management, Mathematics, Nursing, Occupational Therapy (B.S./M.S.), Physical Therapy (B.A. – Biology/D.P.T.), Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Teacher Education, Early Childhood, Childhood, Adolescence, Students with Disabilities)

More Distinctions

  • The College has seven national accreditations, the most in Rockland County.

Dominican College provides an enriching and supportive environment designed to meet the needs and actualize the potential of each student. The College fosters close personal relationships between faculty and students through individual advisement and through college clubs moderated by faculty.

Developing the Whole Student

Dominican College is committed to developing the whole student. It recognizes that a true education promotes not only analytic thinking, critical thinking, and increased judgement, but it also addresses emotional, physical, and spiritual development. For this reason, students can find a wide range of activities, including social clubs, honor societies, service organizations, campus ministry, and student chapters of professional organizations. Dominican College’s NCAA Division II athletics program is recognized as one of the finest among small colleges in the region.

Service Learning

Service is central to the Dominican College experience. Students who attend the College have the energy, ability, and the desire to make a real difference in the world. Whether they are studying social work or athletic training, Dominican College students are committed to social justice and being of service. Service-learning offers a unique opportunity for students to get involved by coupling community service projects with classroom learning. Service projects include opportunities to help build and rebuild communities, assistance to people who are homeless, Sister Cities Project, Light the Night, Walk for the Cure, Relay for Life, and more. Dominican College students are committed to making a difference in their world and they become actively contributing citizens through the service they perform.

Personal Faculty Relationships

At Dominican College, there is a strong emphasis on building relationships. The low student-to-faculty ratio allows students the opportunity to spend valuable time with their faculty. Students know that they are not a number. They also know that they will work face to face with professors (not teaching assistants) who are accessible and present to provide advice and personalized attention.

Survey after survey, Dominican College students affirm that they feel connected to their faculty. They state that they learn more from their interaction with teachers and peers—in class and out of class—than can be found in lectures and textbooks. Dominican College faculty make it a priority to know each student as an individual learner and community member. This connection lasts far beyond graduation; many alumni continue to build their relationships with faculty as peers, sharing professional developments and personal stories.  

Academic Programs

Dominican College offers majors in over 30 different subject areas as well as Graduate and Doctoral level degrees.  With expert faculty and specialized academic tracks, the College provides the benefits of a broad-based liberal arts education while also preparing students for their professions and fulfilling careers.  

The Freshman Year Program

The Freshman Year Program makes the transition to College life easier. It is run by a select group of faculty, administrators, and peer mentors. They fulfill the important functions of orienting new students, providing one-to-one advising throughout the academic year, helping new students to adjust to college life, and monitoring their academic progress. Individualized attention is given to each new freshman who enters Dominican College. The Freshman Year Program assists students in forming or solidifying educational and career aspirations. Key events include Freshman Orientation, Freshman Convocation, the Freshman Seminar, and Freshman Interest Groups.

Honors Programs

At Dominican College, the highest achieving students have the opportunity to enrich their education by joining the Honors Program. Students are selected on the basis of their previous academic success, qualifying for the program is their performance indicates both a strong preparation and heightened aptitude for learning. The Honors Program provides challenging courses chosen specifically for a motivated and gifted cohort. It culminates in a research project conceived by and of special interest to the individual student.

Dominican College boasts over twelve chartered national and international honor societies. These promote excellence in academics and encourage research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among students and faculty. To become a member of one or more honor societies, students must have overall GPA’s that meet the criteria of the governing bodies and often must show a commitment to the discipline through study and through community involvement.

Centrally Located

The location of the College provides a wealth of entertainment and cultural opportunities just a short trip away. The campus is less than 30 minutes from the world-class attractions of New York City. Madison Square Garden, Broadway, Museum Mile, and others are all within easy reach of the campus. The school is also a short distance from the military academy at West Point, the Meadowlands, and Yankee and Shea stadiums. Rockland County offers the quaint shops of Nyack and Piermont, art galleries, sporting events, theater, and musical performances. In addition, the Palisades Center, the nation’s second largest mall, is just down the road.

Residence Life

Students and alumni are often heard saying that the minute they set foot on campus, they felt like they were home. The College’s residence facilities are more than just places to stay. Students become part of stimulating communities where they both live and learn. All rooms are equipped with cable and high-speed internet access. All dorms have 24-hour front desk coverage, locked front doors, and security guards.

Year-Round Activities

There are many opportunities to become involved in the Dominican College community both on campus and off. Dominican College students participate in Alternate Spring Break in Mississippi to help rebuild damaged communities. They also engage in twice-yearly service trips to the Dominican Republic in which they live with rural families, teach school, and assist in building infrastructure. “Founders Week” and “Fire in the Sky” in the fall, as well as “Earth Week” in the spring, are traditions that bring the whole College community together. Faculty and staff vs. student softball games, Iron Chef Dominican, poetry slams, dances, and socials are a few other examples of campus activities found in this vibrant living and learning community.

A Dominican College education prepares students for life. Whether a student earns admission to the graduate program of their choice or begins a career in their profession, the Dominican Difference provides high levels of personal support that help students and alumni achieve.


Internships provide a link to the world beyond college, offering the chance for students to gain practical experience in their fields of study. The College’s location provides excellent access to internship and career opportunities throughout the metropolitan area. Internships provide hands-on work experience in business, industry, non-profit organizations, and government. They expand the educational experience by presenting students with the chance to apply theories learned in the classroom to actual practice in the workplace.

Career Services

The Career Development Center assists Dominican College Students and Alumni with comprehensive career development. The staff of the Center believes that career development is a lifelong process, striving to empower students and alumni through the programs and services offered. Counselors help to develop plans that create pathways to achieve career goals, promoting partnerships with students, alumni, faculty, employers, and members of the college community. The focus is on offering individualized programs to help job seekers understand themselves and their relationships between academic experiences, internship opportunities, and career choices. They are committed to assisting each person with their transition to new professional environments.

Alumni Network

The College has a very active alumni program, helping graduates of the school to stay connected to each other and each other’s business lives. Alumni give back to the College community by making themselves available to current students through mentoring, lectures, career round tables, and life-after-college events.  

Dominican College alumni have gone on to rewarding careers in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, education, government, law, law enforcement, athletic training, management, real estate, culinary arts, banking, advocacy, social work, business, and professional sports (to name just a few). The Dominican Difference is apparent in the kind of people who come through the College’s programs: these are people who are not just good at what they do, but they also contribute to their communities and their world in meaningful ways through their commitment and service.



1,959 Total Applicants 
1,400 Total Admissions 
365 Total Freshman Enrollment

71.47% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 390 480
SAT Math 390 490
SAT Writing 390 480
ACT Composite 17 21
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


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Tuition $25,680
Fees $770
Total $26,450
Room and Board (on campus) $12,120
Estimated Total On Campus $38,570


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

98% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
85% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$17,712 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,708 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates


Dominican College is strongly committed to enrolling qualified students, regardless of their financial means. Financing an education is a challenge that all families face. It is also one of the best investments that a family will ever make.  The College provides a range of scholarships and need-based aid.    

Merit Scholarships are offered in recognition of the academic performance of in-coming freshman. These scholarships are based on SAT/ACT scores and high school grade point average.  No scholarship application is required for these scholarships.

Honors Scholarships are awarded to in-coming freshman who are invited in to the Honors program.  These scholarships are in addition to the Merit Scholarships.

Athletic Scholarships are awarded to talented athletes who participate in our athletic teams.  The Athletic coaches determine an athlete’s eligibility for a scholarship


Dominican College provides funds that are based strictly on financial need. These grants are part of our effort to make college education affordable for students. A processed FAFSA is required and determination of award is made after all other sources of financial aid are taken into account

In addition the College participates in federal and New York State programs that provide additional financial aid to students.

View the website for more information about Admissions and Financial Aid.

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