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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
Dominican is an above-average private university located in San Rafael, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,135 undergraduate students. The Dominican acceptance rate is 88%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Health Service Preparatory Studies. Graduating 72% of students, Dominican alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $44,400.
About Dominican University of California...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Pacific West Conference
Address
50 Acacia Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901

Dominican University of California Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
88%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1040-1220
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$34,694/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$26,409/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.55 responses
76%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.54 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,135Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
167
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
29%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Focused
    38%
  • Hard-working
    38%
  • Laid back
    15%
  • Diverse
    4%
  • it depends
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
91%
Poll
90%
of students say they don't have Greek life.51 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.69 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Welcoming
    43%
  • Expensive.
    20%
  • Community
    17%
  • Homey
    17%
  • Family
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.31 responses
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I love my major. If you are planning on going into the field of Occupational Therapy, then I definitely recommend Dominican. Apart from my major there are many things I dislike about the school. It's very cliquey and the school definitely shows favoritism to certain people, such as, sports players, certain majors, and people involved in certain clubs. Also the cafeteria food is the worst!
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Small campus school with an intimate approach to education. Professors are friendly and willing to go the extra mile for all their students. Very high focus on the nursing program. Campus security is always present and quick to respond.
Dining hall is one of Dominican’s weakest points. Lunches are generally okay but dinners tend to be worse. Vegetables generally burnt, food is greasey, salad bar lols unhygienic. Had a very evident rat problem in the past year.
Dorms are given out based on a lottery system. Majority of students are commuters.
Campus is beautiful and located in a upper class, quiet neighborhood. Fireside trail located right behind. About one mile walk from downtown San Rafael, 30 minutes from San Francisco, 15 minutes from Berkeley.
Despite not having the massive sporting events and Greek life of state schools, it is located in an area where you can still maintain a social life by going to concerts, the city, Berkeley, or to the countless waterfalls/hikes in the area. The small class-size and close-knit community allows everyone to find their niche. Each person is able to get opportunities they would not necessarily be afforded at a large school and the staff and faculty wants you to succeed. For example, professors are willing to meet outside of class on top of the free tutoring offered.