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  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
    B-
  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 87%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Health Service Preparatory Studies. Graduating 70% of students, Dominican alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $44,400.
50 Acacia Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Pacific West Conference

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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.

Dominican Admissions

Acceptance Rate
87%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1030-1220
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$34,905/ 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
$29,667/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

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
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.59 responses
78%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.58 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,135Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
220
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
  • Focused
    36%
  • Hard-working
    36%
  • Laid back
    14%
  • it depends
    7%
  • dont try
    4%
  • Outgoing
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
87%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.55 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.73 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
  • Welcoming
    41%
  • Expensive.
    26%
  • Community
    15%
  • Homey
    15%
  • Family
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
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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Dominican University has a beautiful campus and lovely people. There is so much you can do, they offer many majors and clubs. Dominican's diversity can really be seen through their clubs, people love to host events to educate and showcase their culture. The residential halls will remind you of Harry Potter and are very comfortable spaces, there's a room with a pool table and another with a ping pong table! Dominican offers so much support, there are many tutors and mentors available and of course, counseling services. There's even a first-generation student program called Torch who helps the transition from high school and are a great support system, you can come to them for any reason. The smaller student population allows for people to really connect with their professors and advisors, which enriches the student experience.
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Dominican University of California is a wonderful school with small enough class sizes that allow for genuine student-student and student-professor engagement. At Dominican, my voice is heard and I am recognized as more than a student ID number, a bonus that is harder to find at larger Universities. Dominican presents undergraduates with graduate-level work such as the opportunity to create a Senior Thesis and conduct research--a truly priceless experience. What I would like to see change is the number of courses offered in a single semester; because of their small size, Dominican struggles with offering certain courses during both the Fall and Spring semesters.
One of the things I love about Dominican is the school and I both share the values of community and service. I've spent time over the past 10 years volunteering inside and outside of my local community, so I appreciate how Dominican encourages community involvement, as I’ve seen positive effects firsthand. Greater community involvement is congruent with the caliber of involved education that Dominican offers, particularly in that classrooms are smaller, allowing better connectivity between student, material, and professor. I believe this style of education is vital to creating successful change, and I love being a part of that community.