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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  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
    C+
  12. Safety
    A-
Dominican is an above-average private, Catholic university located in River Forest, Illinois in the Chicago Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,105 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Dominican acceptance rate is 64%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Psychology, and Criminology. Graduating 62% of students, Dominican alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,300.
About Dominican University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Address
7900 W Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305
Website

Dominican University 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
64%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
910-1200
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$18,219/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,520/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,520/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,830/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,599/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,267/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.35 responses
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.43 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,105Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
63%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Hardworking
    57%
  • Motivated
    33%
  • Lacidasical
    3%
  • Procrastinators
    3%
  • Stressed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
37%
Poll
77%
of students say they don't have Greek life.44 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.64 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Caritas Veritas
    46%
  • Community
    27%
  • GREAT
    19%
  • Decent
    8%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
62%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.30 responses
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I really like the small campus and class sizes that Dominican University has to offer. When you walk on campus you're overwhelmed with greenery and gothic aesthetic this campus provides to the suburban community of River Forest. Being a small school also has its downfall, particularly the lack of range in professors. It is common that certain classes are only taught every other semester which causes many people to resort to taking summer classes in order to fulfill their credit credentials. I would recommend for anybody to apply because this school is what you make it. There are a lot of clubs that you can be involved with and its close proximity to Chicago means that a lot of professors are good people to network with.
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Dominican University is an incredible institution that allows for each student to have a uniquely intimate and personal academic experience. With a total of 3,900 students, the student-teacher ratio is superb and truly promotes students being able to build personable relationships with their professors. Located in the beautiful community of River Forest, Dominican's campus is picturesque and reminds you of an East cost Ivy. My only complaint is the cost; with tuition fees at $31, 720/yr (not including Room & Board), one can definitely expect to get their money's worth!
Dominican brings in professors that invest their time and effort into students education. This is currently my third semester at Dominican as a transfer students, and I must say I have nothing but positive feedback for all of my professors.

One thing that I would like to see change at Dominican is an expansion of the library. There are so many students who spend their time at the library working on homework and studying, and such little room to do so without it being congested.