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Dominican University is pleased to welcome new and returning students to campus and while this semester is certainly different, in many ways, from previous semesters, we are confident that you will have a successful, rewarding experience at Dominican. The COVID-19 outbreak is a constantly evolving situation and our planning will need to remain flexible as we deal with this global pandemic. Learn More

  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
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
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 1,974 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Dominican acceptance rate is 64%. Popular majors include Business, Nursing, and Psychology. Graduating 61% of students, Dominican alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,800.
7900 W Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference

Dominican University 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
64%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
950-1130
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$18,037/ 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
$22,987/ 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
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.35 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.44 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
3
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
3
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    34%
  • On Campus
    65%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,974Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
132
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
55%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 29 responses
  • Hardworking
    59%
  • Motivated
    34%
  • Lacidasical
    3%
  • Procrastinators
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
42%
Poll
78%
of students say they don't have Greek life.45 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.65 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
  • Caritas Veritas
    45%
  • Community
    29%
  • GREAT
    18%
  • Decent
    8%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
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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Dominican University is a small private university in River forest, IL. When you first come to Dominican, you get a sense of community and comfort by being surrounded by so many people from different walks of life. You have the opportunity to show your unique talents and discuss things you're very passionate about. This is a Hispanic Serving Institution, that advocates also for undocumented students. We have so many clubs and organizations to choose from so you can make a difference outside of the classroom. You also have the opportunity to do research alongside professors and participate in conferences where you showcase what you do outside of the classroom. There's so many majors to choose from and you can even make your own major. You can get help from academic advisors to do so. All of the faculty members at Dominican are willing to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. There is no such thing as a dumb question. Dominican University will be a second home to you.
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I can truly say that I received a great education at Dominican University. I was pushed to think both critically and abstractly in ways I didn’t think possible. With smaller class sizes, the professors got to know your learning ability, which is something that can be lost at a larger school. With a tight knit community, you always know someone while walking to class. Dominican University makes you feel know —not just a number. I wish there was more community activities during the week and the food options could be larger.
Dominican University is such a great university. At Dominican, the professors are very understanding, flexible with student's situations and reach out to the students as much as possible. At Dominican, there are so many resources to help Latinos/as to help build their resume and help them excel further into their professional career. The composition of students is very diverse at Dominican and strive to ensure that everyone of every background is accepted.