Dominican University of California


About Us

Dominican University of California is an independent university offering the best of the liberal arts combined with rigorous professional education. Founded in 1890, Dominican enjoys a century-long reputation for excellence in scholarship, research, and community outreach.

The University offers more than 60 academic programs that reflect the diversity and creativity of the faculty and students.

With more than 1,800 graduate and undergraduate students and a student to faculty ratio of 10:1, Dominican is able to successfully blend personal attention associated with smaller schools with the academic resources of a larger university.

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Dominican educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community, and service into their lives. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability, and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences, and professional programs. View News

Academic Life

U.S. News & World Report ranks the Dominican University of California in the top tier of Regional Universities West.

Dominican’s focus on interdisciplinary studies provides a challenging academic environment. In the sciences, the University excels at involving undergraduates in sophisticated research projects that enable students to present at national academic conferences and publish alongside their faculty mentors in peer-reviewed journals.

In the humanities, students can combine dance and musical performance with the study of philosophy, literature, world cultures, and religion. Dominican also offers strong undergraduate professional programs in business, education, and nursing, in addition to graduate offerings in these disciplines as well as counseling psychology and occupational therapy.

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Dominican Diversity

Students come from across the United States, although primarily from the Bay Area and Northern California, and from 18 foreign countries, including Brazil, China, Ireland, Japan, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey. More than 92 percent of undergraduate students attending Dominican receive financial aid. The small class sizes ensure that all students receive personal guidance from their faculty mentors.


Dominican offers 12 intercollegiate programs in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, men's and women's cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s lacrosse, women’s softball, and women’s tennis.

Since opening the state-of-the-art Conlan Center in 2000, Dominican has enjoyed tremendous success in athletic competition. In 2007-2008, the men’s basketball team won its fifth Cal Pac Conference Championship in six years. The women's volleyball and women's soccer teams also won Cal Pac Conference Championships in 2007-2008.

In 2009-10, Dominican transitioned from NAIA to NCAA Division II status as a member of the Pacific West Conference and became a full NCAA Division II member in 2011-12. Men's lacrosse is a member of the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA).


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Dominican University of California

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