University description (as per official university website)
Approximately 40 percent of undergraduate students are of ALANA heritage (African American, Latino, Asian American or Native American); of the total student body, 23 percent are men and 77 percent are women.
Dominican University of California is an independent university of Catholic heritage located 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, California. Founded in 1890 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, 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.
Dominican offers the Honors Program for especially talented, highly motivated students who want to create a challenging academic experience for themselves. Honors students can expand their work in a course by doing a special project, explore a topic through Honors Seminars, or pursue independent study and research under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
Each year a Dominican student is selected to participate in the Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program. This student leader spends the fall semester working in Washington, D.C.
In 2006, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce relocated its North Bay U.S. Export Assistance Center to Dominican. Students are gaining hands-on experience in international trade by working with the USCS and its clients.
International opportunities are offered through Dominican's Office of International Student Services (OISS). The OISS provides students with opportunities to live and learn in foreign countries while earning academic credit, though the University's Study Abroad Program. At the same time, the ELS Language Centers program located on the Dominican campus is a world-class language center. The program brings international students to campus for intensive English instruction, while creating a lively global influence among the student body.
In 2006, Dominican partnered with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet School to offer a unique joint educational program. The BFA in dance program combines Dominicanís comprehensive liberal arts education with the technically rigorous and artistically expansive dance training of Kingís Ballet School. Classes will be held in San Rafael and in downtown San Francisco.
In 2007, Dominican opened a 35,000 square foot Science Center, which will enable the University to expand its biomedical research program and continue to train students for careers as doctors and research scientists. The center also will assist the University in meeting the demand for science and mathematics teachers in California schools.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The value of a Dominican education extends well beyond the college years, making investment in a Dominican education one of the most important and worthwhile decisions you and your family will make. Yet, financing education and managing college costs can seem challenging. The good news is that Dominican students receive significant financial support from a variety of sources including Dominican scholarships and grants, federal and state grants, federal and private loans, work study, and external agency support. In fact, more than 75% of students at Dominican receive aid to help manage college costs, and more than 90% of undergraduate freshmen receive scholarship or grant aid.
We are here to help! Dominicanís financial aid office staff endeavors to guide students and families through one of the most complex aspects of college enrollmentómanaging college costs. The mission of the financial aid office is to enable the success of students at Dominican by providing accurate and efficient services while distributing limited financial aid resources in a fair and equitable manner. Services you may expect to receive include financial aid advising on the application process and availability of aid, processing of financial aid scholarships, grants, loans, and work study, and information on where and how to find external sources of financial aid.