Dominican University of California

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The Dominican University of California, located in San Rafael, California, is a private Catholic institution of higher learning. Established in 1890 by the Dominican Sisters of California, the school was formerly known as the Dominican College of San Rafael before the institution changed its name at the beginning of the 2000-2001 academic year in recognition of the school’s status as a graduate degree-granting university with a diverse student body and global perspective. Situated on a beautiful, wooded, 80 acre campus featuring more than 200 species of trees, Dominican University is just twelve miles away from beautiful San Francisco with its abundance of museums, parks, recreational opportunities, cutting edge research, major non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies, which offers students a wealth of opportunities.

Academic Programs

The Dominican University of California’s main mission is to educate and prepare “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 accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1949. Offering more than 60 programs of study, Dominican University is made up of four schools, including the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Barowsky School of Business, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, and the School of Health and Natural sciences. Among the programs of study available at Dominican University, the school offers more than 20 undergraduate majors with even more minors, and more than half a dozen graduate programs.

The Dominican University of California also places emphasis on service-learning and students are encouraged to participate in volunteer work. Students and faculty of Dominican University have donated more than 8,600 hours annually in volunteer work, earning them a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll multiple times, which is the highest possible federal recognition for commitment to service-learning and community engagement.

Student Life

More than 2,000 students make up the Dominican University of California’s total enrollment figure – including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students. Dominican University is well known for being a close-knit campus with a friendly and supportive community; the school’s campus, which is located in the beautiful Marin County, has a pleasant atmosphere with a small-town, park-like feel. Residential students are housed in one of three residence halls, each of which features its own unique characteristics and culture. Fanjeaux Hall is a gray stone hall with a peaked roof and ivy-cornered towers, built in the late 1920’s; Fanjeuax shares a courtyard with Pennafort Hall, built in the late 1950’s, which is the school’s largest residential hall. Meanwhile, Dominican University’s Edgehill Village – the university’s newest hall, built in 2002 – is a living/learning community made up of several buildings clustered together.

Dominican University also boasts a variety of student-led clubs and organizations. These include athletic clubs, campus diversity groups, religious organizations, social clubs, major-related groups, student government, and campus ministry. In addition, Dominican University boasts nearly a dozen men’s and women’s varsity sports teams which compete at the NCAA Division II level.

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