Dominican University is a private, 4-year school located just outside of Chicago in River Forest, IL. The town is primarily a bedroom community within the greater Chicago metropolitan area. The school was founded in 1901 as Rosary College after existing as the unchartered St. Clara College since 1848. The school name changed to Dominican University in 1997 to reflect its Dominican heritage. The school is affiliated with the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters and went co-educational in 1970. The compact, 30 acre wooded campus features traditional collegiate Gothic architecture and is adjacent to the 245 acre Thatcher Woods, part of the Forest Preserve of Cook County. Among the notable alumni is actress Megan Cavanaugh.