One of the most diverse colleges

College Focus – Dominican University



There’s a place for you at Dominican University.

Dulce Bernal Ortiz, People Editor

Are you in the search for a reputable college here in California? Would you like to go to one that is known not only for their academics but their diversity as well? Then this is the place for you!

Dominican University is a private, non-profit university located in San Rafael, California, a short 30 minutes from San Francisco. It is one of the oldest universities in the state, having been founded in 1890 under the original name Dominican College by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.

Dominican University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). They offer more than 60 academic majors, minors, and concentrations, including 11 graduate programs. Academics can greatly vary here, from applied computer science and international studies to psychology and studio art. Something else to keep in mind is that Dominican University is divided into three different schools: Barowsky School of Business, School of Health and Natural Sciences, and School of Liberal Arts and Education. All of this information can be found here:

California is considered one of the most diverse places in the United States, so it’s no surprise that colleges/universities like Dominican University are known for the same thing. According to College Factual, 27.8% of undergraduate students that attend are Asian, 26% are Hispanic, 5.9% are multi-ethic, and 1.12% come from out of the country. These are just a few of the statistics, but there are a lot more racial-ethnic groups to consider.

Dominican University is ranked at #23 in Regional Universities West, which is a good place. According to US News, the acceptance rate for Dominican University is 86%, which is not very selective. Around half of the applicants had an SAT score between 1070 and 1250, as well as an ACT score between 21 and 26. The student’s GPA is something very important admission officials consider, along with class rank and letter of recommendation.

Tuition at Dominican University is between $48,000 and $68,000, which is significantly more expensive than the national average of $42,000. Keep in mind the cost of tuition and fees, as well as the cost of room and board, books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses, which increases the total. But financial aid is available for students, which can come in the form of student grants, loans, and scholarships. You can also fill out the FAFSA form, which is recommended by many experts, as every year, thousands of dollars are being unclaimed by students.

Some of the most notable alumni from Dominican University include American television writer and producer Joan Ganz Cooney, retired major general in the U.S. Marine Corps Angela Salinas, and American college basketball coach John Smith.