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Dominican University of California is an independent university of Catholic heritage located north of the Golden Gate Bridgemarker in Marin Countymarker, Californiamarker. Founded in 1890 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Dominican has a century-long reputation for scholarship, research, and community outreach. The University offers more than 60 programs of study. Dominican has 2,000 graduate and undergraduate students and a student to faculty ratio of 11:1.

Dominican focuses on interdisciplinary studies. In the sciences, the University involves undergraduates in sophisticated research projects, and encourage their students to present at national academic conferences and publish 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 undergraduate and graduate programs in business, education, counseling psychology, occupational therapy and nursing. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican University of California in the top tier of "Western Universities - Master's."

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. Students come from across the United States, although primarily from the Californiamarker, and from 21 foreign countries, including Brazilmarker, Chinamarker, Irelandmarker, Japanmarker, Russiamarker, Spainmarker, Taiwanmarker, Thailandmarker, and Turkeymarker.

More than 70 percent of students attending Dominican receive financial aid. The University offers a four-year guarantee: any student who carries a full course load and meets all the requirements for eight consecutive semesters will graduate in four years or spend a fifth year at Dominican tuition-free.


Dominican's athletic center, Conlan, was opened in 2000. In 2006, the men’s basketball team won the California Pacific Conference for the fourth straight season, a first in Cal Pac history. The men’s soccer team captured the Cal Pac Conference in 2005 after an undefeated season. The Women's Volleyball team won the title in 2007.

Dominican will move to NCAA Division II and join the Pacific West Conference, beginning in the 2009-10 season. The move will put the Penguins in the same conference as fellow Bay area schools Notre Dame de Namur Universitymarker and the Academy of Art University.

Nursing Program

The first Dominican nursing program was approved by the California Board of Nursing and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1983. The National League for Nursing subsequently accredited the program in 1987. In 2004 both the master's and baccalaureate programs received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Green MBA

The Green MBA program is the nation's first "Sustainable Master of Business Administration." The Green MBA program provides an education in business practices that achieve environmental and social sustainability while maintaining a profitable financial bottom line.

The program seeks to integrate business and environmentalism and to educate a new generation of leaders who are who able to bridge the gap between environmentally sound, socially responsible and financially successful business practices.

The Green MBA places a high degree of emphasis on individual transformation as the starting point to transforming business and the world. Classes are scheduled on the weekends to accommodate students with careers and busy schedules, and students traditionally graduate in 2 or 3 years. There are approximately 100 students currently enrolled in the program. The Green MBA is accredited with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The program pioneered at New College of California in 2001 and Dominican University acquired the Green MBA in 2007. In 2008 the Green MBA launched a 6 month executive certificate in sustainable business management: Green your MBA.

Honors Program

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 adviser. Honors students are required to take certain advanced courses and extra units throughout the four year program.

Leadership and Internships

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.

Internships are available through the University's Career Services Office. The center also offers workshops and individual counseling on career and job search strategies, résumé writing and interviewing skills.

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. The ELS Language Centers program located on the Dominican campus is a language center for international students to come and learn the language in Americamarker.

Dominican also offers an MBA in Strategic Leadership, attracting a wide diversity of students from around the world.

University additions

Dominican University Alonzo King's LINES Ballet School will offers a joint educational program. The BFA in dance program combines Dominican's liberal arts education with the dance training of King's Ballet School. Classes are held in San Rafaelmarker and in downtown San Franciscomarker.

In 2007, Dominican opened a Science Center, which enabled the University to expand its biomedical research program and continue to train students for careers as doctors and research scientists.

Dominican also offers the "Green MBA" program (moved from the New College of California). [99215]


  • History page at Dominican University website, gives former name of institution
  • About Dominican page at Dominican University website

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