Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

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Undergrad Diversity

Dominican University of California, located just 12 miles from San Francisco, offers students access to a wide range of internships, employment, and cultural and recreational opportunities, making it the best small university experience in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. 

Dominican’s undergraduate degrees are designed to drive you to pursue a path paved in self-discovery, creative thinking, and community impact. Faculty will guide you through authentic learning experiences and incredible research opportunities. 

Dominican educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community, and service into their lives. 

Dominican has a student body of 1,783 and a student-faculty ratio of 10:1. Guided by its Catholic heritage, the University is committed to diversity, sustainability, and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences, and professional programs.  

With over 30 student clubs and organizations and countless events and activities, you’ll connect with an engaged, active community.

The Dominican Experience
From mentoring to project-based research, you’ll build a track record that shows how much you can accomplish, giving you the confidence and knowledge to shape your future. The Dominican Experience is our promise that each student will have the support needed for success in college, the education necessary for a career, and the skills and ethical foundation to create a meaningful life. 

Every Dominican student: 
• Works with an integrative coach and a network of mentors for all four years;
• Engages with the community through service learning, internships, fieldwork, community-based research, or global learning;
• Completes signature work such as original research, writing, or a work of art; and
• Crafts a digital portfolio that captures and highlights their accomplishments.

Small-college innovation 
Dominican’s new Computer Science minor, available starting in fall 2019, provides students with a solid grounding for today’s digital workplace. The minor equips students with coding and programming skills to develop software, web-based, and mobile applications. The minor is open and accessible to students in any major.

Athletics programs
Dominican sponsors 11 intercollegiate sports and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and the Pacific West Conference, the largest conference in the NCAA Division II West Region. Dominican also sponsors MCLA Division I men’s lacrosse.

Men’s sports: Basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, and soccer

Women’s sports: Basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball

Dominican reviews each application for admission holistically. We believe successful students are more than just a test score, and Dominican is test optional for most majors. Please see further details at

Financial aid
At Dominican, 100% of entering students receive financial aid. The school offers need-based aid, merit scholarships, athletic coaches awards, and additional awards created by alumni and other donors. Federal and state loans and grants, work-study, and other grants are also available. 

Campus visits
Dominican invites you to visit the campus, observe classes, and meet the faculty and students. To make an appointment, please call our admission office at 888-323-6763 or schedule one online at


Undergraduate Degrees and Programs
• American Studies (minor)
• Arts Management (minor)
• Biological Sciences (BA, BS, minor)
• Business Administration (BA, minor)
• Chemistry (BA, BS, minor) 
• Clinical and Counseling Science (minor) 
• Cognitive and Experimental Science (minor) 
• Communication and Media Studies (BA, minor) 
• Community Action and Social Change (minor) 
• Computer Science (minor)
• Creative Writing (minor)
• Dance LINES Ballet (BFA)
• Ecology and Environmental Sciences (minor) 
• Education Studies (BA, credential, minor)
• English Literature (BA, minor)
• Gender Studies (minor)
• Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship (minor)
• Global Public Health (BS)
• Graphic Design (BA, minor)
• Health Humanities (minor)
• Health Science/Pre-occupational Therapy (BS) 
• History (BA, minor)
• Humanities and Cultural Studies (BA, minor) 
• Interdisciplinary Studies (BA, BS)
• International Studies (BA, minor)
• Latin American Studies (minor)
• Leadership Studies (minor)
• Mathematics (minor)
• Molecular Cell Biology (minor)
• Music (BA, minor)
• Music with a Concentration in Performance (BA)
• Nursing (BS) 
• Organismal Biology (minor)
• Performing Arts and Social Change (minor)
• Philosophy and/or Religion (minor)
• Political Science (BA, minor)
• Pre-law (minor)
• Pre-med (track)
• Psychology (BA, BS, minor)
• Public Health (minor)
• Social Justice (BA)
• Spanish (minor)
• Sports Management (minor)
• Studio Art (BA, minor)
• Visual Studies (BA, minor) 

• Business Administration BA to MBA
• Education BA to MS 
• Humanities BA to MA 
• Occupational Therapy BS to MS

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