History, Affiliations, and Rankings
Dominican University of California is one of California's oldest institutions, founded in 1890 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael as the Dominican College of San Rafael. The College thrived particularly during the years of the Great Depression. In 1917, it became the first Catholic College in California to grant Bachelor’s degrees to women, in 1971, it became fully co-educational and was accorded University status at the beginning of 2000. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has granted Dominican its accreditation (WASC). The University is also academically affiliated with the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). According to US News and World Report 2022, this institution is ranked 23rd in Regional Universities West, 24th in Most Attractive Value Schools, and 65th in Top Performers on Social Mobility.
Infrastructure, Campuses, and Courses
Dominican University of California is located in San Rafael, California, on a spectacular 80-acre campus at the heart of San Francisco Bay Area. The plush nature’s site also features a private Ansel Adams image collection, a Della Robia sculpture collection, and a Forest Meadows Amphitheater, in addition to academic facilities and residential areas. The university's grounds are made up of four old family estates and feature over 100 different tree varieties. A seasonal brook runs through the center of campus, flowing east to west. More than 60 Undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations and 14 Graduate Programs are available at the Dominican University of California. Health Professions and allied disciplines, Business, Management, Marketing, Biological, and Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, and Visual and Performing Arts are among the most popular majors.
Accomplishments And Alumni
In terms of scholarly implementation, Dominican has led the Pacific West Gathering. In the last ten years, Dominican students have earned the PacWest Scholarly Accomplishment Grant nine times. The Dominican University of California and Make School, situated in San Francisco, applied to the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) for an incubation connection in 2018. Under Dominican's supervision, Dominican was able to provide a minor in Computer Science, and Make School was able to offer an expedited Bachelor's degree in Applied Computer Science (ACS). Dominican took over the implementation of the ACS program in 2021. Further, the American Council on Education (ACE) recognized Dominican as the “nation’s most transformative four-year university.” The University also joins mighty names like Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Yale among the Top 10 Schools for Post-graduate Salaries. Kelly Bonbright, Angela Salinas, Marion Irvine, Hannah Stocking, Jaw Yi-Ying, Annie Cruz, Inez Storer, John Smith, Robert Tracker, William Gagan, and others are among the notable graduates.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
With 1,737 full-time students, 99 percent of first-year undergraduate students get some form of financial help. The undergraduate programs are dominated by women, with 72 percent of women and 28 percent of males enrolled. Women make up 79 percent of full-time graduate students, while males make up 21%. Almost all of the pupils are from the state of California. A small group of 22 overseas students also attend Dominican University. Companies such as IBM, BOX, Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, Sonatrach, CDW, and Addison Group recruit the university’s graduates.