Dominican University is an intellectually integrated, mission-centered educational environment. Our unparalleled combination of opportunities and affordability makes Dominican one of the greatest values on both the U.S. News and World Report top-tier and Colleges of Distinction lists.
We offer hundreds of avenues at the undergraduate and graduate levels to explore career interests and experience diverse cultures and international environments. And we organize and support 60+ projects and learning experiences that contribute effectively to the good of local and global communities.
Rigorous education—50+ undergraduate degree options, five graduate schools and 25+ graduate degrees, research opportunities, demanding academics, personal attention and deep interactions in classes that average 12 students Exceptional value—One of the most affordable universities to make both the U.S. News and World Report top-tier and Colleges of Distinction lists; ranked highly on lists of first tier master’s level universities in the Midwest for more than a decade, including U.S. News and World Report’s “Great Schools at a Great Price” and “A-Plus Schools for B Students” Career-enhancing opportunities—Five pre-professional programs, six fifth- and sixth-year masters degrees, multiple locations, full-time and part-time schedules, evening classes and certification and endorsement programs Proven mentors—Professors combine strong academic credentials and passion for teaching with real-world expertise and robust professional connections Strategic partnerships—Combined/dual degree programs through key alliances with the John Marshall Law School, McCormick Theological Seminary and Loyola University Chicago Ideal location—Scenic main campus on 37 wooded acres in suburban River Forest, minutes from downtown Chicago with access to the city’s internships, career opportunities, arts, entertainment and shopping Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as a baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degree-granting institution.
University type—Private, not-for-profit, coed; Master’s Colleges & Universities- Larger Programs
Accreditation—The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
Religious affiliation—Roman Catholic
Origins—Founded in 1901 as St. Clara College in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin; relocated to River Forest, Illinois in 1922 and renamed Rosary College; expanded to become Dominican University in 1997