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FAQs

 

Can you provide an overview of the program?

The Adult Degree Completion Program is designed to afford working adults an opportunity to pursue a bachelor's degree in the evening at a traditional university while maintaining their personal and professional commitments during the day.

 

Can you describe the average Adult Degree Completion Program student?

Although students range from 24 to 65 years old, the average student is 39 years old. The average student works full-time and takes two classes (or 6 units) per semester. Adult Degree Completion Program students reside in the Bay Area, including Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties.

Student enroll in the program for a myriad of reasons but cited reasons generally fall into one of three categories:

  1. The student has experienced success without a college degree but finds that changes in the economy or industry have made further success difficult without the completion of a degree.
  2. The student has decided that the time is finally right to complete the life-long goal of degree completion.
  3. The student is seeking personal enrichment and pursues a degree for the love of learning.

Typically, an Adult Degree Completion student is motivated by a combination of the above factors.

 

Which academic majors are offered?

 

How many students are in the Adult Degree Completion Program? 

Approximately 150.

 

Do I need previous college experience?

Yes. Admission to the Adult Degree Completion Program requires a minimum of 30 transferable credits. Expository Writing (Freshman English) must be included in the 30 transferable college credits. It is also recommended that candidates demonstrate the completion of some or all of the following General Education (GE) coursework**: 

  • Speech (3 units)
  • Science (with or without a lab) (3 units)
  • Social Science (3 units)
  • Creative Arts (3 units) 

    Dominican is not able to guarantee that these GE courses will be offered as part of the Adult Degree Completion Program. Candidates who are admitted and require any or all of these GE courses will need to work with the academic advisor to identify ways to complete these graduation requirements.

     

    Can I get college credit for life experience?

    Yes! Your academic adviser will work with you individually to discuss how personal or professional experiences may translate into college credit.  Credit obtained through the demonstration of prior learning can save students thousands of dollars and greatly expedite the time to degree.

     

    How do I apply?

    Apply online! It's quick and easy.

     

    What are the application requirements?

    1. Demonstration of six years of post high school work experience, which may include time spent at home as a family caregiver

    2. Certification of high school completion (or equivalent) on Dominican's Online Application for Admission.

    3. Demonstration of a minimum of 30 transferable college credits*.  Expository Writing (Freshman English) must be included in the 30 transferable college credits. It is also recommended that candidates demonstrate the completion of some or all of the following General Education (GE) coursework**: 

    • Speech (3 units)
    • Science (with or without a lab) (3 units)
    • Social Science (3 units)
    • Creative Arts (3 units) 

    4. Online Application for Admission form

    5. Official college transcript(s)***. This includes transcripts from corporate and military courses recommended by the American Council on Education and the National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction. 

    6. Demonstration of a minimum transfer GPA of 2.0.

    *Candidates who have not completed the requisite number of units are encouraged to meet with our ADC advisors to select appropriate courses to be completed at a community college in preparation for transfer to Dominican. 

    **Courses being submitted for GE transfer consideration must have been completed with a grade of C or better.

    ***Students with foreign transcripts must provide a credential evaluation along with their official transcripts. Please consult our International Student Requirements webpage for more information on approved credential evaluation companies as well as additional international student admission requirements.

     

    When should I apply?

    Right away! We accept applications throughout the year but applying early is beneficial for financial aid and early registration.

     

    Will you accept my credits from other schools?

    We accept credits from regionally accredited colleges or universities. Before admission, a course-by-course evaluation of your prior coursework will be  completed. Your evaluation will tell you exactly how your credits will be applied to your degree at Dominican. Dominican has transfer articulation agreements with community colleges. 

     

    I completed college coursework a long time ago. Will any of those credits still count?

    Few courses have a "date of expiration" however certain majors may require that major coursework be completed within a given time frame. The academic adviser will inform you if coursework is not transferable due to time restraints.

     

    How long will it take me to get my bachelor's degree?

    Time to completion will depend on the major you choose, the number of transferable units, the number of units completed each term, the number of terms completed (fall/spring/summer), and prior learning assessment credit eligibility.

     

    I am just beginning my exploration into completing my degree and really don't know where to start.

    The best way to begin you exploration is with a no-cost degree plan. A degree plan is created by an academic adviser after transcripts are received. Transcripts may be official or unofficial copies. The degree plan will give you an approximation of transferable credits and will allow you to see how many credits you would need to earn your degree from Dominican. Individuals interested in a no-cost degree plan should contact the Adult Degree Completion Program admissions counselor to get started.

     

    What does it cost to attend?

    Tuition and fee amounts are updated annually.  Please visit the Financial Aid web page for tuition information.

     

    How much financial support can I get?

    Financial need is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  ADC students must also complete the Dominican Adult Degree Completion Financial Aid Application.

    Seventy-five percent of Adult Degree Completion students receive some form of financial aid.

     

    Do I have to take math?

    All Dominican students must meet the General Education (GE) math requirement. How you meet the requirement will depend on which major you choose and whether or not you are transferring in any math coursework.

     

    How much time will I need to spend each week in class and on homework?

    The amount of time a student should devote towards homework per week will vary depending upon the course subject, the course schedule, and the individual student's academic ability. Adult Completion Program professors understand that our students are often balancing full-time careers and families along with school. Out of class work is developed with this consideration in mind and is designed to fit within the busy schedules of working professionals.

     

    Do you have a computer I can use?

    Yes, we have computers, scanners, and printers for student use in the library.

    Questions about Dominican

     

    Please provide an overview of the university.

    Dominican is an independent, international, learner-centered university of Catholic heritage located in San Rafael, California. Read our Facts and Figures.

     

    Where are you located?

    Dominican is located 12 miles north of San Francisco and five minutes from Highway 101 in Marin County. Learn about the Bay Area.

     

    Please describe the campus environment.

    Dominican is situated on 80 acres of park-like grounds. The small-school atmosphere lends itself to an overall feeling of respect for the individual and a love of learning.

     

    Do I have the same privileges and resources as other Dominican students?

    Yes. You have access to all the same resources, including the library, Conlan Recreation Center (including the weight room and swimming pool), career services, advising, tutoring, and counseling services.

     

    Tell me about Dominican's accreditation.

    Dominican University of California is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Ave, Suite100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001.

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    Questions? Call us at 415-485-3280 or

    email us at adc@dominican.edu

     


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