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Information for Admitted Graduate Students

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Congratulations on your admission to Dominican University of California!


To ensure a smooth transition to graduate school, please review the "next steps" below.


1. Respond to your offer of admission.

Admitted candidates will receive an email with a link to the online enrollment response form within a two days of admission. 


2. Pay the $250 non-refundable tuition deposit to the Office of Admission.

Candidates can pay the deposit online (after completing the enrollment response form) or over the phone (415-485-3204) with a credit card. Deposits made by check can be mailed to the Office of Admissions at 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, Ca 94901. The admission deposit is not an extra fee but rather, a credit on the student's tuition account.


3. File for financial aid.

If you have not completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will want to do so soon.  You can complete this step at any point so no need to wait until you pay your deposit. Complete the FAFSA at You will also need to complete the Dominican Financial Aid Application.

4. Register for courses.

Registration occurs on paper for the first semester. Upon depositing, candidates will receive an email from their admissions counselor introducing the student to their advisor. The advisor will coordinate registration directly with the student.

5. Get your ID cards and set-up your email account.

24 hours after registration, students can obtain their Penguin Pass (ID card/email address/password) from Information Technology in the Alemany Library. A student email account is mandatory (all University correspondence will be sent to this address) though you can link it to your home or work email address. The IT Department is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 12 PM, and 1 PM - 5 PM. For general information or assistance, call 257-0123. Click here for more information on the Penguin Pass process.

If you cannot visit campus prior to your first day, you may also call 415-458-3736 to set up the initial account remotely. You will still need to stop by IT during the first two weeks of classes to get your ID card and additional information.


6. Opt-in or out of health insurance.

All students taking 6 units or more must either enroll in the Dominican student insurance program or document proof of other medical insurance. Click here for more information on health insurance.  For questions pertaining to health insurance, please call Business Services at 415-257-0161.

Please note, you will need your Dominican ID number when you go online to waive or enroll in health insurance coverage. Please email your admissions counselor to obtain your ID number if you don't have it. 


7. Understand the tuition billing structure.

A Payment Plan is available to all students at Dominican. Payments are due on the 1st of each month and begin August 1 for Fall semester and January 1 for Spring semester. Balances may be divided into a maximum of 4 payments for Fall and Spring semesters. Dominican charges an interest rate of 0.83% per month on the unpaid account balance. A late charge of $50.00 will be assessed for any payment received past the due date.

Once you are registered, you can call Business Services at 415-257-0161 to obtain tuition information or to set-up the payment plan. Please note, if you are filing for financial aid, your anticipated financial aid may not appear on your account immediately.



General Campus Information


Campus Tours

Haven’t visited campus yet? Dominican offers campus tours twice a day, at 10am and 2pm, Monday through Friday. To schedule a tour, simply call 415-485-3204.


Food Service

Caleruega is the main dining hall of the university; it offers a variety of dining options, from a choice of sustainable local farm fresh foods, and vegan and vegetarian options. Dinner is available weeknights at the Caleruega Dining Hall from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.

Chilly’s Café, in the corner of Caleruega, is open during the academic year and closes during the winter break and summer break. The chefs prepare a daily variety of pre-made sandwiches and salads, also available are chips, pastries, cereals, and cookies. The café offers a full selection of coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies, and ice cream treats. The Café is a great place to relax, meet classmates, or study. Chilly’s Café is open until 10:00pm.


Books, Supplies and Dominican Merchandise

Get books, supplies or Dominican swag! The bookstore is located in Fanjeaux Hall. Order your gear online too!

Not sure what books you need? Use the section search tools in Self Service to find out which books are required for your courses. Go to Self Service and Search for a course section, then click on the section name. You will see a link to "View Book Information" under the section description.


Conlan Recreation Center

Students have free access to the Conlan Recreation Center which includes a gym and pool (seasonal hours apply). Your ID card is required to gain entry to the Conlan Recreation Center. Click here for hours and information.



We regret that we are not able to accommodate on-campus graduate student housing, however, we have included a few housing resources on our Moving to Marin webpage. 



The main parking lot for Dominican University is located off Grand Avenue at Acacia Avenue in the Conlan Recreation Center parking lot. Parking in this lot is not restricted and is free of charge. The lot is lighted for nighttime use.

Campus Security patrols the lot at regular intervals, and personal escorts from campus buildings to the lot are available by calling Campus Security at 415-269-6070. Escorts can also be arranged in advance. Limited parking is also available on Magnolia Avenue near the Library and Caleruega Hall. Acacia Avenue is reserved for faculty and staff with special permits – please be sure to check all posted signs.  Parking may be secured on Acacia Avenue after 5:00pm, however.

Please remember that Dominican is located in a residential neighborhood of San Rafael. Vehicles parked out of compliance will be tagged with a red violation sticker AND/OR TOWED at the vehicle owner’s expense. Students may not park in front of neighborhood homes on Palm and Olive Avenues.

Residence hall parking is strictly regulated and enforced. Parking spaces with numbers painted in the space or on the curb-stop are reserved for residence students only. Cars parked in any of these spaces will have specialized resident parking permits indicating the numbered space in which they are allowed to park. Cars illegally parked in any residence hall space will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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