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The Dominican Experience

The Dominican Experience is a fully integrated experience designed to prepare students for lives of purpose. It will touch—and in some cases transform—every corner of the Dominican community. The result: Every student’s education leads not simply to a successful career but to a purposeful, effective life.

Welcome to the future: a fully integrated, forward-looking education 




Andrew P. Barowsky, Mary B. Marcy and Albert Lepage in Guzman Hall.



Artist concept of an exterior view of the Andrew P. Barowsky School of Business.



Artist concept of an interior view of the Andrew P. Barowsky School of Business.



Albert and Françoise Lepage in Angelico Hall.



President Mary B. Marcy, NBC Bay Area News Anchor, Jessica Aquirre and University's Board of Trustees Chair, Andrew P. Barowsky on Angelico Hall Stage.



Freshman Haja Mondisa and Alumna Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintenent of Schools on stage with President Marcy at Angelico Hall.



President Marcy with Dominican students at Caleruega Hall reception.


  • The Dominican Experience will employ transformative activities across the curriculum. It will put higher education’s best practices to work for our students, incorporating a wide range of experiences into our academic program. A few examples: a rigorous first-year experience; writing-intensive courses across the curriculum; global experience; collaborative and team-based projects; an intensive capstone project; an e-portfolio that will serve as an evolving resume and a springboard to the next stage of a student’s life. And coursework will be closely tied to hands-on experience, including internships, leadership development, service-learning and faculty mentored research.
  • The Dominican Experience will establish a holistic model of intellectual and professional support in the form of an integrated learning center. We will bring together offices and programs directly affecting our students’ experience—admissions, the registrar, academic advising, career planning—to provide seamless assistance. We will provide vocational and career resources to students and alumni to help them leverage their education to achieve their highest potential. Through continuous collaboration with faculty, staff, alumni, employers and community partners, Dominican students will be prepared for life-long career success.
  • The Dominican Experience will give our students the education they deserve–an education that is urgently needed. Our students look like the future. Nearly half of our undergraduates are from ethnically diverse backgrounds; one third are the first members of their family to go to college. These students have always been Dominican's priority and with this new educational model, we will provide them both a path to employment and a belief in the value of learning. They will receive a set of useful skills and the ability to find value in something beyond oneself, including a sense of accomplishment and commitment to serve.


I’ve changed immensely at Dominican. I came here as a scared teenager. I thought that college was all about taking tests and writing papers. Now I’m a confident, mature adult. To me, college—Dominican—is about becoming someone who can contribute to the world. I see a future for myself. I owe that to Dominican.
— Erik Anderson ’15, Business Major

The Dominican Experience builds on our foundation: study, reflection, community, and service. We’re bringing together student services, mentoring, reflective writing, and high-impact engaged learning experiences. The result will be something innovative in higher education: a direct connection between the classroom and the local—and global—community. Dominican students will be able to tell a clear, compelling story of how all those pieces fit together to prepare them for a meaningful career and a profound life.  
— Nicola Pitchford, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

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