About

Founded in 1890, Dominican University of California is an independent institution offering more than 60 majors, minors and concentrations. Over our 130 years of preparing students for fulfilling professional and personal lives, we’ve earned a reputation for excellence in academics, research, outreach and community involvement. We are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, in beautiful Marin County, California. 

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Academic Innovation and Excellence

At Dominican we integrate the liberal arts and humanities with science and professional programs. 

The hallmark of our innovative curriculum is The Dominican Experience, an evidence-based approach to educating the whole student. Through this program every undergraduate student will:

  • Work with an integrative coach throughout all four years
  • Engage with the community through service, fieldwork, internships, or global experiences
  • Complete a signature work, such as a research project, an art exhibit, or a business plan
  • Craft a digital portfolio that captures the academic journey 

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Dominican University embodies the ethos of California and its progressive values. We welcome people of all beliefs, backgrounds, and abilities. Our campus community is diverse in many ways:

  • We’re home to students from across the U.S. and several dozen countries, including Brazil, China, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey. 
  • 68 percent of our student body is from an ethnically diverse background.  
  • 23 percent are first-generation college students. 
  • Our Office of Diversity and Equity offers events, training programs, and services to the campus community.
  • The Student Success Center houses the Accessibility and Disability Services Office, which provides academic accommodations to students with documented differences in abilities. 
  • The Mindful Open Spiritual And Interreligious Community of Spiritual and Religious Life (MOSAIC SRL, formerly known as Campus Ministry) is open to students of all faiths. 

What makes Dominican different? We'll let our facts, figures and major accomplishments illustrate what sets us apart. 

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Our Mission, Values and History

We prepare students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens.

Mission and History
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Our Leadership

President Nicola Pitchford, our trustees, senior administrators, and deans are committed to Dominican’s mission.

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Our Programs

We offer more than 60 programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.

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Our Campus

Our 80-acre, park-like campus is filled with history, nature, and activity.

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