Mission and Values

Dominican educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community and service into their lives. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences and professional programs.


Study Dominican Ideals

Dominican offers more than 60 programs of study, reflecting the diversity and creativity of our faculty, students, and location.

With our 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, average class size of 16, and proximity to San Francisco, we’re able to provide both the personal attention associated with smaller schools and with the academic resources and global opportunities associated with larger universities.


Community Dominican Ideals

Dominican is known for being close-knit, friendly and supportive. With only 1,843 students, small class size, and our small-town, park-like campus, students make amazing friends and truly get to know their professors. They're involved, challenged and recognized, all while being supported, guided, and encouraged by dedicated faculty and friends. In addition, Dominican offers more than 50 student clubs and organizations.


Reflections Dominican Ideals

Here at Dominican, students don’t have to look far to find an opportunity for serenity and reflection. It’s everywhere. The University’s 80-acre campus with beautiful manicured gardens offers a calming influence, along with sun-drenched benches to relax upon.




Service Dominican Ideals

At Dominican, students find themselves sharing the basics of good sportsmanship with lacrosse campers, teaming up with local museum curators to create traveling art exhibits, and mentoring low-income families in preparing their tax returns.

Last year alone, our students completed over 8,645 service-learning hours. It’s no wonder Dominican has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll – the highest federal recognition for commitment to service-learning and community engagement.