Awards and Recognition

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

Dominican ranks in the top quarter of U.S. colleges and universities nationally in the 2017 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college survey focused on a university's ability to deliver valuable outcomes and quality education. Dominican was ranked 221 out of 1,061 institutions across the United States.

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 

The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 guidebook ranks Dominican as one of the top regional universities in the West. Dominican is ranked 30th out of 126 regional universities in the 13-state Western region, which includes California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Alaska. U.S. News incorporates criteria, such as peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.

Equality of Opportunity Project

Dominican is one of the top colleges among its peers for transforming lower-income students into higher-income wage earners, according to the 2017 Equality of Opportunity Project. When examining alumni who moved from the bottom fifth of incomes as students to the top fifth of incomes as adults, Dominican placed 11th out of 578 colleges in the peer category of selective private colleges. Dominican placed 14th out of 161 California colleges and 74th out of 2,137 public and private colleges nationwide in this measure.

PacWest Academic Achievement Award



Since the University’s 2009 transition to NCAA Division II athletics, Dominican has led the Pacific West Conference in academic performance for seven out of the last eight years. The Penguins displayed their prowess in the classroom once again to receive the 2016-17 PacWest Academic Achievement Award with the cumulative grade-point average in the PacWest of 3.44.

Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation



Dominican was selected to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in recognition of the University’s exemplary institutional focus on community engagement. Dominican first received the classification, which is awarded every five years, in 2010.

Colleges of Distinction


2019-2020  Colleges of Distinction 

Dominican has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2019-2020 school year. A select group of colleges earn this prestigious designation, based on excellence in Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes.

2019-2020  Colleges of Distinction 

Colleges of Distinction looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow and succeed. The selection process reviews such factors as the school’s first year experience, general education program, experiential components of the curriculum, the strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction.

College Raptor

College planning website College Raptor names Dominican a 2018 Hidden U.S. Gem. This selection is based on a combination of factors, including the number of applications received, graduation rates, campus diversity, endowment per student, and other key metrics as reported via the National Center for Education Statistics.

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll



Dominican has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS, the federal agency for volunteering and service, has administered the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core.

The Honor Roll covers the 12-month period ending June 30. During that time, students in Dominican's Service-Learning program have engaged in more than 11,000 hours of community service, to the benefit of more than 40 nonprofit and community agencies while impacting more than 3,000 individuals.