Dominican Mission and History

Here you will find our history and how it has shaped our mission and values. 

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Our Mission

Our institutional mission is to educate and prepare students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community and service into their lives. 

Our Values

The University is committed to diversity, sustainability and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences and professional programs. The Dominican values include the following: 


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 provide both the personal attention associated with smaller schools and the academic resources and global opportunities associated with larger universities.


The University is close-knit, friendly and supportive. With only 1,843 students, small class sizes, and a small, park-like campus, Dominican’s intimate setting allows students to make lifelong friends and truly get to know their professors. Students are involved, challenged and recognized, all while being supported, guided and encouraged by dedicated faculty and friends. Dominican also offers several student clubs and organizations.


Here at Dominican, students don’t have to look far to find opportunities for serenity and reflection. They are everywhere. The University’s 80-acre campus, with its beautifully manicured gardens, offers a calming influence.


Our students often 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 more than 8,645 service-learning hours. 


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Dominican History

Learn more about Dominican's rich history. It all began with the Dominican sisters...

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