Historical Timeline



Dominican College is founded by Dominican Sisters of California. 


Dominican becomes first Catholic college in California to award the bachelor’s degree to women.


To house students, Meadowlands, summer home of the Michael de Young family is purchased. The first floor of the building is used for classrooms and the two upper stories are converted into living quarters for students.


Angelico Hall is built to serve as a music conservatory.


The State Board of Education empowers Dominican to recommend candidates for public school teaching credentials, thus enabling Dominican students to teach in California public schools. 


Dominican is placed on the approved list of the Association of American Universities.


  • Guzman Hall is built for academic and administrative purposes.
  • "The Wedding Cantata" by Bach, in the George Shumann edition, is played for the first time in American in Angelico Hall. 


Keats’ “Ode To A Grecian Urn,” dramatized with a musical score by Giulio Silva, premieres in Angelico Hall with an all-student cast.


Dominican opens its graduate program to men. 


Pennafort, a residence hall, opens.


Caleruega, a dinning hall and kitchen opens. 


The Archbishop Alemany Library opens.


Dominican becomes fully coeducational.


The Ukiah campus is established.


Nursing program receives accreditation from the National League for Nursing.


Dominican College of San Rafael is slated to become Dominican University of California at the beginning of the 2000-2001 academic year. The new name recognizes Dominican's status as a university with graduate degree programs, a diverse student body, and a global perspective. 


The Conlan Recreation Center opens.


Debut of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in association with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet.    


  • The Green MBA (Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Enterprise), the first of its kind in the United States, is offered at Dominican. Dominican also becomes home to the Environmental Finance Center for EPA Region 9, giving students opportunities to work on green business programs and other environmental projects impacting businesses in California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Nevada. 2007—More than 2,000 students and faculty from 300 colleges throughout the United States participate in the 21st Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Dominican.
  • The $21 million, 35,000-foot Science Center, opens.


After competing for years, in NAIA athletics, Dominican applies and is accepted for NCAA Division II membership in athletics. 


  • Dominican, the smallest university in California ever to host a California Governor’s debate. The gubernatorial debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman at Angelico Hall is moderated by NBC’s Tom Brokaw and televised live statewide.
  • Dominican completes an $8 million restoration of the 123-year-old Edgehill Mansion into the Dominican Heritage and Alumni House.


An $8-million plus gift from Trustee Rolf Lewis and family enables the University to embark on a major renovation of Meadowlands Hall into a state-of-the art academic facility, to house the Department of Nursing and the Department of Occupational Therapy. 


Dominican receives the largest gift in its history from Chairman of the Board, Andrew P. Barowsky. The gift--$25-million when fully realized--will transform the University through a series of initiatives focused on best practices in higher education. It will also establish the Andrew P. Barowsky School of Business, expand the University's international programming through the creation of the Francoise O. Lepage Center for Global Innovation and launch the Acacia Project, a series of long-term upgrades to the physical campus. 


Meadowlands Hall reopens.


Dominican creates and hosts College Debate 2016, a first-of-its kind, non-partisan, national initiative to empower

young voters to identify issues and engage peers in the presidential election.

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