At a Glance

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

Numbers and rankings are only part of a larger story, but here you will find data and rankings that will help you better understand the work we do and the students we serve. All numbers reflect 2019 Census data. 

Quality and Value

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  • In the last decade, Dominican has moved from 45th to 23rd on the U.S. News & World Report
    "Best Regional Universities in the West" list.
  • The Wall Street Journal ranked Dominican in the top one-third of U.S. colleges and universities for delivering valuable outcomes and quality education to its students.
  • Money magazine lists Dominican on its list of Best Colleges for Your Money 2019. The publication ranked schools using 26 factors in three categories: quality of education, affordability, and outcomes.
  • Dominican named a College of Distinction for 2019-2020 for its engaged students, outstanding
    teaching, and successful outcomes.
  • Dominican is in the top 11 colleges and universities in California and tied at #1 in California and #2 in the West for ethnic diversity.

Student Success and Opportunities

  • Student success as defined by graduation rates has improved by more than 70% since 2011. The four-year graduation rate is 66% and six-year is 71%, well above the national average of 41% and 60%.
  • In this same time period, the percentage of students identifying as ethnically diverse has increased by nearly 30%.
  • The Dominican Experience is working. This fall, student retention between first-to-second
    year is at 87.5% — the highest in the last decade.

 

Dominican is leading a first of its kind incubation partnership with coding academy Make School.
Ours is a new national model for collaboration between nonprofit higher education and the private
sector to position students for success in the 21st century, earning coverage in The Wall Street
Journal
and The Washington Post.

  • Since the University’s 2009 transition to NCAA Division II athletics, Dominican has led the
    Pacific West Conference in academic performance.
  • Student athletes surpassed a 3.4 aggregate GPA in each of the last six seasons.
  • Dominican students have won the PacWest Academic Achievement Award nine of the last 10 years.

Social Mobility and Economic Impact

Research led by Stanford University reveals that Dominican is 11th in the nation out of 578 selective
private colleges for student social mobility for moving students from the bottom of the socio-economic
ladder to the top quartile.

Dominican generates $227.9 million in combined economic impact annually for the state of California; this translates to more than $26,000 in economic impact every hour of the year.

Get to Know Our Students

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66%

Diversity

Undergraduate students who identify as ethnically diverse

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23%

First Generation

Undergraduate students who are the first generation in their family to attend college

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99%

Receive Aid

Undergraduate First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid

Get to Know our Campus

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12 Miles North from The Golden Gate Bridge

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16

Students Per Class

Average size of most classes.

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1737

Total Enrollment

Full-time equivalent students

Dominican Rankings: In The News