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 2020 Census data. For up-to-date data, visit: University Facts.
Quality and Value
In the last decade, Dominican has moved from 45th to 24th on the U.S. News & World Report “Best Regional Universities — West” list.
Other rankings in the 2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report “Best Regional Universities – West” category include:
- Campus Ethnic Diversity
- Undergraduate Teaching
- Social Mobility
- Best Value School
- A+ School for B Students
- Dominican was named the nation’s most transformative four-year university by the American Council on Education (ACE) in recognition of a deep commitment to student opportunity and success.
- In 2020-2021 Dominican was once again named a College of Distinction for its engaged students, outstanding teaching, and successful outcomes Dominican also received specialized recognition for innovation in four specific areas:
- Business College of Distinction (Barowsky School of Business)
- Education College of Distinction
- Nursing College of Distinction
- Career Development College of Distinction
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1837 — Total enrollment (undergraduate and graduate)
- 33 percent — Pell eligible (undergraduate)
- 68 percent — Students who identity as ethnically diverse (undergraduate)
- 23 percent — Students who are first-generation (undergraduate)
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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.
Institutional Effectiveness encompasses a wide range of equity-based evaluation and assessment activities for the purposes of active reflection, strategic planning, and continuous improvement.
University Facts offers a comprehensive look at who our students are and what they study, as well as their persistence and completion rates.
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.