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
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. 

Learn More about Institutional Effectiveness 

University Facts offers a comprehensive look at who our students are and what they study, as well as their persistence and completion rates.

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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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Receive Aid

First-year undergraduate students receiving aid.

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Undergraduate students who identify as ethnically diverse.

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First Generation

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

Get to Know our Campus

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12 short miles to San Francisco

A suburban campus with big-city access

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Average Class Size

A smaller group means more discussion.

Dominican Rankings: In The News