University Rankings

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 2021 Census data. For up-to-date data, visit: University Facts.

Quality and Value

In the last decade, Dominican has moved from 45th to 23rd on the U.S. News & World Report “Best Regional Universities — West” list.

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Other rankings in the 2021-2022 U.S. News & World Report  “Best Regional Universities – West” category include:

  • Campus Ethnic Diversity
  • 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.


Dominican joins Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale, and Stanford as a top 10 school for post-graduate salaries, according to early-career salary data from the U.S. Department of Education.


Dominican has been named a School of National Service by AmeriCorps in recognition of the University’s commitment to public service as a way to help pay for college.

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In 2022-2023 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
    Dominican University of California's Colleges of Distinction badges for the year 2022-2023 in business, education, nursing, and career development

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.

In June 2022, Dominican was listed at 174 out of 3,410 institutions nationwide for providing the highest return on investment (ROI) to low-income students, according to a study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. In California, Dominican held the ninth spot out of 43 private, nonprofit undergraduate institutions.


Student Profile

  • 1842 — Total enrollment (undergraduate and graduate)
  • 32 percent — Pell eligible (undergraduate)
  • 71 percent — Students who identity as ethnically diverse (undergraduate)
  • 22.2 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 72% and six-year is 74%, 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.


  • 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 10 of the last 12 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. 

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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.

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Fall 2021 Total Enrollment

A diverse, curious, and engaged student body.

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