Enjoy the San Francisco Bay Area

Our scenic campus is located just 12 miles north of San Francisco, one of the world’s most vibrant cities. All of beautiful Northern California is within reach.

Dominican is located 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, and within an hour's drive of teh East Bay, Napa Valley and Silicon Valley.

Marin County’s magic

Public parks. Farmers’ markets. Live music and a thriving arts community. Beaches for strolling, surfing and kayaking. All are close by, thanks to Dominican’s convenient San Rafael location.

Head out for hiking or mountain biking on nearby Mount Tamalpais, Point Reyes National Seashore, and China Camp State Park. World-famous Muir Woods, quaint Sausalito and the Marin Headlands are also nearby. For architecture buffs, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin Civic Center is less than two miles away.

The amazing City by the Bay

San Francisco is an easy car, ferry or bus ride away. With our established partnerships, so are cutting-edge internships, community projects and other opportunities. Plus San Francisco’s famed attractions:

  • Tour Golden Gate Park museums, attractions and the Academy of Sciences
  • Ride the cable cars and eat fresh seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Visit Alcatraz, bustling Union Square and the San Francisco Zoo
  • Explore Italian North Beach, Chinatown, the Haight and other unique neighborhoods

All just an hour or two away

Head south to Santa Cruz beaches, charming Carmel and Monterey’s world-renowned aquarium. Head north an hour to the Sonoma and Napa Valley wine country, or further to Mendocino’s rugged coastline. Head 20 minutes east to Berkeley, with its historic bookstores, vibrant music scene and vintage shops. Majestic Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park are a few hours further, but well within reach.

Entertainment fans, rejoice

The San Francisco Bay Area is a haven for music lovers, with everything from stadium shows and music festivals to small clubs and open mic nights readily available. It’s sports nirvana, too, with high-caliber NBA, NFL, NHL, and Major League Baseball teams.

It’s all waiting for you, at Dominican University of California.