International Admissions

International students from around the globe call Dominican home. Students may apply for undergraduate and graduate degree programs located at our beautiful campus, just 12 miles north of San Francisco and driving distance to Silicon Valley. 

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How to Apply

We are excited you are interested in applying to Dominican. Please follow the steps outlined below to get started.  

1.  Review general admissions requirements

(Please see additional international requirements listed below.)

2.  Submit your application

Submit the application that fits your student status and/or degree program. The submission process is completely online and for many programs, there is no application fee. 

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Additional Admissions Requirements

Foreign transcript(s) must be translated into English and mailed directly from the institution. Scanned or emailed transcripts are not acceptable. Degrees or academic coursework completed outside the United States must be verified and evaluated for academic degree equivalence.

Original credential evaluation reports showing the United States equivalency for academic credentials earned in other countries may be provided by any of the following:

Graduate students with a three-year degree from India must use World Education Services (WES). Dominican will accept a three-year degree from India that has been recognized by WES.

International students from countries where English is not an official language must demonstrate English proficiency. Proficiency tests and ELS 112 must be completed within the past two years.

Proficiency can be demonstrated with one of the following:

  • SAT: 1140 Combined Math and Evidence-Based Reading (minimum Reading score of 25) and Writing (M + ERW).
  • ACT: 20 Composite
  • TOEFL Score: 550 Paper, 213 Computer, or 80 IBT (Learn about TOEFL)
  • IELTS Score: 6.5 (Learn about IELTS)
  • PTEA Score: 53 (Learn about PTEA)
  • An official transcript demonstrating that the applicant completed one academic year in the U.S. school system. (Does not apply to graduate applicants.) 
  • Completed Level 112 Intensive Program English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at an ELS Language Center.
  • Successful completion of 24 transferable semester units or 36 transferable quarter units at an English-speaking institution.

Conditional Admission: Students who have met the University’s academic requirements, but have not yet satisfied the English requirement, may apply for “conditional admission” based upon eventual completion of the required ELS Language Centers level.

To learn more about the ELS Language Center’s program located on our campus, and how to apply for conditional admission, please visit the ELS website. 

All F-1 (student visa) international students are required by the U.S. government to submit a Certification of Finance (COF) to their university. The COF is evidence that a student has sufficient funds to pay for tuition and living expenses for their first year of studies. Please review the International Admissions Financial Requirement for more details, including program-specific funding requirements. The estimated cost of attendance varies depending on the program, visit our Total Cost of Attendance page for more information. 

If the bank statement is not in the student's name, the account holder must submit an Affidavit of Financial Support.


All international students must submit a photocopy of the photo page of their current passport.

Once your application is complete, we will notify you of the admissions decision as soon as possible. A tuition deposit is required after you are admitted in order to confirm your attendance and to receive Form I-20. 

Meet the Team

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Dennis Yan

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
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Deepa Raghupathy

Graduate Admissions Couselor
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Allyse Rudolph, MA

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions