First Year

Required Application Materials 

1. Dominican University of California Online Application; or Common Application.

2. 500-word typed essay as described in the application on one of the following topics:

    • Describe a family, cultural, or personal tradition that is meaningful to you. Explain why.
    • If you could spend a day with anyone (living, deceased or imaginary), who would it be and why?
    • Required for all Nursing and Health Science (Pre-OT) applicants: Tell us why you would like to major in nursing or occupational therapy and what contributions you see yourself making to the profession. Please include any past work (paid or volunteer) experience in health care, education or social services.

3. Updated, official high school transcript (six semesters minimum);

4. One recommendation from school faculty, administrator, and/or a counselor. Applicants who have been out of school for more than two years may submit a letter of recommendation from a professional colleague;

5. Official Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) scores. The Dominican University School Code for ACT is 0256. Information about these tests may be obtained from your high school or by writing to:

SAT Scores
The College Board
2099 Gateway Place, Suite 480
San Jose, CA 95110
Telephone (408) 452-1400
The Dominican University School Code for SAT is 4284

ACT Scores
The American College Testing Program
Operations Division
P.0. Box 168
Iowa City, IA 52243

Please note: All application documents become the property of Dominican University of California and will not be returned. Documents will be maintained by the Office of Admissions for two years if the student does not matriculate for the term to which they apply.

Recommended Academic Preparation for Freshmen

Graduation from an accredited high school with a total of 15 units in college preparatory subjects, to include the following:

    • 4 years of English
    • 2 years of one international language 
    • 2 years of college preparatory mathematics-algebra, geometry, trigonometry, etc. (3 to 4 years preferred) 
    • 1 year of lab science to be taken in grades 10-12 (2 years preferred) 
    • 1 year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year U.S. government (2 years preferred) (one year of world history or Western civilization is an acceptable alternative for international students)

The University encourages students to choose additional courses in at least two of the following areas:

    • art
    • computer science
    • English
    • history
    • international language
    • music
    • social science
    • typing/keyboarding


International Baccalaureate Examinations

Dominican University of California recognizes the academic challenge and motivation inherent in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The University will grant transfer credit of 10 Lower Division semester units for each Higher Level Subject examination passed with a score or grade of 4, 5, 6, or 7. One grade of 3 will be acceptable if it is compensated by a grade of 5 or above in another subject offered at the higher level. No credit will be awarded for Standard Level passes. No more than a total of 30 semester units of International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement (AP) credit may apply towards the bachelor's degree at Dominican. Students wishing to demonstrate content knowledge equivalent to a specific course at Dominican should submit syllabi from their IB courses for assessment by faculty in the specific disciplines. Pre-Nursing and Pre-Occupational Therapy students must submit syllabi from their IB courses both to the discipline in which the course is offered (i.e., Biology or Chemistry) and also to the Nursing department.


Advanced Placement Tests

Dominican  will grant credit toward an undergraduate degree for successful completion of advanced placement tests taken prior to entry. Students must earn a score of 3, 4, or 5 to receive credit. (Exception: in the case of the English Language or English Literature exams, a score of 4 or 5 is required to receive credit.) Credit will be granted for exams passed, but no letter grade will be assigned. The units granted correspond with the units assigned to each equivalent Dominican course. In some cases, advanced placement tests will satisfy General Education requirements. Please refer to the chart in the current catalog for determining how credit will be granted for each test. No more than 30 units of AP credit will be applied toward a student's degree.


Home School Policy 

Home schooled students bring unique qualities to our campus, and we welcome their interest in Dominican University of California. The Office of Admissions provides these guidelines to help home schooled applicants become eligible for admission consideration.

    • If any courses have been taken online through a home school umbrella program or an accredited college or university; or at a local high school, college or university, official transcripts must be provided.
    • For the years of high school and/or subject areas for which there is no official transcript, responsibility for documenting the course of study rests with the student. A detailed outline of the home school curriculum, including subject areas studied, level of instruction, time spent on each discipline, texts read, work produced and assessment of performance or grade. In addition, please provide a short narrative, written by the person other than yourself who has been most responsible for your overall academic program, providing a summary of your instruction in recent years.
    • Home school students are required to submit official test scores from either the SAT or ACT. Test scores are waived if the student graduated high school more than two years ago.
    • Home school students are not required to present an equivalency diploma to be considered for admission, however, Dominican requires all admitted students to present proof of graduation prior to enrollment. Admitted home school students must submit a home school diploma, a certificate of completion that is considered the equivalent of a high school diploma in the applicant’s home state, or results from a GED test as proof of graduation.
    • We strongly encourage home school students to visit campus and complete an interview with a member of our admissions staff.