What are the essay questions on the application? 

You can choose from one of the following essay prompts on the application. 

  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 
  • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? 
  • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma- anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. 
  • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. 
  • Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? 
  • Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. 

The Nursing and Health Science/Pre-Occupational Therapy programs are competitive. To assist the Admissions Committee when reviewing your file, applicants to these programs will be required to submit an additional essay that addresses the following: 

  • Why would you like to major in Nursing and what contributions do you see yourself making to the profession? 

What is the recommended academic preparation for First Year students? 

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, and Social Science.

How can I get transfer credit for my 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 lower division semester units for each Higher Level Subject examination passed with a score or grade of 4 or higher. No credit will be awarded for Standard Level passes. There is no limit to the number of IB or Advanced Placement (AP) exam credits that may apply to General Education requirements; however, no more than a total of 30 semester units of combined IB and/or AP credit may apply towards the bachelor's degree at Dominican.

General Education requirements that may be met by IB examination credit:

  • Mathematical Thinking & Quantitative Reasoning (MT)
  • Social Science (SS)
  • Natural Science (NS), Biological Science (NSB), & Physical Science (NSP)
  • Creative & Performing Arts (CA)
  • International Language matriculation requirement (IL)

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 (e.g., Biology of Chemistry) and also the Nursing department.

More information can be found in the 2019-20 Academic Catalog

How do I get credit for my Advanced Placement tests?

Dominican will grant credit toward an undergraduate degree for successful completion of advanced placement exams taken prior to entry. Students must earn a score of 3 or higher to receive credit. Refer to our 2019-20 Academic Catalog for more information.  

Do you have guidelines for students that are home schooled? 

Home schooled students bring unique qualities to our campus, and we welcome their interest in Dominican University of California. The Office of Admissions provides the following 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 must be submitted. 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. 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 prior to enrollment at Dominican.
  • We strongly encourage home school students to visit campus and complete an admissions counseling appointment with a member of our admissions staff.