Undergraduate First-Year Admissions

We're excited that you're considering Dominican University of California! We are here to guide you, answer your questions and prepare you for the beginning of your Dominican story. Let's get started. 

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Start Your Journey Here

The first-year admission process includes the evaluation of several factors, including academics, leadership both inside and outside the classroom, recommendation from a teacher, counselor or community leader and your personal essay. 

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How to Apply

Apply to Dominican in five easy steps. See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

  1. Write your personal essay. (Please see guidance in the FAQ.)
  2. Complete and submit your application. It's free!
  3. Ask your high school to send your transcripts (grades 9-11) to Dominican. (Your counselor will know how.)

    Unofficial Transcripts may now be accepted as a provisional document in place of Official Transcripts for admission purposes only. Once a student deposits, an Official Transcript must be submitted before the start of the summer or fall semester.
  4. Decide whether to submit your test scores. Please note — while Dominican is test optional for most, homeschooled students are required to submit SAT or ACT test scores. International students who need to demonstrate English proficiency should check our International Admissions page.  
  5. Decide whether to submit a letter of recommendation. Please note — for most students, a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or community leader is optional. Only nursing majors are required to submit letters of recommendation.

Ready to begin? You have two choices: 

Apply Through the Common Application Apply Through The Dominican Application 

Application and Aid Deadlines

Dominican has a rolling admissions policy, which means we evaluate applications as they are received until we’ve filled all the slots for our incoming class. 

Fall Priority February 1, 2021
Spring Priority December 1, 2020

Nursing application deadlines are final. For priority consideration, please have a completed application by the deadline. Our nursing program is competitive and admission is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Fall 2021 Deadline February 1, 2021
Spring 2020 Deadline December 1, 2020

All students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as the first step towards receiving need-based financial aid from the University. 

Deadline: The FAFSA opens October 1 each year. To qualify for a Cal Grant, the FAFSA must be submitted by March 2. 

Cal Grant Deadline March 2, 2021

To learn more about scholarships and financial aid at Dominican, visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page

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Admissions Events And Tours

You may virtually visit our campus, or meet with an Admissions or Financial Aid Counselor online.

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Dominican is Test Optional

As a first-year student, it's up to you whether you share your standardized test results with us. Dominican takes into consideration your grades, rigor of your high school curriculum (including AP and honors classes), and involvement with extracurricular activities when considering your application.

Learn More About Test Optional
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Student Ambassadors

Our team of student ambassadors are here to help you throughout your admissions journey.

Meet our Ambassadors
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Tuition and Financial Aid

A degree from a private university like Dominican University of California is more accessible than you might think. We’re here to help you and your family discover the possibilities.

LEARN MORE About Tuition and Aid
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Reimagining Citizenship

Dominican and the city of Novato have teamed up to offer a unique scholarship program in which students receive a high-quality college education while engaging with the community through local government.

Reimagining Citizenship
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Civic Action Fellowship

Dominican has partnered with California Volunteers and AmeriCorps to offer an innovative fellowship that draws on public service as a way to build your resume and earn funds to assist with college tuition.

Civic Action Fellowship

The Dominican Difference

What makes Dominican stand out? Our students, our outcomes, our education and more.

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99%

Receive Aid

First-year undergraduate students receiving aid.

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66%

Diversity

Undergraduate students who identify as ethnically diverse.

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Ranked Nationally

Ranked in the top one-third by Wall Street Journal for delivering outcomes and quality education.

The Dominican Experience

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Everything you do at Dominican contributes to your personal and professional goals. That's because our innovative Dominican Experience is rooted in proven educational methods. What will your Dominican Experience look like? 

Meet our Team

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Maria Gentile

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
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Dennis Yan

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
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Julissa Ramirez-Romo

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
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Alyssa Pedersen

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
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Robert Bassin, MA, MBA

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions

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