Admitted First-Year Students

Congratulations on your admission to Dominican University of California!

first year students on orientation day

Next Steps For Admitted Students

Ready for what comes next? Start your Dominican Experience in just a few easy steps, and stay on track with your specific Penguin Path to Dominican through the Admitted Penguin Portal.

  1. Complete the Enrollment Response Form
    Let us know we are your first choice! You can access the form by logging into your Penguin Admissions Portal
  2. Submit the FAFSA at 
    Maximize your financial aid award (include Dominican using school code 001196). Contact with any questions.
  3. Submit your Tuition and Housing Deposits
    Fall Tuition Deposit ($250) Deadline: May 30 for all majors except nursing. Nursing deadline is May 15.
    Spring Tuition Deposit ($250) Deadline: January 15 for all majors.

    Dominican extended the Fall 2024 deposit deadline for all undergraduate majors except nursing to May 30, 2024 and will accept late deposits. 

    Fall Housing Deposit ($500) Deadline: May 15 for all majors
    Spring Housing Deposit ($500) Deadline: January 15 for all majors

    Deposits are non-refundable after the deposit deadlines. If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, we will accept submissions through the next business day. If you plan to live on campus you will need to submit a housing application, available upon submission of your housing deposit. Housing is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is given to students who deposit by the deadline. Learn more about living at Dominican
  4. Meet Us Online
    Experience Dominican from a distance, including personalized online meetings with your Admissions and Financial Aid Counselors. Visit the Admissions appointment calendar and/or the Financial Aid appointment calendar to find the times that work best for you.
  5. Create your Dominican Email Password
    After your tuition deposit is received, Dominican will send you an email containing your Dominican email address and steps for setting up an email password. Set up instructions will be sent beginning in May. You will need to set up your email in order to take placement assessments and register for classes. Contact Information and Technology Services at with any questions. 
  6. Take Placement Assessments
    You will receive a message sent to your Dominican student email account that details any required placement assessments. In order to register for classes, your assessments must be completed prior to class registration.
  7. Sign Up for Classes
    Your academic advisor will assist you in registering for your classes online. You will receive an email introducing you to your advisor and to schedule an advising and registration appointment.  
  8. Submit Final Official Transcripts and AP/IB Test Scores
    Request that your final official transcripts showing your high school graduation date be sent to Dominican from your High School. In addition, if you completed any college coursework while in high school, request official transcripts showing all coursework completed be sent from the college to Dominican. And, if applicable, submit your official AP or IB transcripts before you register for classes. 
    Find complete instructions on how to submit your transcripts to Dominican here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Campus

What makes Dominican unique? See for yourself through our virtual campus tour.

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dominican students in fitness center

Conlan Rec Center

Home of Dominican intercollegiate athletics, Conlan Center features regulation basketball and volleyball courts, a fitness center, training room, locker rooms, a swimming pool and more.

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Fanjeaux Hall

Beautiful Fanjeaux Hall houses the Student Union, the University bookstore, and is home to close to 100 Dominican students. Fanjeaux is just one of several residence halls offered to Dominican students.

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dining hall

Caleruega Dining Hall

Get ready to enjoy a wide selection of meals made from seasonal and organic foods featuring locally-sourced products.

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