New Student Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to Dominican University Of California! We look forward to welcoming you to our community!

student ambassadors check in new students at orientation

All incoming students are expected to participate in the New Student Orientation program. This includes First-year, Transfer, and International students. Orientation is designed to help you get to know your fellow students, become more familiar with the campus, learn about Dominican history and traditions, and most importantly, have a great start to your college experience. The components of Orientation will help you learn how to take care of the "business" of being a student, and you also have an opportunity to have fun and meet your fellow Penguins. Peer Mentors will be your guides throughout the program and they look forward to meeting you in August!  

Orientation consists of two components:

  • Online Portal
    The portal is designed to provide an introduction to Dominican and to help you understand the “business of being a student." Complete the steps in your portal any time before school starts. The portal is smartphone and tablet-friendly.

  • In-Person Orientation
    Our In-Person Orientation is a multi-day event taking place Thursday-Sunday, August 19-22. The scheduled program is designed to help students build connections and learn more about their college experience.
     

Register for Orientation

The registration form has been sent to your Dominican email address. Orientation is completely free to you or your guests. There are sessions available for family members, supporters, and guests. 

Sessions for Families and Supporters

Orientation is designed for students. However, there are specific sessions for families and supporters available both in-person and online during Orientation. All sessions are optional. 

Welcome Gift!

Check your snail mail in August. We have a gift for you! 

Living on Campus?

The Department of Housing & Residence Life will follow up with all incoming students regarding move-in dates and times. For questions, please email housing@dominican.edu.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! All components are required unless otherwise noted. Fall In-Season athletes will work with the Athletics Department to determine the required components.

The answer is both! Orientation consists of two components:  

  • Online Portal: The portal is designed to provide an introduction to Dominican and to help you understand the “business of being a student." Complete the steps in your portal any time before school starts.  Students will receive access to the portal in July. 
  • In-Person Orientation: Our In-Person Orientation will take place Thursday, August 19-Sunday, August 22. The scheduled program is designed to help students build connections and learn more about their college experience.
     

Yes. Marin County Guidelines and best practices will be in place to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Students will be notified about the specific requirements and expectations before arriving on campus.

New students can view their class schedules through the Self Service portal. If you have questions about your schedule contact the advisor in your program.

A sample schedule will be emailed to you prior to Orientation. Students will also receive a copy of the schedule during check-in on Aug.19.

Orientation is designed for students. However, there are specific sessions for families and supporters available both in-person and online during Orientation. All sessions are optional.
 

Yes. The registration link has been emailed to you. 

No. There is no additional fee for orientation.

student in her dorm room

Ready to Move In?

Your residential experience at Dominican is every bit a part of your academic journey as your time in the classroom.

Learn More About Living on Campus
Student Orientation video thumbnail showing Dominican's Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Paul Raccanello

Welcome to Dominican!

Student Orientation 2021: A message from Dr. Paul Raccanello, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

watch the welcome video

Questions? Please contact us.