Dominican Breaks Enrollment Records

Dominican began its 117th academic year with record enrollment and its largest ever freshman class

The University welcomed 304 freshmen for fall semester 2007, up from last year’s freshman class of 264 students. In addition, the number of students enrolled in graduate programs at Dominican has increased more than 18 percent this year, up from 404 graduate students in fall 2006 to 477 graduate students enrolled this semester. Overall enrollment is set to exceed 2,100 for fall 2007, up from 2,045 in fall 2006, and 1,937 in fall 2005.

About two-thirds of the students in this year’s freshman class are from Northern California. More than 50 students are from Southern California, in particular Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties.  Freshmen and transfer students also are coming from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Utah, Maine, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii. International students are from China, France, Mexico, South Korea, and the Philippines, Russia, and Taiwan.

Of the incoming freshman who reported their ethnicity to the University, 101 are Caucasian, 70 are Latino, 65 are Asian American, 28 are African American, and five are Native American.

This year’s most subscribed undergraduate programs include nursing, business, biological sciences, psychology, humanities, and liberal studies/teacher education .

New programs generating interest include the BFA in dance offered in conjunction with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet and, on the graduate level, the MBA in sustainable enterprise (the Green MBA). The Green MBA is proving to be so popular that Dominican formed a second cohort last month in order to meet demand. Dominican had anticipated that 15 new students would sign up for the MBA in sustainable enterprise. To date, 40 new students will join the 34 students already enrolled in the two-year program. The Green MBA is attracting students from throughout the United States, including students whose undergraduate schools included Wellesley College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, DePaul, George Washington University, Dartmouth, San Francisco State, and UC Santa Cruz.

New for 2007 is the 35,000 square foot Science Center. The building contains nine teaching laboratories (including cell biology, microbiology, organic chemistry, analytical and quantitative chemistry, anatomy and physiology, ecology and field biology, and a physics lab); four special instrument rooms; and seven faculty/undergraduate research labs, which will enable Dominican to expand its popular undergraduate research program.

Dominican welcomed its new students with a schedule of events during fall 2007 orientation. Events include ice cream socials, team building exercises, escorted trips to the downtown San Rafael farmer’s market and San Francisco’s Pier 39, movies on the lawn, and a BBQ.

In addition, all freshman students were asked to read a copy of the book “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini before arriving on campus. Throughout orientation, Dominican faculty and staff facilitated book discussions that focused on three topics found in the book: adversity; friendships and relationships; and integrity. The sessions not only served as ice breakers between students, they also encouraged dialogue about important issues these students will face as they enter their university years.

Posted August 17, 2007