Welcome HNU Students!

We're here to help.

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Welcome Holy Names University Students!

We realize that your academic journey has taken an unexpected turn, but you couldn’t have come to a more welcoming and supportive place! We’re here to make transferring to Dominican easy and painless so that you can keep moving toward your goals without interruption!

If you were admitted to an undergraduate program at HNU, you will be automatically admitted to Dominican for Summer/Fall 2023. Depending on your major/discipline and academic standing, you may need to meet additional requirements. If your current major will not be offered at Dominican or you do not meet the qualifications for the Dominican major you wish to enroll in, you will be offered an alternative option. For undergraduate students, Dominican will match HNU tuition for individuals as per their award letters. 

Graduate students will need to meet with the Department Chair to further discuss details – please contact a graduate counselor.

Start by simply filling out the form on this page and we’ll be in touch. You can also call (415) 485-3204 to speak with our admissions office directly or email enroll@dominican.edu.

Undergraduate Admissions - Schedule an Appointment

Graduate Admissions - Schedule an Appointment 

Get to know Dominican

All are welcome at Dominican

Here are the top 7 things Penguins love about their Dominican Experience:

  • Dominican offers a highly supportive and inclusive environment for ALL students.
    Students typically graduate in just four years, with some programs offering an accelerated three-year option as well as accelerated Master’s options. 
  • Dominican’s four-year graduation rate is 72%, (well above the national average of 41%) and starting salaries for graduates also rank high!
  • Dominican is ranked #18 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Universities in the West and #5 for Best Value Colleges in the Bay Area by Niche.
  • Internships, research projects and other hands-on experiences are part of the curriculum.
  • Dominican is a designated Minority Serving institution, specifically both a Hispanic (HSI) and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).
  • The Dominican campus is such a beautiful and safe space in Marin County.
  • More than 99% of undergraduate students receive scholarships or other forms of financial assistance.

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Easily Transfer

Our Holy Names articulation agreement determines how the credits you have already earned will transfer to Dominican University of California. Your Transfer Admissions Counselor can walk you through each step. 

Let's Get Started

Dominican's Office of Admissions will be visiting the HNU Campus to share information about how to transfer quickly and easily. 

Transfer Admissions

Our Admissions Office and Transfer Counselors are happy to help answer any questions you may have and make your transition as seamless as possible. Call us at (415) 485-3204 or email us at enroll@dominican.edu.

We want to make your transition to Dominican is as easy as possible, so we are offering all HNU transfer students a special transfer scholarship to assist with adjusting to your new university. For undergraduate students, Dominican will match HNU tuition for individuals as per their award letters. 

Our Office of Financial Aid is here to help you and your family discover all the possibilities of how to fund your education, including:

As an undergraduate HNU student, you will be admitted to Dominican University of California. Depending on your major, academic and financial standing, you may need to meet additional requirements. If your current major will not be offered at Dominican or you do not meet the qualifications for the Dominican major you wish to enroll in, you will be offered an alternative option. 

Please note that the HNU agreements are frequently updated. If you don’t see your program, please reach out to our counselors. ​​​​​​​
View Articulation Agreements

Academic Programs

We offer undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs that are compatible with your studies at HNU. We're happy to discuss your options with you and develop a plan.

Let’s keep you advancing toward graduation and your career goals!

Dominican offers career relevant Bachelor’s Degree Programs across many fields of study including health and sciences, business, arts and humanities as well as education. All students participate in applied learning such as internships, research and community projects and receive personalized coaching from day one. Dominican professors are mentors who are invested in their student’s success. They’re available for questions and advice.

HNU Undergraduate Programs with existing Articulation Agreements - Please note that more programs are being added.

  • Biology, BS
  • Communication and Media Studies, BA
  • Psychology, BA
  • Business, BA
  • Education Studies, BA
  • History, BA
  • Social Justice, BA
  • HNU Core Curriculum

Dominican offers highly relevant Master’s and Doctoral Programs in business, health, science, education, and creative writing along with access to the Bay Area’s incredible professional networks. 

Each Graduate Program has its own admission requirements and deadlines. Graduate students will need to contact their graduate counselor to discuss next steps.

If you are considering transferring to one of Dominican’s Graduate programs, we invite you to join us at an upcoming information session:

Office of Graduate Admissions
(415) 485-3214

Allyse Rudolph - Graduate MS Education
Deepa Ragupathy - MS in Counseling Psychology
Michele Richards - MBA

If you are currently in a degree completion program, you can finish your Bachelor's Degree through our Adult Degree Completion Program. 

Earn your degree in Leadership and Management, Psychology, or Literary and Intercultural Studies. Our affordable, flexible program is designed for working professionals who have been out of high school for at least 6 years. 

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Intercollegiate Athletics

Dominican is a NCAA Division II school and competes in the Pacific West Conference. Our amazing athletes have won numerous PacWest achievement awards. If you are a student athlete from HNU we want to meet you!

Dominican Athletics Contact Your Coach
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Campus Life

We offer both on-campus and off-campus housing options for transfer students and can work with you to support your move to Dominican or the surrounding community.

Campus LIfe Living on Campus
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The Service-Learning Program lets you take classroom knowledge into the real world to engage with the people and the world around you.

Learn More About Service-Learning Social Justice Major Community Action and Social Change Minor Latin American and Latino Studies Minor
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Campus Dining

Fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients — Caleruega Dining Hall is the place to meet friends, study and recharge.

Dining Options Walk to Downtown San Rafael
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Study, Reflection, Community and Service

Campus Ministry works with the Dominican community to help individuals develop and strengthen their spiritual lives.

Learn More About Campus Ministry

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The Dominican Experience

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Our Students

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First Generation

Undergraduate students who are the first generation in their family to attend college

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Undergraduate students who identify as ethnically diverse.

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Receive Aid

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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?