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Dominican University

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Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a coed, comprehensive, Catholic school in River Forest, Illinois. The university is affiliated with the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as a baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution. It has programs that are accredited by the American Library Association, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, and the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education.

Dominican offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as numerous certificate programs. Students can choose from more than 50 academic majors, including 9 pre-professional programs. The University is divided into 6 schools: the Brennan School of Business, the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Continuing Studies, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Graduate School of Social Work, and the School of Education. The university offers 18 degrees in four graduate programs: Business, Library and Information Science, Education, and Social Work. The university also offers dual graduate degree programs in conjunction with McCormick Theological Seminary (MDiv); Loyola University Chicago; and Northwestern University’s School of Music.

Classes at the university are small; the average class size is 15 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 12 to 1. All of the classes at the university are taught by professors rather than teaching assistants. US News and World Report ranks Dominican in the top 20 Midwest regional universities. The news magazine also recognized the school as one of three “Best Value” universities in Illinois.

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Students who wish to apply to Dominican must complete the (online or paper) application form and submit an essay, an official high school transcript, and an official SAT or ACT score report. Recommendations and a personal interview are required for certain applicants and are recommended for all applicants. There is a nonrefundable application fee. The deadline for submitting an application is rolling.

Graduate students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admissions for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.

Financial Aid

The university offers a wide variety of financial aid programs. More than 90 percent of the university’s first-year students who apply for financial aid receive some form of state, federal, private, or institutional financial assistance. Forms of aid that are available for students include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The university also has its own substantial grant and employment programs for students with demonstrated financial need. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which should be completed as early as possible to ensure quick processing. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or additional documents. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3692nd for the average student loan amount.
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Dominican has more than 50 clubs and student organizations that students can choose to participate in. These programs include cultural or ethnic groups, department clubs, honor societies, volunteer organizations, and special interest groups. Some organizations include the Academic Club, the Black Student Union, the Campus Activities Board, Campus Crusade for Christ, Law Club, the Resident Student Association, and the Video Game Club. The university’s different organizations also frequently organize special events on campus.

One of the university’s popular events is the annual Emerging Leaders retreat, when first year students spend a fun weekend together, learning about leadership, service, and themselves. This retreat takes place at beautiful Lake Geneva, and allows freshman students to develop leadership skills through workshops, team competitions, and outdoor group activities. The retreat is also a great chance to get to know other first year students and make new friends.

Thirty-five percent of students live in on-campus housing. There are five residence halls, in addition to the Bon Villa apartments, which are reserved for graduate students and students with special needs. Separate apartments for international students are also available. Housing applications for new students may be completed online or obtained through the Admissions Office. Students are required to submit a deposit with their housing application. Students may apply for housing at any time during the semester; however, space is limited, so students are encouraged to apply early. Housing placement for new students is assigned in the order in which applications are received. All new freshmen are assigned to double rooms. Laundry facilities are available in most of the residence halls.

Campus facilities include the huge Rebecca Crown Library, which has a vast collection of print and electronic resources, as well as a fully equipped learning resource center. Other campus facilities include a computer technology center, a language learning center, a chapel, the Lund Auditorium, an art gallery, a student center, the Eloise Martin Recital Hall, and the Stepan Bookstore.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Known as the Stars, the university’s athletic teams compete at NCAA Division III in the Northern Athletics Conference. Sports include baseball, soccer, basketball, cross country, tennis, and softball. In 2010-2011, the Department of Athletics had their most successful athletic campaign since joining NCAA Division III in 2000. The Stars won the NAC South Division Championship and two Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) championships and sent 7 of the 9 teams to their respective conference tournaments. Club sports teams offered include a dance team, the men’s soccer club, a racquetball club, Dominican Ultimate Frisbee Federation (DUFF), and the women’s volleyball club. The school’s colors are blue and white.


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Information Summary

Ranks 19th in Illinois and 571st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.06
Robbery 1 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 5 0.14

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 8 0.07
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 9 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 61 0.54
Larceny 244 2.18
Vehicle theft 7 0.06

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near River Forest, IL 60305
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population11,635 (11,635 urban / N/A rural)
Households4,092 (2.62 people per house)
Median Household Income$89,284
Families2,909 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District1704

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 647th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $28,440 $28,440 $28,440
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $370 $370 $370
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $948 $948 $948
FT Graduate Tuition $18,069 $18,069 $18,069
FT Graduate Required Fees $308 $308 $308
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $780 $780 $780
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $39,918 $39,918 $39,918
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $48,485 $48,485 $48,485
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $32,885 $32,885 $32,885

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $26,610 $27,730 $26,610 $27,730 $26,610 $27,730
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,270 $8,520
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,090(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $15,600(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,460 $2,875
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,675 $2,875

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,502 (1,142 male / 2,360 female)
Admitted 2,100 (665 male / 1,435 female)
Admission rate 60%
First-time Enrollment 497 (182 male / 315 female)
FT Enrollment 497 (182 male / 315 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment3,470

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Great American Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Great American Conference

ACT Test Admission

924th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 99%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

594th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 3%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 620
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 970 / 1160

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity610
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1603rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $66,848 ($70,221 male / $61,640 female)
Number of FT Faculty 158 (68 male / 90 female)
Number of PT Faculty 375
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $4,754,510

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