Dominican University of California

Founded by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael and chartered in 1890, Dominican University of California is a premier liberal arts university which seeks to embody Dominican educational ideals: love of truth, beauty and life of the mind, and a deep respect for the dignity and worth of the individual. Nestled in the hills of San Rafael, the campus features graceful old buildings and shady tree-lined paths.

For complete information on the university, please visit Dominican’s website.

Dominican Mission and Values

Dominican University of California educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community, and service into their lives. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability, and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences, and professional programs.


Dominican offers more than 60 programs of study, reflecting the diversity and creativity of our faculty, students, and location. With a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, average class size of 16, and proximity to San Francisco, Dominican is able to provide both the personal attention associated with smaller schools and with the academic resources and global opportunities associated with larger universities.


Dominican is known for being close-knit, friendly and supportive. With only 2,200 students, small class size, and our small-town, park-like campus, students make amazing friends and truly get to know their professors. They're involved, challenged and recognized, all while being supported, guided, and encouraged by dedicated faculty and friends. In addition, Dominican offers more than 50 student clubs and organizations.


At Dominican, students don’t have to look far to find an opportunity for serenity and reflection. It’s everywhere. The University’s 80-acre campus with beautiful manicured gardens offers a calming influence, along with sun-drenched benches to relax upon.


At Dominican, students find themselves sharing the basics of good sportsmanship with lacrosse campers, teaming up with local museum curators to create traveling art exhibits, and mentoring low-income families in preparing their tax returns. Last year alone, our students completed over 8,645 service-learning hours. It’s no wonder Dominican has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll – the highest federal recognition for commitment to service-learning and community engagement.