About Dominican University of California

Founded in 1890, Dominican University of California. is a Private college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,388 full time undergraduate students, and 447 full time graduate students.

The Dominican University of California Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 9:1. There are 99 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Dominican University of California include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate77%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range918-1123
ACT Range21-25

Admissions at are considered Less Selective, with ,8% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 13 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

91% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 56% were in the top quarter, and 29% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


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Dominican University of California REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    42 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    39 Students rated off-campus housing 2.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    44 Students rated campus food 2.6 stars. 2 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    44 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    44 Students rated class size 4.8 stars. 84 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    44 Students rated school activities 3.4 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    44 Students rated local services 4 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    44 Students rated academics 3.6 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Dominican University of California?

13 Students rated Dominican University of California


Dominican University is a hidden jem of the San Francisco Bay area. The campus is a peaceful oasis as it is surrounded by trees, flowers, and lawns - nestled in a quiet residential community. Dominican's most popular academic programs include: nursing, LINES dance company, occupation therapy, business, and the natural sciences. Being located 30 minutes away from San Francisco, having small personalized class sizes, and encouraging a welcoming and diverse community - makes Dominican an ideal university for any student seeking a small, and peaceful college experience.


I enjoy Dominican for the Nursing program. It is a VERY small school, so everyone knows each other and their business! Class sizes are super small which is great. Professors are good. Campus life can be a little dry, and if you're not an outdoor person there may not be much for you to do.


Dominican University is the perfect school for the quiet person. It is a small school with small class sizes making it a more intimate setting. Being a small school is a benefit, with the small student population it is almost certain that you will meet with your advisor and get the classes you need. You can also grow close relationships with your professors. Dominican may not have many extracurricular activities, but social events are available if sought out. Dominican will not for everyone, but it is perfect for many.


I think that going to Dominican exposes you to a lot of great opportunities to learn about current issues and ways to get involved. The learning is also easier and the professors actually care if you pass their class or not. I feel that all of the faculty are more than willing to help the students have a successful career in the long run.

Dominican University of California FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Dominican University of California?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Dominican University of California is 77%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    It's ok to ask for help. Especially when you're 3,000 miles away from home and you are adjusting to the culture. You will have to push yourself, since school is your weak point. Growing a positive support system with friends and family can help with the process of adjusting to the new enviorment.

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  3. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about this school is that it is a diverse community. This allows the students to feel more welcome.

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  4. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I should have spent more time researching financial aid options and the true cost of attending college. In addition to tuition, you should budget ~$100 per 3 unit class for books. Additionally, you need to be mindful of the break-points for financial aid. Last year, I was initially approved for both subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans in the summer. After completion of the summer semester I learned that I had not qualified for the subsidized loans because I took only 4 units, rather than 6, that semester. It affected my financial aid for the entire year.

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  5. What kind of person should attend this school?

    One who likes small campus life surrounded by nature. The classes are small which is an easy way to meet friends. Going to the Students Union gatherings also helps one to meet new people and to be involved in the school community. This school has amazing teacher from all different backgrounds and their stories are beneficial to the learning.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Its small, with tons of trees.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I found that I know what I want to do, but am having trouble getting there with the limited programme offerrings at Dominican.

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  8. Describe your favorite campus traditions.


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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I don't brag about much at all.

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  10. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are friendly, hard working, helpful and funny.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    My school has a small campus, and we get more personal attention as opposed to the big research universities, which allows me to have more job and intern opportunites. I also like that the campus is in a very safe neighborhood which makes me feel safe.

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    The kind of person who should'nt attend this school is someone who is looking to party or be apart of a big University. This campus is real peaceful and has about 2,000 students who attend. Dominican is apart of a peaceful neighborhood. Many of the neighborhood residents are seniors or retired home owners. Many of the students leave the city to have a good time because Dominican is not a party school.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Financial Aid is a big problem, they tend to lose papers and/or misplace them. This campus is small which can be a positive or negative situation. Negative because everyone knows everything about your personal life yet you make great friends here. You will always know someone on campus.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    That everyone is Catholic, but Dominican is no longer affiliated with the Catholic Church so most students are not Catholic.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

99% of students attending Dominican University of California receive some sort of financial aid. 27% were awarded federal grants. While 64% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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