Application & Admission Process


Every year Dominican University welcomes more than 100 international students from 23 countries to its campus. The students come from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Mexico, Korea and India.

Only 10 miles from downtown Chicago, Dominican’s beautiful campus is accessible to all of the internships, career opportunities, arts, museums, and an exciting nightlife scene the world-class city provides.

In our immediate area, the Oak Park-River Forest community is rich with cultural opportunities, including a symphony orchestra which uses the university as its home, numerous art galleries, and theaters.  Within walking distance of campus are restaurants, parks, museums, movie theaters, churches and retail districts. Public transportation and the free university shuttle conveniently connect the campus to downtown Oak Park and Chicago.

International Student Application Process

International students applying to Dominican University must have completed the equivalent of a United States secondary
school education.

  • Submit official, translated transcripts from secondary schools and colleges/universities that have been attended. For university credit, the official documents and translations must be sent to one of the following agencies for an official credential evaluation:
  • Submit a photocopy of your passport.
  • Freshman applicants who have been out of high school for less than 5 years must submit official ACT or SAT scores.
    The results may be forwarded directly to the Admission office from the testing agency or via the secondary school transcript.
  • Adult students are defined as those who have been out of high school for five years or more. If adult students give promise
    of being successful, and can provide suitable evidence of a comparable body of work (i.e. successful work experience, creative/artistic works, etc.) the Admission Committee may waive some of the entrance requirements.
  • Letters of Recommendation are suggested, but not required.

English Language Proficiency

Minimum Score Program
Level 112 ELS
213 Computer-based TOEFL
79-80 Internet-based TOEFL
7 or better   International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
53 Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA)

Application Deadlines

We cannot begin to review your application until all required materials are received. Review our requirements to ensure you submit a complete application.

Period Application Deadline
Admission Fall 2017 June 1
Admission Spring 2018 November 1

Admission Process

SOAR, ISO, New Student Registration

Once admitted to the university, Dominican is authorized by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to issue SEVIS I-20s forms to admitted international students.

Pay a nonrefundable $200.00 tuition deposit.

International Student Orientation (ISO)

All new undergraduate and Post-Bac students are also required to attend International Student Orientation (ISO) on Thursday, August 24, even those who have attended a SOAR in the summer. This one-day program will cover academic expectations, student life, and available services and resources.

ISO is specifically aimed at assisting international students adjust to the academic and cultural climate at Dominican University, and is in addition to the SOAR. At ISO, you will meet other new as well as current international students.

At ISO you will also learn about the required, one credit course (ID 092) for which you’ll be enrolled in your first semester. For more information, please contact Robbie Byrdsong-Wright, Assistant Dean for Academic Success Services, at The dates vary by semester, but you should plan to arrive in the U.S. or Chicago a few days before the start of classes.

Upcoming ISO Session:
International Student Orientation (ISO): Thursday, August 24, 2017

Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR)

All admitted students who are able to attend should register for Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR). This mandatory, two-day program for all new students will cover academic expectations, registering for classes, student life, and available services and resources.

Upcoming Transfer SOAR Session:
Friday, August 18, 2017

New Student Registration

As an international student, we are aware you may not be able to attend SOAR. The New Student Registration on Friday, August 25 is required for international students unable to attend the SOAR in the summer. You will take placement exams, meet with an advisor, and register for classes at this Friday meeting.

Additional Expenses

  • Health insurance must be obtained from Dominican University. For information, refer to the Wellness Center,
    or call (708) 524-6229.
  • University fees, books, and personal items.
  • Housing and living expenses for resident students when the college is not in session.

For More Information

Admission Questions

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at

Immigration and Visa Concerns

Contact Sue Ponremy, International Student Advisor, at

English Language Center

Contact ELS located on Dominican University’s campus at, or call (708) 488-5010.


Assistant Director of Transfer Admission
Laurie Riggin
(708) 524-6469

International Student Advisor
Sue Ponremy
(708) 524-6965