Dominican University Advantages

Dominican University is an intellectually integrated, mission-centered educational environment. Our unparalleled combination of opportunities and affordability makes Dominican one of the greatest values on both the U.S. News and World Report top-tier and Colleges of Distinction lists.

We offer hundreds of avenues at the undergraduate and graduate levels to explore career interests and experience diverse cultures and international environments. And we organize and support 60+ projects and learning experiences that contribute effectively to the good of local and global communities.

  • Rigorous education—50+ undergraduate degree options, five graduate schools and 25+ graduate degrees, research opportunities, demanding academics, personal attention and deep interactions in classes that average 12 students
  • Exceptional value—One of the most affordable universities to make both the U.S. News and World Report top-tier and Colleges of Distinction lists; ranked highly on lists of first tier master's level universities in the Midwest for more than a decade, including U.S. News and World Report's "Great Schools at a Great Price" and "A-Plus Schools for B Students"
  • Career-enhancing opportunities—Five pre-professional programs, six fifth- and sixth-year masters degrees, multiple locations, full-time and part-time schedules, evening classes and certification and endorsement programs
  • Proven mentors—Professors combine strong academic credentials and passion for teaching with real-world expertise and robust professional connections
  • Strategic partnerships—Combined/dual degree programs through key alliances with the John Marshall Law School, McCormick Theological Seminary and Loyola University Chicago 
  • Ideal location—Scenic main campus on 37 wooded acres in suburban River Forest, minutes from downtown Chicago with access to the city's internships, career opportunities, arts, entertainment and shopping

Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as a baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degree-granting institution.


  • University type—Private, not-for-profit, coed; Master's Colleges & Universities L classification
  • Accreditation—The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
  • Religious affiliation—Roman Catholic Sinsinawa Dominican
  • Origins—Founded in 1901 as St. Clara College in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin; relocated to River Forest, Illinois in 1922 and renamed Rosary College; expanded to become Dominican University in 1997

Fast Facts

Here are a few more quick facts you should know about Dominican.

Opportunity Index

  • 50+ undergraduate academic programs
  • 35 student clubs and organizations
  • 7 professional and pre-professional programs
  • 5 graduate schools offering 20+ master's degrees and a PhD
  • 12 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Fall applicant tuition deposit is refundable until May 1

Global Reach

  • 4 continents where Dominican students study
  • 20 study abroad programs
  • 1925 year of initial study-abroad program (one of the oldest in the nation)
  • 20+ nationalities represented on campus

Community Demographics (Fall 2015)

  • 3,696 students total (67 percent full-time, 33 percent part-time)
  • 2,272 undergraduates (91 percent full-time, 9 percent part-time)
  • 1,424 graduate students (25 percent full-time, 75 percent part-time)
  • 438 faculty members (160 full-time, 270 part-time) and 7 librarians


  • 939,000 square feet of buildings
  • 4 residence halls
  • 2 theaters plus rehearsal rooms, art gallery, and fashion and dance studios
  • 70,000+ square-foot central library with more than 300,000 materials
  • 10 miles to downtown Chicago

Financial Aid & Tuition (2016-2017)

  • $31,570 undergraduate tuition ($1,040 per credit hour part-time)
  • More than 90 percent of freshmen receive some form of financial aid
  • Average aid award of Dominican University scholarship/grant/student loan for 2015: Commuter - $25,286; Resident - $30,851