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 30+ graduate degrees, research opportunities, demanding academics, personal attention and deep interactions in classes that average 15 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—Four pre-professional programs, five 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 McCormick Theological Seminary, Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University
  • 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

  • 60+ undergraduate academic programs
  • 45 student clubs and organizations
  • 11 professional and pre-professional programs
  • 5 graduate schools offering 25+ master's degrees and a PhD
  • 12 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Tuition deposit is refundable until May 1.

Global Reach

  • 4 continents where Dominican students study
  • 18 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 2013)

  • 3,470 students total (71 percent full-time, 29 percent part-time)
  • 2,069 undergraduates (92 percent full-time, 8 percent part-time)
  • 1,401 graduate students (39 percent full-time, 61 percent part-time)
  • 403 faculty members (158 full-time, 238 part-time) and 7 librarians


  • 939,000 square feet of buildings
  • 5 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 (2013-2014)

  • 100 percent of freshmen receive some form of financial aid
  • $20,555 average award of Dominican University scholarship/grant
  • $28,440 undergraduate tuition ($948 per credit hour part-time)