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Now more than ever, the world needs ethical leaders. At Dominican, we don’t shy away from the challenge. Driven by the Dominican Catholic principles of love and truth, we go where the work is great and difficult. Where it matters most. Expanding access to education. Guiding generations of students to find their true calling. Relentlessly pursuing our founders’ vision of a world of compassion and justice. To accomplish the impossible. Explore just a few of the ways we go first:

No. 1 for Social Mobility in the Midwest

Finances shouldn’t stand in the way of helping students find their purpose. That’s one reason U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican No. 1 in the Midwest in ensuring the social mobility of our graduates. We’re on a mission to make the world more just by empowering our students to find their true calling – and use it to transform the world. Just ask Madison Fette, first generation student and scholarship recipient.

Where Mission Meets Impact

Founded in 1901, Dominican University was one of the first institutions of higher education in America to educate women in a serious, classical curriculum. We’ve always embraced students of all backgrounds and we continue to tear down barriers today. In fact, half of our current students are the first in their families to attend college. We welcome students of every faith and no faith. We get real—sometimes we disagree. But we see our differences as a source of strength. Here, you’ll stand with others who have the vision to imagine a better world, and the courage to build it.

Rigorous Academics. Radically Supportive Community

Here, your professors don’t just know your name. They know you. Your quirks, your interests, your dreams. And they’ll help you pursue them. You’ll partner with them on research, ask them for advice or to look over your résumé; meet up to share stories or connect you with unexpected opportunities like internships and field placements. Our professors care deeply and will focus their individual attention on you thanks to class sizes that are intentionally kept small, with an average student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1.