Dominican University is a coeducational, Catholic, comprehensive institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees and one PhD program. Dominican was founded in 1901 as St. Clara College by the Sinsinawa Dominicans. In 1922 the school moved to River Forest and was renamed Rosary College. The name was changed to Dominican University in 1997.
  • Thirty acre main campus located in River Forest, Illinois, an elegant residential community ten miles west of Downtown Chicago. Close to train and elevated train service to Chicago and accessible to several local and area bus lines
  • Offers courses additionally in downtown Chicago, various suburban locations and abroad
  • Cited by U.S. News & World Report as a “best value” ten years in a row and ranked consistently in the top tier of Midwest regional universities     

Students (Fall 2012)

  • 1,995 undergraduates
  • 1,594 graduate students
  • Total enrollment 3,589

Student Life  

  • Over 45 clubs and organizations; over 400 students or 30 percent involved
  • 40 courses per year utilize community-based learning as a learning component
  • Increasing international community-based learning opportunities
  • Over 16 honor societies
  • Community service opportunities through clubs and organizations
  • Local and Global Alternative Spring Breaks
  • Intramurals, club sports and recreational class offerings


  • Over 50 majors and programs
  • Challenging undergraduate honors program
  • Graduate degree programs in Business, Education, Library and Information Science, Family Ministry and Social Work  
  • Student/Faculty ratio 12:1
  • Average Class Size: 17
  • No lecture halls, no TAs
  • 90% of faculty members have the Ph.D. or highest degree in their field

International programs – Undergraduate 

  • Study Abroad programs since 1925
  • Semester or year programs in London, Milan, Nantes, Salamanca, Spain, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Summer programs in Florence and China
  • Short-term programs in El Salvador, Ghana, Rome, Cuba, China, Paris and Fanjeaux
  • Service Learning: special topics on El Salvador, Mexico and Haiti 

International programs – Graduate

  • Executive MBA programs in partnership with universities in Poland and the CzechRepublic
  • Cooperative MBA program in India
  • Study abroad courses for (graduate) business students in Asia and Europe
  • Cooperative MBA program that brings top Chinese education executives to Dominican to complete the MBA degree
  • Significant international enrollment in Brennan School of Business
  • International field placements available in the Graduate School of Social Work


  • Convenient access: open from 8 a.m. until midnight, seven days a week
  • Over 300,000 volumes
  • Periodicals: print, approximately 900; electronic 17,000
  • Electronic database: more than 100, available both on and off campus
  • Over 50 desktop computers


  • NCAA Division III: Six varsity men’s sports; six varsity women’s sports
  • In 2011-12, approximately one-third of the student-athletes named Scholar-Athletes by the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC)

Mission and Ministry

  • University Ministry open to all traditions and cultures
  • University Chaplain providing sacramental and spiritual ministry to students, faculty and staff
  • Mission Integration providing programs that weaves mission into the broad life of the University
  • St. Catherine of SienaCenter bringing faith and scholarship to the critical issues of church and society for the university community, professional ministers and the wider community of faith   

Financial Aid, Grants and Scholarships 

  • About 100 percent of our students receive financial aid; about 82 percent receive academic or merit scholarships
  • Average financial aid award in fall 2012: $25,600
  • Academic scholarships from $7,500 to $15,000 a year
Tuition/Room and Board   (2012-2013)
  • $27,480 for full-time undergraduates
  • $916 per credit hour for part-time undergraduates
  • Room and board: $8,520 for double room with the standard meal plan. Costs vary depending on room and meal plan.  

For more information, please call the Office of Admission at (708) 524-6800 or (800) 828-8475 or email .