Dominican University Profile, Fall 2014 

University Type: Private, not-for-profit, coed; Master's Colleges & Universities I

Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic

History: Founded in 1901 as St. Clara College in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. Moved to River Forest, Illinois in 1922 and renamed Rosary College. Became Dominican University in 1997.

Campus: Thirty acre main campus is in River Forest, a residential suburb located ten miles west of downtown Chicago. Classes are also offered at the Dominican Priory campus in River Forest as well as other sites in the Chicago area, in eastern Europe and on-line.

Enrollment (Fall 2014):

2,180 Undergraduate Students: 92% full-time, 8% part-time;

1,318 Graduate Students: 27% full-time, 73% part-time;

3,498 Total Students: 67% full-time, 33% part-time.

Library: The Rebecca Crown Library provides library services to support the academic and instructional needs of the students, faculty, and staff of Dominican University. As a member of LIBRAS, CARLI (I-SHARE), and RAILS the library is able to provide access to materials from across the state of Illinois. In addition, the Rebecca Crown Library houses approximately 250,000 volumes, subscribes to over 100 databases providing access to over 30,000 full text journals. Numerous computers, printer/scanners, and access to the wireless network are available throughout the library. Students also have access to several group study rooms, a cyber café, and the Noonan Reading Room for quiet study and reflection.

Undergraduate Programs: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees with 50 majors, as well as seven professional and pre-professional programs, including a post baccalaureate pre-medical studies program. 

Graduate Programs: Over 20 graduate degree programs in Business, Education, Library and Information Science, Social Work, Conflict Resolution, and Family Ministry.

Faculty (Fall 2014):

Full-Time: 161 Instructional, 7 Librarians

Part-Time: 270 (Illinois locations only, includes administrative and other staff who teach part-time)

Overall Student/Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1

Tuition (2014-2015):

Undergraduate: $29,400 full-time ($980 per credit hour).

Graduate: $535 to $915 per credit hour, depending on program.

Room and Board: $9,100 to $10,986 (double and meal plan with flex dollars).

Financial Aid:

More than 90 percent of all incoming freshmen receive some form of financial aid with an average need-based scholarship/grant award of $20,555. The average total award, including institutional scholarship/grants, federal grants, state grants and student loans for freshmen is $26,995.


Ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the top tier (#19) of all Midwestern Master's Universities. Also cited as a “Best Value” in the Midwest.

Student Outcomes:

Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate: 80.7%

Graduation Rate (4-Yr): 48%

Graduation Rate (6-Yr): 63%

Graduation Rate (8-Yr): 64%

Institutional Accreditation: 

 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.

Program Accreditations and Approvals

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Graduation Rate Reporting

The 2015 Student-Right-to-Know Graduation Rate Report can be found here: STRK Report
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