Dominican University

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Introduction to Dominican University

In 1901, the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin founded Dominican University as St. Clara College. The college relocated to River Forest, Illinois, in 1922 and became Rosary College before it was changed in 1997 to Dominican University.

Presently, there are six schools affiliated with Dominican, but River Forest remains the home of the main 30-acre campus.

Student Life at Dominican University

The student population of over 3,300 students creates a small, yet inviting atmosphere at Dominican and ensures a small student-to-faculty ratio. Students take research and writing-intensive seminars that integrate a variety of disciplines into one class, as well as other classes that are part of the school's core curriculum.

There are various clubs and organizations that students can join, as well as several residence halls for on-campus housing and intramural sports. Dominican competes at the NCAA Division III level in the Northern Athletics Conference.

FAQs on Dominican University

What is the Accreditation Status of Dominican University?

Dominican University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, as well as the American Library Association, the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

What Are the Requirements for Admission to Dominican University?

Applicants to Dominican University undergo evaluation based on academic achievement, as well as high school curriculum, class rank, grade point average and the personal statement portion of the application. Students need to submit official high school transcripts, standardized test scores from the SAT or ACT and the admissions application, along with a nonrefundable fee.

Can I Receive Financial Aid From Dominican University?

Almost all incoming freshmen to Dominican receive some sort of financial aid. All students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA application for government funds in the form of grants, loans and work study. Dominican offers several scholarships, based on academics and need, such as the Dean's Scholarships, the Recognition Scholarships, the Merit Scholarships, the Murphy Star Scholarships and the Brechtel Scholarship.

What Are the Career Possibilities With Dominican University?

The school's undergraduate degree programs are rooted mainly in liberal arts studies at the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences. Some of those majors include culinology, education, apparel design and merchandising, art history, journalism, food industry management, nutrition and dietetics, graphic design and theology.

There are also several pre-professional programs in medicine, pharmacy, nursing and occupational therapy. Graduate degree programs come from five schools, among them education, social work and leadership and continuing studies. Dominican is known for its master's program in library and information science, which publishes a peer-reviewed online journal about libraries and librarians.