Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

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Located 12 miles north of San Francisco, Dominican University of California is the best small university experience in Northern California. With over 60 majors, minors, and concentrations; real-world learning opportunities; and personalized support, your Dominican Experience can be anything you want it to be. 

The Dominican Experience
From mentoring to project-based research, you’ll build a track record that shows what you can accomplish, giving you the confidence and knowledge to shape your future. The Dominican Experience is our promise that you’ll have the support you need for success—both in college and in your career—as well as the skills and ethical foundation to create a meaningful life. 

Undergraduate students of all majors participate in the Dominican Experience and have the opportunity to:
• Work with an integrative coach and a network of mentors all four years.
• Engage with the community through service learning, internships, fieldwork, community-based research, or global learning.
• Complete signature work such as original research, writing, or art.
• Craft a digital portfolio that captures and highlights your accomplishments.

Guided by our Catholic heritage, Dominican educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community, and service into their daily lives. Each of our academic programs is designed to help you pursue a path that’s paved in self-discovery, creative thinking, and community impact.

Test-optional admission
Dominican University is test-optional! We take into consideration your grades, the rigor of your high school curriculum, and your involvement with extracurricular activities when considering your application. 

Financial aid
From need-based aid to athletic awards and more, 99% of entering undergraduate students receive financial aid. Federal and state loans and grants, work-study, and other grants are also available. In almost all cases, there’s no application fee. 

Dominican athletics
Dominican sponsors 13 intercollegiate sports and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, the Pacific West Conference, and MCLA Division I.
• Men’s sports: Basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, track & field
• Women’s sports: Basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball

Campus visits
Explore our virtual tours at or call 888-323-6763 to learn when in-person tours will resume.


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Ranked among the “Best Regional Universities in the West” for “A+ School for B Students” and “Campus Ethnic Diversity” | U.S. News & World Report


Named “the most transformative four-year university in the nation” by the American Council on Education (ACE)


Dominican has been named a School of National Service by AmeriCorps in recognition of the University's commitment to public service as a way to help pay for college.

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Business College of Distinction (Barowsky School of Business)

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Education College of Distinction

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Nursing College of Distinction

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Career Development College of Distinction

Program Spotlight:
Coding & Software Design

No matter what you do or where you work, technology will touch some part of your day-to-day. Dominican University of California’s innovative Coding & Software Design minor—developed with input from Etsy, Lyft, and LinkedIn—gives students of any major a major career edge. Leave with a basic grasp of coding, apps, and analytics—and stand out to employers of all kinds.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I loved how hands-on my work was, and I felt like I was really making an impact in my local community.”

    • Allison K.
  • “Looking back at my capstone project, I feel like it taught me how to be adaptive to different types of changes, how to be patient with myself and others, and how to bring my own personal values into the work I’m doing.”

    • Manny C.
  • “From the beginning, I recognized that Dominican would have a vested interest in my future and my well-being.”

    • Hannah R.
  • “I chose Dominican University of California because it’s transfer-student and first-generation-student friendly; the faculty is amazing; the small class sizes were appealing; there are a lot of opportunities available; and diversity is a big focus of the school.”

    • Jacquelyn T.