The history of Dominican University dates back to 1850, when Joseph Alemany, a Spanish Roman Catholic archbishop and missionary, was appointed as the first archbishop of Monterey, California. In 1853 he became the first archbishop of San Francisco.
The Dominican Research Collective is a venue for individuals at Dominican interested in furthering academic research projects with the support of other scholars on campus. Over the course of an academic year, members meet regularly to present their scholarship to their peers, receive feedback, and revise their work for publication, presentation, or dissertation.
The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!
During their time at Dominican, students are immersed in personal development opportunities to build resilience and support the flourishing of self and others, while becoming prepared for a successful life and career through research and practical application of skills. Through the four high-impact practices of the Dominican Experience, as well as additional opportunities to engage more broadly with the campus and the greater community, students are empowered to persist and complete their degree.
The residential experience at Dominican is every bit a part of your academic journey as your time in the classroom. Neighbors in your residence hall become friends, and the campus becomes your community.
You’ll also get acquainted with our hometown. San Rafael, a small city of 57,700, is filled with parks, shopping, restaurants, museums and historic sites, an amazing farmer’s market, and a civic center designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This lively California town offers seasonal concerts, art walks, a film fest, and plenty of other events throughout the year.
The Library helps students and faculty reach their academic goals by providing instruction in, and access to, a wide-range of academic resources and technologies, information literacy, critical thinking mentorship, and personalized research assistance. Learn more about our services for students, staff and faculty at our Library Services page.
ITS and Facilities has partnered to create two new innovative learning spaces in the Alemany Library. These remodeled classrooms provide increased WiFi, changeable furniture, Apple TVs, charging stations, and more. The spaces support active learning, and are in use this fall for the Computer Science Minor courses and others.
Being a successful student involves more than making good grades. You need to care for your physical, emotional, and mental health needs. Dominican provides a variety of health and wellness resources to support you — both on your academic journey and beyond.
Our Student Health Center provides free health service to all currently registered students regardless of your medical insurance plan.
You’ll find our safe, suburban campus at the base of San Pedro Mountain in Marin County, California. Surrounded by rolling hills and nestled in a residential neighborhood in San Rafael, we’re home to 1837 undergraduate and graduate students.
Dominican Athletics supports academic and athletic excellence through continuous learning, leadership and service. We build esprit de corps on campus and within the greater community by embracing diversity, promoting life balance, and respecting the dignity and value of the individual.
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