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Dominican University

Dominican University is highly regarded for its academic rigor, intentional affordability and values-based, relationship-centered learning environment. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican as follows #1 Best Value. Ranked first in the prestigious publication's list of "Best Value Schools" in the Chicago. This study looks closely at each school's academic quality and average cost of attendance.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (2)
Education & Training (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Humanities (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)



Founded in 1901 as St. Clara College in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin; relocated to River Forest, Illinois in 1922 and renamed Rosary College; expanded to become Dominican University in 1997.


We offer hundreds of avenues at the undergraduate and graduate levels to explore career interests and experience diverse cultures and international environments. And we organize and support 60-plus projects and learning experiences that contribute effectively to the good of local and global communities.


The mission of research and creativity is to encourage Dominican students to embrace lives of rigorous inquiry and meaningful self-expression outside the boundaries of the classroom. A new unit for the Academic Enrichment Center (AEC), research and creativity pursues the strategic priority of Dominican University to build and support programs that foster students' creative investigations and provide them opportunities to engage in collaborative research.  The office will work to foster students with creative confidence, strong habits of mind and distinct voices as authors, scholars and artists.


At Dominican, career development isn't just an office or a center. It's a process that begins day one of your time here.

Our aim is to see every student and develop a four-year plan incorporating everything from career interests to academic courses, internships, volunteer opportunities and a variety of other experiences to help them become great employees.

Now more than ever, the job market requires new college graduates to be prepared. Not only are new grads competing with their peers for jobs, but in many cases with individuals who already have workforce experience. That’s why Dominican's Office of Career Development is focused on getting students ready for the real world.

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Student services

Academic Affairs provides oversight and strategic leadership for the academic division of the university, committed to preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.

Housing services

  • Living on campus is a great way to meet new people and build strong ties with your classmates.
  • As a campus resident, you’ll enjoy the convenience of living near classes and all your activities. What’s more, you’re likely to do better academically and adjust better to college life.
  • Dominican welcomes all students to the residential community. We are committed to engaging students in meaningful experiences in an open, civil, and respectful climate composed of students and staff of different genders, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, religious affiliations, races, sexual orientations, and levels of ability.

Medical services

  • The Wellness Center offers a full range of health care services for all Dominican students, whether full time, part time, graduate, undergraduate, resident or commuter. From immunizations and counseling sessions to treatment for flu or strep throat, we’ve got you covered.
  • The Wellness Center is on the lower level of Coughlin Hall, between the fitness center and the Student Involvement Center.

Student Life

Campus life

Dominican University's 30-acre wooded campus is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of Chicago's Loop, or business center, and eight miles from O'Hare Airport.

Sports facilities

Dominican University's on-campus athletics facilities include the Igini Sports Forum and Collins Running Track, Fitness Center and West Campus Field while the department also utilizes off-campus facilities at nearby Triton College, Schaumburg Boomers Stadium and the Ballpark at Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont.

Student clubs

Make the most of your college experience. Dominican offers all the student activities, advising and academic support services you need to succeed.


  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association
  • Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Student Reviews

Dominican University is the best I've known
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Small classes, helpful professors, studious ambience, good vibes and fraternity

Dominican University- Bachelors in English
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

This university is full of history and tradition. It is one of its strengths. Similarly it is a university that is currently growing, and taking the students along for the ride. The English program is great, The professors are are very understanding and helpful. They also demand the best from their students. Sadly I couldn't give this university five stars as several...

Great school academically, but a social struggle
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I think the the school has a lot to offer, but due to the size it is a bit more like a high school environment. However the opportunities here are unparalleled when it comes to professional development.

River Forest, Illinois, United States

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