Dominican University of California


Dominican University of California

All are welcome at Dominican!

Dominican is a top-ranked private, non-profit university in San Rafael, CA, 12 miles north of San Francisco. With a broad range of majors from health care and natural sciences to business, education, humanities and the arts, you can be sure that all programs have a distinctly current curriculum. You’ll experience highly engaging personal coaching and mentoring along with many opportunities for internships, community projects, global learning, clinicals, field research and much more. You will be ready for your dream job or grad school. 

Whatever your goals, it's our privilege to help you achieve them!

Academic Programs

  • Design
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Applied Computer Science
  • Nursing
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Social Justice
  • Criminology
  • Kinesiology
  • Sociology
  • Biological Sciences

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver
  • Distance/online learning
  • Small Class Size
  • Personal Coaching
  • Internships
  • Service Learning
  • Digital Portfolio
  • Diversity
  • Inclusive Environment
  • Career Placement Assistance

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Applying to Dominican is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3:

  1. Complete the Common Application
  2. Upload your essay
  3. Submit your official transcripts
Dominican is test-optional, so tell us if you want your test scores considered (and if you do, make sure to send them). 


The transfer admissions process at Dominican is easy and seamless, and our counselors are here to help you. We evaluate several factors, including academics, leadership both inside and outside the classroom, recommendation from a teacher, counselor or community leader and your personal essay. 

For most majors we accept applications year-round.

Transfer Students: 
Spring Deadline: January 5
Fall Deadline: August 1 

Nursing Transfer Students: 
Spring Deadline: September 1 
Fall Deadline: March 1

Additional Information

Scholarships and Financial Aid - With 99% of Dominican students receiving financial aid, it’s not at all unusual for the real cost of a Dominican degree to be less than that of a state school. Dominican offers many forms of financial assistance, ensuring equitable access to a top-notch, private university education for a diverse student body. Ask your counselor about merit- and need-based scholarships and find out if you qualify for additional financial aid by completing the FAFSA! Our school code is 001196. Submit it by March 2 if you want to be considered for state aid like Cal Grant. 

Visit us

If you’re like most of our students, you’ll fall in love with our beautiful (and very safe) campus. Come schedule a tour and meet with an admissions counselor. Or sign up for any of our events designed to highlight our academic programs and guide you through the admissions process. Visit our website to learn more. Get ready for awe-inspiring views, hiking and mountain biking trails among Redwoods and sparkling reservoirs nearby. The Bay Area is also home to 38 Fortune 500 companies and more than 29,000 non-profits. In total, there are more than 4 million jobs here. 

“We are so lucky at Dominican that our classes are small and that our professors get to know us. I think it is much harder to get this type of attention from your professor at a bigger school.”

Maxwell Ward, Alumni, 2023
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Admissions office

Visit us

School location

50 Acacia Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901-2298, United States of America

Phone number

(415) 485-3204