#24 Best Private Colleges in California

Dominican University of California

San Rafael, California

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Dominican University of California overview
Location San Rafael, California
Online dominican.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Dominican University of California overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Dominican University of California is a private institution established in 1890 and located in San Rafael, just north of San Francisco, which offers a picturesque campus spread across 80 acres in a residential community. The university emphasizes a liberal arts and sciences education, with popular majors including Business, Management, Marketing, and Health Professions. Dominican provides a blend of classroom and real-world learning experiences, fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment. The campus is noted for its blend of historic and modern architecture, with facilities to support a range of academic pursuits. The university encourages on-campus living with housing options available to students. The admissions process at Dominican University of California is somewhat selective. While the university does not have a widely known athletic program, it maintains a variety of sports teams and competes in the NCAA Division II as the Penguins.

In the most recent statistical year 1,746 prospective students applied, and 1,627 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 217 enrolled in the school.  1,654 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 223 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $48,606 plus fees of $820. DUofC is ranked 407 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












DUofC is rated within the top 41% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Dominican University of California overview
SAT 1088/1236
ACT 23/25
GPA 3.66

Applications Accepted

Dominican University of California overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Dominican University of California
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,152
Other Fees$820
Room and Board $15,489
Budget for Other Expenses$3,122
Total One Year Cost$69,189

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$58,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

56% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Dominican University of California students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 35%
Business 13%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 12%
Biology 10%
Psychology 10%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=113698 IPEDS survey data for Dominican University of California.

Current students may use the Dominican University of California GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.