#19 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

Dominican University

River Forest, Illinois

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Dominican University overview
Location River Forest, Illinois
Online dom.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Dominican University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Dominican University, situated in River Forest, Illinois, is a private institution offering a comprehensive liberal arts education within a close-knit campus environment. Established in 1901 by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, this university is nestled in a suburban setting just 10 miles from the bustling city of Chicago, providing students with both a tranquil academic atmosphere and access to urban amenities. The campus is known for its traditional architecture that highlights the school's history, including distinctive Gothic elements. Dominican University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable strengths in library science and information management, as well as social work, business, and education. While the university exhibits a moderately selective admissions process, it provides residence halls for students who seek a residential college experience. Although not primarily known for its athletics, the school competes in NCAA Division III sports as the Dominican University Stars.

In the most recent statistical year 5,117 prospective students applied, and 4,581 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 600 enrolled in the school.  2,367 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 829 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $35,850 plus fees of $650. Dominican is ranked 551 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Dominican is rated within the top 48% 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

Extremely Easy
Dominican University overview
SAT 890/1140
ACT 16/22
GPA 3.74

Applications Accepted

Dominican University overview
Applications Due Aug 31, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Dominican University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$650
Room and Board $11,050
Budget for Other Expenses$1,372
Total One Year Cost$50,122

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$48,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

63% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Dominican University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 29%
Social Sciences 16%
Psychology 10%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%
Communication 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=148496 IPEDS survey data for Dominican University.

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