Commuter Information

The Office of Student Involvement is committed to helping commuter students connect to Dominican University through resources, programs and student leadership opportunities. Here you can find many helpful resources available to you through campus and the community.

If you have any questions about being a commuter student or being involved on campus, please contact Michael Lango, director of Student Involvement, at or (708) 524-6527. You may also submit suggestions, ideas, concerns or issues anonymously through the Commuter Student Suggestion Box.

Commuter Student Association (CSA)

Our purpose is to serve as a representative organization for all commuter students at Dominican University. CSA will provide commuter students with assistance in addressing questions and concerns as related to the larger commuter experience on campus. While serving as commuter representatives, CSA strives to create partnerships within the university and help to promote a commuter friendly atmosphere. CSA also serves as an organization to facilitate and organize events that are specially designed to meet the different needs of the commuting student body.

How Can I Join?
CSA is open to all students. Our meetings are informal and are a great way to come and meet new people, share ideas, express concerns and take on leadership roles.

What Type of Events Does CSA Do?
CSA plans a variety of events that commuters can enjoy. Each year around Halloween we do haunted tours, where we take campus tours and highlight the ghost stories of Dominican's past. We also have dances, laser tag, game nights, clothing drives and other events. We are always looking for new ways to involve commuters so stop by a meeting and share your ideas.

How Can I Find Out More?
To learn more attend one of the CSA meetings or contact CSA at You can also drop a note in our student organization mailbox in the Student Involvement Resource Center, Coughlin 040.

Why A Camel Mascot
CSA’s logo is the camel for a very important reason. Camels are always traveling just like commuter students. The roller skates are just for fun.

Public Transportation

There are several public transportation options to make your commute to campus easier. Oak Park is accessible by CTA trains and buses, Metra commuter trains and the Pace bus system. Many of the options can be combined to offer a convenient way to campus.

Also remember that the Dominican shuttle connect the Priory and Main Campus. So if you take public transportation to the Priory, the shuttle can take you those few last blocks down to the Main Campus.

Chicago Public Transportation Trip Planner
If you need help with planning a trip using public transportation, check out the CTA Trip Planner site. It connects you to all of the Chicago area public transportation options and creates an easy travel plan for you to any destination. You can also call (312) 836- 7000.

Metra: information on the commuter train that serves River Forest and Oak Park. Both stations are on the Union Pacific West Line.

Bus Connection Programs: information on the monthly passes to connect from Metra to CTA and Pace buses. The Link Up pass allows you to connect from Metra to CTA and Pace buses during peak times. The Pace PlusBus allows you to connect from Metra to Pace buses any time.

Pace Buses: Information on the bus system that drops off at campus. The bus route is number 305- Cicero - River Forest. The 307 and 318 routes drop off at Harlem and Division, where you could take the Dominican University shuttle from the Priory Campus to Main Campus.

Pace Bus Campus Card
Pace RideShare Program