Dominican University Advantages

Dominican University is an intellectually integrated, mission-centered educational environment. Our unparalleled combination of opportunities and affordability makes Dominican one of the greatest values on both the U.S. News and World Report top-tier and Colleges of Distinction lists.

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+ projects and learning experiences that contribute effectively to the good of local and global communities.

  • Rigorous education—50+ undergraduate degree options, five graduate schools and 25+ graduate degrees, research opportunities, demanding academics, personal attention and deep interactions in classes that average 12 students
  • Exceptional value—One of the most affordable universities to make both the U.S. News and World Report top-tier and Colleges of Distinction lists; ranked highly on lists of first tier master's level universities in the Midwest for more than a decade, including U.S. News and World Report's "Great Schools at a Great Price" and "A-Plus Schools for B Students"
  • Career-enhancing opportunities—Five pre-professional programs, six fifth- and sixth-year masters degrees, multiple locations, full-time and part-time schedules, evening classes and certification and endorsement programs
  • Proven mentors—Professors combine strong academic credentials and passion for teaching with real-world expertise and robust professional connections
  • Strategic partnerships—Combined/dual degree programs through key alliances with the John Marshall Law School, McCormick Theological Seminary and Loyola University Chicago 
  • Ideal location—Scenic main campus on 37 wooded acres in suburban River Forest, minutes from downtown Chicago with access to the city's internships, career opportunities, arts, entertainment and shopping

Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as a baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degree-granting institution.


  • University type—Private, not-for-profit, coed; Master's Colleges & Universities- Larger Programs
  • Accreditation—The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
  • Religious affiliation—Roman Catholic  
  • Origins—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

Fast Facts

Here are a few more quick facts you should know about Dominican.

Opportunity Index

  • 50+ undergraduate academic programs
  • 35 student clubs and organizations
  • 7 professional and pre-professional programs
  • 5 graduate schools offering 20+ master's degrees and a PhD
  • 12 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Fall applicant tuition deposit is refundable until May 1

Global Reach

  • 4 continents where Dominican students study
  • 20 study abroad programs
  • 1925 year of initial study-abroad program (one of the oldest in the nation)
  • 20+ nationalities represented on campus

Community Demographics (Fall 2016)

  • 2,306 Undergraduate Students: 91% full-time, 9% part-time; 
  • 1,216 Graduate Students: 31% full-time, 69% part-time; 
  • 3,522 Total Students: 70% full-time, 30% part-time.


  • 939,000 square feet of buildings
  • 4 residence halls
  • 2 theaters plus rehearsal rooms, art gallery, and fashion and dance studios
  • 70,000+ square-foot central library with more than 300,000 materials
  • 10 miles to downtown Chicago
  • Thirty-acre main campus is in River Forest, a residential suburb located ten miles west of downtown Chicago. Classes are also offered at the Dominican Priory campus in River Forest as well as other sites in the Chicago area and on-line.

Financial Aid & Tuition (2017-2018)

  • Undergraduate:$32,160 full-time ($1,072 per credit hour part-time)
  • Graduate: $550 to $980 per credit hour, depending on program
  • Room and Board: $9,942 to $11,982 (includes meal plan with flex dollars)
  • 100% of all incoming freshmen received some form of financial aid with an average need-based scholarship/grant award of $22,852. The average total award, including institutional scholarship/grants, federal grants, state grants, work-study and student loans for freshmen is $30,236.