Dominican University

Dominican University

Dominican University, also known as DU, is a private, coeducational, Catholic institution of higher learning and research located in River Forest, Illinois, United States. It was established in 1901 as St. Clara College by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. After a few name and status changes, it was renamed Dominican University in 1997. The university offers several bachelor degrees, master degrees, and certificate programs in diverse areas of study. Dominican offers over 50 majors in arts and sciences and more than 17 degrees in graduate programs. Dominican is renowned for its arts and sciences programs . DU offers classes through the following schools and colleges:

  • Brennan School of Business
  • Graduate School of Library & Information Science
  • Graduate School of Social Work
  • Rosary College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Leadership and Continuing Studies

DU's campus is home to various sports teams and programs. Their sports teams are known as the Dominican Stars. DU is member of the NCAA Division III and competes in the Northern Athletics Conference. The Dominican Stars participate in basketball, soccer, cross country, tennis, baseball, and softball.

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Contacting Dominican University

Dominican University
7900 W Division St
River Forest , IL 60305
General Phone: (708) 366-2490

Dominican University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts337American studies, African-American studies, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, English, technical and business writing, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, ...
Business and Management272business management, non-profit management, accounting, organizational behavior, international business, MIS, knowledge management, fashion merchandising, business and related services ...
Education and Teaching208education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, early childhood education, teacher education, teacher education and development
Family and Social Work64food and nutrition, foodservice management, social work
Therapy and Counseling39psychology
Science26biology, biological and physical sciences, natural sciences, chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering22information science, computer science, computer graphics
Media20communication studies, journalism, public relations
Security and Law Enforcement17criminology
Photography and Commercial Art15commercial art, photography
Design10fashion design
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy, theology, pastoral counseling
Mathematics9mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Fine Arts6fine arts, art history and criticism
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy4dietitian
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental studies, environmental science
Drama and Performing Arts2drama, various performing arts
Nursing and Emergency Medicine0registered nursing
Art Studies0art studies, arts management
Agricultural Science and Management0food science
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Dominican University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree33957
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years05
Postbaccalaureate certificate22
Master's degree72216
Post-master's certificate01

Dominican University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Dominican University had a total enrollment of 3,338 students (2,607 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 30%
Women 70%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 42%
Graduate 58%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 59%
Black 7%
Hispanic 13%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 17%
20-21 16%
22-24 18%
25-29 17%
30-34 10%
35-39 6%
40-49 10%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%
State unknown1%

Dominican University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 77 %

Dominican University Room and Board (2007)

Dominican University offers campus housing for 633 of its 2,607 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of River Forest, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Dominican University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450575
SAT Math430570
SAT Writing520570
ACT Verbal2026
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrecommended
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT12%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Dominican University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,800
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,800
Room and board $ 7,750
Room charge $ 4,500
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,250
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 950

Financial Aid:
Dominican University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 175000)

Dominican University Faculty

Dominican University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1733
Non-tenured and not on tenure track713

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year21$77,82010$76,264
Associate professoracademic year13$64,38718$62,887
Assistant professoracademic year16$57,13234$54,388
Instructoracademic year0*2*
Lectureracademic year3$60,1808$46,704
All faculty totalacademic year53$67,28172$58,467

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Dominican University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Food Science

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Fashion Merchandising
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Knowledge Management
Management Information Systems, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Graphics
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Fashion/Apparel Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Family And Social Work
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist


Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Theology/Theological Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Natural Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Dominican University Highlights

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What Sets Dominican University Apart:

Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Dominican University Number of degree programs
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 9%Dominican University % of degrees in liberal arts
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 13%Dominican University Female % of student body
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Dominican University % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% students 40 years or older
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 19%Dominican University % students 40 years or older

checked Roman Catholic affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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