Dominican University

Illinois - United States


Founded in 1901 at St. Clara College in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, home of the Sinsinawa Dominicans, the university began as a women's college under the fundamental values that continue to guide the university today—rigorous education, encouraging diversity of thought, a commitment to social justice, and close mentoring of students to enable them to make a positive difference in the world.

The school became known as Rosary College upon moving to River Forest, Illinois, in 1922 and rapidly grew its enrollment and programs over the next decades, including adding graduate programs and becoming co-educational. To reflect its stature as a respected, comprehensive and modern university, the school was re-named Dominican University in 1997, reflecting its Catholic Dominican heritage.

Dominican is now viewed as a premier Catholic university and repeatedly is named among the top master's-level universities in the Midwest for academic excellence and its continuing commitment to social justice. While maintaining its core Catholic identity, the university enrolls and mentors students of all faith backgrounds. Living out the ideals of our founding sisters and those of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, founding father of the Sinsinawa Dominicans, the university is committed to giving compassionate service and to participating in the creation of a more just and humane world. 

As an early partner of the Interfaith Youth Core, new ministry initiatives have focused on promoting interfaith learning and understanding with a particular strength in building interfaith cooperation through dialogue and service.

<span style="&quot;line-height:" 1.6em;"="">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.



Computer Science





Business Administration (MBA)

Social Work

English Requirements


Tution Fee

2014-15 Overview

Dominican's tuition is at or below the national average for four-year private colleges and universities, and more than 90 percent of our incoming students receive some form of financial aid.

Full-time Undergraduate (12-18 credits)


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*Costs vary depending on residence hall, room and meal plan. A $20 Resident Student Fee is assessed each term.