About Dominican

Our Mission: As a Sinsinawa Dominican sponsored institution, Dominican University prepares students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.

Dominican University is an intellectually integrated, mission-centered educational environment. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican 19th among the master's level universities in the Midwest.

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

Rigorous Education
More than 50 undergraduate degree options, 25-plus graduate degrees and research opportunities, demanding academics, personal attention and deep interactions in classes that average 12 students.

Exceptional Value
U.S. News ranks Dominican 5th on its list of "Best Value Schools" in the Midwest. This study looks closely at each school’s academic quality and average cost of attendance.

Career-enhancing Opportunities
Pre-professional programs, six fifth- and sixth-year master's degrees, multiple locations, full- 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 and dual degree programs through key alliances with the John Marshall Law School, McCormick Theological Seminary, Roosevelt University, Illinois Institute of Technology 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


  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (www.hlcommission.org)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association
  • Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and Illinois State Board of Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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