Dominican University of California is a 2,200-student institution in San Rafael, California. Founded in 1890 as Dominican College by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Dominican is one of the oldest universities in California.
The campus is located in San Rafael, California, 15 miles north of San Francisco.
Class size averages 16, with a student to faculty ratio of 10:1. Dominican is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Four classifications of undergraduate degrees are offered: BA, BFA, BS, and BSN.
For the 2013-2014 academic year tuition is $40,150. In the 2012-13 academic year 82.7% of undergraduate students received needs based financial aid. In fall of 2012, 425 undergraduate students and 134 graduate students were admitted. The total student body was 2,207, including 1,628 undergraduates, and 579 graduate students. 74% of all students were female--the average age of undergraduates was 24 years, graduate students 35 years, and all students 30 years. Students of color comprised 44% of undergrads, 23% of graduates students, and 39% overall. Students from 27 states and 19 nations are represented in the student body with 3% from other nations. 91% of students are from California. 88% of freshmen and 33% of all undergraduates reside on campus.
The school is a member of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II, and competes in the Pacific West Conference.
Dominican occupies approximately 80 acres (32 ha) in central Marin County in the City of San Rafael. It is situated in a residential neighborhood at the base of San Pedro Mountain. The gardens of the University are a combination of four former family estates and contain over 100 species of trees. A seasonal creek flows east to west through the middle of campus.