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Dominican University

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The school began as St. Clara Female Academy in 1848, chartered by Rev. Fr. Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli, O.P. in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. It became a college in 1901 and moved to River Forest, Illinois, taking the name Rosary College in 1922 while under the leadership of Mother Samuel Coughlin of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. Trinity High School was founded as the preparatory department of the college before moving to its own campus nearby in 1926 and is still run by the order. The present name of Dominican University was adopted in 1997 as part of a strategic plan by President Donna Carroll to reflect the school's Dominican heritage and its status as a more comprehensive university.


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.

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Student Life

Sports facilities

Present your Alumnae/i Association card to use the university’s fitness center, gymnasium, track and racquetball court. Locker room access is limited to the general locker rooms. Lockers are available on a daily basis; please bring your own lock. Appropriate attire, including athletic training shoes, must be worn at all times. Visit for a schedule of facility hours. Since a home game, practice or other activity may prevent the use of a facility, it is always best to call (708) 524-6552 before arriving.


  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (
  • 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

Student Reviews

Dominican University is the best I've known
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Small classes, helpful professors, studious ambience, good vibes and fraternity

Dominican University- Bachelors in English
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

This university is full of history and tradition. It is one of its strengths. Similarly it is a university that is currently growing, and taking the students along for the ride. The English program is great, The professors are are very understanding and helpful. They also demand the best from their students. Sadly I couldn't give this university five stars as several...

Great school academically, but a social struggle
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I think the the school has a lot to offer, but due to the size it is a bit more like a high school environment. However the opportunities here are unparalleled when it comes to professional development.

River Forest, Illinois, United States

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