Dominican University of California: Narrative Description

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50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901-2298
Tel: (415)457-4440; 888-323-6763
Admissions: (415)257-1376
Fax: (415)485-3214
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Roman Catholic Church. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1890. Setting: 80-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Francisco. Endowment: $9.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6338 per student. Total enrollment: 1,910. Faculty: 250 (66 full-time, 184 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 2,426 applied, 51% were admitted. 24% from top 10% of their high school class, 51% from top quarter, 80% from top half. Full-time: 996 students, 77% women, 23% men. Part-time: 277 students, 79% women, 21% men. Students come from 20 states and territories, 22 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 15% Hispanic, 8% black, 17% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 30% 25 or older, 42% live on campus, 22% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; liberal arts/general studies; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of California, Berkeley, Aquinas College, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Barry University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT Subject Tests. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous until 9/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $34,724 includes full-time tuition ($24,254), mandatory fees ($200), and college room and board ($10,270). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, location, and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $1011 per unit. Part-time mandatory fees: $100 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level, location, and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 19 open to all. Most popular organizations: Students Promoting Dominican Islands, Perceptions, Science Club, Filipino Club, Scripture Union. Major annual events: Shield Day, Boat Dance, Ecumenical Thanksgiving Dinner. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 600 college housing spaces available; 544 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Archbishop Alemany Library plus 1 other with 95,000 books, 3,200 microform titles, 508 serials, 1,507 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $868,394. 45 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in the hills of Marin County 25 minutes from San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge, Dominican is close enough to permit easy access to the city's diverse cultural attractions - the opera, symphony, theaters and playhouses. The campus adjoins San Rafael (pop. 52,000), with a climate rated as one of the six most ideal in the world, in addition to a wide variety of libraries, museums and churches. The nearby cities of Mill Valley, Bolinas, and Sausalito harbor a large community of writers, painters and other artists, and a diverse collection of shops, restaurants and galleries. Five state parks and beaches lie within easy reach, including Muir Woods, the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, and the Point Reyes National Seashore.

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