Dominican University: Narrative Description

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7900 West Division St.
River Forest, IL 60305-1099
Tel: (708)366-2490
Free: 800-828-8475
Admissions: (708)524-6800
Fax: (708)366-5360
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1901. Setting: 30-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago. Endowment: $16.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $113,983. Educational spending 2003-04: $6757 per student. Total enrollment: 3,188. Faculty: 312 (100 full-time, 212 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 816 applied, 83% were admitted. 19% from top 10% of their high school class, 47% from top quarter, 81% from top half. 3 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,084 students, 70% women, 30% men. Part-time: 192 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 18 other countries, 11% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 16% Hispanic, 7% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 13% 25 or older, 35% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies; psychology; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Concordia University (IL), Illinois Institute of Technology. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.75 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: recommendations, interview. Required for some: 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. One-time mandatory fee: $100. Comprehensive fee: $24,890 includes full-time tuition ($18,900), mandatory fees ($100), and college room and board ($5890). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $630 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $10 per course. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to location and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 30 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Torch, Center Stage, Resident Student Association, International Club. Major annual events: Candle and Rose, Spring Fling, Homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, door alarms. 435 college housing spaces available; 425 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Rebecca Crown Library with 255,840 books, 49,610 microform titles, 14,089 serials, 4,635 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $445,959. 212 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:

The university is located in River Forest, a quiet, tree-lined residential suburb of Chicago; public transportation is easily accessible to downtown Chicago.

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