About Dominican University

About Dominican University

Dominican University is a premier, not-for-profit, private school focused on social justice and motivating students to ethically search for truth. Today’s Chicago-based school was originally established in 1901 in Wisconsin (then known as St. Clara College), but moved to River Forest, IL, in 1922. And although it was founded as a Catholic institution, today’s school is focused on helping people of all backgrounds reach their academic and professional goals. In fact, Dominican University takes pride in offering flexible, convenient degree programs for working adults, including the Online Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (BLS), to help them advance their skills needed for success in the field.

Dominican University is a relationship-centered educational community rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. It is known for its rigorous and engaging academic programs, the care and respect with which it mentors students, and the enriching diversity of its students, faculty and staff. US News & World Report ranked Dominican University in the Top 20 schools in the Midwest (2014).

Fast Facts:


Enrollment (2011):
3,612 Total Students
1,953 Undergraduate Students
1,659 Graduate Students

12 to 1 student to faculty ratio
More than 50 Undergraduate Majors
More than 30 Graduate Programs

River Forest, IL

Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (ncahlc.org). Dominican is also approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Registration and Education, and the State Approving Agency for Veterans Affairs.

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