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Dominican University

River Forest, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate81%
Acceptance Rate81%

About Dominican University

Dominican University Overview

Dominican University is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in River Forest, Illinois. Dominican University was founded in 1901 and the school now enrolls around 3,066 students a year, including 2,063 undergraduate students. Dominican University ensures on-campus housing for up to 550 students. The majority of students live on campus but first-year students are not required to live in the dorms.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is August 31. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by November 1.

Student Activities at Dominican University

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Dominican University's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Dominican University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Dominican University, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Dominican University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Dominican University on the Student Life page.

2022 Dominican University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 81%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.7
Tuition $35,850
Percent of Need Met 74%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $28,940

Is Dominican University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better view of what Dominican University offers and if the school seems like a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Dominican University

Dominican University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 81% of applicants get into Dominican University each year. Last year, 3,845 students applied to Dominican University and 3,112 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Dominican University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 77% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Dominican Universityare still enrolled the next year. Around 52% of students who started at Dominican University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Dominican University Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Dominican University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Dominican University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Dominican University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Dominican University meets 74% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $28,940 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $27,768 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Dominican University.

Based on this information, how does Dominican University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Dominican University a good school for you?

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Where is Dominican University?

Dominican University is located in the suburban setting of River Forest, Illinois, in the suburbs of Chicago.

If you want to see Dominican University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 290 to River Forest, or book a flight to the nearest airport, O'Hare International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Dominican University and River Forest are like without leaving home.

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College Info

7900 West Division Street River Forest, IL 60305-1099

Campus Setting: Suburban

Dominican University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 31

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Dominican University is Aug 31.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Dominican University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Dominican University is like? There are approximately 3,066 students enrolled at Dominican University, including 2,063 undergraduate students and 1,003 graduate students. 92% percent of students attend school full-time, 91% percent are from IL and 9% percent of students are from other states.


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