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Colleges / Dominican University

Dominican University

River Forest, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate90%
Acceptance Rate90%

Dominican University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Dominican University. The university admitted 90% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 5,117 students applied to Dominican University and 4,581 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Dominican University, the regular decision application deadline is August 31 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who submit their applications to Dominican University for fall should hear back from Dominican University by November 1.

Dominican University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Dominican University's admissions stats.

Dominican University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 21.52%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Waitlist No

Dominican University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Dominican University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 8 31 November 1

Considering Applying Early to Dominican University?

Dominican University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Dominican University Admissions

Transferring to Dominican University

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Dominican University

Dominican University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Dominican University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Dominican University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Dominican University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered

Make sure to check with Dominican University for more information on admission factors.

Dominican University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Dominican University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Dominican University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.75
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Dominican University?

Students admitted to Dominican University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8. Dominican University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 51.5% submitted a class rank. At Dominican University 21.52% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 50.99% were in the top 25% and 85.1% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Dominican University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 42.17%
3.75 and 3.99 15.5%
3.50 and 3.74 12.83%
3.25 and 3.49 12.5%
3.00 and 3.24 7.17%
2.50 and 2.9 9.5%
2.00 and 2.49 0.33%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Dominican University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Dominican University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

More Information on Transferring to Dominican University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Dominican University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Dominican University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Dominican University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Dominican University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Dominican University.

Does Dominican University accept transfer credits?

✅ Dominican University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Dominican University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Dominican University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Dominican University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Dominican University?

✅ Dominican University is not test optional.

What is Dominican University's acceptance rate?

✅ Dominican University has an acceptance rate of 90%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Dominican University?

❌ Dominican University does not offer early decision.

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Dominican University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Dominican University? Dominican University is a somewhat selective institution. The Dominican University acceptance rate is 90%. This means that the institution accepts 89 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Dominican University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

Dominican University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Dominican University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.84. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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