Dominican University of California is a four year, accredited, private, Catholic-heritage, and co-educational institution located in San Rafael, California. Founded in 1890 as Dominican College, Dominican is one of the oldest universities in California. U.S. News and World Report ranks Dominican 36th in Regional Universities (West).
Dominican is organized in four schools: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business and Leadership; Education and Counseling Psychology; and Health and Natural Sciences. In academic year 2011–2012, the student body was approximately 2,207 students. The average class size was 16 students and the average student to faculty ratio was 10:1.
Dominican offers undergraduate degrees (BA, BFA, BS and BSN), graduate degrees (MA, MS, MBVA, MSED, MSN, MSOT), teaching credential certificates, as well as six evening bachelor’s degrees for working adults. The university also offers professional and continuing education in the form of certificate programs in business and education. Dominican offers 29 undergraduate programs among them humanities, music, dance, communications, nursing, occupational therapy, biological sciences and business. It also offers 9 graduate programs: 3 MBA programs, and masters in occupational therapy, counseling psychology, nursing, education, humanities and biological sciences. It also offers six teaching credential programs at its two locations in San Rafael and Ukiah.
In 2006, the university partnered with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet School to offer a joint educational BFA program. Only two universities in United States offer a Dance BFA program; the other is Fordham University.
Dominican is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and competes in 12 sports in this Division. Dominican is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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