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Dominican University Data & Information Overview

113 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
81% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Dominican University Ranked?

#691 Best Colleges in Nation
#30 Best Colleges in IL
Natural Sciences Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Dominican University was awarded 113 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is natural sciences.

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Overall Quality

Dominican U landed the #691 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Dominican U held the #775 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 85 colleges in Illinois, Dominican U is ranked at #30.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Dominican U?

81% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
19% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Dominican University has an acceptance rate of 81%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 19% of students accepted to Dominican U submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 460 and 580. Math scores were between 450 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Dominican University  ( 460 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Dominican University  ( 450 to 580 )
Dominican U received ACT scores from 3% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Dominican University  ( 22 to 27 )

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Dominican University Faculty

10 to 1 Student to Faculty
39% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Dominican U is an impressive 10 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Dominican University is 39%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  39 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Dominican University

77% Freshmen Retention
51% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 77% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Dominican University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  77 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Dominican U the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 51%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  51 out of 100

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Dominican University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,001 Full-Time Undergraduates
71.9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
69.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,166 undergraduates at Dominican U with 2,001 being full-time and 165 being part-time.

How Much Does Dominican University Cost?

$18,645 Net Price
63% Take Out Loans
$23,076 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Dominican U is $18,645. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Dominican U

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$16,372 $14,903 $18,838 $21,380 $23,060

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Dominican U, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Dominican U, approximately 63% of students took out student loans averaging $5,769 a year. That adds up to $23,076 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Dominican U is 4.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Dominican U Graduates Make?

$52,781 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Dominican U make about $52,781 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Dominican U graduates since it is 24% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Dominican University make the most money.

Location of Dominican University

Illinois State
2,001 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Located in River Forest, Illinois, Dominican University is a private not-for-profit institution. Dominican U is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for Dominican U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 7900 W Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305
Phone: 708-366-2490

Dominican University Majors

62 Majors With Completions
493 Undergraduate Degrees
322 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 62 majors graduated from Dominican University. Of these students, 493 received undergraduate degrees and 322 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 47 $43,788
Nursing 46 $63,717
Natural Sciences 28 $29,252
Sociology 26 $32,774
Criminology 24 $32,365
Health/Medical Prep Programs 23 NA
General Biology 21 $32,740
Finance & Financial Management 21 NA
Accounting 20 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 18 $41,015

Learn more about the majors offered at Dominican University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Dominican U

87% Take At Least One Class Online
23% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 2,664 students took at least one online class at Dominican University. This is a decrease from the 2,992 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 2,664 706
2019-2020 2,992 969
2018-2019 1,635 145
2017-2018 1,323 163
2016-2017 1,269 144

Learn more about online learning at Dominican University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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