With just 1600 undergraduate students, Dominican University is located in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. Founded in 1890 as a Catholic university, the school is no longer run by the church.
Dominican subscribes to the theory of “engaged learning,” and students are required to take at least three interdisciplinary engaged learning experiences during their time.
The nursing program is popular, with students getting ample hands-on experience, and Dominican is strong in pharmacy and environmental science. Dance is an excellent program. One semester of creative arts is required for graduation. All of the majors and programs are listed here.
The Dominican campus is beautiful; some of the dormitory buildings were large old homes that the Dominican sisters purchased decades ago. An old bomb shelter from the 1940’s has been converted into an art studio for students.
Despite its small size, Dominican frequently sees famous authors speak on its campus, and students and community members are always invited. Salman Rushdie will be a speaker in the fall of 2012.
About 600 undergraduates live on campus, and the nearest town is Rohnert Park, which is about a 15 minute walk.