See what students say:


Dominican University provides undergraduates with a “strong sense of community” in a “very welcoming and helpful” environment. The school’s hallmark small classes offer “more personalized learning” and help students “not only grow academically, but also personally.” To go along with that, professors at Dominican “genuinely try to get to know each student.” As one undergrad explains, “You do not feel like a number in a classroom.” Professors here are heralded as “amazing,” “caring,” and “splendid” educators who tend to be “engaging, passionate, and supportive.” Coupled with that, they work hard to ensure “classes are meaningful and make you want to learn more.” In other words, the faculty makes it known they “want their students to succeed.” As one student sums up, “My overall academic experience has been wonderful; I've enjoyed my course work and I feel prepared to go out into the working world.”

Student Body

Although it is a Catholic institution, many students assure us that the school is “inclusive,” “open, and respectful to other religions and cultures.” They proudly proclaim that their peers are “very diverse,” noting that you’ll find “a broad range of ethnicities and races” as well as people with many different “social backgrounds and sexual [identities].” This is a community in which you “never have to travel very far in order to see a friendly face.” Plus, they are always “willing to lend a hand” to their peers. As one student explains, “Everyone at Dominican is super nice and … they say hello to you in the hallway [or] open doors for you.” One student reassures that those at Dominican “are especially interested in … the mission to create a more just and humane world.” But perhaps most importantly, “the majority are hard workers and want to excel in their studies.” The final word goes to one happy student who concludes, “Once you step foot on campus, you feel our motto of ‘Love and Truth’ come alive with each smiling face.”

Campus Life

Because Dominican is “largely a commuter school,” there’s a sense that “students mainly … come for classes” and then leave campus. Some disagree, noting that you can always find “events and activities during the day.” In fact, Dominican undergrads have the opportunity to participate in “one of our seventy-seven different clubs and organizations,” and events range from “scavenger hunts [and] game nights” to “Bagel Day and bingo.” Additionally, “the performing arts center … puts on a really good show, and tickets are very affordable.” And on those rare nights when nothing’s going on, or for those who prefer to look for off-campus entertainment, Dominican is within close proximity of Chicago, which is so “easily accessible” that there’s even a free shuttle service that “runs 24/7 so it can pick you up and take you back to school.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Glenn Hamilton
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment

7900 W. Division St.
Lewis 108
River Forest, IL 60305



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Parmer Hall Atrium
Noonan Reading Room
Commuter Student Lounge
Student Cafeteria
New student center being built in the coming years

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Michigan Avenue
Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field
Frank Lloyd Wright Studio
Second City Comedy Club
Easy access to elevated trains and Chicago internships and attractions

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: by appointment
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

varies--calendar on website

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

1 night


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
O'Hare Airport, Amtrack, campus shuttle system, Chicago elevated train system, Chicago and suburban bus lines

Driving Instructions to Campus
Harlem Avenue Exit from I-90 or I-290. Call for details

Local Accommodations
Numerous hotels of all price ranges near O'Hare Airport. Nearby historic inns in Oak Park


Applicants: 4,813
Acceptance Rate: 64%
Average HS GPA: 3.66



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