The Dominican University is a private, non-profit Catholic university located at a 30-acre property in a residential suburb of downtown Chicago known as River Forest. Founded in 1901 by Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, who is also the founder of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, the school was first known as the St. Clara Academy. It was in May 1997 that the school was finally named Dominican University both to reflect the ever-changing and increasingly comprehensive scope of the school’s programs as well as to re-affirm its commitment to its Catholic Dominican roots.
The university offers over 50 academic programs, nine pre-professional programs and four graduate schools. Fields of study include library and information science, business, education and social work. To make sure that anyone who is interested to enroll in the university’s programs and courses are able to do so conveniently, there are classes offered in 12 other locations.
There are currently 3,909 total students enrolled at the Dominican University, 61% full-time and 39% part-time. Out of this total number, 1,904 are undergraduate students and 2,005 are graduate students. The school has 130 full-time faculty members and 275 part-time faculty members. The student to faculty ratio is 12 is to 1 which accounts for the focused education each student is accorded in the university.
Cost of tuition for academic year 2009-2010 for undergraduate students is US$24,600 for full-time and US$820 per credit for part-time. Tuition cost for graduate students is US$595 to US$780 per credit hour, depending on the program. An additional cost of US$7,620 to US$8,570 is charged for room and board. To help defray cost of admission, freshman students are offered financial aid.
On-campus housing is extended by the college through its Office of Residence Life.