Dominican University (Illinois)

Dominican University (Illinois)
Dominican University
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Motto "Caritas et Veritas"
Motto in English Love and Truth
Established 1901
Type Private Dominican Catholic
Endowment $16,763 million[1]
President Donna M. Carroll
Academic staff 142 full time[2]
Students 3,900 total students[2]
Location River Forest, Illinois, USA
Campus 30-acre (12.14 ha) campus located in River Forest, IL
Athletics Dominican Stars

Dominican University (DU) is a coeducational, comprehensive, Catholic institution of higher education and research in River Forest, Illinois. Affiliated with the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, it offers bachelor's and master's degrees and certificate programs. Dominican offers more than 40 majors in the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences and 20 programs in five Graduate academic divisions graduate programs: library and information science, business, education, social work and professional and continuing studies. Dominican is well-known for its offerings of undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences as well as several graduate programs in practice-oriented disciplines such as business and education.[3] US News and World Report ranks Dominican in the top tier of Midwestern master's-level universities.[4]


History and mission

Entrance Gate to Dominican University

The school began as St. Clara Academy in 1848, chartered by Fr.Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli, O.P. in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. It became a college in 1901 and moved to River Forest, Illinois, taking the name Rosary College in 1922 while under the leadership of Mother Samuel Coughlin of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. The present name of Dominican University was adopted in 1997 as part of a strategic plan by president Donna Carroll to reflect the school's Dominican heritage and its status as a more comprehensive university.[5]

View of the "Old Library" and Chapel.

The university operates under the following mission statement: "As a Sinsinawa Dominican-sponsored institution, Dominican University prepares students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world."[5]


Dominican University offers more than 40 undergraduate majors, and several pre-professional programs. There is a twelve to one student faculty ratio at this University. Dominican offers five Graduate academic divisions: the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), the Brennan School of Business, the School of Education, Graduate School of Social Work, and School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Dominican University' s Graduate School of Library and Information Science offers the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science (PhD).

The GSLIS publishes a semi-annual, peer-reviewed online journal called 'World Libraries', a publication dedicated to "librarians and libraries in regions without associations or agencies to encourage scholarly communication and professional development." The publication of World Libraries is coordinated by students studying internet publishing.


View of the Dominican University quad.

Dominican University is located on a 30-acre (12.14 ha) wooded campus in suburban River Forest and just ten miles (16 km) from downtown Chicago. The Rebecca Crown Library has 300,000 materials in various formats and a fully equipped learning resource center. Other campus features include a language learning center, a computer technology center, an art gallery, a chapel, a student center, the Lund Auditorium, the Eloise Martin Recital Hall and the Stepan Bookstore.[6] There are five residence halls at Dominican University: Aquinas Hall (Priory Campus), Coughlin Hall, Centennial Hall, Mazzuchelli and Power Hall. More than 30% of all undergraduates live on campus. Most incoming first-year students live in double rooms in Centennial or Coughlin halls.[7] Centennial is the newest residence hall, which opened in 2004.[8]

Parmer Hall

In 2007, Dominican University began a new building designed to incorporate the university's gothic identity. This $38 million dollar facility is used for science and education classes. This building follows the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria to minimize environmental impact. This building joins Centennial Hall, a residence hall, and a 550-car parking pavilion among recent campus additions.

Student life

Dominican has multiple campus organizations that students join after being admitted to the University. They range from cultural groups, to department clubs, honor societies, and special interest groups.[9]

Athletics and sports

The Dominican University Stars compete at NCAA Division III in the Northern Athletics Conference. Sports include basketball, soccer, cross country, tennis, baseball, and softball.

Notable Students & Faculty

  • Margaret Farrow, former lieutenant governor of Wisconsin
  • Eboo Patel, founder, Interfaith Youth Core, 2011 Lund-Gill Chair in the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences


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