Dominican University


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Location: Orangeburg, Rockland County, New York


Facts and Stats

Dominican University offers students a friendly and supportive atmosphere located in the scenic Hudson Valley area. Small, personal classes allow strong relationships between students and faculty through a personalized education program.

  • 1,500 undergraduate students
  • Suburban campus only 30 minutes away from New York City
  • Catholic university


Student Life

  • 50% of undergraduate students live on campus
  • 30 student clubs and organizations
  • Athletics: NCAA Division II



  • 15:1 student to faculty ratio with majority of classes having fewer than 20 students
  • Offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, adult, and online programs
  • Most popular programs: Nursing, Criminal Justice, Social Sciences, Teacher Education, Biology, Management, Psychology


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  • Office of Special Services
  • Academic Success Center offers free tutoring services
  • Freshman Directorate consisting of the Freshman Director, Assistant Director, Faculty and Peer Advisors which assist incoming freshman with their first-year transition
  • Freshman Seminar addresses topics like time management, study skills, career exploration and program requirements.



  • Application: Online application (not the Common App)
  • SAT/ACT: Considered but not required
  • Selectivity: 78% acceptance rate


Dominican University Q & A

An interview with Shannon K., recent graduate and Lavelle Scholar

What is the atmosphere like at Dominican University?

I loved the small cohorts. Within the TVI (Teacher of the Visually Impaired) Master’s degree program, it was almost like a family atmosphere. I ended up either forming long-lasting friendship or at least making good contacts with the majority of my classmates.

The teachers are very helpful, reasonable, and understanding. They have a lot of high expectations and you have to meet them, but they will assist you if you ask.

What should incoming students know about Dominican?

The main thing for Dominican is that you have to be self-motivated. If you’re not self-sufficient, then you’re not going to be able to make it. They have the same expectations of you (a disabled student) as they do other students, and they should. It’s up to you as the student to figure out what you need to meet those expectations.

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To Learn More:

470 Western Highway

Orangeburg, NY 10962



Brian Fernandes

Vice President for Enrollment Management


845-365-0275 (f)

[email protected]


Margaret Giuliano

Director, The Office of Special Services


[email protected]