Dominican University of California

Founded in 1890 as Dominican College, it’s one of the oldest universities in California. It is a private institution located in San Rafael, just 12 miles from San Francisco. Dominican College currently offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs within areas of expertise such as: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business and Leadership; Education and Counselling Psychology; and Health and Natural Sciences.

Dominican University of California educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences and professional programs.

Accreditation Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education  

Campus facilities

Dominican is known for being close-knit, friendly and supportive. With only 2,200 students, small class size, and a small-town, park-like campus, making it easy to get to know students and professors. 

The Conlan Center: Features regulation basketball and volleyball courts, fitness centre, training room, multipurpose room, men’s and women’s locker rooms, team meeting rooms, a swimming pool and Athletics staff offices. The complex also contains six new regulation tennis courts and a new parking lot with 100 available spaces.

John F. Allen Athletics Complex is a state-of-the-art facility located on the west end of campus, adjacent to the Conlan Center. The field is designed for the Penguins’ soccer teams, lacrosse team, and community use including programs that benefit under-served youth. The site encompasses Dominican’s historic amphitheatre, plus a restroom/sports medicine facility.

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Academic calendar

Autumn semester: August – November

Spring Semester: January – April

Academic life

Dominican University’s academic programs are organized into four Schools: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Business and Leadership; Education and Counseling Psychology; and Health and Natural Sciences.

The instructor establishes the attendance policy for a course. It is the student’s responsibility to know the policy in each course.

Grade notations are as follows:

  • A outstanding work
  • B very good work: significantly better than average
  • C average work: assignments completed in a satisfactory manner
  • D work below the standards of the course
  • F no credit given for the course: the amount or quality of work done for the course did not earn academic credit
  • I incomplete: indicates that a small portion (less than 25%) of required coursework has not been completed and evaluated in the prescribed time period due to unforeseen.
  • P pass: units given for course but no grade points assigned; units for documented demonstration of college level learning.
  • UF unofficial failure: Assigned when an ungraded or incomplete course remains unresolved past the deadline. This grade calculates as an ‘F’ in computing the GPA.
  • W withdrawn: student withdrew from course after the official drop period in the semester
  • AU course audited: no credit appears on transcript
  • NG not graded: applies to some labs, colloquium and cluster titles, and thesis continuation only

Calculation of Grade Point Average (GPA)

Grade points for each semester unit of work are assigned to the grades as follows:


4   points


1.7   points

A   -

3.7   points


1.3   points

B   +

3.3   points


1   point


3   points


0.7   point

B   -

2.7   points


0   point

C   +

2.3   points


0   point


2   points


Film, TV and Digital Media Production or Screenwriting and Producing Students:

You must choose a minimum of 3 courses or equivalent of 12 US credits from the courses approved by your Programme Director at Regent's.

International Business or International Events Management Students:

You must enrol for 15 US credits (apporx. 4 –5 courses).

Please note the following when selecting your modules:

  • You may not enrol in any course that you have previously taken at Regent's University London
  • Ensure the module you are interested in is running in your SPA semester (AS =autumn semester = 1st semester SS= spring semester = 2nd semester)
  • Courses must be one semester long. Students may not be allowed to take yearlong courses
  • All courses must be taught and examined in the target SPA language

  • You must submit your Learning Agreement with the courses you have registered for no later than three weeks after your arrival at the host institution

Passing requirements

Film, TV and Digital Media Production or Screenwriting and Producing Students:

In order to pass your SPA  you must obtain a pass in all the courses you registered for.

International Business or International Events Management Students:

In order to pass your SPA you must obtain a pass in 12 US credits.

All Students:

Students must sit all the exams for the courses they have registered for. Students are permitted to take resit exams on SPA at the host institution.

Students who fail to pass all their courses will be required to make up the missing SPA credits.

Please contact the Outbound Unit ( for more details.

Disability provisions

Dominican uses a team approach to provide support for students with disabilities. The Disability Services office is located in the Academic Advising and Achievement Center. The Disability Services staff assists students, both undergraduate and graduate, who have a disability, by reviewing documentation supplied by licensed professionals and by writing the SAAR (Student Academic Accommodation Request).


Dominican is located in beautiful Marin County (North of San Francisco Bay Area), birthplace of mountain biking, and at a short distance from beaches and mountains.

San Rafael has a lively urban environment, with a full array of cultural, arts, shopping and dining opportunities. The City’s Calendar of Events lists fun activities that include the annual Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland, the seasonal Thursday evening Downtown Farmers’ Market Festival and the Twilight Criterium  and professional bike races.

In addition to the urban environment opportunities, San Rafael is surrounded by a beautiful natural environment of hills, open space and bay shore, with hiking, biking, camping and scenic viewing opportunities.

Transport runs buses and shuttles that will take you to and from points within Marin County. provides service from the East Bay to San Francisco runs buses and ferries that will take you from points in Marin County to San Francisco. offers public transportation, such as electric buses or subway, anywhere within the city of San Francisco. runs train cars connecting the San Francisco Peninsula to many cities in the East Bay such as Oakland and Berkeley. for daily commuter trains running the length of San Francisco to the South Bay


Dominican University offers three on-campus residence halls; Fanjeaux, Edgehill Village and Pennafort.

For more inforamtion on residence life and how to make an application please visit

During the application stage you will be asked to complete a Housing Contract (housing and meal plan application) and Emergency Contract Form.

Contact Details

Loralie S. Young - Director of Residence Life Office
Location: Edgehill Mansion - 2nd Floor
Phone: 415.485.3277

Cost of living

Room Rates (1 academic year budget):            

  • Single Occupancy – $9,480
  • Double Occupancy – $7,880
  • Triple Occupancy – $6,480

Meal Plan Rates (1 academic yeard budget):    

  • 10 Meals/Week Plan – $5,400
  • 14Meals/Week Plan – $5,500
  • 19 Meals/Week Plan – $6,060

1 Academic year budget if living On Campus, including  fees, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses:  $18,800 aprox.

1 Academic year budget if living Off Campus, including  fees, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses:  $11,300 aprox.


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Students who have been nominated to study at Dominican University will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.


You must provide evidence of having an appropriate, comprehensive medical health insurance covering you for the entire stay in the USA. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

Dominican University expects students registered for six or more units to be covered by a medical insurance plan. Beginning with the 2015-2016 Academic Year, Dominican University will no longer offer a student health insurance plan.

Medical care in the US is of an extremely high cost. It is essential that all students have the appropriate health insurance for the duration of their time in the US.

Below are several companies offering student insurance. All students are required to have health insurance coverage.

United Health Insurance -

Telephone: Customer Service: 1-800-767-0700
Address: Plan Administration UnitedHealthcare StudentResources 2301 West Plano Parkway, Suite 300 Plano, TX 75075
Mail your claims to: UnitedHealthcare StudentResources P.O. 809025 Dallas, Texas 75380-9025

Visa requirements

All students wanting to study at Dominican University of California from the UK must apply for a Visa.

The office is based in London and can be found at:

Mailing Address
24 Grosvenor Square
London, W1K 6AH
United Kingdom

More information on student visa can be found here.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.

Please be sure to consult your local U.S. Consulate/Embassy for specific application instructions.

For further information about the VISA application see the Student Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP)


50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael
CA 94901-2298

Contact: Kati Bell, Director of the Global Education Office
Department: Global Education Office Staff
Phone: 415-482-2483

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: USA
Language of tuition: English
Level of study: Undergraduate

Applicable Regent's programmes for a study period abroad:

  • Film, TV & Digital Media Production - BA (Hons)
  • Screenwriting & Producing - BA (Hons)