A Message from the Interim President

Sr. Mary Hughes, O.P., Ed.D.

Welcome to the Dominican University New York website. This university has so much to offer and I’d like to highlight just a few of the assets that make Dominican University special.

First, a bit about our origins. Dominican University was founded in 1952 by the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt. These sisters are part of the Dominican Order, a world-wide Catholic religious order comprised of Dominican priests, sisters, nuns, and lay people who follow the inspiration of St. Dominic. Veritas, truth, is a value prized by Dominicans. The order has existed for more than 800 years and can boast of many, many saints and scholars. This rich heritage permeates Dominican University.

While the University began as a way to educate the Dominican sisters for their ministries in education, it rapidly expanded to welcome students of all faiths or no faith, and the course offerings reflected both a love for the liberal arts and a desire to meet the needs of the world. It now serves nearly 1,400 students as a private, coeducational institution. The faculty student ratio is 14 to 1, assuring that all students are known by name and can receive the encouragement and support necessary to grow academically, personally, and professionally.

More than 30 programs, many of which have earned national accreditation, are offered on the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level. There are honors courses and opportunities for those who thrive on academic challenge and, at the same time, there are support services for students who may learn differently. There is a growing population of international students who share their gifts and cultures with us. Many of our successful alumni share their expertise as mentors and provide internships for current students. Special programs exist for adult learners who work full time. They can attend accelerated programs in the evening or on weekends. There are modern, comfortable residence halls available for those who wish to reside on campus, while local students often commute to campus.

The academic programs and valued traditions, of which we are justly proud, have produced impressive outcomes for our graduates. They embark upon their careers with starting salaries that exceed the national average. It is no wonder that Dominican University is nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a leading university for social mobility. These outcomes have helped thousands of our graduates to excel in a world of ever-expanding challenges and opportunities.

The University is a member of the NCAA, Division II and offers an abundance of athletic activities for both men and women. The newly completed O’Brien Field opened up additional athletic opportunities for the Chargers. The spirit of these activities supplements the activities of the student government, and the numerous clubs available on campus.

The library is a beautiful and peace-filled place to do research and study. The large windows look out on lovely gardens—places of tranquility in the midst of the pressures to achieve. It is right next to the campus chapel.

As an interim president, I am new to the campus. I immediately fell in love with all that it has to offer and the opportunities that lie ahead. I have found the faculty and staff to be talented and dedicated and there is, as well, a committed team of student life personnel. If we have piqued your interest, please come to visit. We would love to meet you in person.

Yours truly,

Sr. Mary Hughes, O.P., Ed.D.
Interim President

Read more about Sr. Mary Hughes here.