President’s Message


Thank you for taking the time to visit Dominican University. We hope that the information provided will prove helpful and that perhaps you will be encouraged to visit our welcoming campus in Rockland County. The College is located in the lower Hudson Valley, less than twenty miles north of Manhattan and about twenty miles south of West Point. Dominican University was founded in 1952 by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt and serves more than 1,500 students as a private, coeducational institution, proud of its Dominican and Catholic tradition. The College is committed to maintaining its value-centered, student-oriented focus. Individuals from all backgrounds and religious faiths have always been most welcome. With a student/faculty ratio of 13 to 1, each student receives the assistance and challenge she or he needs to realize personal aspirations and to become a contributing citizen.

The College, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, is a liberal arts institution which provides professional programs in teacher education, social work, business administration and the health care professions of nursing and occupational and physical therapy. Over thirty programs, many of which are nationally accredited, are offered on the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level. The 15,355 members of our Alumni make a significant difference in the hospitals, schools and organizations where they serve.

Dominican University is an academic community committed to fostering the values of excellence, leadership and service in its curricular and extra-curricular programs. A member of NCAA, Division II, the Athletic Department sponsors 19 competitive sports during the fall and spring semesters. The student body is richly diverse and is composed of traditional and non-traditional aged students who commute or reside on campus. Special programs exist for adult learners who work full time while attending accelerated programs in the evening or on weekends.

Should you decide to enroll in Dominican University, know that you would be made most welcome by a dedicated faculty and a committed team of student life personnel.

My long association with Dominican University, first as a student and now as the President, has been personally rewarding. I take great pride in the accomplishments of my colleagues as well as the achievements of present and former students


Sister Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D