President’s Welcome

President Pitcford


Welcome to Dominican University of California.

At Dominican, we integrate the arts and humanities with science and professional programs. This integration and the spirit of our institution is expressed as The Dominican Experience, a distinctive, evidence-based approach to educating and supporting the whole student. Through this signature program, every undergraduate student has access to the kinds of experiences that transform lives in college and beyond:

  • Work with an integrative coach throughout all four years;
  • Engage with the community through service, fieldwork, internships, or global experiences;
  • Complete a signature work, such as a research project, an art exhibit, or a business plan; and
  • Craft a digital portfolio that captures the academic journey.

Within this catalog you will find the policies we use not only to ensure your degree or credential is of the highest quality, but also to create a strong social and intellectual community of which you are an important part. Ours is a campus that will both challenge and support you.

Dominican embodies the ethos of California and its progressive values. We welcome people of all beliefs, backgrounds, and abilities. Our diversity is our strength. There are many ways to become involved in our community and make the most of your experience at Dominican. I encourage you to get to know your peers through student and resident life activities; to cultivate relationships with your mentors and advisors; to talk one-on-one with your faculty; and to seek out opportunities for civic engagement in the Bay Area and beyond.

Welcome to our community of scholars. You have earned the right to be here, and you belong.

Nicola Pitchford