Academic Catalog 2024-25

President’s Welcome

President Pitcford


Welcome to Dominican University of California!

As you browse through the academic offerings and campus policies in our catalog, remember this: you have earned the right to be here, and you belong at Dominican. Your undergraduate or graduate journey begins a lifetime in our university family, including in our alumni community once you earn your degree.

The Dominican Experience is unique to our university and designed for our students—for compassionate, curious scholars of all ethnicities, identities, abilities, beliefs, and backgrounds. It is an equity-driven model of rigorous classroom learning, supplemented and supported by the following four components:

  • Integrative coaching: a network of mentors supports you in advancing your personal, academic, and professional goals.
  • Community engagement: community partners enrich your learning, prepare you for a fulfilling career, and join you in contributing to the public good.
  • Signature work: complete a capstone project demonstrating the breadth, depth, and journey of your learning.
  • Digital portfolio: learn, reflect, and prepare for life after college through the development of a unique virtual portfolio.

I encourage you to approach your education with an open mind; challenge yourself, take risks, be your whole self, and don’t hesitate to share with me or any of my colleagues how we can support you.



Nicola Pitchford