Dominican University (Illinois)

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Dominican University
Dominican University - Blue Logo.png
Motto"Caritas et Veritas"
Motto in EnglishLove and Truth
Established1901
TypePrivate
Religious affiliationDominican (Catholic)
Endowment$19.7 million[1]
PresidentDonna M. Carroll
Academic staff142 full time[2]
Students3,900 total students[2]
LocationRiver Forest, Illinois, USA
Campus30-acre (12.14 ha) campus located in River Forest, IL
AthleticsStars
Websitewww.dom.edu
 
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Dominican University
Dominican University - Blue Logo.png
Motto"Caritas et Veritas"
Motto in EnglishLove and Truth
Established1901
TypePrivate
Religious affiliationDominican (Catholic)
Endowment$19.7 million[1]
PresidentDonna M. Carroll
Academic staff142 full time[2]
Students3,900 total students[2]
LocationRiver Forest, Illinois, USA
Campus30-acre (12.14 ha) campus located in River Forest, IL
AthleticsStars
Websitewww.dom.edu

Dominican University (DU) is a coeducational, comprehensive, Catholic institution of higher education and research in River Forest, Illinois. Affiliated with the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, it offers bachelor's and master's degrees and certificate programs as well as a PhD in library and information science. Dominican offers more than 50 majors in the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences and 20 programs in five graduate academic divisions offering graduate programs in library and information science, business, education, and social work.[3] Dominican also has a school of professional and continuing studies. Dominican is well known for its offerings of undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences as well as several graduate programs in practice-oriented disciplines such as business and education.[4] US News and World Report ranks Dominican in the top tier of Midwestern master's-level universities.[5]

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History and mission

Entrance Gate to Dominican University

The school began as St. Clara Academy in 1848, chartered by Fr. Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli, O.P. in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. It became a college in 1901 and moved to River Forest, Illinois, taking the name Rosary College in 1922 while under the leadership of Mother Samuel Coughlin of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. The present name of Dominican University was adopted in 1997 as part of a strategic plan by president Donna Carroll to reflect the school's Dominican heritage and its status as a more comprehensive university.[6]

The university operates under the following mission statement: "As a Sinsinawa Dominican-sponsored institution, Dominican University prepares students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world."[6]

Academics

View of the "Old Library" and Chapel.

Dominican University offers more than 40 undergraduate majors, and several pre-professional programs. There is a twelve to one student faculty ratio at this University. Dominican's graduate school is divided into five academic divisions: the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), the Brennan School of Business, the School of Education, Graduate School of Social Work, and School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science offers the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science (PhD).

The GSLIS publishes a semi-annual, peer-reviewed online journal called World Libraries,[7] a publication dedicated to "librarians and libraries in regions without associations or agencies to encourage scholarly communication and professional development." The publication of World Libraries is coordinated by students studying internet publishing.

Campus

View of the Dominican University quad.

Dominican University is located on a 30-acre (12.14 ha) wooded campus in suburban River Forest and just ten miles (16 km) from downtown Chicago. The Rebecca Crown Library has 300,000 materials in various formats and a fully equipped learning resource center. Other campus features include a language learning center, a computer technology center, an art gallery, a chapel, a student center, the Lund Auditorium, the Eloise Martin Recital Hall and the Stepan Bookstore.[8] There are five residence halls at Dominican University: Aquinas Hall (Priory Campus), Coughlin Hall, Centennial Hall, Mazzuchelli and Power Hall. More than 30% of all undergraduates live on campus. Most incoming first-year students live in double rooms in Centennial or Coughlin halls.[9] Centennial is the newest residence hall, which opened in 2004.[10]

Parmer Hall

In 2007, Dominican University began a new building designed to incorporate the university's gothic identity. This $38 million dollar facility is used for science and education classes. This building follows the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria to minimize environmental impact. This building joins Centennial Hall, a residence hall, and a 550-car parking pavilion among recent campus additions.

Student life

Dominican has multiple campus organizations that students join after being admitted to the University. They range from cultural groups, to department clubs, honor societies, and special interest groups.[11]

Athletics

Dominican University teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Stars are a member of the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC). Dominican was also a member of the Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference from about the 1990s until the spring of 2005; and a member of the Lake Michigan Conference until the spring of 2006. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

Notable Students & Faculty

See also

References

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Coordinates: 41°54′08″N 87°49′21″W / 41.90222°N 87.8225°W / 41.90222; -87.8225