Dominican University Social Work

MissionFounded in 1901 at St. Clara College in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, home of the Sinsinawa Dominicans, the university began as a women's college under the fundamental values that continue to guide the university today—rigorous education, encouraging diversity of thought, a commitment to social justice, and close mentoring of students to enable them to make a positive difference in the world.

The school became known as Rosary College upon moving to River Forest, Illinois, in 1922 and rapidly grew its enrollment and programs over the next decades, including adding graduate programs and becoming co-educational. To reflect its stature as a respected, comprehensive and modern university, the school was re-named Dominican University in 1997, reflecting its Catholic Dominican heritage.

Dominican is now viewed as a premier Catholic university and repeatedly is named among the top master's-level universities in the Midwest for academic excellence and its continuing commitment to social justice. While maintaining its core Catholic identity, the university enrolls and mentors students of all faith backgrounds. Living out the ideals of our founding sisters and those of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, founding father of the Sinsinawa Dominicans, the university is committed to giving compassionate service and to participating in the creation of a more just and humane world.

As an early partner of the Interfaith Youth Core, new ministry initiatives have focused on promoting interfaith learning and understanding with a particular strength in building interfaith cooperation through dialogue and service.

Vision Statement

Dominican University aspires to be a premier, Catholic, comprehensive, teaching university with an enrollment of 4, 000 students.

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.

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