The school began as St. Clara Female Academy in 1848, chartered by Rev. 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. Trinity High School was founded as the preparatory department of the college before moving to its own campus nearby in 1926 and is still run by the order. 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.
Pre-professional programs, six fifth- and sixth-year master's degrees, multiple locations, full- and part-time schedules, evening classes and certification and endorsement programs.
Present your Alumnae/i Association card to use the university’s fitness center, gymnasium, track and racquetball court. Locker room access is limited to the general locker rooms. Lockers are available on a daily basis; please bring your own lock. Appropriate attire, including athletic training shoes, must be worn at all times. Visit dustars.com for a schedule of facility hours. Since a home game, practice or other activity may prevent the use of a facility, it is always best to call (708) 524-6552 before arriving.