Dominican College Now a University


Dominican College was elevated to university status May 18, becoming the first university in Rockland County, the college announced. The State Board of Regents granted university status and approved the name change to Dominican University New York, said the college’s president, Sister Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P.

“This is an important milestone in our history as we prepare to celebrate our 70th anniversary,” Sister Mary Eileen said. “Changing our name to Dominican University New York brings formal recognition to the caliber of our academic programs.” The college was founded in 1952 by the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt as a two-year college for women religious studying to become educators.

Dominican was granted university status because it offers graduate programs in at least three of the following discipline areas: agriculture, biological sciences, business, education, engineering, fine arts, health professions, humanities, physical sciences and social sciences. 

Dominican earlier secured two federal grants, one from the U.S. Department of Education and the other from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Dominican was the only higher education institution in New York to receive the HHS grant and will launch a Public Health Informatics and Technology program this fall.  


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