Dominican College (New York)

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Dominican College
Type Private, nonprofit
Established 1952
Affiliation Roman Catholic (historical)
President Sr. Mary E. O'Brien O.P., Ph.D.
Academic staff
72 FT / 160 PT (Fall 2010)
Students 1,998
Location Orangeburg, New York, USA
Campus Suburban

Red, Black & White

Athletics NCAA Division IICACC, ECC
Nickname Chargers
Affiliations ACCU

Dominican College, also known as Dominican College of Blauvelt, is an independent, four-year and master's-level liberal arts college in Orangeburg, New York. It is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools with many programs holding additional specialized national accreditation. The 64-acre (260,000 m2) suburban in Orangeburg is 17 miles (27 km) from New York City in Rockland County.


The college was founded in 1952 by the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt as a three year liberal arts college in the Catholic tradition, offering a teacher preparation program for religious women. Five years later, the college was opened to lay students. In 1967, it became fully coeducational.[1]

Over the years, the college has rapidly expanded in size and in course offerings. Dominican College now offers the following degrees: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, Master of Science in Education; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, and the Associate of Arts.


Dominican College Campus

Casey Hall

  • Consists of offices and classrooms related to the Division of Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, Business Administration, Teacher Education, and Computer Information Systems. Casey Hall also has the Charger Cafe and lounge, as well as three computer labs. The Academic Dean's office is also located in Casey Hall.

Cooke Hall

  • Hall where the college's administrative offices are located, such as the President's office, human resources, financial aid, and the registrar.

Forkel Hall

  • The Counseling Office and offices for some of the coaches can be found here. There are also classrooms located in Forkel Hall.

Granito Center

  • Holds the campus's cafe as well as the Follett Higher Education Group college bookstore. The student health center is also located in Granito. The building serves as the focal point of the campus.

Hennessy Center

  • Houses the gym, many of the athletic department offices, and an indoor track

Prusmack Center

  • This building utilizes Green Technology and is designed to serve as a teaching and learning laboratory for students in nursing, physical therapy,occupational therapy and athletic training. It consists of seminar rooms, offices, computer rooms, laboratories, and a large lecture hall.

DePorres Hall

  • Offices of the Admissions Director and staff are in this pleasant white building

St. Catherine's Annex

  • Classrooms and some administrative offices such as payroll.

Residence centers[edit]

Dominican College's residence centers offer rooms with many different configurations. Among the spaces available in the residence centers are computer labs, lounges, and meeting rooms. All dorm rooms are equipped with cable TV hookups and computer ports.

  • Hertel Hall opened in 1996, ideal walking distances to the other buildings, has a computer lab along with many lounges.
  • Rosary Hall, this 160-room residence center offers rooms with many different configurations, and contains lounges, meeting rooms and a game room. The Sullivan College Library in Rosary Hall provides approximately 88,645 volumes, 360 periodical titles, 50,568 full-text journals online and 52,650 full-text books online.
  • Guzman Hall dedicated in the fall of 2007, this 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) residential facility includes both 4-bedroom, 2-bath suites with a common living room and kitchenette, as well as 2-bedroom, 1-bath suites. Each suite has cable TV hookups and computer ports, plus air conditioning and individual thermostats.


Dominican College is a member of the Central Atlantic College Conference (CACC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Dominican College’s varsity teams have won 12 conference championships in the last five years, and the athletic program is recognized as one of the finest in the metropolitan area, among small colleges and is the home of the Dominican College Chargers who proudly display the school colors of red, black and white. The college offers scholarships to qualified student-athletes.

The Men's Soccer Team of Dominican College, New York has acquired the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship five times in the past ten years. In 2004-06, 2010 and the most recent title for the Chargers in 2012. Other men's varsity sports are baseball, basketball, golf and lacrosse. Women's varsity sports are basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, track and field and volleyball.

The Chargers have a cross-campus rivalry with the St. Thomas Aquinas College Spartans, as both campuses are geographically a mile away from each other.


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Coordinates: 41°03′15″N 73°57′09″W / 41.054069°N 73.952537°W / 41.054069; -73.952537