Dominican College (New York)

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Dominican College
TypePrivate, nonprofit
AffiliationRoman Catholic (historical)
PresidentSr. Mary E. O'Brien O.P., Ph.D.
Academic staff
72 FT / 160 PT (Fall 2010)
Location, ,
ColorsRed, Black & White               
AthleticsNCAA Division IICACC, ECC

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.[citation needed] 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]


The Dominican College Chargers sponsor 14 intercollegiate sports (men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's track and field), all of which compete for championships at the NCAA Division II level. Dominican College is a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) a conference of 13 schools from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).[2]

The Chargers have a cross-campus rivalry with St. Thomas Aquinas College since they are geographically a mile away from each other.


Dominican College Campus

Granito Center

  • Holds the campus's cafe, student health center, and the Follett Higher Education Group college bookstore. The building serves as the focal point of the 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, three computer labs, and the Academic Dean's office.

Cooke Hall

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

Forkel Hall

  • Some classrooms, the Counseling Office, and offices for some of the coaches can be found here.

Hennessy Center

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

Prusmack Center

  • This building utilizes Green Technology[citation needed] 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

  • Holds offices of the Admissions Director and staff.

St. Catherine's Annex

  • Consists of classrooms and some administrative offices, such as payroll.

Residence centers

  • Dominican College's residence centers are housed in the following halls: Hertel Hall, Rosary Hall, and Guzman Hall.


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