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Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by the priests and brothers of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost, the Spiritans, and is still a church-affiliated university. Duquesne carries on a more-than-century-old tradition of providing a unique liberal and professional education with an emphasis on moral values, a dedication to quality teaching and a commitment to service. Today, Duquesne University serves more than 9,700 undergraduate and graduate students, offering more than 150 programs on the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels in its nine schools. Attesting to the excellence of a Duquesne education are its selection as one of the top 10 Catholic Universities in the United States by "U.S. News and World Report" and its listing as one of "Money" magazine's 150 Best Buys in American Higher Education. Duquesne is listed as "very competitive" by "Barron's Profiles of American Colleges." Duquesne Programs are offered through the College of Liberal Arts and the Schools of Business Administration, Education, Health Sciences, Music, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Nursing and Pharmacy. Its 43-acre campus overlooks downtown Pittsburgh.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students5,995
   Women3,652 (60.9%)
   Men2,343 (39.1%)
Graduate Students3,653


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate73% of 6,534 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJuly 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.73
SAT Math573 average
520-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading564 average
520-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing556 average
510-610 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite26 average
23-28 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$48,796
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met84%
Average Freshman Award$24,850
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 30% of classes
20-29 students: 26% of classes
30-39 students: 21% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes


Pittsburgh Population306,211
Nearest Metropolitan AreaPittsburgh
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing93% of freshmen, 59% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotDuke the Bear
Sororities24% of women participate
Fraternities16% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.0% Asian
4.5% Black/African-American
2.8% Hispanic/Latino
2.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
86.7% White
1.3% Unknown
International Students4.2% from 49 countries
First-Year Students Returning90.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.37 3.70 578 577 552 25
Low 2.80 2.80 390 420 390 20
High 4.00 4.50 760 750 710 30
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Duquesne's hilltop campus is frequently cited as the safest in Pennsylvania and one of the safest in the nation.

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