Clarke University

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1550 Clarke Drive

Dubuque, IA 52001

Phone: (563) 588-6300
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#17 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Clarke University is a private institution that was founded in 1843. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 967, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 55 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Clarke University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 17. Its tuition and fees are $28,000 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Education by Clarke
Clarke College is an all-inclusive and outreaching community of learners. The college community is committed to providing students with the supportive environment to succeed academically and socially. Students actively collaborate with peers and interact with faculty through group projects, research, and real-life work applications.
An essential component of the College's mission is that students learn to give back to local, national and global communities. The value of outreach is demonstrated through curricular and co-curricular student involvement. Clarke students, faculty, and staff are actively engaged in volunteer work and service projects that make positive contributions to multiple and diverse communities.

Clarke's academic programs emphasize communication skills, critical thinking, spirituality, and breadth and depth of knowledge. The Clarke curriculum reinforces effective writing and speaking skills throughout the student's college experience. Clarke coursework requires students to engage in higher-level thinking skills for analyzing the elements of an idea or theory, synthesizing and organizing ideas, making judgments on the value of information, and applying theories and concepts in innovative ways.
A unique aspect of the Clarke experience is the emphasis on spirituality. Students develop an understanding of spirituality as a way of living in relationship with self, others, society, the global community, the planet, and God. Clarke students acquire a better understanding of self and develop a personal code of values and ethics to guide them throughout life. The Clarke academic experience culminates with a capstone course emphasizing integration of knowledge, skills, and values.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1843
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $29,994,218


When applying to Clarke University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 15. The application fee at Clarke University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Clarke University is 10:1, and the school has 75.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Clarke University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Education, General; Psychology, General; and Fine/Studio Arts, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 49%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 23%
Business Administration and Management, General 16%
Education, General 13%
Psychology, General 9%
Fine/Studio Arts, General 6%

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Student Life

Clarke University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 967, with a gender distribution of 33.5 percent male students and 66.5 percent female students. At this school, 42 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58 percent of students live off campus. Clarke University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,191
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Clarke University offers a number of student services including health service. Clarke University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Clarke University, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Clarke University.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Clarke University, 88.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,141.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $28,000 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,400 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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