Duquesne University

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600 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Phone: (412) 396-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jul. 1
application deadline

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#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. National Universities

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Duquesne University is a private institution that was founded in 1878. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,832, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Duquesne University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 121. Its tuition and fees are $31,385 (2013-14).

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

Duquesne is consistently ranked among America's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and 135-year tradition of academic excellence. A coeducational university on a self-contained campus with dramatic views of Pittsburgh's skyline and rivers, the university has 10,045 students representing nearly every state in the union and 87 nations. Duquesne has a 15:1 student/faculty ratio, and 90 percent of incoming freshman are drawn from the top half of their high school class. Duquesne offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in natural and environmental sciences, leadership, business, nursing, health sciences, pharmacy, law, education, music, and the liberal arts.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1878
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $177,211,000


When applying to Duquesne University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and November 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Duquesne University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 74.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 53.5 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 74.7%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Duquesne University is 15:1, and the school has 42.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Duquesne University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 63%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 26%
Health Professions and Related Programs 24%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Education 6%

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Student Life

Duquesne University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,832, with a gender distribution of 42.6 percent male students and 57.4 percent female students. At this school, 59 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 41 percent of students live off campus. Duquesne University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 9,956
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 NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Duquesne University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Duquesne University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Duquesne University, 25 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Duquesne University.

Students who have cars on campus 25%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Duquesne University, 69.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,870.

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 $31,385 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,632 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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