DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY

Duquesne University is a private institution that was founded in 1878. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,791, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 49 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Duquesne University’s ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 120.

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Duquesne is consistently ranked among America’s top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and 132-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 10,294 students representing nearly every state in the union and 80 nations. Duquesne has a 14:1 student/faculty ratio, and 87 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.

The most popular majors at Duquesne University include: Biological and biomedical sciences; Business, management, marketing, and related support services; Education; Health professions and related clinical sciences; and Social sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.0 percent.

The Duquesne Dukes play varsity men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, women’s indoor track and field, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, and women’s volleyball at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level and in the Atlantic 10 Conference. In 2008, the Dukes began playing varsity football in the NCAA Division I Northeast Conference. In recent years, Duquesne football was a member of the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Wrestling is offered at Duquesne as an Independent NCAA Division I sport. Duquesne has an ACHA Division I ice hockey program.

Duquesne University offers a number of student services including non-remedial 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). 28 percent of students have cars on campus.

At Duquesne University, 69.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,312.

Duquesne has many alumni in the media and sports fields. These include John Clayton, a writer and reporter for ESPN; Tom Atkins, an actor (Halloween III, Night of the Creeps, My Bloody Valentine); Terry McGovern, the television actor, radio personality, voice-over specialist, and acting instructor; Jesse Joyce, a comedian and writer; and World Championship Wrestling commentator and writer Mark Madden.

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