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Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PAwww.duq.edu
Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by Catholic missionaries as a college for educating the children of poor immigrants. Today it is one of the country's major Catholic universities, with some 6,000 undergraduates and close to 3,500 graduate students. The university has nine schools and colleges in all -- including schools of business, music, nursing, and pharmacy -- and undergrads have about 80 majors to choose from. The campus overlooks downtown Pittsburgh, a city that is also home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and several other colleges. Students can study abroad for a semester at either Duquesne's campus in Rome or in Dublin, and three-day weekends are built into the program, allowing students to travel throughout Europe. Duquesne has a large commuter population, but nearly 4,000 students live in one of the high-rise residential halls the university calls Living Learning Centers. (Unless they live at home with their parents or guardians, freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus.) Fraternities and sororities are a significant part of social life on campus, with over 30 in all, but students can also pick from over 250 student organizations, among them the Dukettes, a nationally-ranked competitive dance team, and the scientific journal D.U. Quark.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$54,400
% of students who get any grants
93%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$32,600
Average price for low-income students
$21,840
admissions
Acceptance rate
72%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1200/27
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
5,930
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
72%
% of students who get merit* grants
28%
Average merit grant
$13,180
student success
Graduation rate
79%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$51,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
41%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
July 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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