Clarke University is a Catholic, co-educational, liberal arts institution. Founded in 1843 by Mary Frances Clarke, foundress of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), it is the only BVM university in the United States.
Clarke University's 55-acre campus sits on a bluff in a quiet residential area overlooking the city of Dubuque, Iowa (population 60,000) and the Mississippi River.
Clarke's fall 2014 total enrollment was 1,200 students. The average ACT score of the 2013 freshman class was 23 and the average high school grade-point-average was 3.5.
In the last five years, an average of 95 percent of survey respondents reported being employed in their field or continuing their education.
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
The Clarke Crusaders compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and are a member of the Midwest Classic Conference. Intercollegiate teams include MEN'S and WOMEN'S bowling, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track and field, and volleyball; as well as MEN'S baseball and WOMEN'S softball. Clarke also offers a spirit team (cheer and dance) and a wide variety of intramural sports. Clarke Athletics is recognized as a NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution.
Clarke confers the Associate of Arts (AA), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Arts in Education (MAE), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL), Master of Social Work (MSW), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).
For the 2014-2015 academic year, undergraduate tuition is $28,000, student fees are $900, and the average cost for room and board is $8,700. Tuition for the TimeSaver Program is $575 per credit hour. Graduate tuition varies by program. Get complete details on tuition and fees.
During the 2014-15 academic year, 100 percent of Clarke’s full-time, day-time students (who were eligible, and applied) received financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible after Jan. 1.
Renewable, merit-based scholarships include Presidential scholarships, Clarke grants, alumni/sibling discounts, and competitive fine arts and departmental awards. Apply for admission early to be considered for Clarke scholarships.
Clarke University is consistently recognized for excellence in education. In 2014, Forbes, in conjunction with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, named Clarke to its list of America’s Best Colleges. Forbes also ranked Clarke among the top 105 of the Best Midwestern Colleges. In the most recent U.S. News list of Best Regional Colleges, Clarke again ranked 17th in the Midwest. In the same ranking, Clarke was one of the Midwest's top 10 "Best Value Schools," a listing described as, "Great Schools, Great Prices." Nationally known education services company, the Princeton Review also recognized Clarke in its "Best Midwestern Colleges" section of its website feature, "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The Washington Monthly, which measures an institution's "contribution to the public good," ranked Clarke as one of the Best Baccalaureate Colleges. Clarke was also on the 2014 President's Higher Education Honor Roll for its community work.
Clarke University does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, or handicap in its educational programs, admissions policies, employment practices, financial aid, athletics, or other university-administered programs. Clarke University complies with all pertinent state and federal regulations concerning affirmative action, non-discrimination, and equal employment opportunity.
For more information, contact the Clarke University Admissions Office:
Phone: (563)588-6316 or Toll-Free at 1(800)383-2345