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Welcome to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experience supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.

Fall 2021 Return to Campus Information
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CareerPLUS Admission Requirements

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Complete the application for acceptance.


How to Apply:

  1. Complete the online CareerPLUS application form at www.clarke.edu/apply
  2. Submit transcripts from each college regardless of whether credit was earned. In addition, a high school transcript may be requested by Clarke University in order to appropriately place students in select courses. If an incoming transfer student has a college degree (associates or bachelors) or has a minimum of 24 transferable credit hours, the high school transcript is not required for the admission process.Transcripts and scores can be emailed to admissions@clarke.edu, faxed to 563.584.8666 or mailed to:
    Admissions Office
    Clarke University
    1550 Clarke Drive
    Dubuque, IA 52001-3198
  3. Official TOEFL score if English is not your first language: Minimum TOEFL score of 525 PBT, 70 IBT or higher; OR IELTS score of 6.5 or higher; OR DuoLingo score of 105 or higher.
  4. Recommendation forms or a personal statement may be required upon request. 



Once your application is complete (application, transcripts from all institutions attended, and auxiliary materials), it generally takes five to ten business days to receive an admissions decision. Decisions are announced through email.


If you are hoping to transfer in credits from another institution to count toward your CareerPLUS degree, an official credit evaluation will be performed for each transfer applicant as soon as a completed application and official transcripts are received. The evaluation shows what credits are transferring into Clarke and what requirement they are satisfying.


If you decide to attend Clarke University, a $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit is required. The deposit is applied towards your final bill. Deposits can be paid by check or credit card.


CareerPLUS transfer students will meet with an academic advisor to select their courses. Once registration opens for the fall or spring term, students are able to request a registration appointment on a rolling basis up through the start of classes. Appointments can be conducted either in person or over the phone and typically last about thirty minutes. Students must submit their enrollment deposit prior to registering for classes.


As a CareerPLUS degree-seeking student, you have access to all the same resources as resident Clarke University students. Take advantage of your free access to academic and career support resources, Clarke athletic facilities, most Clarke athletic, and fine arts events, and more!


Prior learning assessment (PLA) is a flexible, efficient way of earning college credits for college-level knowledge you have acquired through expertise developed outside the classroom. Students may develop a portfolio of evidence, documenting the learning that has occurred through work, community activities, and/or non-credit training experiences. Documentation that sufficiently addresses all prescribed course/program outcomes may be eligible for university credit toward major requirements, Compass, or university electives. Once admitted, students will work with CareerPLUS and Academic Affairs staff on determining which work experiences count for course credit.


  • Clarke University accepts applications for admission from transfer students who have attended two-year and four-year colleges and universities accredited by the Higher Learning Commission or similar regional associations. Course work completed at a school not regionally accredited will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with ordinarily no more than 16 credits accepted. A maximum of 64 semester hours earned in a two-year institution or 90 semester hours earned in a bachelor’s degree program may be accepted provided the student is in good academic standing. Courses with grades lower than C- do not transfer.
  • After a student has enrolled and transferred the maximum number of credits, no additional credits will be accepted or exchanged for previously accepted courses. Internship, independent study, test-out credit, and preparatory courses are not transferable to Clarke University. At least 15 credit hours in the major field of study and a minimum of 6 credit hours for the minor must be earned at Clarke University.