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Clarke University
Clarke University 1550 Clarke Dr Dubuque, IA 52001 Phone: (563) 588-6300
  • General Information
    About Clarke University

    We are a Catholic, co-educational, liberal arts university founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque, Iowa. Clarke educates students at the post-secondary level in the liberal arts and sciences, the fine arts, selected professional programs, and graduate programs. We, the faculty, students, staff and administration are a caring, learning community committed to excellence in education. We provide a supportive environment that encourages personal and intellectual growth, promotes global awareness and social responsibility, and deepens spiritual values. To Foster Our Mission: WE ENCOURAGE personal and intellectual growth by: challenging ourselves to grow, experiment, and explore fostering critical thinking and informed decision-making requiring articulate communication of thoughts and ideas setting high standards for quality utilizing the best tools available for learning providing skills for success in the contemporary world developing creativity, aesthetic awareness, and appreciation encouraging personal initiative and leadership promoting physical well-being instilling a passion for life-long learning. WE PROMOTE global awareness and social responsibility by: supporting and caring for one another recognizing the responsibility and necessity to serve others reaching out actively to serve the community respecting individual rights, privacy, and diversity raising consciousness regarding contemporary issues emphasizing peaceful resolutions to conflict modeling collaboration in leadership bringing about positive changes as responsible members of a world community. WE DEEPEN spiritual values by: supporting the Catholic tradition enhancing one's own search for the Sacred applying spiritual values in our lives challenging ourselves to understand other traditions experiencing community celebrations of faith. THEREFORE, we envision our graduates to be persons who believe in and demonstrate: intellectual rigor and curiosity critical analysis and informed decision-making spiritual depth and values aesthetic sensitivity and cultural appreciation active community involvement contemporary professional skills in field of choice personal and social responsibility acceptance of diversity in people and ideas self-knowledge, self-confidence, and self-motivation.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • Teacher certification
    • Distance learning opportunities
    • Study abroad
    • Weekend/evening college
    Student Services
    • Remedial services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experiences
    • Advanced placement (AP) credits
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
    Religious Affiliation
    • Roman Catholic
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Associate's degree
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Master's degree
    • Post-master's certificate
    Campus Setting
    • City: Small
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 823
    Percent Admitted 77%
    Men Admitted 75%
    Women Admitted 78%
    Full Time Retention Rate 78%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 440 533
      Math 420 610
      Writing 410 490
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 21 26
      English 20 26
      Math 20 26
      Writing 20 29
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 1,304
    Native American 0.0
    Asian 9.0
    African American 14.0
    Hispanic 20.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 834
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 145

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