Duquesne University

Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15282

School Details

Duquesne University is a private, non-profit, Roman Catholic university and was founded in 1878 by a group of Catholic missionaries also known as the Spiritans.  The school was originally created for the children of Pittsburgh's poor immigrants and named Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost. In 1911, the name was changed to Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost. Duquesne has evolved a great deal in its 134 years of existence. Today Duquesne is an educational and economic powerhouse comprising ten schools of study and over 10,000 students. Although, Duquesne has experienced many changes, its original focus on educational excellence, moral and spiritual values, an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity and service to the Church, the community, the nation and the world has remained constant. Through these cornerstone vales, Duquesne University strives to provide a well-rounded education that will challenge students academically while nourishing their spiritual and ethical development.

Duquesne is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and its campus encompasses 50 acres. While the campus is secluded it is conveniently located in central Pittsburgh. Within its 50 acres there are a number of housing options for students and 56.0% of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing. When surveyed, 81% of students said that there is always something fun and interesting going on near campus. 

Currently, 10,270 students are enrolled at Duquesne. Through its efforts for a diverse student body and campus atmosphere, Duquesne has attracted students from all 50 states and more than 80 foreign countries. Despite its Catholic affiliation and founding, the student body is also religiously diverse with more than half of the students representing non-Catholic religions. Duquesne accepts students at a rate of 70.1% and 54.3% for students applying for early acceptance. Once accepted, students have a retention rate of 86.5% and a four year graduation rate of 61%. 

Duquesne strives to produce well rounded graduates and every undergraduate student in every school of study takes a series of core courses that emphasize intellectual and moral development through the study of the liberal arts. This core curriculum is designed to allow students to study a wide variety of subjects and ultimately graduate with the richest possible academic experience. There are 100 undergraduate majors and over 70 graduate programs offered through the ten schools at Duquesne University for degree completion at the baccalaureate, professional, masters and doctoral levels. In order to even further provide a well-rounded education, cross-disciplinary degree programs that integrate courses from more than one school are offered to the students. When in class, students receive personalized attention due to a 14:1 student faculty ratio. In fact, almost half of the classes have less than 20 students in them. In addition to the benefits of small class sizes, students learn from teachers who are also scholars. In addition to teaching, Duquesne faculty also produces some of the most important research in their fields. The faculty’s productivity has also lead to a number 16 ranking out of 61 small research universities from the Chronicle of Higher Education. Faculty research endeavors do not only benefit student in class, but both graduate and undergraduate students have the chance to assist their professors with research projects. Partly because of this, The Carnegie Foundation has classified Duquesne as one of only seven Catholic universities in the nation with a “research university with high research activity” distinction.

In addition to traditional in class learning, Duquesne also offers over 20 online programs. Through online degree completion students will have access to resources such as academic advising, the universities library and writing center. Online students take courses with the same objectives, workload and academic credit as on-campus courses. Similar to the in class degree options, online students enjoy small class sizes with focused attention from faculty members and even peer-to-peer interaction with fellow students. Online degree options include undergraduate degrees, master degrees, post-masters certificates programs and PhD programs in the areas of music, nursing, leadership and professional advancement and education. However, due to higher education regulation changes, Duquesne University is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs and courses from students residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

When students aren't focusing on academics there are over 180 recognized student clubs and organizations to join. Student organizations are created to provide opportunities to coordinate events, participate in campus governance and to be a part of sports clubs or community engagement activities. A selection of club sports are offered with rugby, ice hockey, tennis, roller hockey, equestrian, golf and rowing all  being recognized officially by the university.  Duquesne is also part of the NCAA division I athletic conference with a variety of sports including basketball and cross country.

Tuition at Duquesne is different for each undergraduate program. However, for most of the degrees tuition is $27,668 per year. At the graduate level, tuition is charged per course credit. The cost of each credit ranges from $966 to $1,266. Within the student population, 71.2% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need based financial aid. The average need based scholarship or grant award is $15,216.

Duquesne is proud of its accomplishments and growth and improvement since its original founding. Some of the most recent acknowledgment Duquesne has received includes being ranked as the 120th in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges and National Universities and U.S. News and World Reports ranking of 44th on the 2013 Great Schools at Great Prices list. Through its efforts towards sustainability Duquesne was also named as one of America’s most environmentally responsible schools by the Princeton Review.


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic 

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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