Duquesne University is a private Catholic institution in the center of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a vibrant and safe city that is home to a welcoming environment and plenty of professional opportunities. With a tight-knit community, students can choose from over 250 recognized student organizations, access one-on-one tutoring and other engaging resources, and make lifelong friendships.
The University Core Curriculum incorporates the liberal arts into each students’ intellectual and ethical development in order to expand their self-understanding and knowledge of the world. Students are exposed to a wide range of experiences and opportunities with regional corporations, high-tech businesses, health systems, and nonprofits that recognize the exceptional quality of Duquesne’s academic programs. Students can also work with their professors and take part in transformative research opportunities that impact local and global communities alike.
Get to know Duquesne University
“At Duquesne I’ve found an atmosphere that motivates students to find the best version of themselves and to grow as individuals.” – Courtney Crooks, Speech-Language Pathology, Sophomore
Students can take advantage of Duquesne’s excellent student-to-faculty ratio by working alongside their professors in a slew of undergraduate research opportunities. Duquesne encourages its students to take part in research and develop new discoveries that can help both local and global communities. See how Duquesne University students have already put their research into action here. The University’s Office of Research is open to guide those interested in participating in national and international competitions and conferences.
DIVERSITY IN THE STUDENT BODY
The Duquesne community believes in serving God by creating a safe, ecumenical atmosphere that emphasizes diversity and inclusion. Many students label Duquesne as a home away from home, offering a supportive environment to students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Although the University was founded as a Catholic institution, more than half of Duquesne’s students do not identify as Catholic. The institution welcomes all races, religions, ethnic groups, and socioeconomic backgrounds to create a unique, vibrant learning community that transforms students into learners and leaders. It’s with this commitment that the Division of Mission and Identity offers a wide range of accessible resources and services to integrate students and provide an inclusive environment.
Duquesne University believes that study abroad experiences can help students form a perspective that is intellectually aware, culturally sensitive, and professionally prepared to become global citizens. Its once-in-a-lifetime opportunities abroad expose students to environments rich in culture and beauty, including (but not limited to!) Rome and Dublin, the sites of Duquesne’s international campuses.
Global opportunities are plentiful, and students may take semester-long or short-term trips, earn an Intercultural Engagement Certificate/Minor, and even partake in an international internship. And these unique experiences are not limited only to current students; alumni can work with the University to travel as well!
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 5%
White, non-Hispanic: 80%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
“As a student athlete, my professors and I work together to make sure I am on top of my coursework. They are always willing to make time for students.” – Joshua Gills, Business Finance, Sophomore
Duquesne University offers an award-winning Freshman Development Program that helps first-year students experience a smooth transition into college. The FAST program and freshman orientation are two opportunities for freshmen to meet fellow classmates and learn about the University services available to them.
First-year students are assigned to supportive University community members, such as an academic advisor, resident assistant, orientation team leader, faculty advisor, and resident director. Some faculty and staff even work as Freshman Mentors to engage actively with new students throughout their first year.
The first year is always buzzing with chances to integrate into the Duquesne community. With regularly scheduled Freshman Weekend Excursions, students can take weekend trips and bond with their new friends as they experience cultural and recreational attractions around the city.
All undergraduate students are required to complete three writing-intensive courses—with at least one in the student’s major field—as part of the University Core Curriculum. These writing-intensive courses are included to enhance students’ professional preparation and introduce them to ideas and passions they otherwise might not have discovered.
OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The Office of Community Engagement motivates students to become active members of service by connecting University and community resources across five areas of impact: Growth and Innovation, Health and Wellness, Education, Individual Empowerment, and Volunteerism. Students can support their community through a wide range of opportunities, such as identifying and responding to social and environmental issues, providing services to veterans, and responding to natural disasters.
“I’ve always had a passion for helping others. I knew Duquesne would offer plenty of opportunities to continue to do service work because of the University’s mission.” – Cody Bach, Biology, Junior
National studies find that students who live on campus are more likely to perform well in studies, be more satisfied with their interaction with faculty, and be less likely to withdraw or transfer. As a result, Duquesne University has adopted the requirement for freshmen and sophomores to live on campus (or, if they are local, with their parents or guardians).
Approximately two-thirds of undergraduate students reside in Living-Learning Centers that foster safe locations to study, work on service projects, and socialize.
The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) helps Duquesne students engage with the campus and greater Pittsburgh communities by bridging them to relevant co-curricular experiences, programs, and services. Active community involvement is a given with Duquesne‘s more than 250 recognized student organizations that range in interests, including event planning, campus governance, sports, or service. Regardless of whether a student decides to be actively involved in one or a handful of groups, student organizations are a great way to connect with thousands of other passionate people and, ultimately, create a memorable college experience.
Duquesne University is located in the heart of Pittsburgh—one of the most livable cities in America. The lively city offers a wide range of interactive, “instagrammable” activities, including green spaces, galleries, concerts, breweries, and music venues. Home to businesses that seek an educated workforce, Pittsburgh offers endless opportunities for students to create network connections.
Duquesne University offers the Power Center, a recreational facility that is fully equipped to meet the needs of any workout style. Students can also engage in club sports, intramural sports, wellness programs, and group fitness classes.
Duquesne is home to five men’s sports and eight women’s sports, all of which are recognized under NCAA Division I or Division I Subdivision. The University hosts many sporting events at the A.J. Palumbo Center and Rooney Field, making it convenient for students to showcase their school spirit and support their home teams. And in honor of the Duquesne Dukes basketball team, a Power Madness 3on3 Basketball Tournament launches every March.
Duquesne’s Internship Program implements relevant, professional work experience into students’ academic curriculum. Qualified students may even receive credit for their internship experience if applicable to their course plan.
The University also offers international Internships, giving students a unique opportunity to build their résumés while exploring the world. One example includes the Dublin Internship, an eight-week summer program that combines academic, experiential, and cultural elements into a holistic curriculum. Admitted students study at the University College Dubin’s Lochlann Quinn School and earn a total of six credits.
“Duquesne offers so many professional opportunities after graduation because of its reputation for excellence and its location in the heart of Pittsburgh.” – Emily Constantino, Corporate Communications, Junior
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 580 | 75th Percentile: 650
25th Percentile: 550 | 75th Percentile: 640
25th Percentile: 24 | 75th Percentile: 29
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 29
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $13,088