College Profile: Duquesne University

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Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a private Catholic university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne (IPA: /djuːˈkeɪn/, locally [duːˈkeɪn]) first opened its doors as the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost in October 1878 with an enrollment of 40 students and a faculty of six. In 1911, the college became a university, the first Catholic institution of higher learning in Pennsylvania to achieve such a distinction. It is the only Spiritan institution of higher education in the world. Duquesne has since expanded to over 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students within a self-contained 48 acre (19.4 ha) hilltop campus in Pittsburgh's Bluff neighborhood. The school maintains associate campuses in Harrisburg and Rome and encompasses ten schools of study. The university hosts international students from more than eighty different countries, although enrollment is mostly regional, with 82 percent of Duquesne students residing in the state of Pennsylvania. U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings place Duquesne in the top tier among national universities, with the school ranking 130th among national universities. Duquesne's MBA program is ranked 8th in the world by the Aspen Institute. Duquesne University can count more than 79,000 living alumni, notably including General Michael V. Hayden (Director of the CIA), two cardinals, and the current bishop of Pittsburgh. The Duquesne Dukes compete in NCAA Division I. Duquesne football has won or shared 11 conference titles, including nine in a row and 11 of the past 13. Duquesne men's basketball appeared twice in national championship games in the 1950s and won the NIT championship in 1955.
Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
412-396-6000 (general)
412-396-6607 (financial aid)
412-396-6222 (admissions)


General Information
Other Names
Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Control Private not-for-profit
Size 5,000 - 9,999
Campus Setting City: Large
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Roman Catholic

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsYes Placement services for completers
Yes On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
Yes ROTCYes Distance learning opportunities
Yes ROTC: ArmyYes Study abroad
Yes ROTC: NavyYes Weekend/evening college
Yes ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy No
Admission test scores Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Neither required nor recommended

Applicants (most recent fall period)
Admissions (most recent fall period)
Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
11,578 Student Body SizeYes On-Campus Housing
6,659 Fall Applicants3,774 Total Dormitory Capacity
4,975 Fall Admissions

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College Levels Offered
No Less than one year certificateNo One but less than two years certificate
No Associate's degreeNo Two but less than 4 years certificate
Yes Bachelor's degreeYes Postbaccalaureate certificate
Yes Master's degreeYes Post-master's certificate
Yes Doctor's degreeYes First-professional degree
No First-professional certificate

Degrees and Certifications
Accelerated Bachelor's Degree (Bachelor Degree)
Accelerated Bachelors Degree Complete your bachelor of science in professional studies degree with combined concentrations in organizational leadership, organizational behavior, computer technology, professional communication or criminal justice and forensic science. There are five 8-week undergraduate terms in an academic year, allowing students to complete their degrees in just four years of Saturday classes. Students with an associates degree can expect to complete their degree in about two years. Students may elect to take courses online or on weekdays in Hershey, depending on their interest and schedule. Adult students bring a wealth of life's experiences to their education. This knowledge and experience may be converted into credits through several methods. Advanced standing opportunities include earning academic credit through transfer, military experience, CLEP tests, University Challenge Examinations and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). An advisor will discuss your particular experience and opportunities to earn credit toward a degree.

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