#14 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

University of Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa

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University of Dubuque overview
Location Dubuque, Iowa
Online dbq.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
University of Dubuque overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Dubuque, located in Dubuque, Iowa, is a private university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), offering a blend of liberal arts and professional education since its establishment in 1852. Situated on a picturesque campus in the small city setting of Dubuque, near the Mississippi River and a short distance from the metropolitan area of Chicago, the University fosters a close-knit environment with a significant portion of students residing on campus. The academic profile of the University of Dubuque includes a broad range of undergraduate programs, with strong emphasis on business, aviation, and health sciences disciplines. The University practices a moderately selective admissions process. Although the institution is not predominantly known for athletics, it competes in NCAA Division III as the Spartans.

In the most recent statistical year 1,579 prospective students applied, and 1,343 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 318 enrolled in the school.  1,491 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 285 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $36,800 plus fees of $1,726. University of Dubuque is ranked 756 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












University of Dubuque is rated within the lower 42% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
University of Dubuque overview
SAT 828/1070
ACT 17/23
GPA 3.24

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for University of Dubuque
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$950
Other Fees$1,726
Room and Board $11,024
Budget for Other Expenses$900
Total One Year Cost$51,400

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$41,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

41% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Dubuque students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 21%
Transportation and Materials Moving 15%
Computer and Information Sciences 12%
Education 11%
Health Professions 9%

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