#16 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Duquesne University overview
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Online duq.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Duquesne University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Duquesne University, founded in 1878 by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, is a private, Catholic institution located on a 50-acre campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Known for its distinctive Gothic architecture, the university offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with a notable emphasis on the liberal arts, business, and health sciences. The university's academic environment is moderately selective, attracting students who perform well in a rigorous high school curriculum. Duquesne prides itself on offering a supportive campus setting with options for on-campus living in residence halls and apartments. The school's urban location provides students with access to the cultural and professional opportunities of the city. Among the popular majors, Duquesne is recognized for its School of Nursing and the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. While the university does not predominantly emphasize athletics, it does participate in NCAA Division I as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, fielding teams known as the Dukes.

In the most recent statistical year 12,376 prospective students applied, and 10,828 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,441 enrolled in the school.  7,742 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 365 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $45,376 plus fees of $0. Duquesne University is ranked 212 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Duquesne University is rated within the top 31% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Duquesne University overview
SAT 1160/1330
ACT 25/31
GPA 3.8

Applications Accepted

Duquesne University overview
Applications Due Aug 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Duquesne University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,400
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $14,744
Budget for Other Expenses$2,200
Total One Year Cost$63,720

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$65,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

73% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Duquesne University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 31%
Health Professions 18%
Communication 8%
Education 8%
Social Sciences 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=212106 IPEDS survey data for Duquesne University.

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