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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
Clarke is a private, Catholic university located in Dubuque, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 708 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Clarke acceptance rate is 63%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Business. Graduating 63% of students, Clarke alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,200.
About Clarke University...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Heart of America Athletic Conference
Address
1550 Clarke Dr
Dubuque, IA 52001
Website

Clarke University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
63%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
970-1150
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$26,909/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$17,474/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.15 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.17 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.17 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
708Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
60
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
51%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Athlete. For the most part everyone is in a sport.
    47%
  • Different.
    20%
  • Smart
    13%
  • Outgoing
    7%
  • Overworked
    7%
  • Privileged
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
94%
Poll
92%
of students say they don't have Greek life.24 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.28 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Expensive.
    31%
  • Small
    25%
  • Family friendly with warm open arms
    13%
  • Guiding
    13%
  • Chaos
    6%
  • Home away from home
    6%
  • Outdoor oriented
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
77%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses
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My only experience that I have had with Clarke is through tours and a nursing assimilation. I truly enjoyed it and all of the staff were very kind to me and the other groups of people. I love how open it was and how it is easy to get from place to place. What I learned was that since it is a smaller private college, that you are closer to your staff and are able to call them by their first names. Also, you aren't referred to as a number, but the staff actually knows your name. The college seems very friendly. I enjoyed the tours, and that is why that is the top option for colleges on my list.
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I really loved the location of the college. it is located in Dubuque near the bluffs and a river, and is also about 5 minutes away from downtown. The campus itself is very old, but is newly renovated which gives it that antique feel. It used to be an all women college, but has recently been opened up to men. The architecture of the buildings is spectacular, and even more impressive, the school has underground tunnels! I'm going for nursing, and the program guarantees you're out in four years with a degree which is extremely satisfying. There are also a lot of hospitals near the campus which makes it super easy to complete my clinicals. The only problem I have with the overall atmosphere is that it is still a blossoming campus, so it is quite small. I'm from a small town so I'm familiar with the small-town feel, but it would be nice to be apart of a campus with more students at some point in the future.
As a parent of a freshman, it's still too early to share details but I can say that the times I have visited campus I have ALWAYS felt welcome. The admissions process was great and the professors that I met were equally enthusiastic about their areas of study. I have consistently felt comfortable and safe on campus! If you are looking for a small campus this is the place!