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  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 732 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Clarke acceptance rate is 65%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Business Administration and Management. Graduating 61% of students, Clarke alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,400.
About Clarke University...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
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
65%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
856-1060
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$23,787/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $19,654/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,051/ year
  • $49-75k
    $23,910/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,551/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,658/ year
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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
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.16 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.16 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
732Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
43%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Athlete. For the most part everyone is in a sport.
    50%
  • Different.
    21%
  • Smart
    14%
  • Overworked
    7%
  • Privileged
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.23 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.27 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Expensive.
    33%
  • Small
    27%
  • Family friendly with warm open arms
    13%
  • Guiding
    13%
  • Chaos
    7%
  • Outdoor oriented
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
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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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.
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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!
So far I love my experience at Clarke. It is small, but that is good for academics. My professors are all very helpful, and the advisors are great! The food is pretty decent for college food, they try to keep it mixed up. The dorms are average, I would like to see more options for rooming. But overall, it's been great so far!