Duquesne University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

About Duquesne University

Duquesne University is a private university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The university is affiliated with the Catholic tradition of Spiritanism and is only higher education institution in the U.S. within this denomination. U.S. News & World Report placed Duquesne University 43rd on its 'Great Schools, Great Prices' list in 2012.


Duquesne is divided into 10 schools, which award 78 undergraduate degrees, 88 graduate and doctoral degrees, and 23 post-graduate certificates. The university also offers online degrees in leadership, education, and nursing, as well offers an online/on-campus hybrid program in music. Duquesne has a number of centers and institutes within the subjects of business, education, law, music, nursing, pharmacy, sciences, liberal arts, and interdisciplinary studies.

Students at the university can apply for the honors college, the benefits of which include small classes, an enhanced core curriculum, early registration, and a fellows program. Duquesne also has a campus in Rome, a study center in Galway, Ireland, and offers semester-long, short-term, and student-teaching study abroad opportunities.


Applicants to Duquesne University are required to submit an online application, along with the application fee, their transcripts, SAT and/or ACT scores, a personal essay, and recommendations from a teacher or counselor (in the form of a traditional letter or via Duquesne's recommendation form). Some individual programs have further application requirements. Students can potentially receive credit for AP exams they have taken, as well as for completion of the International Baccalaureate diploma with a score of 30 or higher.

Most programs admit applicants on a rolling basis, although the medical scholars, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and nursing programs have set deadlines. While the early decision deadline is November 1, applications submitted by December 15 will have the application fee waived.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The majority of undergraduate programs had a tuition of $27,668 for the 2011-2012 school year . The health sciences, pharmacy and pre-pharmacy, music, and second-degree nursing programs had slightly higher tuition costs. Room and board fees for Duquesne's halls range from $2,231 to $6,911 per semester, depending on location and number of room occupants, while the cost for a 12-month lease for an on-campus apartment ranges from $12,600 to $23,260. Students also pay a university fee and administrative fees.

To apply for financial aid, students must complete both the FAFSA and Duquesne's financial aid application by May 1. The university has aid available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study. Students can also enroll in the university's automatic payment plan, payable via checking account, savings account, or credit card.

School Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Undergraduate, graduate, doctoral degrees; certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation Catholic (Spiritan)*
Academic Calendar Fall, spring, & summer terms*
School Setting Urban*
Student Body 9,933 in 2011, including 5,677 undergraduates**
Student Housing Halls & apartments*
Schools and Programs 10 schools, 78 undergraduate and more than 100 graduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Bachelor's: Nursing science (115)
Master's: Business administration (142)
Doctoral: Law (205), pharmacy (181)**
Graduation Rates (Students Beginning Study in 2005) 61% in normal completion time**
Admission Rate 70%**
Entering Class 1,331 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates (Full-Time) 87% from Fall 2010 to Fall 2011**
Application Due Date Rolling*
Decision Notification Date 4-6 weeks after application submission*
Tuition $27,668 in 2012-13 (for most programs - a few vary)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of First-Time Students Receiving It) In 2010-11: Federal grants (23%), state and local grants/scholarships (31%), institutional grants/scholarships (100%), federal loans (75%), other loans (14%)**
Percent of First-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 100% in 2010-11**

Sources: *Duquesne University; **NCES' College Navigator; ***NCES' IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15282
  • Phone: (412) 396-6222
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