Clarke University

1550 Clarke Dr, Dubuque, IA 52001-3198
Tel: (563)588-6300
Private, non-profit | 1,191 students
We are a Catholic coeducational liberal arts university founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque, Iowa. Clarke educates students at the postsecondary level in the liberal arts and sciences, the fine arts, selected professional programs, and graduate programs.

School Overview:

Clarke University
CountyDubuque County, IA
Title IV EligibleYes
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level4 or more years
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
108 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment1,191 students1,633 students
# Undergraduate Students
829 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
142 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Total Dormitory Capacity571571
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid99%96%
Percent Admitted74%64%
ACT English (25-75%)19-2519-25
ACT Math (25-75%)20-2618-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)20-2520-25

School Notes:

  • We provide a supportive environment that encourages personal and intellectual growth, promotes global awareness and social responsibility, and deepens spiritual values. It is the only Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) University in the United States.
  • Clarke confers the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Arts in Education (MAE), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).
  • Clarke University's 55-acre campus sits on a bluff in a quiet residential area overlooking the city of Dubuque, Iowa (population 60,000) and the Mississippi River.
  • Clarke is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, the National Association of Schools of Music, The National League for Nursing, the Council on Social Work Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in association with the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training.
  • U.S. News & World Report consistently names Clarke University to its top tier of midwestern colleges in the “Best Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor’s” category. Clarke has also been named to Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character and Barron’s Best Buys in College Education.
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