Clarke University

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School Overview

Clarke University (formerly known as Clarke College) is a private, four-year higher education institution located in Dubuque, Iowa. The university is affiliated with the Catholic Church and is one of only three Roman Catholic post-secondary higher education institutions in the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Total annual enrollment at Clarke is approximately 1,200 undergraduate students.

Clarke’s 55-acre campus sits atop a prominent hill overlooking the city of Dubuque. The south edge of campus is bordered by West Locust Street and the north edge by the Clarke Crest Court. To the east of campus is Clarke Crest Driven and to the west North Grandview Avenue. The campus is situated in an urban area surrounded by residential neighborhoods, houses, a high school and golf course. Clarke campus comprises an athletic field and 16 academic and administrative buildings. The university’s campus is bisected from North to South by Clarke Drive, the campus’ “main street”. Almost all of the school’s 16 buildings are located along Clarke Drive, making it very easy to find your way around campus.

General Information

Admission Office

1550 Clarke Drive

Dubuque, IA 52001-3198

(563) 588-6316

(800) 383-2345

Fax: (563) 588-6789

Contact: Andy Schroeder

Director of Admission
Main Address

1550 Clarke Drive

Dubuque, IA 52001

(563) 588-6300

Total undergrads: 956

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 136

Degree-seeking undergrads: 940

Graduate enrollment: 200


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 62%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 80%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General A,B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation A,B
Drama/Theater Arts A,B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General A,B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Bioinformatics B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management A,B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Elementary Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General A,B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General A,B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy A,B
Religion/Religious Studies A,B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Clarke University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (563) 588-6300
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 1550 Clarke Dr, Dubuque, IA 52001-3198
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 904
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 63%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 747 (83% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $34,670
Out-of-state Tuition: $34,670
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 72%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $12,165

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Clarke University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Clarke University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Education 141
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 23
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 31334

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Clarke University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $34,670
Out-of-state $34,670
Books and supplies $1,330

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,564
Out-of-state $10,564

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 142 72%
Grant or scholarship aid 142 72% $12,165
Student loan aid 114 58% $4,407

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 446 60% $11,108
Federal student loans 363 49% $3,367

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Clarke University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Clarke University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,074 648 426
Percent admitted 100% 95% 92%
Percent admitted who enrolled 12% 11% 15%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Clarke University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 904
Undergraduate enrollment 685
Graduate enrollment 219

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Clarke University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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