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University of Dubuque

Dubuque, IA


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A Tradition of Professional and Theological Training

The University of Dubuque (UD) is a private, Presbyterian professional university comprising four schools: the School of Business, School of Liberal Arts, School of Professional Programs, and School of Theology.

Located less than 200 miles from Chicago, the university has been known throughout its 150-year history as one of the nation's best small Christian universities.

UD is a college of community where Christian commitment, intellectual integrity, and academic excellence are the basis for learning. Students can adjust their mix of liberal arts, theology, and professional training in ways that suit their learning styles and that help achieve both personal and professional goals.

Required Freshmen Courses

All incoming freshman are required to take the "WorldView" Seminars. The courses lay an important foundation for academic excellence and Christian community that is integral to the university's mission.

Students and faculty together explore topics that influence global cultures within the context of the university's Presbyterian tradition.

Professional Fields of Study Provide Wide Career Choice

The University of Dubuque offers students a wide choice of professional fields of study.

Departments within the four schools at UD include: aviation, business administration, communication, computer graphics and interactive media, computer information services, English, education, fine arts and performing arts, natural and applied sciences, nursing, philosophy and religion, physical education, psychology, and sociology.

School of Business Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

The School of Business offers undergraduate degrees in business administration and computer information systems.

The business administration bachelor's degree offers concentrations in general business, human resources management, marketing, accounting and information systems, and accounting and certified public accountant.

The computer information systems bachelor's degree comprises five fields of study: database, programming languages, network systems and design, information security, and web tools and applications.

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree gives students advanced business acumen with courses that integrate communication and knowledge management, finance, human capital, organizational management, and business strategy and modeling. The university has been offering an M.B.A. program in Dubuque, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore for three decades.

School of Liberal Arts Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

Within the School of Liberal Arts students may pursue undergraduate degree majors in communication, natural and applied science, biology, environmental science, English, philosophy and religion, psychology, and sociology. Students may also earn a Master of Arts degree in Communication. Students may choose from a number of "free electives" based on a chosen minor or personal interest.

School of Professional Programs Undergraduate Degrees

The School of Professional Programs offers bachelor's degrees in flight operations; aviation management; computer graphics and interactive media; nursing; teacher education; and health, physical education, and recreation.

Graduates are eligible for certification where applicable. For example, the Bachelor of Science degree in Flight Operations is centered on a Pilot Training School certified under FAA 14 CFR Part 141, and prepares students for FAA certification (licensing) and ratings.

All students who complete the UD teacher education program are eligible to apply for an Iowa Initial Teacher License.

Heeding the Call to Theological Education and Service

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (UDTS), a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is an ecumenical community, with students and faculty from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), as well as the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Reformed Church of America, and a number of other denominations.

The seminary offers the Master of Divinity degree through a residential program and is the only seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that is accredited to provide a Distance Master of Divinity degree. The seminary is also the only seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that is part of a university.

Success Center Provides Every Kind of Help

The university's Academic Success Center connects students with the resources to achieve both academic and personal goals.

Services include individual tutoring, writing, disability accommodations, testing services, academic probation support services, English learning labs, math learning labs, peer assisted learning study groups, and athletic study tables.

Student Life and Community Service

UD has three traditional residence halls for undergraduate students living on campus and six apartment style buildings for upper-class students. Townhouses are available for all seminary and graduate students.

Activities and events planned by various clubs and organizations supplement students' academic life with valuable experience, fun, and friendship. Out-of-classroom programs provide opportunities for vocational growth, leadership training, community service, and personal development. Greek life also thrives at UD through numerous sororities and fraternities.

UD has been recognized nationally for its history of community service throughout the years. Students participate in service projects they plan both in the classroom and through co-curricular programs, fraternities or sororities, and in campus ministry.

Study Abroad Opportunities

UD study abroad programs bring international experience to students, many of whom cannot spend an entire semester abroad. Students return, even from short study trips, with new knowledge about foreign societies and world viewpoints.

Career Guidance, Financial Aid, and ROTC

UD Career Services provides comprehensive career path counseling to undergraduate and graduate students, UDTS students, and UD alumni.

Eighty-five percent of UD's students receive financial assistance through scholarships, awards and grants, loans, or work-study programs. A Reserve Officers' Training Course (ROTC) program is offered as an elective along with associated merit-based scholarships.

Campus Setting and Surrounding Area

Situated on the Mississippi River where the borders of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa meet, the city of Dubuque offers the amenities of a larger city with the security and comfort of a smaller town.

A lively cultural scene includes the Grand Opera House, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of museums, theaters, nightlife, boutiques, and restaurants. Some of the Midwest's most interesting cities -- Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis-St. Paul -- are within easy driving distance.

Location & Contact

Address 2000 University Avenue
Dubuque, IA  52001-5099
United States
Contact Mr. Bob Broshous
Director of Admissions
Phone: 563-589-3199
Fax: 563-589-3690

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Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration, General Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management, General Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Communication, General Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Computer And Information Sciences, General Checkmark
Computer Graphics Checkmark
Data Processing And Data Processing Technology/technician Checkmark
Education Associate Bachelors
Biology Teacher Education Checkmark
Chemistry Teacher Education Checkmark
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Elementary Education And Teaching Checkmark
English/language Arts Teacher Education Checkmark
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Health Teacher Education Checkmark
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Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education Checkmark
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Registered Nursing/registered Nurse Checkmark
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Exercise Science And Kinesiology Checkmark
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, And Kinesiology, Other Checkmark
Sport And Fitness Administration/management Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry, General Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
Criminal Justice/safety Studies Checkmark
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
Theological And Ministerial Studies, Other Checkmark
Transportation And Materials Moving Associate Bachelors
Airline/commercial/professional Pilot And Flight Crew Checkmark
Aviation/airway Management And Operations Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Visual And Performing Arts, General Checkmark


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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
2 recommendations
Recommended Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 490 420 540
SAT Math 485 420 540
ACT Composite 20 17 22

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

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Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 7.76%
Black or African American 14.36%
White or Caucasian 62.83%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.16%
Asian 1.37%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.37%
Two or more races 2.8%
Other 3.38%


Male (55.42%)
Female (44.58%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 42%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Homecoming, Involvement Fair and Finals Feast

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Greek Council, Saudi Student Organization, Student Nurses Association, Accounting Club and ROTC

Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Football Checkmark Division 3 No
Golf Checkmark Division 3 No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Wrestling No Division 3 No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 2 No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No
Wrestling No No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 107
Part-time - 296
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