Clarke University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Dubuque, Iowa
Dubuque, Iowa. Dirk / Wikimedia Commons

Clarke University Admissions Overview:

Clarke University admits around seven out of every ten applicants each year, making it not highly selective. To apply, interested students need to submit a completed application, test scores from either the SAT or ACT, and high school transcripts. While a campus visit and personal interview are not required, they are strongly encouraged for prospective students to get a feel for the school. Check out Clarke's website for more information, and to contact the admissions office with any questions you have!

Admissions Data (2016):

Clarke University Description:

Clarke University is a small, private Catholic liberal arts university located in Dubuque, Iowa. The 55-acre campus sits on a bluff overlooking the city and the nearby Mississippi River. The University of DubuqueLoras College, and Emmaus Bible College are each less than a mile from Clarke's campus. Professional fields such as nursing, education and business are all extremely popular at Clarke, but students will also find lots of opportunities to study the liberal arts and sciences. Academics are supported by a healthy 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Overall, Clarke represents an excellent value, and the great majority of students receive some form of significant grant aid. The school has strong retention and graduation rates (in relation to the student profile), and also has high job and graduate school placement rates. Student life is active with over 30 official student organizations and many other student activities. On the athletic front, the Clarke Crusaders compete in the NAIA Midwest Classic Conference. The university fields eight men's and eight women's intercollegiate teams. Popular sports include soccer, softball, basketball, and track and field.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,043 (801 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 34% Male / 66% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $30,900
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,200
  • Other Expenses: $3,200
  • Total Cost: $44,500

Clarke University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 79%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,463
    • Loans: $8,094

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Biology, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Nursing, Psychology

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 49%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 61%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Bowling, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field, Golf, Soccer, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Bowling, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Track and Field, Golf, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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