Duquesne University: Narrative Description

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600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0001
Tel: (412)396-6000
Free: 800-456-0590
Admissions: (412)396-5000
Fax: (412)396-5779
Web Site: http://www.duq.edu/


Independent Roman Catholic, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1878. Setting: 43-acre urban campus. Endowment: $109.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $10.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8522 per student. Total enrollment: 9,722. Faculty: 874 (414 full-time, 460 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 3,221 applied, 85% were admitted. 27% from top 10% of their high school class, 54% from top quarter, 84% from top half. 31 valedictorians. Full-time: 5,239 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 345 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 57 other countries, 19% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 7% 25 or older, 54% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Harrisburg Campus, Westinghouse Electric in Monroeville, American Eagle Outfitter in Cranberry, US Steel Irwin Works/Plant in Braddock, Art Institute, Moon Township, Pittsburgh Technical Institute, St. Vincent. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 7/1, 11/1 for early decision, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $28,180 includes full-time tuition ($18,693), mandatory fees ($1667), and college room and board ($7820). College room only: $4266. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $608 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $65 per credit. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 134 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 14% of eligible men and 14% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, University Volunteers, Program Council, Commuter Council, Black Student Union. Major annual events: Orientation, Dance Marathon, Carnival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, 24-hour front desk personnel, 24-hour video monitors at residence hall entrances, surveillance cameras throughout the campus. 3,340 college housing spaces available; 2,902 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Gumberg Library plus 1 other with 723,919 books, 328,312 microform titles, 1,124 serials, 49,175 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.8 million. 800 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located adjacent to downtown Pittsburgh, Duquesne University's modern hilltop campus is readily accessible to the business, entertainment, and shopping centers of the city, while still offering students the privacy and peace of its own self-enclosed 43-acre site. Long noted as one of the world's great corporate centers, Pittsburgh combines the features of urban living with many of the charms and personal characteristics of a much smaller town. The world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre all perform regularly in the elegant Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts and the Benedum Center. The theatergoer can choose from productions of the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, local college drama departments and programs, and a wide variety of summer and after dinner club theatres. Duquesne students can visit such points of interest as The Pittsburgh Z

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