University of Dubuque: Narrative Description

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2000 University Ave.
Dubuque, IA 52001-5099
Tel: (563)589-3000
Admissions: (563)589-3214
Fax: (563)589-3690
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Independent Presbyterian, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1852. Setting: 56-acre suburban campus. Total enrollment: 1,380. Faculty: 158 (70 full-time, 88 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 758 applied, 80% were admitted. 7% from top 10% of their high school class, 21% from top quarter, 51% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 15 class presidents, 2 valedictorians, 100 student government officers. Full-time: 1,046 students, 35% women, 65% men. Part-time: 74 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 37 states and territories, 2 other countries, 57% from out-of-state, 3% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 10% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 1% 25 or older, 70% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; visual/performing arts; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Loras College, Clarke College (IA). Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $22,545 includes full-time tuition ($16,660), mandatory fees ($185), and college room and board ($5700). College room only: $2900. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $375 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 13% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, Students in Free Enterprise, Student Activities Board, Student Government Association, Web of Life (environmental science). Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Founders' Day Ball, Christmas Candlelight Ceremony. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 700 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Charles C. Myer's Library with 168,579 books, 20,000 microform titles, 484 serials, 1,169 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 220 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.