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Clarke University

Clarke University is a Catholic liberal arts college that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The 16-building campus is located in Dubuque, Iowa and is home to about 1,200 students at any one time. It was founded by an Irish woman named Mary Francis Clarke in 1843 as Saint Mary’s Academy and was originally a boarding school for girls. The school became a liberal arts college in 1901 and awarded its first bachelor’s degree in 1904. Notable alumni include the playwright Adam Rapp and actress Karen Morrow.

Educational Programs

Clarke University offers over 45 undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional degree programs. Undergraduate degree types include an Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science. Master degree types include Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctorates. Here are some of the educational programs offered at Clarke University.


  • Accounting
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Drama
  • Elementary Education
  • History
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Social Work


  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Medical
  • Technology
  • Laboratory Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Podiatric Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine


  • Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

In addition to coursework, the university has a few special programs students can participate in to supplement their educational experience. Those programs include the Honors Program, Study Abroad, Smart Start Program, and Army ROTC. They also have two honors programs, Dean’s List and Commencement Honors, that recognize students with exceptional academic achievements.

For students that are looking to earn a degree in the shortest amount of time, Clarke University has the TimeSaver program that allows adult students to earn one of eight degrees using a mix of online and onsite classes. Students are required to meet with an advisor to plan their course schedule.

Admissions Information

Clarke University admits students on a rolling basis, so you can apply for entry to the college for the fall, spring, or summer sessions. Students entering undergraduate programs must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and earn a competitive score on the SAT or ACT. High school students must have graduated (or be on track to graduate) from an accredited school or equivalent program and rank in the top half of their class. International students must earn a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper) or 70 (electronic) or higher. Transfer students must submit transcripts from all schools attended. Each graduate program has their own set of entrance requirements, and it best to contact the school for that information.

Once accepted, all students are required to submit a $200 deposit to hold their position. The deposit is applied towards tuition and fees.

Tuition Costs

Tuition at Clarke University for the 2012-13 school years are as follows:

  • Full-time Tuition: $13,050 per semester
  • Fees: $225 per semester
  • Technology Fee: $200 per semester
  • Housing: $2,000 to $2,700 per semester based on double occupancy
  • Graduate Tuition: $535 to $725 per credit depending on program
  • TimeSaver Program Tuition: $560 per credit
  • TimeSaver and Graduate Student Technology Fee: $35 per credit

Students can apply for financial aid using the FAFSA form. There are also a number of scholarships and need-based grants available at Clarke University. Private loans, federal work-study programs, employment on campus, and payment plans are other ways students can pay for their tuition.

Campus Life

On-campus housing is available at the school. A few building are standard dormitories for first- and second-year students. However, there are a few coed residence halls that offer apartment-style living space that can accommodate up to six people. These apartments include two bathrooms, dining room, kitchen, and living room.

Athletic programs at Clarke University consists of baseball or softball, basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, track and field, and volleyball for both men and women. There are also a number of student organizations on campus including:

  • Benchwarmers
  • Biology Club
  • Champions of Character
  • Clarke Leading Environmental Action Now
  • Clarke Student Association
  • Hippo Society
  • Students Against Violence Everywhere
  • Teachers for Tomorrow

As a Catholic college, there is a campus ministry where practicing Catholics can worship, go on retreats, and participate in service learning opportunities.


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