See what students say:

Academics

Clarke College is a "close-knit" Catholic school where students and faculty are "one big family" and there are "opportunities for everyone." "I love the small, personal environment that Clarke provides," one mathematics major says. "It is clear that faculty and staff care about me as an individual, and not just as another student." Here, students "constantly feel at home and supported," and walking around campus you "always see a familiar face and are on a first-name basis with everyone." However, "because Clarke is small, it cannot offer as wide a range of classes as larger universities," and "some majors are stronger than others." Among its strong programs are the "respected education program" and its "amazing nursing program." "Clarke emphasizes the importance of being involved in its community," and "everyone is learning from each other." Students love "the 11-to-1 student-teacher ratio" that allows professors "to give you one-on-one attention, which is really beneficial." Professors at Clarke are "accessible outside of class" and "hesitate [to] go on until everyone has grasped the concept being taught."

Student Body

Although Clarke "used to be very female-dominated," a larger number of men have been attending, and the gender balance is "evening out." Thus the stereotype of "a white Catholic girl who dates boys from Loras or UD" is becoming less common at Clarke. "All students are very different at Clarke," suggests one student, "however everyone is accepting of differences, and all students are accepted." Students get "involved in campus life through activities and clubs or athletics," and the school is simply "too small…for students not to fit in." Clarke is "a very open place," and "you never hear of any form of discrimination or harassment. It just doesn't happen here."

Campus Life

Clarke is like its own small town, one student explains. "Everyone knows everyone else's business. It's also a little boring to see the same people every day, but that's what you get at a small school." Some students wished "there was a Greek life with sororities and fraternities" at the school, but most just wish for "more fun things to do!" Because there are a large number of commuter students at Clarke, a significant portion of the student population does not spend much time on campus. "The main social activity for Clarke is drinking on the weekends, and if you do not enjoy doing that, then it is hard to find things to do besides a movie or going out to eat." "Drinking is a popular social activity, but bowling and the movies are popular as well," suggests another student. However, the "activities board tries to provide a variety of activities every weekend. We can see comedians and musicians pretty regularly." Students also "receive a ‘weekend update' e-mail message every week provided all the activities going on campus and around town," although students caution that the nearby town of Dubuque "does not have much of a night life toward college students so many just stay at the dorms bored."

Overview

Applicants
1,359
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average HS GPA
3.51

GPA Breakdown

35%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 530
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
475 - 550
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
156
with Terminal Degree
64

105
Women
51
Men
3
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Computer Teacher Education.
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education.
  • Education, General.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Educational/Instructional Technology.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Reading Teacher Education.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN).
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist.
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies.
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Pedagogy.
  • Music Performance, General.


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Mary Jo Rossi Furgal
US Foreign Service

Celeste Pechous
Comedienne/ Actress

Jacqueline Battles
Forensic Chemist

Sandra Blake
Assistant State Attorney

Kathryn Rist Ely
CSI Scientist

Susan Dubuisson
Judge

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,459

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,750

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,582

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,538

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$28,000
Required Fees
$900
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,160

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$0
Transportation for Commuters
$1,400

On-Campus Room and Board
$8,400
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
949
Foreign Countries Represented
8

Demographics

3.75%
African-American
4.72%
Hispanic
88.85%
Caucasian
1.39%
International

68% female
32% male
38% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
56%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
86%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
48
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Crusaders)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Crusaders)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Dubuque

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
1550 Clarke Drive
Dubuque, IA 520013198

Phone
3195886300


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Campus Tours

Campus Tours
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On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation



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