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University of Dubuque

Dubuque, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate78%
Acceptance Rate78%

About University of Dubuque

University of Dubuque Overview

University of Dubuque is a private, religious school in the suburban setting of Dubuque, Iowa. University of Dubuque was founded in 1852 and the school currently enrolls around 2,001 students a year, including 1,594 undergraduates. University of Dubuque offers on-campus housing for up to 891 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

Student Involvement at University of Dubuque

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of University of Dubuque's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? University of Dubuque students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

University of Dubuque does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

Planning to play sports? University of Dubuque has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at University of Dubuque on the Student Life page.

2022 University of Dubuque Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.2
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 15%
Tuition $36,800
Percent of Need Met 74%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $30,761

Is University of Dubuque a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better sense of what University of Dubuque offers and if it might be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for University of Dubuque

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Dubuque. Around 78% of applicants get into University of Dubuque each year. Out of 1,638 applications received in 2022, 1,276 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Dubuque

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 61% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at University of Dubuqueare still enrolled the next year. 40% of University of Dubuque undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for University of Dubuque Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with University of Dubuque directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

University of Dubuque's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of University of Dubuque's endowment was $238.9 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, University of Dubuque spends about $34,612 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Dubuque

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

University of Dubuque meets 74% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend University of Dubuque full-time are awarded $30,761 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $28,476 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Dubuque.

Based on this information, does University of Dubuque seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is University of Dubuque a good school for you?

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Where is University of Dubuque Located?

University of Dubuque is located in the suburban setting of Dubuque, Iowa.

If you would like to see University of Dubuque for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Highway 61/20/52 to Dubuque, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Dubuque Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of Dubuque and Dubuque are like without leaving home.

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College Info

2000 University Avenue Dubuque, IA 52001-5099

Campus Setting: Suburban

University of Dubuque Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Dubuque is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Dubuque is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

University of Dubuque ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

24 and Above


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18 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Dubuque is 20. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Dubuque. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Dubuque SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

930 - 1170


Math SAT Range

470 - 590


Reading SAT Range

470 - 590

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1170 and Above


930 to 1170


930 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Dubuque students is 1050. Applicants with SAT scores of 1170 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Dubuque, while applicants with SAT scores between 930 to 1170 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 930 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Dubuque.

University of Dubuque Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Dubuque is like? There are approximately 2,001 students enrolled at University of Dubuque, including 1,594 undergraduate students and 407 graduate students. 81% percent of students attend school full-time, 41% percent are from IA and 59% percent of students are from other states.


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