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University of Dubuque

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

University of Dubuque Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to University of Dubuque, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

University of Dubuque Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of University of Dubuque's admissions stats.

University of Dubuque 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.2
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 2%
Mean SAT Score 1050
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 15%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 30%
Waitlist No

University of Dubuque Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Dubuque.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Want to Apply Early to University of Dubuque?

University of Dubuque does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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Transferring to University of Dubuque

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Dubuque

University of Dubuque has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does University of Dubuque Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at University of Dubuque

What does University of Dubuque consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Interview Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with University of Dubuque for more information on admission factors.

University of Dubuque 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to University of Dubuque, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with University of Dubuque's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Dubuque?

Students admitted to University of Dubuque have an average unweighted GPA of 3.2.

Out of all students that were admitted, 58% submitted a class rank. At University of Dubuque 2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 12% were in the top 25% and 39% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Dubuque, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 9%
3.75 and 3.99 17%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 11%
3.00 and 3.24 12%
2.50 and 2.9 20%
2.00 and 2.49 13%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of Dubuque directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of Dubuque considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

University of Dubuque is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 15% of University of Dubuque's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 30% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Dubuque?

To be competitive with other University of Dubuque applicants, you should aim to score between 930 and 1170 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Dubuque 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1170 and 25% of scored lower than 930, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Dubuque student is 1050.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Dubuque students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 470 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Dubuque students scored 590 or higher, and 75% scored a 470 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for University of Dubuque?

To be most competitive at University of Dubuque, you should strive to earn between 18 and 24 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 24 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Dubuque's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24, and three out of four students scored lower than 24 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Dubuque students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to University of Dubuque

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of Dubuque. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Dubuque during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

University of Dubuque Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Dubuque?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Dubuque.

Does University of Dubuque accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Dubuque accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Dubuque accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does University of Dubuque accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ University of Dubuque accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Dubuque?

❌ No, University of Dubuque is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is University of Dubuque's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for University of Dubuque is 78%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Dubuque?

❌ University of Dubuque does not offer early decision.

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University of Dubuque Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into University of Dubuque? University of Dubuque is a somewhat selective institution. The University of Dubuque acceptance rate is 78%. This means that the institution accepts 77 out of every 100 applicants.


University of Dubuque Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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 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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Dubuque, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.24. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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