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University of Dubuque

Dubuque, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate85%

University of Dubuque Admissions

University of Dubuque is moderately difficult to get into. Around 85% of applicants get into University of Dubuque each year. Out of 1,579 applications received in 2023, 1,343 students were offered admission.

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

University of Dubuque Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

University of Dubuque 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 2%
Mean SAT Score 1040
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 16%
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.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Dubuque Admissions

How To Get Into University of Dubuque

Getting into University of Dubuque is moderately difficult. University of Dubuque evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, University of Dubuque accepted 85% of all applicants, about 1,343 from 1,579 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like University of Dubuque, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

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 has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling 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 put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of Dubuque

Curious about the factors that are considered by University of Dubuque 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
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered

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

University of Dubuque 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 4.0. University of Dubuque considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 56% submitted a class rank. At University of Dubuque 2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 14% 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 16%
3.75 and 3.99 19%
3.50 and 3.74 14%
3.25 and 3.49 11%
3.00 and 3.24 11%
2.50 and 2.9 14%
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 is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 16% 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 strive to earn between 970 and 1130 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Dubuque 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1130 and 25% of scored lower than 970, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Dubuque student is 1040.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Dubuque students scored 600 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 560 or higher, and 75% scored a 470 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of Dubuque, you should strive to earn between 19 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 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Dubuque students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer 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.

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

❌ No, University of Dubuque is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is University of Dubuque's acceptance rate?

✅ University of Dubuque has an acceptance rate of 85%.

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 85%. This means that the institution accepts 85 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

970 - 1130


Math SAT Range

480 - 600


Reading SAT Range

470 - 560

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1130 and Above


970 to 1130


970 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Dubuque students is 1040. Applicants with SAT scores of 1130 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Dubuque, while applicants with SAT scores between 970 to 1130 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 970 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 4.0. 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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