Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

#254 National Colleges

74.33% Admission Rate
Not Very Selective

5,837 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, medium, highly residential
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit ( or ) (Duquesne University or Duquesne) is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne first opened as the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost in October 1878 with an enrollment of 40 students and a faculty of six. In 1911, the college became the first Catholic university-level institution in Pennsylvania. It is the only Spiritan institution of higher education in the world. It is named for an 18th-century governor of New France, Michel-Ange Duquesne de Menneville.

Duquesne has since expanded to over 9,300 graduate and undergraduate students within a self-contained 49-acre (19.8 ha) hilltop campus in Pittsburgh's Bluff neighborhood. The school maintains an associate campus in Rome and encompasses ten schools of study. The university hosts international students from more than 80 countries although most students—about 80%—are from Pennsylvania or the surrounding region. Duquesne is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". There are more than 93,000 living alumni of the university including two cardinals and the current bishop of Pittsburgh.

The Duquesne Dukes compete in NCAA Division I. Duquesne men's basketball appeared twice in national championship games in the 1950s and won the NIT championship in 1955.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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City: Large (population of 250,000 or more)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Health Professions And Related Programs 31.9%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 23.1%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 8.8%
Education 6.7%
Social Sciences 5.5%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 4.8%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4.4%
Psychology 4.2%
Visual And Performing Arts 2.7%
History 2.0%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.5%
Engineering 1.2%
Mathematics And Statistics 1.1%
Physical Sciences 0.8%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.4%
Natural Resources And Conservation 0.4%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 0.2%
Theology And Religious Vocations 0.1%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0.1%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 0.1%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.1%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1221 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 650 605 560
Verbal 650 610 570

ACT Scores

26 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 27 25 22
English 29 26 22