Clarke University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Clarke University

Clarke University is a Catholic liberal arts institution situated in Dubuque, Iowa. Professional disciplines such as nursing, education, and business are popular, but students will also find lots of opportunities to study the liberal arts and sciences. Academics are backed by a healthy 8 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. Overall, Clarke represents a good value, and the vast majority of students receive some form of significant grant aid. The Clarke Crusaders play in the NAIA Midwest Classic Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,004 (744 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male/59% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $34,670
  • Books: $1,330
  • Room and Board: $10,000
  • Other Expenses: $3,120
  • Total Cost: $49,120

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 95%
    • Loans: 100%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,463
    • Loans: $8,094

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Degree options: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Psychology, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 61%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 63%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Bowling, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Track & Field, Golf, Soccer, Cross Country
  • Women’s Sports: Bowling, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Track & Field, Golf, Cross Country

Overview of Clarke University Admissions

Clarke University admits even out of every ten applicants each year, making it not selective. T Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data

  • Clarke University Admissions Overview: 82%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 460/548
    • SAT Math: 470/548
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 19/23
    • ACT English: 16/23
    • ACT Math: 17/25

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Clarke University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Clarke University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Clarke University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Washington State University, East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Georgia State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Clarke University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University

Applying to Clarke University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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