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Clarke University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Clarke University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Clarke University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Clarke University was awarded 9 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is psychology.

Overall Quality

Clarke is ranked #699 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Clarke is also ranked #16 out of 31 schools in Iowa.

See all of the rankings for Clarke University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Clarke?

Acceptance Rate

Clarke University has an acceptance rate of 63%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Clarke.

Average Test Scores

About 10% of students accepted to Clarke submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 470 and 583. Math scores were between 500 and 565.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Clarke University  ( 470 to 583 )

SAT Math Scores for Clarke University  ( 500 to 565 )
Clarke received ACT scores from 90% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Clarke University  ( 20 to 25 )

Learn more about Clarke University admissions.

Clarke University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Clarke is an impressive 8 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Clarke University is 59%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  59 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Clarke University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 75% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Clarke University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Clarke for first-time, full-time students is 48%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  48 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Clarke University.

Good Overall Diversity at Clarke

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 685 undergraduates at Clarke with 645 being full-time and 40 being part-time.

Clarke Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Clarke is 81.55 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  81.55 out of 100
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How Much Does Clarke University Cost?

The overall average net price of Clarke is $23,464. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Clarke

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$19,010 $18,192 $22,249 $23,765 $27,011

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Clarke, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Clarke, approximately 100% of students took out student loans averaging $6,583 a year. That adds up to $26,332 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Clarke is 4.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Clarke Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Clarke with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $41,300 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Clarke University make the most money.

Location of Clarke University

Clarke University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Dubuque, Iowa. The location of Clarke is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of Clarke University

Contact details for Clarke are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1550 Clarke Dr, Dubuque, IA 52001-3198
Phone: 563-588-6300

Clarke University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 31 majors graduated from Clarke University. Of these students, 182 received undergraduate degrees and 89 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 30 $54,700
Business Administration & Management 29 $36,900
General Psychology 27 $29,600
Teacher Education Grade Specific 17 NA
Health & Physical Education 13 NA
General Biology 10 NA
Allied Health Professions 8 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 8 NA
Philosophy 8 NA
Computer Information Systems 7 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Clarke University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Clarke

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 138 students took at least one online class at Clarke University. This is a decrease from the 159 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 138 75
2016-2017 159 65
2015-2016 109 19
2014-2015 100 100
2013-2014 307 4

Learn more about online learning at Clarke University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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