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Clarke University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Clarke University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

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 landed the #699 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 31 colleges in Iowa, Clarke is ranked at #16.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Clarke?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Clarke University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 63%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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 )

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Clarke University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Clarke it is much better at 8 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

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

Clarke University has a freshmen retention rate of 75%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Clarke the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 48%. That is great when compared to 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 768 undergraduates at Clarke with 708 being full-time and 60 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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 right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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. Dubuque is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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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 learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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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