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Clarke University Data & Information Overview

5 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
89% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Clarke University Ranked?

#1,135 Best Colleges in Nation
#24 Best Colleges in IA
Nursing Highest Ranked Major

2024 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 5 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Clarke is ranked #1,135 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Clarke held the #1,168 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 40 colleges in Iowa, Clarke is ranked at #24.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Clarke?

89% Acceptance Rate
28% Of Accepted Are Women
8% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 89%, Clarke University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

About 8% 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 460 and 550. Math scores were between 440 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Clarke University  ( 460 to 550 )

SAT Math Scores for Clarke University  ( 440 to 570 )
Clarke received ACT scores from 21% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Clarke University  ( 19 to 23 )

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Clarke University Faculty

8 to 1 Student to Faculty
59% Full Time Teachers

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

65% Freshmen Retention
53% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Clarke University is 65%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  65 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 53%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  53 out of 100

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

Clarke University Undergraduate Student Diversity

634 Full-Time Undergraduates
27.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
50.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 659 undergraduates at Clarke with 634 being full-time and 25 being part-time.

How Much Does Clarke University Cost?

$24,860 Net Price
83% Take Out Loans
$49,676 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Clarke is $24,860. 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 +
$21,117 $24,023 $22,412 $27,232 $27,557

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 83% of students took out student loans averaging $12,419 a year. That adds up to $49,676 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Clarke is 1.5%. 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?

$47,254 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Clarke make around $47,254 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Clarke students since it is 11% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Clarke University make the most money.

Location of Clarke University

Iowa State
634 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
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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Contact details for Clarke are given below.

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

Clarke University Majors

32 Majors With Completions
161 Undergraduate Degrees
89 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 32 majors graduated from Clarke University. Of these students, 161 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
Business Administration & Management 29 $49,623
General Psychology 22 $32,717
Nursing 22 $53,088
Teacher Education Grade Specific 11 $34,866
General Biology 11 NA
Health & Physical Education 10 NA
Allied Health Professions 8 NA
Social Work 8 NA
Philosophy 6 NA
Accounting 5 NA

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

Online Learning at Clarke

62% Take At Least One Class Online
4% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 549 students took at least one online class at Clarke University. This is a decrease from the 570 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 549 32
2019-2020 570 31
2018-2019 157 51
2017-2018 138 75
2016-2017 159 65

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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.


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