Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

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Choosing a university in the United States is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. 

See why so many international students have chosen Duquesne as their US university. Join us to learn more about the purpose, the community, and the programs behind Duquesne.

Duquesne University is a private Catholic university committed to providing students with an educational experience that allows them to become something more. We believe challenging classes serve as the foundation for you to grow academically, socially, and spiritually. We call this education for the mind, heart, and spirit. At DU, you’ll choose from a wide variety of undergraduate majors in the Schools of Business, Education, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Music, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Nursing, and Pharmacy. We also offer a major in Biomedical Engineering and pioneered the nation’s first dual degree in Biomedical Engineering and Nursing. 

Founded in 1878 by the Spiritans to serve Pittsburgh’s immigrant population, Duquesne was built on a core set of values that guide us to this day. The University welcomes students of all races, cultures, and religious traditions. We believe in building community, in having a global vision, in promoting high academic standards, and in a commitment to service. First and foremost, everyone at Duquesne is here to make sure you succeed academically and throughout life.

A great school at a great price
Our outstanding academics and affordable cost place Duquesne among U.S. News & World Report’s top 55 “Best Value Schools” and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s top 100 “best values” in private schools. International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships to help reduce the cost of tuition.  

Our campus and our city 
Duquesne’s private campus is a safe, park-like oasis located on a hilltop overlooking Pittsburgh. Our Living Learning Centers aren’t just dormitories but communities that help you transition and experience University life to the fullest. On-campus recreational facilities in our state-of-the-art Power Center allow you to keep fit and healthy, while Dining Services offers freshly prepared meals with ingredients from local farms to ensure the healthiest food possible. 

Pittsburgh—a vibrant city rich in culture and characterized by rivers and hillsides, international corporations, and ethnic neighborhoods—is an ideal place for international students. The city is a national leader in higher education, health care, robotics, and green building technology. You’ll find that native Pittsburghers are famous for their warm welcomes and friendliness. Duquesne’s central location puts students close to a wide range of cultural and recreational activities. You can also enjoy hiking, camping, and cycling in nearby parks, and commuters can find many friendly, safe neighborhoods close to campus. 

Our international community 
Duquesne’s Center for Global Engagement understands the challenges and opportunities of being an international student far away from home. We’ll assist you in every step of the application and arrival process and support you during your time at Duquesne. Our Cultural Ambassadors (CAs) are staff and student mentors who connect with you via email, Facebook, and other online platforms as soon as you apply to Duquesne. CAs can help you become part of the Duquesne community before you even arrive!

The International Student Organization, along with a variety of other international student cultural organizations, is among the largest and most active groups on campus. These groups help you connect to your home culture and learn about the many backgrounds and traditions represented at Duquesne. 

Selection and admission 
At Duquesne University, we believe you’ll succeed when you make the right “match.” We don’t believe you can simply be reduced to a set of statistics; coursework, grades, and test scores are just part of your story. Leadership, community service, and other extracurricular activities also tell us about you. Your ability to create a complete portfolio of your educational background includes teacher and mentor recommendations and a personal statement that will help us review your credentials effectively and understand who you are as a student and person. International students aren’t required to submit English language test scores as part of their admission portfolio. English as a Second Language is available to those in need of English training.  

Discover Duquesne! 
We hope you’ll want to learn more about Duquesne, our campus, our programs, and especially our students, faculty, and staff whose spirit, energy, and dedication form the foundation for our welcoming and supportive community. 



Ranked #132 among top-tier national universities | U.S. News & World Report


The Best 386 Colleges | The Princeton Review, 2020


Ranked #51 in the country for offering high academic quality at a good price | U.S. News & World Report


Ranked #119 among the “Top Universities for International Students” | U.S. News & World Report


The 413 Most Green Colleges | The Princeton Review, 2020


One of the nation’s top 175 Business programs | U.S. News & World Report


Vibrant, friendly, and safe, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, has been ranked as one of America’s “Most Livable Cities.” Its location combines the best of the Midwest and East Coast regions of the United States. Duquesne University’s campus overlooks the “Golden Triangle” downtown from its attractive hilltop setting called “the Bluff.” Take a virtual tour at duq.edu/tour.

Duquesne At A Glance

Type of School: Private, comprehensive, coeducational university founded in 1878 by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (the Spiritans)

Size of Campus: 50-acre urban campus located on “the Bluff” in downtown Pittsburgh

Number of Students: 6,000 undergraduate students, 3,500 graduate students; 800+ international students

Number of Faculty: 493 full-time and 481 part-time faculty members; 14:1 student-faculty ratio

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees offered in nine schools: Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences, Mary Pappert School of Music, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Mylan School of Pharmacy, Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Law, and the School of Nursing. There are also bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering.

Geographic Diversity: Students representing all 50 states and more than 75 countries

International Student Services: Center for Global Engagement, Cultural Ambassador Program, International Student Organization, English as a Second Language Program, comprehensive advising, international student orientations, workshops, events, on-campus housing during summer/holidays

International Student Budget: (2020–2021)
• Tuition: $41,892–$48,280
• Room and Board (double occupancy): $13,612
• Personal Expenses and Health Insurance: $4,000
• Total: $59,504–$65,892 

Financial Aid: Scholarships are available for international students and US nationals based on academic, music, and athletic abilities. Undergraduate students typically receive between $5,000–$22,000 per academic year.

Test Score Requirements: All undergraduate majors are currently SAT and ACT test-optional. TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, and Duolingo English Test scores aren’t required but are highly recommended. English pathway programs are also available.

Application Deadlines and Fees: Applicants can apply directly through the University’s application or through the Common App. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis except for the Physician Assistant program, which has a deadline of December 1. There is no application fee. 

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Duquesne has provided me with the means to develop myself as an individual. I’ve grown tremendously in many aspects of life during my time at Duquesne.”

    • Samih Nassif