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 University.  

Duquesne University, a private Catholic university, is committed to providing students with an experience where they can 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. Here, you’ll choose from awide variety of undergraduate majors in the Schools of Business, Education, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Music, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Duquesne also offers 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 coreset of values that guide us even now. Duquesne 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 Duquesne degree commands respect
We have earned numerous national
accolades for our programs and initiatives:

U.S. News & World Report:
• Top-tier national university—ranked #119
Ranked #40 in the country for offering high-quality academics at a good price
One of the 100 “most popular” colleges and universities
• One of the nation’s top 150 Business programs

The Princeton Review:
• The Best 380 Colleges
• The 311 Most Green Colleges

A great school at a great price
Our outstanding academics and affordable cost place Duquesne in the top 50 of the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list (U.S. News & World Report) and in the top 100 “best values” in private schools nationwide (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance). International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships to help reduce the cost of tuition as well.

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 are not 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. Dining Services offersfresh 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. And you’ll find that native Pittsburghers are famous for their warm welcomes and friendliness.

Duquesne’s central location puts you 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 assist you at 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 social media 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 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 will 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, including teacher and mentor recommendations and a personal statement, will help us review your credentials effectively and understand who you are as a student and person.

International students are not required to submit TOEFL scores as part of their admission portfolio. English as a Second Language is available to those in need of English training.

Duquesne offers merit-based financial aid in the form of academic, athletic, and music scholarships.

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

“Duquesne has provided me with the means to develop myself as an individual. I have grown tremendously in many aspects of life during my time at Duquesne.”
— Samih Nassif, Colombia, Biochemistry


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Vibrant, friendly, and safe, Pittsburgh has been ranked as one of America’s most livable cities. Its location combines the best of the Midwest and the East Coast regions of the United States. Duquesne’s campus overlooks the “Golden Triangle” of downtown from its attractive hilltop setting called “the Bluff.” Take a virtual tour: duq.edu/tour.


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, 512 part-time;
student-faculty ratio of 14:1

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in nine schools: Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences, the Law School, 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, 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, on-campus housing during summer/holidays

International Student Budget: (2019–2020)
Tuition: $39,992–$46,556
Room and Board
(double occupancy): $13,088
Personal Expenses and Health Insurance: $4,000
Total: $57,080–$63,644

Financial Aid: Scholarships available for international students and US nationals based on academic, music, and athletic abilities
Test Score Requirements: TOEFL, IELTS, and SAT scores are not required of foreign nationals, but they are highly recommended. English gateway programs are available.

Application Deadlines and Fees: Duquesne accepts applications on a rolling basis except for the programs in Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant, which have a deadline of December 1.

There are no application fees.

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