Clarke College

Clarke College

Clarke College is a four-year, private college situated in Iowa, United States. It is a Catholic liberal-arts college. The College was founded in 1843 by Mother Mary Frances Clarke, as Saint Mary's Academy, a boarding school for girls. Clarke College is located on a hill-top in Dubuque and is spread across a 55-acre campus. Clarke College offers graduate programs, adult education, corporate training and special programs in various fields of study. The departments of study at the College include accounting, athletic training, computer science, history, music, religious studies, and social studies.

Clarke College has an active student participation in athletics. The College athletic teams are nicknamed as Crusaders. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and Midwest Collegiate Conference. The varsity athletic teams of the college participate in sports like cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, golf, and softball.

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Contacting Clarke

Clarke College
1550 Clarke Dr
Dubuque , IA 52001-3198
General Phone: (563) 588-6300

Clarke Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine64registered nursing, nurse practitioner
Business and Management64business management, accounting
Therapy and Counseling53psychology, physical therapy
Education and Teaching42education, music teaching, physical education teaching
Fine Arts21fine arts, art history and criticism
Media18public relations and advertising
Science18biology, biochemistry, chemistry
Liberal Arts17Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, sociology, history
Computer Science and Engineering13computer and info science, computer science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy12sports and fitness management, athletic trainer
Family and Social Work5social work
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy, religion
Music1music performance

Number of programs and degrees for Clarke in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree24528
Master's degree524
Associate's degree11
Post-master's certificate11
Doctor's degree - professional practice381

Clarke Student Body

In 2007-2008, Clarke had a total enrollment of 1,230 students (1,107 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 35%
Women 65%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 81%
Graduate 19%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 54%
Black 1%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 42%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 24%
20-21 27%
22-24 16%
25-29 10%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Clarke Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 67 %

Clarke Room and Board (2007)

Clarke offers campus housing for 577 of its 1,107 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Dubuque, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Clarke Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440533
SAT Math420610
SAT Writing410490
ACT Verbal2026
ACT Math2026
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT9%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT90%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Clarke Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 22,378
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,378
Room and board $ 6,574
Room charge $ 3,198
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,376
Books and supplies $ 1,008
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Clarke participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 185200)

Clarke Faculty

Clarke has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year6$61,2142*
Associate professoracademic year6$56,50113$49,675
Assistant professoracademic year9$46,69717$46,547
Instructoracademic year6$46,90312$43,891
All faculty totalacademic year27$52,14744$47,384

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Clarke Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Midwest Classic Conference
Baseball Midwest Classic Conference
Track Midwest Classic Conference

Clarke Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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Clarke Highlights

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What Sets Clarke Apart:

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% of degrees in art studies
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Top 6%Clarke % of degrees in art studies
Number of students
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Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 11%Clarke Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 11%Clarke % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
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Top 12%Clarke % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 14%Clarke Female % of student body
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Top 14%Clarke % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 15%Clarke Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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Top 18%Clarke % of degrees in drama and performing arts

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checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
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checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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