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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.

Profile of Clarke College

Clarke is located in Dubuque, IA (a small city). The school is a Roman Catholic school. Clarke is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by the school is the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Clarke has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The school is known for its programs in art studies, drama and performing arts, nursing and emergency medicine, and therapy and Counselling.

Clarke Selectivity

Clarke does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 480. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 460 and 640. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Clarke has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

The school had 1, 230 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

Clarke offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Clarke values student athletics, and belongs to the Midwest Classic Conference.

Clarke Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management59business management, accounting
Nursing and Emergency Medicine58registered nursing, nurse practitioner
Therapy and Counselling55physical therapy, psychology
Education and Teaching33education, physical education teaching, music teaching
Art Studies12art studies
Liberal Arts12history, English, liberal arts and sciences, Spanish language, sociology
Family and Social Work11social work
Computer Science and Engineering8computer science, computer and info science
Science8biology, chemistry
Media8public relations and advertising
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy4athletic trainer
Fine Arts0art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy0philosophy, religion

Contact: Clarke

Clarke College

1550 Clarke Dr

Dubuque, IA 52001-3198

General Phone: (563) 588-6300


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