Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA 15282
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Duquesne University is a private university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1878 as the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost. The first school year, just 40 students enrolled. The university now has an annual enrollment that exceeds 10,000 students. The main campus has grown over the years and now encompasses more than 49 acres in the Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The campus includes 31 buildings, and several of the buildings feature Victorian Gothic architecture. Duquesne University offers many different undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its nine schools and colleges, including the Duquesne School of Nursing.

The School of Nursing was established in 1935. Students may enroll in traditional BSN, RN to BSN, accelerated BSN, MSN, DNP, and Ph.D. nursing programs. These options are accredited by the CCNE. The nursing school was also the first in the nation to offer a Ph.D. program online. The RN to BSN program is also offered online. The traditional BSN program is designed to be completed in four years. The accelerated program is for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a separate field and includes two pathways. These options include a 12-month program and a 16-month program. The BSN programs include clinical practice at local healthcare clinics and hospitals. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students9,190
Student to Faculty Ratio13:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate86%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Master's degree 0 20
Post-master's certificate 0 1
Bachelor's degree 29 234
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 1 8
Doctor's degree - professional practice 1 13
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 93.1%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
07/01/1935 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/20/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/20/2002 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1120 to 1270
ACT24 to 29
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Considered but not required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates --

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,206/credit
In State Students$1,206/credit
Out of State Students$1,206/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$1,259/credit
In State Students$1,259/credit
Out of State Students$1,259/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $54,270 $54,270 $54,270
ADN 70 $84,420 $84,420 $84,420
BSN 125 $150,750 $150,750 $150,750
FNP 50 $62,950 $62,950 $62,950
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Duquesne University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 20% $4,180
Other Federal Grant 19% $436
State Grant & Scholarships 26% $3,595
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 99% $17,787
Federal Student Loans 74% $5,668
Private Loans 17% $16,892


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$21,838
$30,001 to $48,000$23,919
$48,001 to $75,000$26,218
$75,001 to $110,000$29,437
Over $110,000$32,172

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Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Duquesne University
Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

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