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Duquesne University Welcomes Record-Breaking Incoming Class

The largest incoming class in Duquesne University history is set to start classes on Monday, Aug. 26. The record-breaking class of more than 1,550 freshmen is also among the most academically talented.

"The caliber of students entering Duquesne this fall demonstrates that the University offers a highly desirable educational environment," said Paul-James Cukanna, associate provost for enrollment management. "This success represents the dedicated work of admissions, financial aid and many strategic academic, administrative and student services partners across campus."

The University's freshman survey shows that the offered programs of study draw them to Duquesne; the largest numbers of freshmen are enrolled in the schools of business, liberal arts and health sciences. Growing academic programs include music, nursing, business and health sciences, according to preliminary statistics. In addition to Duquesne being a private institution, freshmen selected the University for its urban setting, academic reputation, size and distance from home.

While undergraduate enrollment has stayed fairly flat at many institutions, it continues to grow at Duquesne University. "We believe that an increasing number of academically talented students are finding that Duquesne is the right fit for them," added Debbie Zugates, director of admission.

The majority of students in Duquesne's incoming class are from Pennsylvania, but 31 other states and several countries are represented, including Canada, China, Hungary, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, more minority students-particularly African-American and Latino students-are enrolling at the University. Nearly one of every four incoming freshmen has relatives who are alumni.

"Duquesne has continued to enroll and retain students at rates far above national averages, and our efforts have been recognized by others, including ranking surveys and ratings by major financial services firms," said Cukanna. 

With more than 80 majors-including a new biomedical engineering program that will launch in Fall 2014-plus interest in Duquesne's well-established programs, the trend of more academically prepared freshmen is expected to continue next year.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.