Student Life FAQs
Life on Campus
Q: Do I have to live on campus?
A: Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus or commute from home. Once a student becomes a junior, the choice is theirs to live on campus or not. There is housing available for those students who choose to stay for their later years.
Q: Can I park a car on campus?
A: Parking is permit-only on Duquesne's campus. Effective Fall 2020:
- Freshman resident students can purchase parking permits (after Thanksgiving break) for the Spring 2021 semester; no parking permits will be available for resident freshmen for the Fall 2020 semester.
- Freshman commuter students may apply for a parking permit for the Fall 2020 semester.
Q: Is there access to shopping?
A: Yes! The Loop Bus, provided by the Student Government Association, is a free shuttle service to grocery stores, restaurants and popular areas of the city. You can use your DU student ID to go to Oakland, the Waterfront and South Side on Friday and Saturday nights. And with our location next to downtown Pittsburgh, you can also walk to shops, cafes, farmer's markets and more.
Q: How many students go to Duquesne?
A: There are about 9,500 students enrolled at Duquesne. About 6,000 of those are undergraduate students and about 3,500 are graduate students.
Q: How big will my classes be? What is the student to professor ratio?
A: The average class size at Duquesne is 28 students. In your first few years, you may have some larger classes of 100-150 students depending on your major, but the education you receive will always have a personal touch. There are 14 students to every one professor, and professors are more than easy to talk to and to seek out for help if you need it.
Q: Can you tell me about student housing?
A: Duquesne has a few different types of student housing, known as Living Learning Centers. Beginning in fall 2020, freshmen will reside in Assumption Hall, St. Ann Hall, and Duquesne Towers.
Each room comes with a bed, desk, desk chair, dresser, wardrobe and mattress for each student. All buildings have heat and air conditioning as well as Wi-Fi and cable. You can bring your own refrigerator and microwave or rent one from the University. All residence halls offer free laundry for all of their students.
For juniors and seniors, there are full-sized studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments available in Brottier Hall. Suites are also an option for sophomores and above, with bigger rooms and private bathrooms, in Vickroy Hall and Des Places Hall. St. Martin Hall is being renovated and will be available for students beginning in the fall of 2021.
Q: I am interested in playing a Division 1 sport. Where do I go from here?
A: If you wish to be recruited, talk to the coach of the team ASAP so that you can take the necessary steps. If you want to walk on, contact athletics to get to know the procedure.
Q: How safe is Duquesne's campus?
A: Duquesne is one of the safest urban campuses in the country. We have our own police force full of trained police officers patrolling the campus 24/7/365. They offer an escort service from anywhere on or around campus. There are state-of-the-art video surveillance systems throughout campus and in every building. A DU emergency alert system to notify the campus community of any emergencies. We also have a fire department and UPMC Mercy Hospital nearby.
Q: Can I study abroad?
A: Of course! We offer many different programs for students to study outside of the country. There are semester-long opportunities, Spring Break Away classes that travel abroad for the ten days of Spring Break, and Maymester in which students go abroad for the month of May. We also have a Duquesne Campus in Rome Italy and Duquesne in Dublin.
Q: What are the different types of meal plans available on campus? Where can I use the meal plan? Are there vegetarian and vegan options?
A: Duquesne Dining offers five different meal plans that range in the number of meals and flex dollars to allow you to choose the best fit for you!
Use your meal plans and flex dollars at a variety of locations on campus, which include:
- Hogan Dining Center - Located in Towers, this is the all-you-care-to-eat option on campus
- Campus Market - Also located in Towers, this is the campus grocery store
- The Incline - Located in the Union, this location has burgers, fries, pizza, hoagies, salads as well as miscellaneous food items
- Chick-fil-A - Also located in the Union on the fifth floor
- Cinco Cantina - Made-to-order Mexican food located on the fifth floor of the Union
- Starbucks - On the second floor of the Union, students can enjoy Starbucks coffee using their meal plan
- Coffee Tree Roasters - Coffee shop in the Law school
- Rockwell Market - A market in Rockwell Hall that offers on-the-go meals, packaged items, coffee and more
- Freshens - A frozen yogurt, smoothie and crepe restaurant on the bottom floor of the Power Center
- The Red Ring Bar & Grille - A full-service restaurant next to Freshens in the Power Center
Duquesne is a proud partner with Parkhurst dining company, which supplies the University with fresh food from local farms. They also provide us with vegetarian and vegan options for those students with dietary restrictions.
Q: Do most students go home on the weekends?
A: Duquesne is a very active place on the weekends and most students who live on campus tend to stay on campus most weekends of the academic year. Duquesne also offers many weekend activities in which students partake in, such as weekend concerts, trips to local places such as Kennywood, the local amusement park, and dances.
Q: How many students live on campus?
A: 3,900 students live in our Living Learning Centers, which include 95% of our freshmen and sophomores as well as many upperclassmen.
Q: How popular is Greek Life on Campus?
A: There are currently 11 fraternities and 9 sororities on campus. About 30-45% of our undergraduate students are in one of those organizations. Students cannot rush until the second semester of their freshmen year, and they are put through a process that allows them to meet all of the organizations if they so choose.
Q: Is there an office on campus that will help me find a job when I graduate?
A: Yes, the Career Services Office, located on the first floor of Rockwell Hall, is an amazing place to go to ensure you will take the necessary steps to get a job post-graduation. They offer two job and internship fairs on campus every year and will aid students with any aspect of the job-hunting process from resume writing to interview skills and more.
Each school also has dedicated staff members who will help students on their journey to their future careers.
Q: Are there tutors available if I struggle in a class?
A: There are many tutors available through both the Learning Skills Center as well as the schools themselves. Tutors are fellow students with good academic standing. Duquesne prides itself in making sure that we give help to anyone who needs it and seeks it out.
Q: What kind of learning disability resources do you have?
A: The Office of Freshmen Development and Disability Services is located in the Student Union and has accommodations in place to help you through your academic courses and time at Duquesne. In order to arrange for accommodations, you must schedule an appointment by calling 412.396.6658.
Q: How many students return for their sophomore year?
A: Approximately 90% of students who attend Duquesne return for their sophomore year. This is well above the national average of 70%, and it demonstrates that once students are here, they love it!
Q: What opportunities are there for undergraduate research?
A: Duquesne is a high-research university and offers a conducive research environment to learn through true hands-on opportunities. Each year Duquesne hosts an Undergraduate Research Symposium. Students from all fields of study are highly encouraged to participate.