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Duquesne Advances in National U.S. News Rankings

Duquesne University has advanced in the rankings of top-tier national institutions, according to the newly released annual U.S. News & World Report 2011 edition of the Best Colleges. A look at institutions included in the listing shows that Duquesne also is among the top 12 Catholic universities in the nation.

Overall, Duquesne is rated as the 120th top school in the U.S. of more than 1,400 examined, advancing eight places over its ranking last year. Only 98 private institutions across the country are included in the current top-tier ranking. Duquesne has attained top-tier rankings for each of the last three years.

“We are delighted that Duquesne is achieving even greater national recognition thanks to the academic performance of our students, the excellent teaching and scholarship of our faculty and the professionalism of our staff,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, University president.

This year, Duquesne is again ranked among the top Catholic institutions included in the first tier of national universities, in the company of Notre Dame, Georgetown, Boston College, Fordham and Marquette. Duquesne has moved up into an 11th place tie with the Catholic University of America.

In addition to being named as a tier-one national school, Duquesne was also among 84 of the top-tier schools to be selected as A+ Schools for B Students, offering students who are good fits the chance at a top college.

“Our mission is to provide educational opportunities to academically talented and motivated students from all backgrounds,” said Paul-James Cukanna, associate provost for enrollment management. “The reality is that the 3.6 average high school GPA of our Fall 2009 freshmen represents an A on traditional grading scales. Like Duquesne, 76 percent of the national universities listed reported an average GPA of 3.5 or above.

“Perhaps more importantly, 95 percent of our freshmen said that Duquesne was their first or second choice for higher education,” Cukanna said. “Duquesne’s ability to attract students is clear from our increasing selectivity and our strong application numbers. At the same time, a vast majority of our freshmen return. This strong retention rate, which exceeds the national average for both public and private universities, shows that the University’s admissions process successfully selects students who thrive at Duquesne.”

The 2011 Best Colleges rankings compare more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools on up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.    For more information, visit  www.usnews.com/colleges.

U.S. News has made some significant changes to the 2011 Best Colleges' ranking methodology and presentation. To read more on the methodology, visit www.usnews.com/collegemeth.

For more information on Duquesne, visit www.duq.edu.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.