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Duquesne Carries Top-Tier National Ranking into 2009

Duquesne University continues to be ranked among the nation’s best colleges, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual list, which was released today.

This ranking places Duquesne among only 98 private schools nationwide to make the Best National Universities List—and among only 12 Catholic universities-- from a total of 1,400 schools surveyed.

“This ranking mirrors the commitment of the entire University community to academic excellence and would not be possible without the dedication and focus demonstrated by our faculty, staff and administrators,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne president. “This serves as independent verification of the high standards set at Duquesne. Our campus community is rightfully proud of its accomplishments and will continue its commitment to our mission of serving God by serving students.”

Under Dougherty’s leadership, the University has achieved record-breaking enrollment and has attracted the most academically talented students in its history. Duquesne is developing a second strategic plan, following successful completion of its first-ever, Board-approved plan initiated by Dougherty. Additionally, the University has gained increasing external research funding and has received several academic and operational awards for its sustainability initiatives.

Other notable Catholic universities in the top tier include Notre Dame, Georgetown, Fordham, Chicago’s Loyola, Catholic University and Boston College, among others.

The annual U.S. News & World Report rankings evaluate universities on the basis of 15 different qualities, including peer assessment, graduation and retention, class size, student/faculty ratio, selectivity, SAT/ACT scores, freshman retention, alumni giving, financial resources and other categories.

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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.