Students Among Best Prepared, Brightest
Duquesne University will welcome approximately 1,520 freshmen to campus this week—what appears to be the largest class in the University’s 134-year history.
While figures will not be finalized until later this semester, the incoming class compares to last year’s incoming class of approximately 1,330 students, according to the Admissions Office.
The selectivity rate also was among the highest in the University’s history, with only about 75 percent of those who applied to Duquesne being accepted. The mean SAT score of the incoming class is 1139, making that measure also among the highest in University history.
“Besides meeting high academic expectations, these incoming students are expected to do well at Duquesne because the vast majority listed Duquesne as a top school of choice,” said Paul-James Cukanna, associate provost for enrollment management. “Our survey shows that 97 percent of the incoming class said Duquesne was a No. 1 or No. 2 choice of all of their schooling options. Our experience shows when students are where they want to be, they adjust more easily, are more involved and tend to do well, academically and personally.”
In an admissions survey, students listed their top reasons for choosing Duquesne as program of study first, followed by urban location, size and academic reputation.
Historically, Duquesne has been most attractive to residents around the region, but this year, an increased number of students are coming to Duquesne from nearby states, said Kelley Maloney, director of marketing and communication for the University’s Enrollment Management Group.
Freshmen are arriving from approximately 33 states and 17 countries this year.
A new initiative in the School of Education successfully encouraged enrollment. Despite the local uneasiness in the job market, the number of education majors more than doubled. The school, which has promoted education careers as viable in the classroom as well as in corporate training, museum and other public education venues, and as solid law school preparation, offered a 50 percent tuition scholarship for incoming freshmen. This scholarship, combined with the quality of Duquesne’s Leading Teacher Program, continued to attract students interested in education degrees.
Some other schools and programs showing significant enrollment increases this year include:
- The Mylan School of Pharmacy, up by nearly 30 percent
- The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, up by 25 percent
- The School of Nursing, up by 24 percent.
“Growing enrollment in these programs and others across the University indicates that Duquesne is offering quality education at a fair price,” said Provost Ralph Pearson. “Duquesne is able to offer students the benefits of the teacher-scholar model, with faculty members who excel in the classroom as well as in research and scholarship pursuits.”