University description (as per official university website)
Clarke College is a Catholic, co-educational, liberal arts institution. Founded in 1843 by Mary Frances Clarke, foundress of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), it is the only BVM College in the United States.
Clarke College's 55-acre campus sits on a bluff in a quiet residential area overlooking the city of Dubuque, Iowa (population 60,000) and the Mississippi River.
Clarke's fall 2007 total enrollment of 1,230 students includes students from 22 states, Puerto Rico and 5 foreign countries. The average ACT score of the 2006 freshman class is 22.
Clarke confers the Associate of Arts (A.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), and Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.).
For the 2008-2009 academic year, undergraduate tuition is $21,699, student fees are $679, and the average cost for room and board is $6,574. Tuition for the TimeSaver Program is $505 per credit hour. Graduate tuition is $574 per credit hour for MSN, MBA and MAE during the fall and spring semesters. Tuition for year five of the physical therapy program is $23,192 and year six is $23,297. Graduate tuition may vary during summer sessions.
During the 2007-2008 academic year, approximately 95 percent of Clarke’s full-time, day-time students received financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1.
Renewable, merit-based scholarships include Presidential scholarships, Clarke grants, alumni/sibling discounts, and competitive fine arts and departmental awards. Apply for admission early to be considered for Clarke scholarships.