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Some people like the excitement of large cities, while others prefer the ambience of a small town. No matter what your preference, chances are you'll find it at Duquesne University and in the city of Pittsburgh.

It all starts with Duquesne's hilltop campus. The 43 acres of the "Bluff," once a residential neighborhood of row houses and cobblestone streets, has been transformed over the past 40 years, yet it retains the feel of a small town, with its brick-paved, tree-lined walkways, Victorian benches and fixtures, abundant open spaces, inviting fountains and a variety of architectural styles.

All campus buildings and facilities ­ living and learning centers, academic buildings, recreation facilities and more are situated within easy walking distance. Movement around campus is unfettered by the city's vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Rated by USA Today as one of the safest in the nation, Duquesne's campus provides a comfortable and secure academic and social atmosphere.

A glance to either side quickly reveals Duquesne's proximity to all the city has to offer. To the south lie the Monongahela River and the South Side, one of Pittsburgh's many unique neighborhoods. To the north and west are the skyscrapers of downtown, one of America's most attractive and recognizable skylines and symbol of a bustling commercial and cultural community.

Situated high atop the heart of one of America's most livable cities with career opportunities available only in a major corporate center and academic offerings that only a comprehensive university can provide, Duquesne University offers unique educational opportunities to its undergraduate and graduate students.

Duquesne University Facts

  • DUQUESNE is ranked among the Top 10 Catholic universities in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report

  • In a survey of colleges and universities covering 42 states, DUQUESNE was among 135 selected for the 1997-98 Honor Roll of Character-Building Colleges that emphasizes moral and spiritual development

  • DUQUESNE now ranks among the top five percent of all universities in computerization and technology and was ranked as one of the 100 "most wired" colleges in the United States

  • DUQUESNE is a university which welcomes and does not exclude. Students from more than 106 nations and all 50 states celebrate both their diversity and similarity on the DU campus

  • DUQUESNE prides itself as a teaching university, with professors conducting classes daily. DU has a 16-1 teacher-student ratio, and 94 percent of full-time faculty hold doctorates. Textbooks authored by Duquesne University faculty are now used in universities throughout America and many parts of the world

    The Duquesne University Mission Statement

    Much has changed at Duquesne over the years, but the school's philosophy, embodied by the Mission Statement, emphatically continues the tradition begun in 1878:

    "Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost is a Catholic university, founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost, the Spiritans, and sustained through a partnership of laity and religious. Duquesne serves God by serving students ­ through commitment to excellence in liberal and professional education, through profound concern for moral and spiritual values, through maintenance of an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity, and through service to the Church, the community, the nation and the world."

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