One of the Nation's Best Colleges

Duquesne is recognized for its outstanding academic and research programs.

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Facts and Rankings

As a testament to our mission-driven commitment to academic excellence, Duquesne has earned numerous accolades for our programs and initiatives. Our most recent honors include:

U.S. News and World Report

  • The School of Nursing has reached an all-time high at No. 67 in 2018 Best Graduate Schools rankings, 18 spots higher than 2017.
  • The School of Law ranked No. 18 for legal writing programs, No. 44 for part-time law programs and No. 127 overall on the 2018 Best Graduate Schools list. 
  • Education moved up five spots from 2017 to No. 148 on the 2018 Best Graduate Schools list. 
  • The part-time MBA program in the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business were ranked No. 166.
  • Two programs in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts jumped in the 2018 rankings with English moving up five spots to No. 108 and Psychology moving up one spot to No. 190. 
  • Online bachelor's programs jumped 62 spots to break into the top 100 at No. 81 out of 231 schools included in 2017 Best Online Programs.
  • School of Nursing ranking No. 26 in the nation on the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for 2017. 
  • Duquesne ranked in the top tier of schools for the ninth consecutive year in the annual Best Colleges rankings at No. 124 for 2017.
  • The University is No. 37 in the Best Value Schools category, marking a six-spot increase from last year.
  • Duquesne ranked No. 82 in the Best Colleges for Veterans category, up 12 spots from last year.
  • High school counselors from around the country ranked Duquesne No. 98 in the High School Counselor Rankings, which is a 28-spot increase from last year.
  • The School of Business' undergraduate programs jumped 41 places to No. 150 in the Best Undergraduate Business Programs category.
  • Duquesne is No. 13 among the national Catholic universities within the U.S. News 2017 top tier schools.
  • Duquesne Ranked in the top 75 on the list of the best colleges for food for 2016.
  • In the Best Online Degree Programs category, Duquesne ranked No. 90 nationally.
  • The John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences was ranked No. 44 for occupational therapy, No. 64 for physical therapy and No. 69 for speech pathology
  • The School of Pharmacy ranks No. 47 overall in the 2017 Best Graduate School list.
  • Clinical psychology ranked No. 165 in the first ranking compiled on this program in four years.
  • Duquesne was again included as an A-plus Schools for B Students, which focuses on performance in the Best Colleges rankings and the average freshman retention rate.
  • Duquesne University is No. 2 among the top universities in the country with robust gender diversity among MBA students.
  • Duquesne is the only PA school listed among the nation's Most Efficient Top Universities.
  • For the second consecutive year, Duquesne ranked among the Top 10 on the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans list.
  • Duquesne has jumped five spots to No. 36 overall for best online bachelor's degree programs for veterans.
  • The only university in Pennsylvania listed among the 25 most financially efficient top-ranked schools. Duquesne was on the short list of private schools included.
  • Among the nation's top 100 popular schools. For the third time, Duquesne is described  as having a "top reputation and students are highly motivated to go there."

Princeton Review

  • Duquesne named among the Best 382 Colleges in the nation.
  • Also named to the 2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region list, which The Princeton Review describes as various academic institutions "that we consider academically outstanding and well worth consideration of (one's) college search."
  • Donahue Graduate School of Business named as one of nation's top 294 for 2017.
  • Duquesne placed on 2018 Fire Safety Aid Honor Roll with a Fire Safety Rating of 99, the highest possible score. 
  • Named to the Green Colleges list, as one of America's most environmentally friendly schools.
  • Duquesne was called "cosmopolitan yet caring" and uniting "the diversity and opportunities of an urban university with the community and comfort of a small liberal arts college."

Bloomberg Businessweek

Washington Monthly magazine

Achievements of Note