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The Spirit of Service

The mission of Duquesne University calls for service of others by persons with consciences sensitive to the needs of society.

Our history shows that concern for the poor and marginalized was the primary inspiration for the foundation of Duquesne University. Service exists at the core of the University’s Catholic and Spiritan identity. The spirit of service manifested in the life and actions of Jesus is incorporated into the requirements of all our academic programs, and also manifests itself in a variety of extracurricular volunteer activities. The majority of our students as well as a large segment of our faculty and staff are involved in volunteer efforts, making Duquesne a leader among American universities in its commitment to service.

Duquesne graduates distinguish themselves not only by sincere charity but also by a dedication to justice.

While instilling the spirit of service in our students, Duquesne continues in its commitment to the fulfillment of each student’s individual potential. This is manifested in the Spiritan Division, a program that supports at-risk students with tutoring, counseling and financial assistance. Our openness to the Spirit leads us to respect the uniqueness of each person as made in the image and likeness of God.