National Lists Rank Duquesne in 25 Least Expensive Private Schools, Top Catholic Universities

According to information from the National Center for Education Statistics, Duquesne University is among the 25 least expensive private schools in the nation. Additionally, Duquesne is No. 5 among the country’s traditional Catholic colleges.

Using 2014-2015 data from the U.S. Department of Education, StartClass, an education research site, compiled a list of the 25 private universities with the lowest tuition for full-time students. Schools included in this ranking had at least 5,000 undergraduate students and a “Smart Rating” of 80 or higher. This “Smart Rating” is based upon criteria including career readiness, admissions selectivity, expert opinion and academic excellence.

Duquesne, listed at No. 21, cost $32,636 for undergraduate tuition and fees and holds a “Smart Rating” of 93.

The national news site Newsmax also ranked Duquesne as No. 5 among more than 300 Catholic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University and Boston College, as “integrating faith and reason with a rigorous academic education.” The website said, “These colleges and universities cater especially to students who have a strong desire to grow intellectually, morally and spiritually learning to serve and care for others in their local and national communities.”

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