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Illinois – Why Go Anywhere Else

Illinois – Why Go Anywhere Else

Opportunity is Knocking

If you’re looking for opportunities that are close – but not too close – to home, Clarke University offers a unique college experience that is a short drive from the Illinois state line. With our supportive faculty and staff, friendly students, and a community with so much to see and do we know you’ll be proud to call Dubuque, Iowa your home away from home. Once you discover Clarke,  you’ll have to ask yourself – “Why Go Anywhere Else?”

A Community of Care

Students from near and far are proud to call Clarke home. We’ve welcomed students from 41 states and 20 countries to campus in recent years, and we pull from those diverse experiences to help you do and be your best academically and personally.

That support extends throughout the community, thanks to the nearly 3,000 alumni who live, work, and play in Dubuque County alone.

Ready for a New Adventure?

Dubuque boasts a fantastic mix of entertainment opportunities, ranging from a quiet morning at the coffee shop or on a hiking trail, to evenings spent laughing and dancing downtown at one of our many restaurants and event spaces.

When you need a change of scenery, you can also explore several large cities just a short drive away. Dubuque is also conveniently located just a few hours from several large cities:

Freeport, Illinois 1:30          Iowa City, Iowa 1:30

Rockford, Illinois 2:00        Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2:45

Chicago, Illinois 3:30           St. Louis, Missouri 5:30

Supporting You Inside the Classroom and Out

With a student to faculty ratio of just 8:1, your professors get to know your name and your unique goals. That sense of community extends across campus thanks to programs like:

  • Tutoring, mentoring, and study groups available through the Margaret Mann Academic Resource Center (MARC).  
  • Counseling and Health Services that provide care and resources for your overall health and wellbeing. 
  • Campus Ministry, Clarke Activities Board, the Clarke Student Association, and other groups that ensure there are always social events to make your time at Clarke a fun and fulfilling experience.

Scholarships for Sharing Your Skills

From the Chemistry major with a passion for the piano to the Graphic Designer who scores the winning point in the big game, students at Clarke bring many skills and talents to our community.

We want to reward you for your participation! You can earn scholarships for your academics, as well as merit awards for the fine arts, athletics, and more.

of full-time Clarke students receive financial aid
of students report feeling safe on campus
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