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University of Dubuque - UD to our friends - is a private, coed university founded in 1852. Our 77-acre campus sits near the scenic bluffs along the mighty Mississippi in a dynamic river town that's grown into a center of business and culture. Here, the value of an education is measured in helping our students find their calling in life through academics, community, character, vocation, and stewardship. Our approach to learning is based on professional programs with a liberal arts core, and we prepare students to find their purpose and make meaningful contributions to the world.

41Bachelor's and Master's Programs

15:1Student to Faculty Ratio

2,324Students Enrolled

Our Mission

The University of Dubuque is a private university offering undergraduate, graduate, and theological seminary degrees, and other educational opportunities with the intention of educating and forming the whole person. The University is comprised of individuals from the region, our nation, and the world.

As a community, the University practices its Christian commitments by educating students, pursuing excellence in scholarship, challenging students to live lives of worth and purpose, and preparing students for service to the church and the world.

Therefore, the University of Dubuque is committed to:
- A hospitable Christian environment which respects other faith traditions;
- Relationships which encourage intellectual, spiritual, and moral development;
- Excellence in academic inquiry and professional preparation;
- A diverse and equitable community where Christian love is practiced;
- Stewardship of all God's human and natural resources;
- Zeal for life-long learning and service.

Our Mission is Defined By:


A hospitable Christian environment that respects other faith traditions.


Relationships that encourage intellectual, spiritual, and moral development.


Excellence in academic inquiry and professional preparation.

Diverse Community

A diverse and equitable community where Christian love is practiced.


Stewardship of all God's human and natural resources.


Zeal for lifelong learning and service.

Our Community Standards

Ours is a value-laden education that focuses on justice, ethics, and responsible stewardship within a globally diverse community. We are guided by a basic set of principles and standards regarding personal and community behavior.

Convictions about Diversity, Inclusion, and Hospitality

Our University's historic Christian identity provides the basis for respecting a diversity of people and ideas, and our Mission commits us to be "a diverse and equitable community where Christian love is practiced." We believe that this fundamental approach to living in community is in sharp contrast to cultural ideologies that value humans based on social standing, gender, race, orientation, ethnicity, nationality, or religion.

We believe that hospitality is genuine attention and openness to "otherness" in a variety of forms. Therefore, we maintain our identities in an atmosphere of mutual respect and welcome. Acts that degrade others separate us from each other and from God. As a faith-based community of teaching and learning, we practice mutual respect, love of one another, and forbearance amid disagreements.

We are a complex educational community that intentionally seeks people with diverse political, social, religious, and economic commitments, as we believe that is the best environment in which to form leaders. With an attitude of humility and by working together, we seek flourishing for all humanity.


We value honesty and truthfulness in every aspect of campus life.


Worth of the Individual

We value the intrinsic worth of every individual in our community and seek to honor different opinions, attitudes, backgrounds, and beliefs.


We value intellectual, spiritual, and moral development and recognize the need for personal responsibility and responsible self-expression as we seek to become lifelong learners and of service to the community.


Respect for Community Authority

We value our freedom but understand the need to exercise that freedom responsibly within the guidelines set forth by this community.


Respect for Property and Stewardship of the Campus Environment

We value the privilege of living together and understand that our responsibility as stewards of the community requires acting in ways that respect the property of others, the environment, and the future of this University.

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