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University of Dubuque

University of Dubuque (UD) is a private, Presbyterian, coeducational accredited university founded in 1852 in Dubuque City in the state of Iowa which is two hundred miles away from the Mississippi River. Dubuque City is located near the junction point of the states of Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. Dubuque experiences four seasons, offers pleasant scenery, and a safe environment.  In U.S. market meeting 2008, Dubuque was named the "most livable small city" in the U.S.; the city also won the "2009 Economic Development Award for Excellence."  Also in September 2009, IBM set up factories here and announced the city of Dubuque as the nation's first "Smart City."

Dubuque is also home to the largest agricultural machinery company, John Deere, and headquarters for publisher McGraw Hill.  Many early German immigrants settled in Iowa and German culture is strong in this area.  Iowa is also the first state in the country to have United States presidential election primary election votes, and candidate public debates placing Dubuque in an important political position in the United States.  The Hollywood movie "Field of Dreams" (Dream Land) starring Kevin Costner, was shot in the cornfields near UD and the UD campus.  This area is also in the vicinity of the original home towns of many national heroes and movie stars.

University of Dubuque has 4 colleges, 14 departments and offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs.  Over 2500 international students have graduated from the University of Dubuque.  The campus spans across 60 acres of land with more than 30 buildings and wireless internet.  There are seven major campus sports venues, including indoor track and field, basketball court and gym that provide American soccer, baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, track and field and other sports environment with a great venue.  Fundraising ranked third in the state only behind the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.

University of Dubuque has cooperated with many famous universities in Asia for many years and has extensive experience in international academic exchanges.  Over the years the school has been named several times by US News and World Report magazine as the nation's top Midwestern University, and Peterson's Guide rated the university the nation's "most competitive" among universities over one century old.

The University has an 1 to 15-20 faculty to student ratio and offers small classes, where students can have close interaction with professors.  Its campus is full of harmony and friendliness that professors and staffs make international students feel like home at Dubuque and are very willing to spend time with students, learn their individual needs, and provide respective support.  The Academic Support Center (ASC) on campus assists students when they encounter difficulties academically and has volunteers to help international students improve their English.

The City of Dubuque has abundance of outdoor activities such as hiking and biking in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.  There are also the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium nearby the University.  Dubuque is a tranquil city full of culture and beautiful scenery.

University Highlights

  • Accredited by North Central Association of College and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • An affiliate member of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs 
  • Ranked #13 by the Washington Monthly for top undergraduate education.
  • Ranked #103 by the 2012 US News & World Report in Regional Universities
  • The Flight and Management program received accreditation from the prestigious Aviation Accreditation Board, International (AABI)


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