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Duquesne University

Company Overview

Duquesne University is a private, coeducational university located on a bluff above downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1878 as a Catholic college by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne is the largest and most comprehensive Catholic university in Pennsylvania, and the only Spiritan institution of higher education in the world.

Duquesne is consistently ranked among America's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and a tradition of academic excellence. A coeducational university on a self-contained campus with dramatic views of Pittsburgh's skyline and rivers, the University has students representing nearly every state in the union and 80 nations.

Duquesne has a 14:1 student/faculty ratio, and 87 percent of incoming freshman are drawn from the top half of their high school class. Duquesne offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in natural and environmental sciences, leadership, business, nursing, health sciences, pharmacy, law, education, music, and the liberal arts.

Company History

Duquesne University, the world’s only Spiritan university, is one of America’s leading Catholic universities, with a worldwide reputation of excellence in liberal and professional education. At its founding, Duquesne brought higher education to the children of struggling immigrant workers, and was one of the first universities to admit women and minorities.

* Duquesne was founded on Oct. 1, 1878, by the Rev. Joseph Strub and the Congregation of the Holy Ghost (the Spiritans). They opened as the Pittsburgh Catholic College with 40 students and six faculty members. Students attended classes in rented space above a bakery on Wylie Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.

* Duquesne expanded to its current campus on the Bluff and built the original “Old Main” building in 1885. This five-story red brick landmark was, for years, the highest point on the Pittsburgh skyline. It is still actively used as the administrative building on campus.

* On May 27, 1911, the name was changed to Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost.

* Rockwell Hall was constructed in the 1950’s to house the schools of business and law.

* Assumption Hall opened in 1950 as the first student dormitory.

* Between 1959 and 1980, the University redeveloped College Hall, the music school and the library, also building a new Student Union and Mellon Hall, along with four dormitories, including the 17-story, 1,200 student Towers residence hall.

* During the 1980’s the law school expansion was completed and construction began on the Palumbo Sports Center.

* Between 1988 - 2001, the University opened its first new schools in 50 years, including the Rangos School of Health Sciences and the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, created new spaces for classrooms, offices and residential halls, as well as parking garages, and the Art Rooney Football Field.

* In January 2008 Duquesne dedicated the Power Center on Forbes Avenue. This new five-story building provides student fitness facilities to meet increasing interest in health and wellness. The Power Center features banquet facilities, retail shops, restaurants and a Barnes and Noble bookstore.

Notable Accomplishments / Recognition

U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 ranking of America’s Best Colleges placed Duquesne University tied at 119 among more than 1,600 colleges and among the top 10 Catholic universities in the nation. It is 43 on the Great Schools Great Prices list.

The 2012 Princeton Review's The Best 376 Colleges recommends Duquesne as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education.



Full-time employees are eligible for an excellent benefits program that includes:

*Flexible family healthcare coverage with vision and dental insurance
*Disability benefits
*Tuition remission
*Retirement savings plan
*Family leave, paid and unpaid time off for vacation, leaves of absence and holidays.
*Comprehensive wellness program

Compensation is very competitive with other higher educational institutions of our stature.

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