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Duquesne University

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Duquesne University is a private Catholic University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Duquesne University first opened its doors as the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost in October, 1878 with an enrollment of 40 students and a faculty of seven. From a humble original location on Wylie Avenue in the City's Uptown section to its present beautifully self-contained campus, Duquesne provides a hilltop vista overlooking one of the nation's most attractive cities.

Today Duquesne University is a progressive, educational community which has more than tripled from its early 12.5 acres (51,000 m²) to its present, self-enclosed 40 acre (162,000 m²) campus on the "Bluff." Duquesne was cited by USA Today as having the safest campus in Pennsylvania and one of the safest campuses in the nation.

Several renovations have recently taken place and have added to Duquesne's already-rich physical plant, including a state-of-the-art health sciences facility, two parking garages, a multi-purposed recreation center, a Victorian campus throughway, and a theatre classroom complex.

Recently named one of the top ten Catholic universities in the United States, Duquesne's academics are recognized both nationally and internationally. As a result of its academic excellence, the University has signed agreements with institutions around the globe including Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Ireland, England, China, Japan and Italy as well as the new Commonwealth of Independent States.

Duquesne's recent growth has been tremendous with more than 8,000 students in ten schools of study, including the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts (1878), Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, and the Schools of Law (1911), A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration (1913), Mylan School of Pharmacy (1925), Mary Pappert School of Music (1926), Education (1929), Nursing (1937), Rangos School of Health Sciences (1990) and the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement (2001). Duquesne's ten schools offer degree programs on the baccalaureate, professional, masters and doctoral levels.

Charles J. Dougherty, Ph.D., was elected president of Duquesne University by its Board of Directors in May 2001. He succeeded John Murray, Jr., who served as president from 1988 to 2001.

Famous alumni of the school include race car drive Chip Ganassi and Pittsburgh Steeler President Dan Rooney.


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