Welcome to the Duquesne University Class of 2018!


The Duquesne University Class of 2018 arrived on campus for Move-In on Aug. 19 and then participated in the five-day, student-run Orientation program, which helps incoming freshmen and other new students make the transition into college life and become familiar with the University.

Check out the following Orientation photo galleries:

Duquesne University Class of 2018 Move-In Day

Duquesne University Orientation 2014: Tour of Pittsburgh

Duquesne University Matriculation 2014

Duquesne University Graffiti Dance 2014

Duquesne Freshmen: Smart, Diverse and Selective

One of the smartest and most diverse classes on record at Duquesne University arrived on campus for the start of the new academic year. An estimated 1,360 freshmen, among the University’s ten largest classes in history, was also among its most selective, with an acceptance rate of 73 percent, according to Debbie Zugates, director of undergraduate admission.   (Figures will not be finalized until the University census in late September). Continue reading

Iconic University Images Showcased throughout Union’s First Floor


A photo gallery that showcases the University’s rich history and present points of pride is now on permanent display throughout the first floor of the Union.

Spearheaded by the Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp., executive vice president for student life, the project was a joint effort by Tim Lewis, director of commuter affairs, and Tom White, University archivist. It provides the finishing touch to a floor that has been completely remodeled in the past year. Continue reading

New Multicultural Affairs Director Named

Jeff Mallory has been named director of multicultural affairs in the Division of Student Life, effective June 2. His primary responsibility is to help develop the diverse student population by providing support services and opportunities for learning.

Mallory most recently worked in multicultural student life and campus life at his alma mater of Saint Vincent College, where he earned a degree in public policy in 2006 and a master’s in business management with a concentration in operational excellence in 2013. Continue reading

Student Safety and Wellbeing Initiatives

Duquesne University’s faculty, staff and students share an individual and collective responsibility to make the University community a safe living and learning environment for all!  Our overarching concern for student safety and mission includes the promotion of a profound respect for the dignity of each person.  Throughout the years, the University, especially the Division of Student Life, has been very proactive in taking many steps to promote the safety, respect and dignity of the individual and to create and maintain a safe community on our Bluff.  Continue reading

Parkhurst News


The Incline, previously known as The Off Ramp, received a major renovation and name change over the summer. Now called The Incline, the space has been opened up for a better flow, brightened up for a better atmosphere and updated with a more modern look. The Incline now has fresh, hand-tossed brick oven pizzas, new baked pasta dishes at the Rustica station, sushi and grab’n go, Build-a-Burger grill station and fresh, hand-crafted salads at Salads by Design. Continue reading

The Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit Counseling and Wellbeing Center


by Ian C. Edwards, PhD, LP (Director, Duquesne University Counseling and Wellbeing Center, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy)

The University Counseling and Wellbeing Center, located in 636 Fisher Hall, establishes itself on a philosophy of life that is congruent with the University Mission.  We view the student in terms of his/her striving for contentment, happiness, and flourishing.  Our goal is to provide services and resources that will enable the student to live a meaningful life based on a mind/body/spirit approach to wellbeing, an approach that honors the fundamental dignity of the human person by valuing him/her in his/her totality. Continue reading

University President Discusses Strategic Plan Progress at Convocation

Duquesne President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty

Duquesne President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty shared his thoughts on the success and progress of the University’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan during the 2014 Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 11.

“The strategic plan has been a powerful and successful engine of change and progress for all of us,” said Dougherty to the gathering of faculty, staff and administration. Continue reading

Class Councils

At Duquesne University, each undergraduate class has a class council to represent them and plan activities for their class. Each academic year, students encounter new and common challenges that affect their learning and development. To support these experiences, the Class Councils focus on topics, events and needs that pertain most to class members at their particular stage of the undergraduate experience. Continue reading

Commuter Pre-Orientation


Over 100 new students attended Commuter Pre-Orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 19. The pre-orientation program assisted commuter students in getting to know their Commuter Assistant, the Office of Commuter Affairs staff, other commuters and to become more familiar with campus. Continue reading

Commuter Council Update


Commuter Council always does their best to provide opportunities for commuters to have fun and be informed. They hosted their annual beginning of the year picnic on Sept. 19. The commuters were treated to a free barbecue dinner and many games at the always popular event. Continue reading

Health Services Expansion


With the start of the new academic year, Health Service is pleased to announce its recent expansion of three new offices, in the adjacent area formerly occupied by the University Counseling Center, which is now the University Counseling and Wellbeing Center, centrally located in Fisher Hall. Continue reading

Summer Renovations in the Living Learning Centers

  • The fourth floor bathrooms on both the East and West sides of St. Ann were renovated.
  • With completion of the third, fourth and fifth floors, the Towers bathroom renovation project is now complete, as is the furniture replacement project.
  • The floor renovation project in Towers continued, with the ninth, tenth and eleventh floors being completed.
  • Seventy-five more units in Brottier have been fully furnished.
  • In Towers, the B-side stairwell is now accessible for residents traveling to and from the lobby, thanks to a total redesign of the lobby area as well as the addition of card readers throughout the stairwell.
  • Flooring was replaced in several locations throughout St. Martin, Assumption and Brottier.

Treasures from the University Archives

During Homecoming, Gumberg Library will feature archival footage of football and basketball games from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, including basketball’s NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden in 1955. Additionally, Gumberg will share a selection of photographs, yearbooks and other items from the University Archives that document Duquesne University’s rich history. Stop by Gumberg during Homecoming week to view these archival gems.

Alumni Poetry Reading

On Friday, Oct. 3., 4-6 p.m., Gumberg Library will host an Alumni Poetry Reading in collaboration with the English Department. Duquesne alumni Cameron Barnett, Elizabeth Savage, Robert Giannotta and current student Samantha Leon will join former Pennsylvania Poet Laureate and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Samuel Hazo in reading from their works.

Office of Multicultural Affairs News


There are several Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) initiatives that we would like to highlight for the 2014-2015 academic year at Duquesne University. The OMA Book Club was launched in September. The club will select and review one book per month during the academic year. The club is open to any member of the Duquesne University community. Continue reading

Office of Residence Life Fire Marshal Program

Nationally, there are approximately 3,300 campus-related housing fires each year including both on-campus and off-campus student housing.  On average there are 7 deaths, 46 injuries, and $25 million in property damage each year.  According to the Center for Campus Fire Safety, between January 2000 and March 2014, 123 people lost their lives in campus related fires.  While most of these deaths occur in off-campus housing, there have been nine deaths on-campus and ten deaths in Greek housing.  For the past four years, The Princeton Review has rated Duquesne the highest possible score (99) in its Fire Safety Rating Honor Roll. Continue reading

Welcome to the Residence Life Family

Residence Life completed a one week intensive training for our 96 Resident Assistants in mid-August.  Building community, crisis response, understanding the University Mission Statement and bystander awareness were only a few of the topics covered to prepare RA’s to support and serve our resident students.  Applications for the 2015-16 year will be available on the Residence Life web site in early December

Office of International Programs

New international students from around the globe who attended the 2014 International Student Picnic.

The Office of International Programs sponsored the New International Student Orientation Weekend Aug. 14-16, 2014. The OIP staff was on hand at the Pittsburgh International Airport to welcome students to their new home and assist with any issues as they arrived. Continue reading

Career Services

Career Services “Connect with Us, Connect with Your Future” campaign is in action this fall with more ways for students to connect with resources for their career development. Continue reading

Freshman Clean Up

On Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 over 250 volunteers participated in the Freshman Orientation project in collaboration with DUV, the South Side Chamber of Commerce and the Pennsylvania Resources Council.  Students were introduced to the community in groups led by current Duquesne students and South Side residents who stressed the importance of being good neighbors, and also gave them the opportunity to become immersed in a new community.

Put ‘Em Up…Dukes! Campaign

Duquesne Athletics hosted a Back to the Bluff gathering to welcome faculty, staff and students back to campus at The Red Ring on Aug. 27, and they also launched a new campaign: Put ‘Em Up…DUKES. The slogan, coined by Pittsburgh’s own sportscaster Alby Oxenreiter, is slated to stick around for many years to come. The Back to the Bluff event boasted prizes, giveaways and special red and blue themed food and drink, with 20 percent of the proceeds benefiting the United Way of Allegheny County.

Duquesne Advances Five Places in U.S. News National Ranking, Noted as a Great Value and Top School for Veterans

Duquesne University rose five spots in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of top schools, reaching No. 116, the highest spot in University history in this widely recognized ranking. The University also was acknowledged as one of the nation’s schools with the greatest value and as a top school for veterans.

“This advance in our ranking is important external confirmation of the University’s growing quality and improving national reputation,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne president. Continue reading

Princeton Review Again Selects Duquesne as One of the Nation’s Best Colleges

Duquesne University has again been named a top college by The Princeton Review.

In the 2015 edition of the annual Best Colleges book, Duquesne has been selected as one of the country’s 379 outstanding institutions, as well as one of 255 outstanding colleges and universities in the Northeast. Continue reading

2014 Spring Student-Athlete Report Card

  • All sports Grade Point Average was a 3.26 on a 4.0 scale
  • 13/16 teams posted a 3.0 Spring GPA or above
  • 230 student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or above; which represents nearly two thirds of all varsity teams
  • 132 student-athletes earned a 3.5 GPA or above
  • 120 student-athletes named to the A10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.5+)
  • Women’s Volleyball earns AVCA Team Academic Award (Team GPA 3.3+)
  • Women’ Swimming earns CSCAA Scholar All America Team Award
  • Simon Gomez (men’s soccer) awarded Atlantic 10 Post Graduate Scholarship
  • Allison Foschia (volleyball) and James Spisak (Track and Field) named Student-Athetes of the Year
  • Allison Foschia nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
  • Devon Tabata selected to NCAA Division I Academic Cabinet and elected Division I SAAC Vice Chair

National Fraternity Honors Duquesne Undergrads and Alumni

It was almost a sweep.  Brothers of the Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity have long been active and influential on Duquesne’s campus.  This summer, their own national fraternity recognized their efforts. The Duquesne Brothers nearly swept all available awards at their national summer convention in Harrisburg, Aug.13-17. Continue reading

ISO Night: “Spice It Up With South Asia: Many Regions, One World”

The International Students Organization (ISO) is celebrating its annual Fall Continent Night on Oct. 2, 2014. For several years, ISO has been instrumental in promoting cultural diversity through its events, which attracts over 400 students and faculty across campus. What makes the event special this year is the attendance of international alumni since it coincides with Homecoming week on campus.

Experience the south Asian culture of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and other neighboring countries through a fashion show, performances and traditional delicacies.

Join ISO to support diversity and celebrate culture at Duquesne University!

Family Weekend 2014


This year’s family weekend is being held Oct. 17-19. A schedule of events can be found at www.duq.edu/family. This year, the Office of Greek Live will be holding Carnival on Friday the Oct. 17 to kick off the weekend. Other signature events include a family jam in the Red Ring, academic open houses, a dueling pianos dinner show and the Residence Life family talent show. Please join us on campus for these events and to cheer on our Duquesne Dukes against Sacred Heart at noon on Rooney Field. For any questions or concerns please email fdsa@duq.edu.

2nd Annual Dukes Madness


Last October, Duquesne Athletics hosted it’s first-ever, student-only event dubbed Dukes Madness. This free 3-on-3 basketball tournament, coordinated by Duquesne Intramurals, ran at the A.J. Palumbo Center as a kickoff event for the basketball season, introducing both men’s and women’s basketball programs to over 300 students in attendance. Continue reading

Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life (ORL) has always strived to make campus an exciting place to live and learn. Throughout the year, the ORL team puts a particular emphasis on livening up the weekends of students who live on campus. Resident Assistants, Resident Directors and Residence Life Central Staff hosted over 150 weekend programs during the 2013-14 academic year, working collaboratively with many student groups and other offices including DU Cares, Freshman and Sophomore Class Councils, Duquesne Program Council, RHA and others. Continue reading