Higher Education

An educational center

In addition to having a top-ranked K-12 educational system, Dubuque is a regional hub for higher education. A diverse student body of more than 32,000 students attend a range of liberal arts, a state university, and technical colleges offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. A number of institutions focus on continuing education, including customized training courses for area businesses.

Beyond the Greater Dubuque area, there are over 322,057 college students within 100 miles. Students at these institutions receive certifications, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and advanced education degrees in a variety of fields ranging from management to finance, information technology to education. This serves as a constant source of talent for businesses in our area.

Colleges and Universities

Five colleges and universities bring educational options, culture, and diversity to the Greater Dubuque region. Each year, these institutions connect thousands of talented graduates with employers and assist in the training and continuing education of thousands more adult students.

Clarke University is a Catholic, co-educational, liberal arts college offering undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and fine arts, as well as selected professional and graduate programs.

Emmaus Bible College is an accredited four-year institution offering bachelor’s degrees in a variety of subjects.

Loras College is a Catholic liberal arts college offering more than 40 undergraduate majors as well as graduate programs and pre-professional advising for a number of higher degrees.

The University of Dubuque is a small, private university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) offering undergraduate, graduate, and theological seminary programs.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UWP), located 20 minutes from downtown Dubuque,  is the oldest of Wisconsin’s 13 state universities. The campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of subjects including business, industry, science, agriculture, engineering, mathematics, education, and the liberal arts.

Community Colleges and Technical Schools

The community colleges and technical schools in the Greater Dubuque area offer specialized degrees and training, apprenticeships, and continuing education courses, as well as core requirement and basic education.

Northeast Iowa Community College offers associate degrees in arts, science, and applied science; provides continuing education and jobs training courses; and assists with a variety of economic development activities

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College provides 45 associate degree programs as well as general education and skill-based programs. The college builds customized training programs, workshops, and job-specific offerings for area businesses.

Highland Community College is an accredited, public, two-year community college offering associate degrees in a science, arts, education, nursing, and training certification in a wide range of skills.