University of Dubuque


Dubuque Community:  Masterpiece on the Mississippi

TownclockThe University of Dubuque Theological Seminary is located in the picturesque city of Dubuque. Located on the Mississippi River at the intersection of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa, this thriving community boasts over 60,000 residents, and is the county seat.  Known for steep hills and river bluffs, Dubuque escaped the glacial drift of the ice age and thus shatters the stereotype that all of Iowa is “flat farmland.”

Dubuque is a contemporary city with ancient charm.  Settled in 1788 by a French Canadian fur trader, Dubuque was the first community established in Iowa and it embraces this history, touting many historic homes and a number of historic sites. 

A few years ago, Dubuque initiated a tremendously successful multi-million dollar riverfront project designed to revitalize the city.   Dubuque is now the most popular tourist destination in Iowa. In fact, The National Mississippi River Museum is one of the most popular attractions in the entire Midwest!

Dubuque attracts over a million visitors annually who come to Iowa to ride the riverboats, appreciate the architecture, or enjoy one of the most popular ski resorts in the Midwest.  There is also an indoor water park that pays homage to the river’s history.

For the past five years, the city has set real estate sales records, with affordable new housing options.  Employment has also risen dramatically. From February 2006 to February 2007, nearly one-fifth of all new jobs in the state were created in Dubuque. In 2007, Dubuque ranked 15th on Forbes List of Best Small Places for Business and Careers.  Long known as a manufacturing base, now there are also many job opportunities in technology, health care, publishing, tourism, and education.

Education is very important to the residents of Dubuque, beginning with children. There are numerous private preschools and accredited day care facilities. For K-12 education, the Dubuque Community School District offers public school education through 11 elementary schools, three junior high schools, one middle school and three high schools.  Five colleges and two seminaries are located in Dubuque.

Healthcare is also state-of-the art, thanks to two highly respected hospitals. There are numerous family physicians and specialists in the area also offering top-notch care.

This year, the American Youth Foundation voted Dubuque one of the 100 best places for Young People and it was one of only ten communities to receive the 2007 All-America City Award.