Clarke University is a private Roman Catholic 4-year school located in Dubuque, IA. Located near the Mississippi River, the school was founded in 1843 as St Mary’s Female Academy, renamed Mount St Joseph Academy and College in 1881, and renamed Clarke College in 1928. The school went co-educational in 1979 and achieved University status in 2010. The University is set on a compact 55 acre campus just outside of Dubuque and features primarily modern architecture in its 16 campus buildings. The campus also features open green spaces along the southern and eastern edges. The campus is very pedestrian-friendly and picturesque. At the center of campus is Sacred Heart Chapel, a focal point to the university.