Duluth Business University in Duluth

Duluth, MN

(Rating 3.8 based on 5 reviews)

Duluth Business University offers 55-degree programs and 28 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 7:1. 14% are women, and 86% are men. The average annual total cost of attendance at Duluth Business University is 28486$, that is above national average. 35% of full-time Duluth Business University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $23,500, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Duluth Business University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Duluth Business University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$28,486
$30,001 - $48,000--
$48,001 - $75,000--
$75,001 - $110,000--



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Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


152 of Duluth Business University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 83 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Duluth Business University number 95 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Minnesota.

Students at Duluth Business University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

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Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Services and programs are not available to veterans, military servicemembers, or their families

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduation Rate


Duluth Business University graduation rate is below the national average.

35% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Duluth Business University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Duluth Business University is 7:1, that means that for every 7 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

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Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Duluth Business University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Duluth Business University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Minnesota.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Duluth Business University offers 55 programs in total: 32 are for Associate's degree, 20 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, and 3 are Bachelor's degree.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 141 universities in Minnesota state. Duluth Business University is one of the few institutions in Minnesota that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 28 distance education programs that are offered in the Duluth Business University: 17 are for Associate's degree, 8 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs and 3 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Minnesota state average data to help you compare.


Duluth Business University provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 134 students with 6023 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Duluth Business University

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I am reviewing both as a DBU graduate and as a current adjunct instructor. I started attending DBU in Fall of 2005 in the Veterinary Technology Program, and graduated 3 years later in Fall of 2008. I started out part-time, and then eventually went full-time, having had no previous transferable credits. I had researched all of my options extensively, and ultimately chose DBU. My other options at the time were to attempt to do online courses with a different organization and have a clinic "sponsor" me, but I felt that I would get a much better education in this field by attending courses on-campus. The only other on-campus choices were more than two hours away. As an adult in my 30s and a home-owner, attending classes over two hours away did not make sense for me.I was very happy with the education that I received. The courses were much more demanding than I ever dreamed they would be, but this was a positive in my book. They were very thorough, and I learned so much more than a person could ever learn by being trained "on the job." I was hired full-time in a clinic to coincide with my externship course, and I stayed with that clinic for 7 years post-graduation. I felt that my education prepared me very well for being a certified veterinary technician in a clinic setting.I was then given an opportunity to become an adjunct instructor at DBU. Since I love education and I loved being a student, I decided to try teaching. I had originally thought that being a certified veterinary technician was my calling, but over the past two years, I have discovered that being a vet tech instructor is my TRUE calling. I adore teaching here at DBU. I love how accepting the school and this program is of people of all ages and all different walks of life. For those that choose this path, and are willing to put in the work to succeed, the school and instructors have a wonderful track record of working with these students as much a possible to make sure that they succeed. Hands-on class sizes are kept small so that each student can get the personalized help that is so important when learning technical skills.I am proud to be both a graduate of, and an instructor for, Duluth Business University!

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Spendy and not much of a challenge. However, the job placement program is awesome. Would give that part a 5.

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I am a current DBU student and I have never felt more at home. It is a wonderful community with amazing teachers, staff and administration is always friendly and helpful. They are always willing to help students in need. I love DBU! Highly recommended it to anyone looking for a degree in Medical Assisting or Vet Tech! You will love it here.

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I am a graduate of Duluth Business University and my education and experiences there are invaluable. They offer small class sizes, have excellent faculty and support staff, and their career services people are there to assist you beyond graduation. I would highly recommend DBU at everyone!

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Teachers are great but financial aid advisor is a joke. It is a crazy expensive school and they need to have someone that is willing to help each student be able to pay. I called Gloria multiple times and emailed several times as well and I was ignored. Credits don't transfer and the school is just not worth the money. Please save your money and go to a better school right away instead of wasting time and money like I did before transferring.

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Location & Website

Address: 4724 Mike Colalillo Drive


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Quarter

General Phone Number: +2187224000

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: dbumn.edu

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