La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus
La Roche College campus

From the School

La Roche College is a private liberal arts institution in western Pennsylvania offering more than 50 undergraduate degree programs, with particular strengths in business, education, health and medical sciences, interior design and graphic design. La Roche offers a career-focused education to prepare student in today's competitive workforce.

Students at La Roche College find a combination of innovation education and hands-on instruction. This small, residential college provides a supportive and intimate learning environment for more than 1,400 men and women, including 1,065 full-time undergraduates. With a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, La Roche’s small class sizes allow faculty to provide personalized attention for students to reach their academic and career goals. Through a practice-based liberal arts curriculum and real-world training, the College provides students with the skills and knowledge that they need to succeed in a competitive workforce. Founded by the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche fosters global citizenship and creates a community of scholars from around the region, the nation and the world. It embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all religions and socioeconomic backgrounds, including students from 20 states and territories and 35 countries. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society. La Roche promotes global awareness and provides opportunities for students to explore other cultures and traditions.


From The School

La Roche College, which is selective in its admission process, seeks students who have a clear commitment to personal growth and achievement and demonstrate a strong desire to fulfill their academic potential.

The admission committee reviews each applicant individually, assessing personal and academic strengths in light of a student's background. Committee members carefully examine high school records, including course work, grade point average and SAT or ACT scores. SAT and ACT scores should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions at La Roche. (La Roche's code numbers are SAT: 2379 and ACT: 3607). We offer numerous academic scholarships, including merit-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 annually.

Candidates should submit a completed application, a copy of their high school transcript, a letter of recommendation and a brief 250-word essay. Essays from Nursing majors must explain why the student wants to enter the nursing profession; two letters of recommendation from nursing applicants are required, as well. The College also accepts the Common Application.

Each paper application requires a $50 nonrefundable fee. Applications also may be completed online at for free. Application fees are waived for students who visit the college for a personal campus visit and tour, a Saturday visit or an open house.

La Roche adheres to a rolling admissions system. Students receive decisions once their application credentials are complete.

To ensure appropriate financial aid and preferred housing opportunities, students should apply as soon as possible, preferably before August 1 for the fall semester and Dec. 15 for the spring semester.

For more information regarding the La Roche College admission process, prospective students should contact:

Office of Freshman Admissions
La Roche College
9000 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237
United States
Phone: 412-536-1272
800-838-4572 (toll-free)
Fax: 412-847-1820
Web site:


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
420 - 520
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
410 - 520
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
400 - 510
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
17 - 23

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

More Distinctions:
Most recently La Roche was named a Best Regional College by U.S. News & World Report in its 2015 edition of the Best Colleges guidebook. For the past eight consecutive years, The Princeton Review has ranked La Roche as one of the Best Northeastern Colleges. La Roche has been named a Military Friendly College for six consecutive years. In 2013 the Institute of International Education listed La Roche as one of the top 25 baccalaureate colleges hosting international students. In 2010 La Roche was one of three colleges in the country to receive the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Innovation in International Higher Education.

Great Teaching:
As a private liberal arts institution, La Roche places an emphasis on the higher-level skills sought by today's employers, such as writing, analyzing, collaboration and problem solving allowing graduates to segue into a variety of careers in an ever-changing global economy. A practice-based curriculum and personalized instruction provides students with the knowledge and self-confidence that they need to become leaders in the workforce.

The College's signature program is The La Roche Experience (LRX). This four-credit course sequence introduces students to the rich heritage of a La Roche education, which is grounded in promoting peace and justice in a global society. Through eye-opening simulation exercises, LRX students learn to think critically about social justice issues. Another unique feature is the Study Abroad+Study USA program, which offers the value-added component of studying abroad or domestically at little or no cost. After completing 60 La Roche credits and meeting all eligibility requirements, students may apply for a Study Abroad+Study USA travel course. Students only are responsible for passport costs, visas, some meals and spending money.

Students have the opportunity to strive for even greater academic achievement through the La Roche College Honors Institute. Designed to recognize and promote academic excellence, the Institute combines classroom learning with distinctive co-curricular activities, allowing students to engage in group discussion and independent inquiry research.

La Roche faculty members are an acclaimed group of scholars who work closely with students to challenge and encourage them. Full-time faculty members are experts in their fields of study; a large percentage hold terminal degrees. These highly trained and experienced professionals engage in research and spend time in classrooms, laboratories and studios.

Majors and Degrees Offered

La Roche College's 50-plus undergraduate majors include the high-demand fields of business, education, and health and medical sciences, as well as the creative disciplines of interior design, graphic design, dance, and film and media:

Biology/Forensic Science

Information Technology
International Management
Management Information Systems

Chemistry/Environmental Science and Management (3:2)*
Chemistry/Forensic Science
Child and Family Studies
Communication, Media and Technology
Computer Science
Criminal Justice

PreK-4 Special Education
Middle Level Education – English/Language Arts and Reading
Middle Level Education Mathematics
Middle Level Education Science
Middle Level Education Social Studies
Middle Level Education Social Studies and History
Middle Level Education Social Studies and Political Science
Secondary Education English

Bioengineering (3:2)*
Chemical Engineering (3:2)*
Computer Engineering (3:2)*
Electrical Engineering (3:2)*
Engineering Science
(Nanotechnology: Chemistry/Bioengineering) (3:2)*
Industrial Engineering (3:2)*
Software Engineering (3:2)*

English Studies: Journalism and Professional Writing
English Studies: Language and Literature
Film, Video and Media*
Graphic Design

Athletic Training (2:2)*
Dentistry (3:4 and 4:4)*
Health Science
Nursing Associate of Science
Nursing RN to BSN Completion Degree Occupational Therapy (2:3)*
Osteopathic Medicine (3:4 and 4:4)*
Pharmacy (3+ and 4+ track)*
Physical Therapy (3:3)*
Physician Assistant (2:3)*
Radiologic Technology Associate of Science*
Speech and Language Pathology (2:3)*

Interior Design
International Affairs
International Management
Liberal Studies
National Security Studies
Performing Arts Dance
Political Science
Religious Studies

*This program involves taking courses at a partner institution to obtain a degree. Not all programs are available to transfer students.

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT)
National Association of Schools of Art & Design(NASAD)
Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Interior Architecture

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Family and Community Services

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Security and Protective Services, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Students Say

A small, Catholic school in suburban Pittsburgh, La Roche College "integrates liberal arts and professional education in creative ways." Offering more than 50 degree programs in a range of diverse fields (like nursing, accounting, graphic design, and real estate), the La Roche College education is highly practical, providing its students with "all the tools needed to succeed" in the real world. Thanks to a low enrollment and uniformly small class sizes, "students get a lot of individualized attention" from their instructors. Described as both "attentive" and "caring," professors treat "students as more than just students, but as individual learners." If you are struggling in a class, "It is easy to make an appointment with your professors and meet with them every week." In addition, "La Roche has great tutoring programs as well as a [Writing Center] to help the students succeed." While this private school comes with a high price tag, "[it offers] great scholarships and lots of financial aid" to qualified students, which helps take the sting out of the tuition check. Students say the administration still has plenty of room for improvement: "There are a lot of problems as far as classes and budget and the overall way in which La Roche is run."


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Full-time tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $25,514. Room and board costs are $10,324. Student support and development has a $400 annual fee, and the curricular learning support tech fee is $350.

La Roche’s residence halls offer students all of the comforts of home. The College's spacious residence rooms include a refrigerator, microwave, private bathroom, Internet and cable television access, and free laundry facilities. Apartment-style suites are available for upper classmen. All residence halls include lounges that are perfect for studying or informal gatherings. Free parking is available to commuter students, and resident students with cars on campus pay a nominal fee annually to park.

To maintain a safe atmosphere, La Roche public safety staff patrol the campus 24 hours a day. Access to the residence halls is restricted to only those students and staff who possess an electronic ID card. Forty-eight percent of the student body resides on campus.

Financial Aid

La Roche provides quality education at an affordable cost by awarding grants, scholarships, loans, several repayment plans and work-study employment. Nearly 95 percent of students receive financial aid, and the average financial aid package is approximately $25,820 per student.

All students who intend to apply for financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after Jan. 1 of their senior year in high school. Students who live outside of Pennsylvania should submit their own state grant form, if applicable.

La Roche encourages all students to submit the proper forms as soon as possible after Jan. 1 so that they are processed prior to the College's May 1 priority deadline.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

The suburban campus provides a safe and encouraging environment for students to actively participate in a variety of sports, on-campus events and community-based activities. Student life is vibrant and exciting, with more than 30 clubs and organizations, intramurals, as well as 12 NCAA Div. III athletic teams and service-learning programs. The College's outdoor athletic complex recently underwent a $2.7 million renovation and now features state-of-the-art amenities including an artificial turf field. Student activities tailor many interests and include:

Academic organizations for individual majors
Professional and honor societies that provide students with distinction in their fields of study
Special interest clubs that encourage students to explore new hobbies and meet classmates who share similar interests
Multicultural clubs and organizations to promote and represent the unique cultures on campus. One example is G.L.O.B.E.; a popular event is the annual G.L.O.B.E. International Fashion Show.

In addition, the Office of Mission and Ministry offers valuable opportunities for students to develop service and leadership skills while giving back to the community. Service projects acknowledge at-risk children, the elderly, the homeless, and other special needs populations. Every year student volunteers travel to a select location for Alternative Spring Break. Previous projects have included recovery efforts following Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



56% female
44% male
8% are out of state
83% are full time
17% are part time

Students Say

On this small campus, the majority of students are Pittsburgh locals, and about half are commuters. The college also attracts international students from almost 50 countries worldwide, creating an "academic and social community where everyone is accepted as they are." Friendliness is the common denominator among the La Roche student body, and most students describe their classmates as "very nice and well-rounded individuals." A current student attests, "Being a transfer student myself, I've seen the environment of other college campuses, and I can honestly say that I have never seen such a diverse group of students interacting so seamlessly."


From The School


Located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche's residential campus offers just the right blend of suburban and metropolitan life. Just 15 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh, this convenient location puts students at the doorstep of a major metropolitan area and a variety of cultural, recreational and career opportunities. The second-largest city in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is the headquarters of several multinational corporations. Forbes has ranked Pittsburgh as the nation’s most livable city more than once, and The Economist named Pittsburgh a top U.S. city in its list of the world's most livable cities in 2011 and again in 2014.

Situated on more than 40 acres, the College itself is home to a dynamic environment that draws students from across the country and around the world. An education at La Roche offers a cross-cultural experience rarely found at a small, private college. This safe and diverse environment allows students to actively participate in a variety of sports, on-campus events and community-based activities.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

La Roche offers a unique combination of 21st-century education and advanced technology in an intimate setting.

The College offers special services to help students meet their academic, personal and career goals. The Student Academic Support Services Office provides individualized and group tutoring sessions, career development resources, mentoring services and one-on-one appointments with an academic counselor. Students also may visit The Writers' Center on campus, where consultants offer advice for writing and reading assignments.

The John J. Wright Library is a state-of-the-art facility on campus, with a collection of more than 70,000 volumes, 80,000 electronic books, 44 electronic databases, 500 periodical subscriptions and access to 30,000 government documents through a United States Government Depository Library. As a member of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc., the library also offers Interlibrary Loan and EZ-Borrow services. Housed within the building is the Providence World Cafe, where students enjoy the comfortable setting of a local coffee house.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Vibrant Community:
With downtown Pittsburgh so nearby, students have all the advantages of a small school but with big city amenities. Students have access to the city's outstanding facilities, attractions, internships and career opportunities.

Pittsburgh's thriving cultural district features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the Carnegie Museum and Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. Pittsburgh also is home to three professional sports teams: the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Closer to campus, La Roche students are just minutes from numerous restaurants, movie theaters and shopping centers. Within walking distance students can find both entertainment and employment at McCandless Crossing, a new neighboring town center complete with retailers, restaurants, banks and a modern 12-screen Cinemark movie theatre complex. The College also is nearby to Allegheny County's 3,075-acre North Park, which features an outdoor swimming pool, ice skating, an 18-hole golf course, basketball courts, a nature reserve, walking trails and more. Pittsburgh's clean and beautiful waterfronts offer additional recreational benefits; the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela Rivers are ideal for boating, fishing, kayaking and canoeing.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed

Students Say

With just more than 1,200 full-time undergraduates, "Life at La Roche is very laid back." On this small campus, "everyone knows everyone" and it only "takes about five minutes to walk to class" from the dorms. Students assure us that "If you are willing to be involved, you will never be bored." At La Roche, there are over 30 student groups and an active intramural sports program, as well as 12 varsity men's and women's teams. Alcohol is prohibited on campus, but, students admit that "people still drink" from time to time. Even so, a party "never gets out of control" at La Roche, and most students prefer to "hang out with...friends, study together, [and] go out to eat" in their free time. When they want a break from the school's "lovely and spacious campus," students really appreciate their location on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. With this "amazing city at your fingertips," a fun night on the town is only a short drive away. On that note, "you better hope you have a car to get off campus," because "everyone goes home" on the weekend.

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

15% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Redhawks)
6 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Redhawks)
7 Sports

Cross Country

Student Services

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Pittsburgh
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Pittsburgh


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Terry Kizina
Director of Admissions

9000 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sports and Fitness Center
College bookstore
Magdalen Chapel
College Center Annex
Newly renovated library
College Center Annex Building contains state of the art Smart Classrooms

Most Popular Places Off Campus
North Park
Ross Park Mall
McCandless Crossings
We are just minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh and all it has to offer. See our web site at:

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10:00; 12:00; 2:00
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

First Saturday of each month

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight visits will be held once a semester for accepted students only. P


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Pittsburgh International Airport Bus and train stations in downtown Pittsburgh We are on local Port Authority bus routes

Driving Instructions to Campus

Local Accommodations
Home2Suites by Hilton 8630 Duncan Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15237 1.5 miles from campus. Mention LaRoche for a discount.

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