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.
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.
Student Organizations & Activities
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.
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.