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Academics

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."

Student Body

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."

Campus Life

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.

Overview

Applicants
1,320
Acceptance Rate
92%
Average HS GPA
3.21

GPA Breakdown

21%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
22%
2.50 - 2.99
11%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
400 - 510
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
410 - 510
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
400 - 500

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
17 - 23

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

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Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
196
with Terminal Degree
79

98
Women
98
Men
13
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
40%
Graduate in 5 years
54%
Graduate in 6 years
55%

Majors

  • 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


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
40%
Graduate in 5 years
54%
Graduate in 6 years
55%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Nov 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,370

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,538

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,791

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
79%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,992

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$13,058

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$26,920
Required Fees
$800
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,710
Transportation for Commuters
$1,700

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,220
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,406
Foreign Countries Represented
35

Demographics

1.49%
Asian
9.67%
African-American
2.56%
Hispanic
60.03%
Caucasian
7.75%
Unknown
15.79%
International

55% female
45% male
9% are out of state
82% are full time
18% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
45%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
78%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
49
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
2

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

16% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Redhawks)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Women's Sports (Redhawks)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services


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

Sustainability


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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
8

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
9000 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Phone
800-888-4572


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: www.laroche.edu/admin/pgh.asp

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
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
First Saturday of each month

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

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

Transportation

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
http://www.laroche.edu/admin/directions.asp

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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