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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 560
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 560

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Standardized Test Scores

Talent / Ability

Selectivity Rating

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From The School

Majors and Degrees Offered

Since its founding, Point Park has been known for providing its students with an education that combines the liberal arts with career education. While some of the programs of study are those traditionally found in the liberal arts and sciences, others reflect the cultural, business and industrial needs of the community. Emphasizing career preparation within a broad educational context, these programs enhance the prospects of graduates seeking professional positions in today’s highly competitive job market. Point Park offers bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in a number of majors, including accounting, applied history, arts management, behavioral sciences, biological sciences, business management, children’s theater, criminal justice, dance, digital and cinema arts, education (early childhood, elementary and secondary), engineering technology (civil, electrical and mechanical), English, environmental protection science, human resources management, information technology, intelligence and national security, journalism and mass communications, political science, psychology, public administration, sport, arts & entertainment management and theater arts. The University has earned national distinction in a number of fields, including dance, theater, journalism and mass communication, and sport, arts and entertainment management. The University also awards eight graduate degrees: the master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction; the master of arts degree in educational administration; the master of arts degree in journalism and mass communication; the master of arts degree in organizational leadership, the master of fine arts in theater arts; the master of business administration degree; the master of science in criminal justice; and the master of science degree in engineering management. Learning is an interactive process at Point Park where the average class size is between 15-20 students. All courses are taught by experienced, full-time faculty, augmented by working practitioners who bring a practical knowledge of the workplace into the classroom.

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


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Marketing, Other

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Photojournalism
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
  • Communications Technology/Technician
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and management, Other
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, Other
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Studies, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Personal and Culinary Services

  • Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Forensic Science and Technology
  • Security and Protective Services, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Photography
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Rob Ashford '83
Tony Winning Choreographer for Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thomas W. Golonski '73 (HON '08)
Retired Chairman, Vice President and CEO,National City Ban

Tom Kayser (COM 1974)
National League President of the Texas Baseball League

Jimmy Miller '80 (HON '00)
Producer and Agent, Mosaic Media Group, Los Angeles

Tome Cousin '82
Broadway Choreographer and Director

William Motto '65
Chairman and CEO of Meridian BioScience

Greg Brown (COM 1986)
The “voice” of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For the 2007-08 academic years, undergraduate tuition is $18, 460. Tuition for Conservatory students is $21,420. Room and board are $8,440 and student fees cost about $530.

Financial Aid

We understand that choosing a college can be a complex decision. We believe that you should have the opportunity to select the college that best suits your needs and interests, regardless of your financial situation. Point Park University has made a commitment to offering outstanding academic and co-curricular programs while keeping tuition and fees affordable for students and their families. We want you to know that nearly all our students receive financial assistance. Last year more than $60 million in financial aid was awarded to our students. Our Office of Financial Aid coordinates a variety of both merit and need-based financial assistance programs to make it possible for full-time students to take advantage of the educational opportunities at Point Parks. Scholarships, awards, grants, loans, and employment are available from several of federal, state and institutional sources. Please contact the Office of Admissions at (412) 392-3430 or 800-321-0129 to receive an informational brochure about financing your Point Park education. Financial aid awards for full-time students at Point Park University are determined on the basis of academic achievement, community service, artistic or athletic talent, and financial need. Financial need is the difference between what it would cost for you to attend Point Park University and how much you and your family can reasonably be expected to contribute to those expenses. Point Park University develops a financial aid budget that takes into consideration direct costs (tuition, fees, room and board) and indirect costs (books and supplies, travel, and personal expenses). Your expected family contribution is determined through a standard called federal needs analysis methodology, which measures a family's ability to pay for higher education. The FAFSA is the form used to collect data needed to perform needs analysis. To determine a student's financial aid eligibility, the university subtracts the student's expected family contribution from his or her budget and awards funds available through federal, state, and institutional aid programs.


Application Deadlines
Dec 1
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

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


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



58% female
42% male
21% are out of state
79% are full time
21% are part time


From The School


Point Park University is an independent, four-year coeducational institution located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, one of America’s most dynamic cities. Its central location means that students are just minutes away from internships opportunities, entertainment and sports venues. Point Park’s growing, yet compact, campus includes the University Center, housing the Point Park University library, the new television studio and cinema and digital arts classrooms and labs; Academic Hall, with classrooms, laboratories, a newsroom, computer center and administrative offices; Lawrence Hall, a 21-story building with dance studios, classrooms, student lounges, recreation center, cafeteria, administrative offices and dormitory rooms; and Thayer Hall, home of the Point Park Children's School and additional dormitory rooms. The Playhouse of Point Park University is a multi-theater complex which serves as the educational arm for the University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. The University’s expansion includes a newly open dance studio building adjacent to Lawrence Hall and, in addition to its existing dorms, two downtown buildings just two blocks from campus featuring suite housing for students. Both cultural attractions such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Three Rivers Arts Festival, and the Three Rivers Regatta and sporting events featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Penguins are within walking distance of campus.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The Point Park University facilities include the library, whose collections include 125,000 volumes, over 650 DVDs, musical CDs, and videos, subscriptions to 274 print periodicals and newspapers, 34 periodicals and newspapers on microfilm, and access to over 17,000 serial titles through online databases. University facilities include engineering technology, science and computer labs, a television studio, black and white and color photo labs, the Program for Academic Success, dance studios, and a radio station. Performing arts majors gain practical experience at the landmark Playhouse of Point Park University. In recent years the University has embarked upon a major renovation of its facilities, including new science labs, a state-of-the-art color television studios and digital film editing suites. It has also upgraded classrooms, the residence halls, dining facilities, and the overall physical plant. The addition of F. Tracy Henderson Alumni Park and the Academic Hall Atrium has brightened the campus while providing students with more places for study and relaxation. A major renovation project was completed in 2005 when the Lawrence Hall façade and lobby were restored to their former glory. The 21-story Lawrence Hall, which houses classrooms, offices, dorms, the recreation center and other University facilities, was opened in 1928 as a health club, later becoming a hotel. This first phase of the Lawrence Hall renovation included creating a street level bookstore, restoring a series of Gothic arched window openings, and updating the building’s infrastructure and building connectivity with the dance studio complex. Point Park University is an institution that utilizes green principles as it renovates. The University’s new dance studio complex, which connects to Lawrence Hall, opened in August, 2007. One of the distinguishing characteristics of this project is that the new dance studio reflects an environmentally friendly design. The dance studio complex is located in the footprint of three buildings on the Boulevard of the Allies next to Lawrence Hall. The 14,400 square foot space features cushioned, non-slip floor, glare-free lighting and the latest audio and visual equipment, in addition to a 60’ x 60’ performance area with a master control room, dressing room, and sound isolated lighting and editing equipment so performances can be taped and broadcast. One of the most exciting aspects of college life for many students is the opportunity to live on campus. The University’s residence halls have been filled to capacity (600) during the past few years. To provide additional housing, the University entered into an agreement with a developer converting several former Wood Street office buildings into suites and apartments. Opened in the fall of 2006, Pioneer Suites and Conestoga Suites house approximately 120 more Point Park students and are located just a block from campus. The residence halls at Point Park mean easy access to classes, dance studios, student lounges, the library, the recreation center, and the excitement of downtown Pittsburgh. More than 30 percent of full-time students reside in campus housing, which, in addition to the Conestoga and Pioneer Hall suites, includes the 10-story Thayer Hall and the 21-story Lawrence Hall. Contact the Residence Life Office at (412) 392-3824 with any questions. The Recreation Center is open year-round and offers fitness training, intramural sports activities, and informal recreation. It is staffed by a recreation professional and student personnel who are available for individual and group programming. All activities sponsored at the Recreation Center are coed and free to participants. Point Park is continually seeking ways to empower the region by partnering with various community organizations. Partnerships include the Guest Artists-in-Residence Program with the Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts, which brings distinguished artists in dance and theatre to work with students at both institutions. As part of its popular Summer in the City program, the Point Park has partnered with Radio City to become the only university in the nation to host the Rockette Summer Intensive program. The University’s Gerald E. McGinnis Distinguished Lectureship Series, which is open to the public, brings in high-profile speakers who will enrich campus life of Point Park as well as that of the general community

Off-Campus Opportunities

Point Park University encourages students to enrich their educational experience through course work overseas. Trips to Europe at affordable rates are arranged Occasionally by Point Park University faculty for University credit. Students may also take classes at Regent's College in London, Wells College in Paris and. The American University in Rome. At Regent's, which is located in the heart of London, courses are taught American-style by British instructors, and credits may be transferred to Point Park. At Wells, courses are available in all forms of dance, and most fine and studio arts, including photography and music. The American University offers a board selection of courses in the arts and sciences and business courses, with some fine and studio arts courses available, including photography. Fees at Regent's and at Point Park are approximately the same; students who register for courses at Regent's are fully eligible for state and federal financial aid. For further information, please contact Elaine Luther via email at eluther@pointpark.edu or by phone at (412) 392-3947.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing

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

Men's Sports (Pioneers)
5 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Pioneers)
6 Sports

Cross Country

Student Services

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Duquesne University
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: 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

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, Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Joell Minford
Director of Full-time Admissions

201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1984



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Point Cafe
Atrium Overlook
Recreation Center
Coffee Kiosk
Outdoor Patio

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Market Square
Station Square
Point State Park
Carnegie Museum

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi, bus, trolley, train, incline available. 15 minutes to Pittsburgh International Airport. When arriving at Pittsburgh's International Airport, taxi or limousine services are available to Downtown Pittsburgh. The cost of a taxi is approximately $30, while the cost of a limousine van into the city is about $10. The vans go to most of the major hotels. The Port Authority (PAT) also has a bus available named the 28X Airport Flyer. For schedule and fare information, please contact the Port Authority at (412) 442-2000 or, for the hearing and/or speech impaired, call (412) 237-7007.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Exit 6, Monroeville. Follow the signs to Pittsburgh taking the I-376 West to the Grant Street Exit, Exit 1C. At the third light, make a left onto Boulevard of The Allies. Remain on the Boulevard of the Allies until you come to the intersection of Wood Street and Boulevard of the Allies. Point Park University will be on your right.

Local Accommodations
The following is a list of accommodations that are located convenient to both the University and major traffic routes. This list is supplied to make your visit to Point Park University easier and is not an endorsement of any particular establishment. All Hotel Information is Subject to change. Please Contact the Hotel for Further Information. Best Western Oakland 3401 Boulevard of the Allies (412) 683-6100 1-800-245-4444 Provides a free courtesy shuttle to and from the Pittsburgh Playhouse of Point Park University. Hampton Inn 3315 Hamlet Street Oakland (412) 681-1000 1-800-HAMPTON The Hampton Inn is located by the Pittsburgh Playhouse of Point Park University. Rates include a free continental breakfast, free cable and in-room movies, free local telephone calls, and free coffee and tea service, free parking, and free shuttle to and from Downtown Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel 600 Commonwealth Place Gateway Center Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (412) 391-4600 1-800-445-8867 The Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel is located right outside of Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh and located within walking distance from the University. Holiday Inn at University Center 100 Lytton Avenue - Oakland (412) 682-6200 1-800-864-8287 The Holiday Inn at University Center is also located in Oakland. A courtesy shuttle is also available to Downtown Pittsburgh from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Marriott Pittsburgh City Center 112 Washington Place Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-471-4000 1-800-228-9290 www.Marriott.com/PITDT Located less than a mile from the University. We offer complimentary shuttle service within the Golden Triangle and to the University, Monday through Saturday, please see the bellman to schedule your trip. Steelhead Grill and Lounge on property. Ramada Plaza Suites One Bigelow Square Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 281-5800 1-800-225-5858 Located within walking distance from the University. The Ruddy Duck Restaurant and Lounge is located in the hotel for your dining convenience. Sheraton Hotel Station Square Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 261-2000 1-800-255-7488 The Sheraton Inn is located across the river at historical Station Square. The Sheraton has a Courtesy Shuttle available Monday through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Omni William Penn Hotel 530 William Penn Place Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 553-5100 The Omni William Penn is located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh and within walking distance from the University.

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