La Roche College
"La Roche College offers a career-focused education to prepare students for success in today’s...

La Roche College

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A small, private institution in Western Pennsylvania, La Roche College provides a skills-driven education to prepare students for success in today’s global economy.


With more than 50 undergraduate majors, La Roche offers competitive programs in both high-demand fields and creative industries, with particular strengths in business, criminal justice, design, education, psychology, and health and medical sciences.


Located just 15 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh, this residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. With a 20 percent international population, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, nationalities and backgrounds, including students from 14 states and 30 countries.


Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.


Student Profile

1,065 full-time undergraduate students; 18 states, 2 territories, and 35 countries

Faculty Profile

12:1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

48% of students living on campus

School Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Division: III
Mascot: Redhawk
Colors: Red and White
Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse and Soccer
Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball

Other Information

La Roche College is a 4-year, liberal arts college founded in 1963.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Biology, Biology/Forensic Science, Chemistry, Chemistry/Forensic Science, Child and Family Studies, Communication, Media & Technology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English Studies – Journalism and Professional Writing, English Studies – Language & Literature, Film, Video and Media, Finance, Graphic Design, Health Science, History, Information Technology, Interior Design, International Affairs, International Management, Leadership, Liberal Studies, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mathematics, Medical Imaging, 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, National Security Studies, Nursing – Associate of Science, Nursing – RN to BSN Degree Completion Program, Nursing: LPN to ASN Degree Completion, Performing Arts – Dance, Political Science, PreK-4 Special Education, Professional Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Secondary Education – English, Self-Designed Major, Sociology, Undeclared

*Program involves taking courses at a partner institution to obtain your degree: Athletic Training (2:2)*, Bioengineering (3:2)*, Chemistry/Environmental Science and Management (3:2)*, Chemical Engineering (3:2)*, Computer Engineering (3:2)*, Dentistry (3:4 and 4:4)*, Electrical Engineering (3:2)*, Engineering Science (Nanotechnology: Chemistry/Bioengineering) (3:2)*, Industrial Engineering (3:2)*, 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*, Software Engineering (3:2)*, Speech and Language Pathology (2:3)*

More Distinctions

  • 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 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 


La Roche students find countless ways to broaden their horizons through more than 30 student clubs and organizations, and 13 NCAA Div. III athletic teams. 

An active student-life allows students to explore new interests, meet new people and develop leadership skills. Activities serve many interests – with everything from intramural sports, fishing and skiing, to special events such as the GLOBE International Fashion Show and Spring Carnival.

In addition to clubs and organizations, La Roche offers a variety of service learning opportunities for students to do more for the outside community and examine social issues. La Roche students, faculty and staff provide service in a variety of ways including: working with at-risk children and their families, visiting the elderly, participating in neighborhood cleanup and rehabilitation, and taking food, blankets and other essentials to the homeless.


With a faculty of award-winning scholars, researchers and industry-connected professionals, students receive quality instruction with a real-world approach. La Roche professors are experts in their fields of study, and more than 85 percent of them hold their terminal degrees.

Individualized attention from faculty is one of La Roche’s best benefits. A 13:1 student-faculty ratio ensures that students receive personalized attention, and professors are dedicated to helping students achieve their academic and career goals.

Faculty utilizes technology, Internet-based learning and SMART Board lessons so that students understand course material at a deeper level. For instance, while completing their reading practicum, students majoring in education receive virtual coaching via bug-in-the-ear technology. This mobile technology allows professors to offer live instruction using Bluetooth headsets, web cams and Skype to improve a student’s field experience.

Although professors reserve class time for discussion, experimentation and interaction, learning happens both inside and outside of the classroom. The Study Abroad + Study USA program, for example, is included in the cost of tuition and allows students to travel the U.S. or study abroad at little or no cost. Another unique program is The Honors Institute, which offers extracurricular activities and independent research opportunities.

One highlight of the College’s core curriculum is The La Roche Experience, a required sequence of courses for all traditional freshmen, sophomores and juniors. This program introduces students to the principles of peace and justice, giving them the skills and perspective to make a positive impact in today’s society. Coursework includes service learning, value-based simulations, spiritual self-exploration, reflective journal exercises and college-wide seminars focusing on global issues such as diversity and discrimination, conflict prevention and issues of economic justice.


Situated on more than 40 acres, La Roche’s residential campus is conveniently located just 15 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. With a major metropolitan area so nearby, students experience the city’s rich culture through world-class performances, renowned museums, exciting nightlife and professional sporting events.

Across from campus is McCandless Crossing, a new town center that provides both entertainment and employment opportunities within walking distance. The development features more than 20 major retailers and restaurants, along with a modern 12-screen Cinemark movie theater.

Another feature close by is Allegheny County’s North Park. With an outdoor swimming pool, lake, ice skating rink, 18-hole golf course, and walking trails spread across more than 3,000 acres, North Park is perfect for exercise, sports and leisure.


La Roche prepares students to become responsible citizens and confident, compassionate leaders in an ever-changing world.

The Office of Student Academic Support Services provides opportunities for students to move ahead in their careers before graduating. Services include: internship and employment search assistance; workforce readiness education; professional networking strategies; resume and cover letter development; interview preparation and practice; professional and career fair etiquette; and graduate/professional scholar search and application support.

Coordinating with Academic Support Services, the accounting faculty prepares students to become interns at local companies by the time they are juniors. Through the use of La Roche faculty’s professional connections in the fields, they are able to achieve a placement rate of nearly 100 percent for students in the industry. La Roche’s computer science program also boasts a 100 percent job placement rate; since 2005, every computer science graduate from La Roche has either obtained a full-time technology position or entered graduate school within one year of graduation.

Even classroom learning at La Roche can lead to job and internship opportunities. Many professors incorporate projects that allow students to apply theory to real-world situations. Students include these assignments in their professional portfolios.

Members of La Roche’s Distinguished Alumni Circle include graduates who have achieved outstanding career success. These alumni include company directors, vice presidents, accomplished doctors, teachers and award-winning writers. One Distinguished Alumna has served as a management consultant, lawyer, board advisor and an entrepreneur after graduating from La Roche


La Roche College uses a rolling admissions system, which means students will receive an admissions decision within 10 to 14 days once application files are complete. The college offers numerous academic scholarships, including merit-based scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 per year, and the average financial aid package is $25,820.


Annual tuition: $25,500
Room and board: $10,630