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

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

La Roche College offers its students a high value education which balances the reality of career preparation with the essentials of a classical liberal arts curriculum. The curriculum is characterized by a strong global perspective, interdisciplinary courses, and signature undergraduate and graduate professional programs. The faculty is diverse and possesses both academic and professional credentials.


In keeping with the global compass of its mission, the College recruits students from both its traditional home base in western Pennsylvania, numerous other states, and many foreign countries. The College strives to enroll academically superior students of diverse religious, ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds and ensures that students with lesser preparation are furnished the assistance they need to enable them to achieve academic and career success.


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 


Founded and sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche fosters global citizenship and creates a community of scholars from the region, the nation and around the world. 

With a strong international focus, the College welcomes students of all religions, nationalities and socioeconomic backgrounds. La Roche promotes global awareness and provides opportunities for students to experience other cultures and traditions. The unique Study Abroad + Study USA program, for example, offers the added component of traveling abroad or domestically at little or no extra cost.


La Roche College located in Pittsburgh’s North Hills offers an innovative, career-focused education to prepare students for success in today’s competitive workforce.

As a private liberal arts institution, La Roche places an emphasis on high-level skills such as writing, analyzing, collaborating and problem solving, allowing graduates to segue into a variety of careers in an ever-changing global economy.  La Roche’s 50 undergraduate majors include the high-demand fields of business, education, and health and medical sciences, as well as programs in the creative disciplines of interior design, graphic design, dance, and film and media.

La Roche offers flexible and affordable graduate degree programs, including: MS Accounting, M.Ed. Special Education, MS Health Sciences – Nurse Anesthesia, MS Human Resources Management, and MS Nursing (Nursing Administration and Nursing Education). The College also offers graduate certificates in Human Resources Management, as well as Forensic Nurse and School Nurse.


Nearby to downtown Pittsburgh, students have all the advantages of a small school but with big city amenities. The convenient location deepens the college experience, exposing students to internship and career opportunities. Also 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 theater.

The residential, suburban campus also 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 and includes more than 30 student clubs and organizations, intramurals, 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 success is of paramount importance in all that La Roche does. The college is committed to providing a learning environment which is conducive to academic achievement, enhanced by an overall campus environment that contributes to the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional development of all students. All this is accomplished not only through the provision of appropriate resources, but also through the example and caring interaction of the faculty, staff and administration, both inside and outside of the classroom. La Roche College is preparing students who truly are the best for the world.


La Roche College uses a rolling admissions system. This means you will receive an admissions decision within 10 to 14 days once your application file is complete. The college offers numerous academic scholarships, including merit-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 per year.


Annual tuition: $24,750
Room and board: $10,324