La Roche College
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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

1,225 full time undergraduate students; 18 states, 39 countries.

Faculty Profile

14:1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

60% 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, Soccer
Women’s Sports: Softball, Basketball, Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer

Other Information

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

Academic Programs

Accounting, Accounting 4+1, Biology (B.A.), Biology (B.S.), Biology with Forensics, Chemistry, Chemistry – Comprehensive, Chemistry – Forensic Science, Child and Family Studies, Communication, Media & Technology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice – Accelerated Program for Criminal Justice Professionals (APCJP), Elementary Education, English Education – Language & Literature, English Studies – Journalism and Professional Writing, English Studies – Language & Literature, Film, Video and Media, Finance, Graphic & Communication Design, Health Science, Health Science – Degree Completion, History, Information Technology, Interior Design, International Affairs, International Management, Leadership, Liberal Studies, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mathematics – BA, Mathematics – BS, Mathematics – Industrial Engineering, 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 Social Studies Education with Dual Major in History, Middle Level Social Studies Education with Dual Major in 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 Studio, Political Science, PreK-4 Teacher Education/Special Education, Professional Studies, Psychology, Radiologic Technology, Real Estate, Religious Studies, Self-Designed Major, Sociology, Undeclared


La Roche College’s innovative Study Abroad+Study USA program is a unique experience offered to qualified La Roche students who would like to broaden their horizons and marketability in an ever expanding global workplace. This innovative program allows La Roche students to take part in a one to two-week study abroad trip for course credits without the additional cost, for an affordable cultural learning experience that lasts a lifetime.


At La Roche College, students find a unique combination of 21st-century education, technology and individualized attention. Fully accredited by several national governing bodies, the college offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, 20 undergraduate minors and three graduate programs. In fact, among major areas of study, La Roche offers all of the current “top 10” most popular career fields among college students, as ranked by The Princeton Review, including Interior Design, Graphic Design, Criminal Justice/National Security, Business, Education, the Natural Sciences, Information Technology, the Social Sciences and Nursing


At La Roche, you will learn with and get to know students from across the country and around the world. Sitting next to you in class could easily be someone from New York or Nepal, or you might be sharing lunch in the dining hall with someone from Baltimore or Bosnia. We take great pride in the fact that a La Roche College education prepares our students for global citizenship.

That education goes well beyond the classroom. You can participate in one of the more than 30 student organizations – everything from the accounting society to the roller hockey club. Opportunities abound, as well, to give something back, whether it is participating in an alternative spring break trip to help hurricane victims or planning a conference on global issues with involvement by United Nations representatives.

All of this takes place on a campus that offers the benefits of a suburban location while being only minutes away from all of the arts, cultural and sports amenities of a major metropolitan area.


The success of our students is of paramount importance in all that we do at the College. We are 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 our 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.


At La Roche College, we use a rolling admissions system. This means you will receive an admissions decision within 10 to 14 days once your application file is complete. We offer numerous academic scholarships for full-time international students. These scholarships range in value from $500 to $13,000 per year and are renewable annually provided you maintain a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) and carry at least 12 credits per semester. Students applying to the College’s dance program are also eligible for special merit-based dance awards, which are determined by an audition.