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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 1,500 men and women who enjoy over 30 student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. La Roche welcomes students of all religions, nationalities, and backgrounds, including students from 24 states, two territories, and 31 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

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,398 undergraduate students
83% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female
12% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
62 full-time faculty
122 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

48% of students living on campus

School Location

Situated in Pittsburgh’s North Hills, La Roche combines suburban life with big-city amenities. McCandless Crossing, a new town center, is within walking distance from campus. From a movie theater, shops, and restaurants to a pharmacy, bank, and grocery store, McCandless Crossing offers students both entertainment and employment opportunities.
Campus is 15 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh, exposing students to a variety of cultural, recreational, and career opportunities in a major metropolitan area. Ranked among the 50 Best College Towns in America by Best College Reviews, Pittsburgh is home to many corporate headquarters, medical centers, libraries, and a vibrant cultural district.

Retention Fall 2015

78% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

45% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 16%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 8%
White 62%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 8%


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, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball

Other Information

La Roche College is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution 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

  • Catholic College of Distinction and Pennsylvania College of Distinction

  • La Roche has consecutively ranked as a Best Northeastern College by The Princeton Review

  • La Roche is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program

  • Earned the Military Friendly Colleges distinction

Hands-On Learning

Although professors reserve class time for discussion, experimentation, and interaction, learning at La Roche happens both inside and outside of the classroom. La Roche students hone their career skills by gaining real-life experience through internships, hands-on projects, and industry-connected faculty.

  • Accounting students interview with the Big Four accounting firms, as well as smaller firms in the region, starting in their junior year.
  • Chemistry and Biology majors perform novel research, gaining practical experience in La Roche’s student-operated laboratories, ChemSOLVE and BioSOLVE.
  • Computer Science majors help nonprofit organizations develop their websites as well as providing training and documentation for outside clients.
  • Professional Writing and Journalism students practice their writing, editing, and graphic design skills by producing the La Roche Courier, the online student newspaper, and Nuances, a magazine of poetry and fiction.
  • Criminal Justice students intern for professionals in criminal justice, gaining practical experience in La Roche’s onsite crime scene investigation laboratory.
  • Graphic Design students participate in internships, client projects, and professional presentations. Real-world clients of La Roche students have included the mayor of Pittsburgh, Attack Theatre, Global Links, and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education.

Study Abroad Opportunities Included With Tuition

La Roche’s Study Abroad + Study USA program, already included in the cost of tuition, allows students to travel the U.S. or study abroad. The program covers the cost of travel, lodging, and most meals. From Alaska and California to Cuba, Europe, and South America, students have experienced new places and other cultures at no additional cost. 

Academic Excellence

The La Roche Honors Institute offers extracurricular activities and independent research opportunities. Designed for highly motivated individuals, the Institute helps students achieve even greater academic success. Honors students at La Roche enjoy:

  • Small, unique classes taught by top faculty
  • Research and creative opportunities
  • Networking opportunities
  • Special recognition at graduation as well as an honors designation on diplomas and transcripts
  • A book stipend each semester when maintaining GPA requirements

Talented and Engaged Faculty

With a faculty of award-winning scholars, researchers, and industry-connected professionals, students receive quality instruction with a real-world approach. Individualized attention from faculty is one of La Roche’s best benefits. With a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, professors can’t help but become personally dedicated to their students’ academic and career goals.

The La Roche Experience

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 that focus on global issues.

Student Life

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. More than 30 student clubs and organizations include:

  • Academic and professional organizations
  • Campus media
  • Campus sponsored activities
  • Club sports
  • Governing organizations
  • Multicultural and international clubs
  • Special interest clubs


Home of the Redhawks, La Roche offers 13 varsity sports competing in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in the NCAA Div. III.  

Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, and soccer. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Sports Facilities

The Baierl Athletic Complex offers first-class amenities for students to train, compete, and succeed as student-athletes.

The Kerr Fitness & Sports Center features a 1,200-seat gymnasium and home-court to our basketball and volleyball teams. The Center includes an indoor track, a weight room, and cardio equipment.

La Roche’s outdoor facilities feature an artificial turf field, home to the lacrosse and soccer teams, as well as the John Arnold Senior Memorial Baseball Field and the La Roche Softball Field.


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.

In the City

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

Around Campus

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.

Allegheny County’s North Park is also right by campus. 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 as well as confident, compassionate leaders in an ever-changing world. Ninety-two percent of graduates find employment, go onto graduate school, perform military service, or participate in volunteer initiatives such as AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps within one year of graduating.

Student Support Services

The Office of Student Academic Support Services provides opportunities for students to move ahead in their careers, even before they graduate. 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 application support for graduate school.

Alumni Circle

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 since graduating from La Roche.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,167 Total Applicants 
1,114 Total Admissions 
291 Total Freshman Enrollment

95.46% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 420 520
SAT Math 410 520
SAT Writing 400 510
ACT Composite 17 23
ACT Math 17 23
ACT English 16 23
ACT Writing 6 8

Applying to La Roche

La Roche offers rolling admission, meaning that admissions counselors evaluate applications as they arrive and make decisions shortly after receiving all application materials. Decisions regarding rising high school senior applications begin mid-August. Visit to apply online or download an application.


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $25,500
Fees $750
Total $26,250
Room and Board (on campus) $10,630
Room Only $6,730
Board Only $3,900
Estimated Total On Campus $36,880


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

78% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
51% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$16,743 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,183 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates


Tuition at La Roche is nearly 20 percent lower than the average cost of tuition at other private colleges, and 91 percent of La Roche freshmen receive financial aid packages. La Roche also offers merit-based scholarships, which range up to $16,000 to eligible students. These scholarships are based on SAT/ACT scores and GPA.