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Carlow University

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 82%18%
    student ratio
  • 2,100
    total students
  • $25,200 | $25,200
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 95%
    acceptance rate
  • Minimally Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 465
    sat math
  • 482
    sat reading
  • 42
    sat writing
  • 20
    act composite


Carlow University: A Private Catholic University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Set in the historic town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carlow University is one of the oldest private Catholic universities in the nation. It is a women-centered university that strives to produce graduates that are leaders, critical thinkers, and successful in both their personal and professional life. Students enjoy a solid liberal arts education. The university offers a diverse core curriculum and strong focus on the humanities and nursing.

More than 2,000 students attend Carlow University and call Pittsburgh their temporary home. Ample student housing is available, and there are many cultural, educational, and entertainment possibilities close at hand. There is a vibrant underground music scene, high-brow operas, and numerous museums, such as the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Science Center, and the Heinz History Center. The Heinz and Carnegie families invested millions in creating family attractions, sports arenas, museums, and more - and Carlow's students get to reap the benefits.

Students of Carlow University can find part-time employment and internships both on campus and around Pittsburgh. Major employers in the area include Heinz, Alcoa, and others in industries such as technology, health care, nuclear engineering, and biomedicine. Carlow University teams with many of Pittsbugh's businesses to provide interns with real-world experience.

Aside from its main campus, Carlow University has other campuses in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Carlow University Cranberry Education Center, located in Cranberry, offers various undergraduate and graduate programs and is close to the main campus. The Greensburg Education Center is located in Hempfield Township and hosts several graduate and undergraduate classes.

Carlow University: More than Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Nursing

At Carlow University, students get a well-rounded liberal arts education, with degrees offered in a number of different fields. Most notably, students can get specialized degrees from Carlow's renowned humanities department and stellar nursing program. Other fields of study include natural sciences, mathematics, social change, management, education, creative writing, technology, business administration, counseling, leadership, and psychology.

Nursing students have many options for internships and work-study programs at local employers and medical facilities in Pittsburgh. This provides students with important hands-on experience and helps in preparing them for real-world situations. Nursing students can pursue specialized degrees such as a B.S. in Nursing, RN, B.S.N., and M.S.N. There is also a fast-track nursing program that allows practicing nurses to get their M.S.N. in a short time.

Overall, the Division of Humanities at Carlow University focuses on giving students a broad liberal arts education to carry with them through their personal and professional lives. Students study a wide spectrum of disciplines to give them a unique perspective of history, culture, and spirituality. Students can earn majors, minors, or double majors and minors in English, Spanish, theology, writing, art, and history, to name just a few of the fields available.

While students are focusing on their chosen field of study, such as nursing or humanities, Carlow University is striving to make leaders of the students. The university encourages individual thought, critical-thinking skills, and strong analytical skills that will help students confront and analyze situations and determine the best solutions. Carlow graduates tend to be strong individuals with great confidence - traits that will help them succeed no matter what path they choose in life.

Carlow University: Student Life and Student Organizations

Though it is a Catholic university, students need not be of the Catholic faith to attend Carlow. In fact, the school has a very diverse population, with over 20 percent African-American students and more than 50 percent first-generation students. The school is well-known for its stellar graduation records and job placement. Nearly 80 percent of Carlow's graduates find employment within their desired field, and a respectable number choose to stay in Pittsburgh to build their futures.

Student life at Carlow University includes a strong commitment to community service. Students regularly engage in volunteerism at local Catholic churches and other organizations in Pittsburgh. This conforms to the school's commitment to producing world-view students that recognize the plight of the poor and disenfranchised and instilling leadership and charitable qualities that last long after their student life at Carlow.

Leadership is paramount at Carlow University. Many professional and student organizations on campus exist to aid students in developing and exercising this skill. Campus organizations that work to foster leadership include the National Association for Campus Activities, American College Personnel Association, Computer Club, EcoClub, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, National Association of Directors of Orientation, American Student Government Association, International Student Association, Social Work Student Association, Black Student Union Women in Communications, and several Greek student organizations.

Wellness and a healthy lifestyle are also encouraged in student life. There are a number of programs, sports activities, and student organizations dedicated to personal health and well-being. Students can work out at the Carlow University fitness center or engage in organized sports, such as rowing (crew), basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. There are also student organizations that focus on non-traditional activities like Frisbee golf and others. Overall, student life at Carlow is filled with health, happiness, and leadership.

Location & Contact

Carlow University

3333 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3165

Ms.Susan Winstel

Director of Admissions

Phone: 412-578-6059
Fax: 412-578-6668

Contact school now

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Communication and Journalism Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Theology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Criminology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Auditing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management and Services Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


95% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied665
    • Accepted633
    • Acceptance Rate95%
    • Enrolled2,100
    • Female Applicants591
    • Females Accepted565
    • Female Acceptance Rate95%
    • Male Applicants74
    • Males Accepted68
    • Male Acceptance Rate91%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.39
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 482 438 523
    • SAT Math 465 420 510
    • SAT Writing 42 420 520
    • ACT Composite 20 17 23
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$25,200
    • Out-of-state tuition *$25,200
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$216.00
    • Room and board *$10,014.00
    • Room only *$5,120.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionChildren of Alumni, Employees or children of employees, Adult students

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,100
    • Male Student Percentage18%
    • Female Student Percentage82%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino2.05%
    • Black or African American15.29%
    • White or Caucasian44.38%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.24%
    • Asian.9%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races2.38%
    • Unknown10.71%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.13% representing 2 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students4% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 26%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Campus Activities, SPiRiT (Student Ambassadors), SNAP (Student Nursing Association), PSEA (School Education Association)
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division X Yes
    • Soccer No No No
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis No No No
    • Volleyball No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division X Yes
    • Soccer No Division X Yes
    • Softball No Division X Yes
    • Tennis No Division X Yes
    • Volleyball No Division X Yes


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty263
    • Full-time Percentage37%
    • Part-time Percentage63%
    • Female Percentage76%
    • Male Percentage24%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 1,516 students to 170 faculty



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