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Engaging Minds. Embracing the World.



La Roche College provides an innovative, skills-driven education to prepare students for success in today’s competitive workforce. 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. 

 

Academics
Offering more than 50 career-focused majors, La Roche’s undergraduate programs include the high-demand fields of business, management, education, computer science, criminal justice, and health and medical sciences, as well as creative disciplines in interior design, graphic design, dance, film, and media. 

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. A 12:1 student-faculty ratio ensures that students receive personalized attention, and professors are dedicated to helping students achieve their academic and career goals. 

 

Unique to La Roche
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 United States or study abroad at little or no cost. Students recently traveled to Ecuador, Cuba, China, Demark, Italy, London, Paris, Portugal, Los Angeles, and the Galápagos Islands. 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 designed for freshmen and sophomores. This program introduces students to the College’s mission and the principles of peace and justice, giving them the skills and perspective to make a positive impact in today’s society.

 

Location
Situated in Pittsburgh’s North Hills, the campus combines suburban life with big-city amenities. McCandless Crossing, a new neighborhood district and town center, is only a five-minute walk across the street from campus. From a movie theater, shops and restaurants to a pharmacy, bank, and grocery store, McCandless Crossing has nearly everything college students desire or need, including employment and internship opportunities. Just a short drive away is North Park of Allegheny County, the perfect place for outdoor exercise and recreation. 

 

Pittsburgh
Campus is just 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 and has become known for its renowned museums, medical centers, parks, research centers, libraries, and vibrant cultural district. Pittsburgh has more than 1,600 tech firms (including Apple, Google, Intel, Uber, and ANSYS) and has been serving as the long-time federal agency headquarters for cyber defense, software engineering, robotics, and energy research. Pittsburgh earned the title of America’s Most Livable City by Forbes and The Economist and One of the Most Affordable Places to Live in the United States by U.S. News & World Report

 

Student life
Student life is active and exciting, with more than 30 student clubs and organizations, intramurals, and service learning programs. Home to the Redhawks, La Roche offers 13 NCAA Division III athletic teams. 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. 

 

Rankings
The Princeton Review has consecutively ranked La Roche among the Best Northeastern Colleges (2008–2016). La Roche is a Catholic College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction (2012–2016). La Roche is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program and has earned the Military Friendly Colleges distinction (2010–2016). 

 

When to apply?
La Roche offers rolling admission, meaning admissions counselors evaluate applications as they arrive and make decisions shortly after receiving all application materials. Decisions regarding rising high schools senior applications begin mid-August. 

Visit laroche.edu to apply online or download an application. 

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