Carlow University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carlow University

Pittsburgh, PA

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With a track record of 97% of job-seeking graduates finding employment or gaining admission to a graduate program within six months of graduation, Carlow University—located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—prepares its students for life beyond Carlow. 

With a track record of 97% of job-seeking graduates finding employment or gaining admission to a graduate program within six months of graduation, Carlow University—located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—prepares its students for life beyond Carlow. 

A tradition of academic excellence
As a private, coeducational Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Innovation District—which features institutions of higher learning, health care facilities, and high-tech companies—Carlow believes in nurturing the creativity, diversity, talent, and skills of its students. Student success is accomplished through a tradition of academic excellence coupled with care for each student as an individual, which doesn’t end in the classroom or an internship.

A commitment to social justice
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929, Carlow University reflects that heritage with a strong commitment to social justice, which is introduced early in the first year on Mercy Service Day, a day where Catholic social teaching is put into action and students work for nonprofits throughout the community. Through such initiatives, Carlow instills the desire to become ethical and responsible leaders committed to a just and merciful world in students and alumni. This is a hallmark of a Carlow education, encouraging students to demonstrate forward thinking, practice social responsibility, and offer service that makes a meaningful impact to the community.

A place for you
Award-winning faculty in each of the colleges are exceptionally dedicated teachers and advisors who are active in their respective fields. With a 12:1 undergraduate student-faculty ratio, they provide a personalized educational experience that inspires and supports each student. 

Through partnerships with the region’s largest medical providers and with state-of-the-art simulation labs, Carlow students have an opportunity to be on the front lines of health care. Students majoring in Nursing have achieved a perfect pass rate on the NCLEX licensing exam for two years in a row. Carlow also boasts one of the only Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) programs, which prepares students to monitor certain vital signs of patients having brain or spinal surgeries. Similarly, Carlow’s Perfusion program teaches students to monitor patients having open-heart surgery. 

Carlow students can make a difference in the world through majors in Psychology, Social Work, Communication, Criminology, and Forensic Accounting, where they build and apply knowledge that promotes social justice for vulnerable populations.

Carlow’s liberal arts curriculum helps students develop a broad perspective on life and fosters understanding through majors in Education, Art, Art Therapy, Biology, Chemistry, and—new in the fall of 2019—Data Analytics.

Care for each student
If a student feels he or she needs academic support, the Center for Academic Achievement is there to help students through individual and group tutoring as well as workshops in writing, research, and learning and study strategies.

Carlow’s Office of Career Development provides career planning services that help students and alumni make a successful transition from college to career. Through partnerships with corporate and nonprofit organizations, Carlow is able to provide hands-on experiential learning opportunities for students in every major or graduate program.

Find out more
A Carlow education inspires studentsto become leaders, achieve academically, and give back to the world in ways that truly make a difference. For more information about enrolling at Carlow, please visit or call 412-578-6059.

“The small student-teacher ratio played a major factor in my success. There were times when I needed extra help on my studies, and my professors went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure my success. My professors always treated me with the utmost respect and were just as involved in my education as I was, which was a nice push when I needed it most.”

— Sanju S. ’19
Graduate majoring in Nursing


12:1 undergraduate student-faculty ratio 

Nearly 100% of Carlow undergraduate students receive financial aid. 

More than 45 areas of study offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels 

Carlow helps students integrate experiential learning into their education through opportunities for:
• Undergraduate research
• Internships
• Study abroad
• Service learning
• Leadership

NAIA River States Conference Athletics 

Men’s and women’s teams
Track & field

Women’s-only teams

Carlow’s Center for Academic Achievement provides one-on-one mentoring and guidance for students to prepare for tests, conquer procrastination, get organized, and study more effectively.

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