La Roche College: Narrative Description

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9000 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-5898
Tel: (412)367-9300
Free: 800-838-4LRC
Admissions: (412)536-1275
Fax: (412)536-1075
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Roman Catholic Church. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1963. Setting: 80-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $4.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4290 per student. Total enrollment: 1,681. Faculty: 223 (68 full-time, 155 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 528 applied, 69% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 26% from top quarter, 57% from top half. Full-time: 1,092 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 392 students, 74% women, 26% men. Students come from 19 states and territories, 28 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 9% international, 26% 25 or older, 35% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 76% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters plus summer term. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/23.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $23,444 includes full-time tuition ($15,982), mandatory fees ($600), and college room and board ($6862). College room only: $4250. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Part-time tuition: $488 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $14 per credit, $50 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 28 open to all. Most popular organizations: American Society of Interior Design, student government, Visions (environmental club), Helping Hands, Project Achievement. Major annual events: International Fashion Show, The Spring Fling, Gateway Clipper Cruise. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 628 college housing spaces available; 499 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. John J. Wright Library with 108,432 books, 30,000 microform titles, 601 serials, 1,010 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $391,979. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The college is located just ten miles north of the center of Pittsburgh. The campus has an ideal combination of rural and urban life: within a five-mile radius of its own natural beauty are the recreational facilities and wooded expanse of North Park and the shops, restaurants and theaters of the McKnight Road malls.

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