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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
Carlow is a private, Catholic university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,075 undergraduate students. The Carlow acceptance rate is 92%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Business. Graduating 57% of students, Carlow alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,700.
About Carlow University...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
River States Conference
Address
3333 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Website
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Carlow University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
92%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
900-1040
ACT Range
20-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$17,832/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$21,731/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.29 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.35 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.35 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,075Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
290
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
51%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Committed
    48%
  • Ambitious
    19%
  • Unique
    14%
  • Mediocre
    10%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • Outgoing
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
79%
Poll
41%
of students say they don't have Greek life.34 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.46 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Traditional, but up to date on technology & trends
    52%
  • Traditional
    26%
  • Old
    11%
  • Home away from home
    7%
  • Fast-paced
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses
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Having attended Carlow University for five years, I have seen all the in ins and out of the University both being positive and negative. Firstly, I have not a single negative aspect to say about the the professor and the academics that i have receive over the course of my time attending Carlow. The campus is nothing but beautiful and the location is phenomenal being right in the heart of Oakland, Pa. The food's not very great at all and the circulation of choice are very vague. There is barely any party scene, which is great for those serious scholars, but not very great for those party animals out there. The dormitories are pretty small, especially when you are sharing a room with another student and the restrooms are locker room designed, which can be a negative for those that like or need privacy. Overall, my experience at Carlow University was pretty decent!
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I love this school but it could use some work with helping graduate students succeed. It is great for education and nursing both. I believe the education department needs to be more helpful in making sure there graduate students finish within two years. The university boast about having a two year education certification program, however students have worked hard to reach that goal but they can not. Classes that are required are only offered certain times a year and this makes it hard for students who need to retake or withdraw for a short time.
Carlow University is a place that feels like school, but also a harmonic community. With it being such a small, liberal arts university, it is easy to connect with other students and especially the professors. I personally believe that this enhances the academic standpoint within the university. It is easy to ask the professors and staff for assistance because it feels like you personally get to know them, and they get to know you. It is a great school for those who want to feel connected to others, and not be overwhelmed by a huge lecture hall with hundreds of students at a time.