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  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
    A-
Carlow is a private, Catholic university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,100 undergraduate students. The Carlow acceptance rate is 86%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Business Administration and Management. Graduating 57% of students, Carlow alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,100.
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
86%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
870-1070
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$18,252/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $14,257/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,669/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,914/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,278/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,436/ year
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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
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.33 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.33 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,100Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
53%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Committed
    47%
  • Ambitious
    21%
  • Mediocre
    11%
  • Unique
    11%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • Outgoing
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
78%
Poll
41%
of students say they don't have Greek life.32 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.44 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Traditional, but up to date on technology & trends
    52%
  • Traditional
    28%
  • Old
    12%
  • Home away from home
    8%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,100/ 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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Carlow University is a fine school to attened post- high school. Being in their nursing program is fantastic, it is one of the best around, competing with their neighbors Pitt and Duquesne. Although the school's nursing program is reputable and is an achievement, the rest of the school's programs and area could see improvement. Being that the school is in debt, a lot of the other programs have little funding, meaning they are not provided with sufficient enough materials to be successful. As for the campus, the University Commons and A.J. P. Science and Technologies building are updated and modern-equipped, whereas all of their other buildings are old and outdated.
Somehow Carlow has found a perfect balance or old and new. You are directly in the middle of older, traditional buildings/grounds/architecture, but has the same amount of updated technology and resources. It makes for a perfectly balanced experience. While the campus is smaller than many other schools, there is no shortage of activities and social scenes (both alcohol and non) surrounding the area. It has the perfect mix of students: young/older, traditional/non-traditional, day/evening, and a wide variety of different backgrounds and lifestyles.

I love the one-on-one experience and assistance that I have received from the faculty and staff at Carlow University. The professors are extremely kind and fair, easy to communicate with, and make every attempt to help their students succeed. Of course you have some students who say same professors are horrible, but those are usually the ones who do not do their work. Personally, I could not attend a school where I'm one little seat in a big theater, and only 1 out our 300 students. I need the more personalized atmosphere and connections. I have complete 4 semesters at Carlow, and I would not change it for the world!