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La Roche University

A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents.  La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.


La Roche University was founded in 1963 by the Congregation of Divine Providence as an independent, private, Catholic college for religious sisters. The University is named for Marie de la Roche, a French woman of noble birth who became the first superior of the Congregation. The La Roche logo, the fleur-de-lis, is part of her family’s coat of arms.


Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students.


As a result of our academic excellence and emphasis on high-impact practices, 94 percent of La Roche graduates find employment, go on to graduate school, perform military service or participate in volunteer initiatives such as AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps within one year of graduating.

The Office of Career Development empowers students to achieve professional success. We offer a variety of resources and events throughout the academic year, including:

  • Career-readiness programming
  • Employer networking events
  • Internship/employment application support 

Student services

Student Government is a governing board for the university. This nineteen-member group is the students' representation to the administration. An election is held late in the fall semester for members. The bi-weekly meetings are open to all students.

Housing services

  • Bold Halls
  • Mahler Hall
  • Schneider Hall
  • Peters Hall

Library services

  • The John J. Wright Library houses a variety of instructional services & functions as an information center at La Roche University. 
  • This state-of-the-art facility features a collection of more than 70,000 volumes, 80,000 electronic books, 44 electronic databases, 500 periodical subscriptions and access to 30,000 government documents through a United States Government Depository Library.

ICT services

Apartment-style suites with rooms that are equipped with internet, phone services and basic cable

Medical services

When an emergency or expanded medical treatment is necessary, La Roche has made an optional policy available. Your family plan also may be used to provide coverage. 

UPMC Urgent Care McCandless can meet your medical needs with the following services:

  • Primary care and specialist referrals
  • Laboratory services
  • Non-emergency urgent care

Campus life

At La Roche a residential campus doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on big-city living. Downtown Pittsburgh is only a 15-minute drive away, which means your college experience will include visits to famous museums, renowned sports venues and a dynamic cultural district.

With La Roche's varied housing and dining options, you'll have no trouble feeling at home while living on campus. For many resident students, living at La Roche makes the college experience both memorable and exciting.

When you live at La Roche, you enjoy the convenience of a campus that offers:

  • Parking is available 
  • Student IDs are needed for residence hall access
  • Individual mailboxes are provided for all residents upon request

Sports facilities

  • Aerial View of Baierl Athletic Complex's Lacrosse/Soccer Field
  • Aerial View of Baierl Athletic Complex
  • Panoramic View of Baseball Field
  • Panoramic View of Coach Scott Lang Court
  • Panoramic View of Dance Studio
  • Panoramic View of Kerr Fitness Center Weight Room
  • Panoramic View of Baierl Athletic Complex's Lacrosse/Soccer Field
  • Panoramic View of Softball Field
  • Kerr Fitness Center Weight Room Video

Student clubs

  • American Association of University Women – AAUW Student Organization
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Student Group
  • American Society of Interior Design (ASID)
  • Association for Women in Communication (AWC)
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP): La Roche Chapter
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Delta Mu Delta
  • Finance and Investment Group 
  • Graduate Student Advisory Council
  • Kappa Delta Epsilon
  • La Roche Marketing Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Sigma Tau Delta: International English Honor Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau - Theta Mu Chapter
  • Zeta Alpha Pit (ZAP)

La Roche University is fully accredited by:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, INC. (ACEN)
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
  • National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD)
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program (COA)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Allison Park, Pennsylvania, United States

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