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Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
1,130
Tuition
$24,028
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Senior

Academics: The teachers at this school are there to help you succeed and want the best for you at all times. They will stay late or come in early to ensure that your time as a student here is as carefree as possible, but they do not do it for you. You still must put in the time and effort to really excel.

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College Junior

Academics: I cannot speak for every major except mines. I'm majoring in English Studies: Language & Literature. I've had a lot of reading and writing assignments that sometimes overlapped with each other: I had to make choices about which English assignments I would spend more time on, even though each assignment required equal attention. So, being an English major is not just fun and interesting, but requires much time management, dedication, and hard-work.

4 College Junior

Academics: La Roche College is a small school. Thus, the teacher-student ratio is small as well. This ratio smallness, I believe, personalizes the relationship between professors and students, in which respect and a greater awareness of students' needs evolve.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: You truly will receive a proper education here. Just like any other college, you have to put in the work to get the results. Only at this school, you can miss fours classes almost every week and still pull off a B if your lucky. It's so high school here. Perfect analogy for La Roche College!! If you ever took AP or honor classes in high school, thats the exact course work you will be doing here.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Before deciding on coming to La Roche, you must first understand that this is a very small school. Because this school is so small it doesn't offer every perfect academic quality like most schools do. There are a lot of majors that La Roche offers, but because most people that attend La Roche have narrow minds, they pick among the most common major like Biology for an example. I had my first biology class as a freshman, there had to be over 75 students. The next day 1/3 of those students left and probably became undeclared. The 2/3 that was left (including myself) stayed and finished General Bio 1. When it came time to register for General Bio 2, there was only half of 1/3 of the original bio majored students. Most people failed out, and the one's who stayed my professor called us "the survivors." My point is student only pick common major to try to become the common doctor. Expect to be pushed here at La Roche, because at the end, all your professors want you to do is pass the course and don't give up.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 312nd
    Most Available Classes
  • 486th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 651st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 676th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 685th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Pennington
Hometown
Zelienople, Pa.
Major
Writing/French minor
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Since La Roche is a liberal arts college, students are required to take some classes in each subject. Although these courses are often boring and usually only cover the basics, most students admit later that they actually learned something from them. While many students dislike having to take classes that do not directly pertain to their respective majors, it is part of the school's mission to help create well-rounded people for the workforce.

But, aside from the core requirements, La Roche's degree programs mainly include courses in the field of study a student is interested in. Most students respond well to this major-specific aspect of the curriculum. The professors at La Roche are generally friendly and very helpful, and they provide an inviting atmosphere conducive to the learning process. Many are highly active in their specialties outside the classroom, as well. For instance, several of the English professors are published authors, some of the criminal justice professors are retired FBI agents, and a few design teachers own their own firms. At a small school like La Roche, there is a lot of potential for any student, regardless of ability and previous experience. The professors make sure that no student is left behind or forgotten.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
62
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
104
Total FT Faculty
62
Faculty with Terminal Degree
77%
Average Faculty Salary
$55,443
Full-Time Retention Rate
66%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Transfer-Out Rate
29%
Graduation Rate
53%
Programs/Majors Offered
45
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 66%
  • 20 to 49 students: 33%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Graduate Studies and Adult Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Human Resources Management: 5%
  • Management Science: 5%
  • Radiation Therapy: 5%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Residence hall study lounges
  • Wright Library
  • Zappala College Center Square
Tips to Succeed
  • Be courteous and kind to all of your professors. Chances are good that you'll have them at least one more time.
  • Don't schedule a ton of morning classes. You may start out strong, but as the semester goes on, you'll want to sleep in more and more.
  • Enjoy yourself. Take time to attend college activities and parties and meet people. Don't overwork yourself or take things too seriously—that's what the years after college are for.
  • Pick a major based on something you're interested in. If you're interested in the material, you'll do better.
Did You Know?
  • There is a multitude of services available to disabled students, such as braille services, interpreters for the hearing-impaired, note-taking, special transportation, tape recorders, tutors, and reader services.
  • "Acting up" in class? Once a year, La Roche College students perform a musical in the spring semester. By participating, a student can earn one elective credit.
  • The College has an interlibrary loan system with many of Pittsburgh's other colleges and universities, which makes it easy for students to obtain the information they need.
  • The Writers' Center is a tutorial center where students can bring writing assignments to student or faculty tutors for help. Tutors give objective feedback on a student's paper or aid in idea development or grammar and punctuation correction. The service is free to all LRC students.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 12 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 9 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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