Facilities

Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
1,130
Tuition
$24,028
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: everything is closeby and convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: theres just a lot of people from different countries.

3 College Junior

Facilities: our library is recently renovated and looks simple and modern. school residence hall is quite clean and large, and easily access to the main building.

3 College Junior

Facilities: our school is good to study and not noisy so much, but its quite far from city, and you might need a car. most classes are small and professor focus most of students, and easily participate. many event held in campus, and many sports facilities exists, and various international students exists, you might learn many culture and making some friends. our school is famous for design and nursing major.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The Student Center – The Student Center serves its purpose. There are couches, flat screen televisions, and areas to study. There is even a pool table and a piano for those students who play either.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 493rd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 921st
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1064th
    Best Library
  • 1241st
    Best Student Centers
  • 1282nd
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Pennington
Hometown
Zelienople, Pa.
Major
Writing/French minor
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Since La Roche is a relatively new institution (founded in 1963), the facilities are all fairly modern. The residence halls are kept clean, even over the summers, so they feel brand new at the beginning of each fall semester. The library is in good condition, but the lack of updated books makes it less appealing to students in search of information. The gymnasium is in excellent condition and has new locker rooms and a beautiful hardwood floor. The weight rooms are tidy, but a lot of the machines are broken or missing pieces that the College cannot afford to replace. The academic building is nicely equipped with computers in each classroom and a projector in every room. The computer lab has many computers with updated operating systems. The cafeteria is spacious and clean.

The major complaint students have about the facilities is that they are not open during hours that accommodate some people's schedules. The cafeteria is only open a few hours during each meal time, making it difficult for students to fit in three meals a day around hectic class schedules. The gym opens early in the morning but is often unavailable to students who are not on sports teams because of ongoing events and practices. But aside from this, the students seem to be extremely satisfied with the facilities and buildings on this beautiful, suburban campus.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
20
Campus Size
80 acres
Student Centers
Zappala College Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
John J. Wright Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Cantellops Dining Hall
  • Computer labs
  • Residence hall study lounges
  • Zappala College Center Square
Bar on Campus
No
Bowling on Campus
No
Coffeehouse on Campus
No, but the Redhawk Café and the campus bookstore brew Starbucks coffee, which can be purchased with Redhawk dollars.
Movie Theater on Campus
No
"Green" Initiatives
Students can minor in sustainable interdisciplinary studies, which focuses on the awareness of community (local to global) and integrative thinking.
School Slang
  • The AB: The Academic Building, one of the two main classroom buildings
  • Buyback: When you sell your books back to the bookstore at the end of each semester
  • The Caf: The cafeteria
  • CCAC: Community College of Allegheny County, the closest college to La Roche
  • ENP: Eat `n Park, a restaurant chain in Pittsburgh
  • LAF: La Roche Activities Forum
  • Ross Park: Closest mall
  • The SC: The Science Center, the other main classroom building on campus
  • SGA: The Student Government Association
  • The Square (CC Square): The College Center, the main student union
  • The Writers' Center: A service the school offers to help students write papers
Traditions
  • The Booze Cruise: Near the beginning of every fall semester, La Roche hosts a dance cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet. This is affectionately called the Booze Cruise due to the amount of students who drink before, during, and after the dance.
  • The Byham Performance: Each April, the dance department brings the best of its repertoire to the Byham Theatre downtown in the Cultural District. Tickets are free to students.
  • Festival of Lights: At the beginning of each December, the annual light-up night festival is held. At this festival, the campus Christmas decorations are lit, and food booths and craft vendors are all over campus. The night ends with a lovely display of fireworks
  • The Spring Fling: Much like the Booze Cruise, the Spring Fling is a dance held by La Roche at a local hotel. This happens in the spring, usually in the middle of the semester.
Urban Legends
  • A nun drowned in the motherhouse lake.
  • The ghost of a former student haunts Mahler Hall.
Favorite Things To Do
Every fall, La Roche hosts the Gateway Clipper Cruise, a dance held on a Gateway Clipper Fleet boat. The cruise is usually from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. and takes students from one end of Pittsburgh to the other and back again while they enjoy music from a DJ and refreshments on the boat.
Second semester, the main event is Spring Fling. This dance is usually held at a hotel or large banquet hall. Other fun College-sponsored activities include a Battle of the Bands, trips to see plays and musicals downtown, and sporting events. Since La Roche is located in a suburban area, on-campus activities are especially important when building a sense of community. Weekly events like karaoke and bingo are held at the college center, and regular sporting events take place in the gym. In addition, different clubs and organizations host
dances, special day-long events, forums, trips, and movie showings.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.laroche.edu/sl/clubs-org.htm
Student Newspaper
The La Roche Courier
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Literary magazine
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 9 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 8 responses

  • 25% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 12% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 25% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 38% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 43% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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