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Campus Quality


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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love this campus! It is close to but still far enough from the city for me. The food and library could use some more variety but that is just small compared to how much I enjoy my classes professors for english and graphic design.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: For as small as the student body is, I would say that student life is made a priority by students and staff here. There is always an event planned such as a trip to the city or bingo. There aren't that many places to hang out, other than cc. Since our school is 70% commuter, the 30% that lives here seems to play a sport of some sort so a lot of people are in the athletic center. The library is particularly small which is annoying.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: everything is closeby and convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: theres just a lot of people from different countries.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: 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.


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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
Campus Size
80 acres
Student Centers
Zappala College Center
Campus Library?
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
Bowling on Campus
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
"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
  • 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 Newspaper
Connected. The La Roche Magazine
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Literary magazine
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 14 responses

Very poor
  • 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)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 7 responses

  • 42% Festival of Lights
  • 25% The Booze Cruise
  • 17% Movie nights
  • 8% Mocktails and Karaoke
  • 8% Who's Line is it Anyway?
  • 0% The Byham Performance
  • 0% The Spring Fling

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 67% Hang with Friends
  • 11% Basketball & Lacrosse Games
  • 11% Soccer
  • 11% Baseball Games

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 43% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 13 responses

  • 38% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 54% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 8% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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