Carlow University, formerly Carlow College, is small, private, not-for-profit university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The student population is just over 2,000 students and the majority of students are female (87%). The school was founded in 1929 and offers programs at the certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate levels. The programs students are most drawn to are Registered Nursing, Biology, Psychology, Accounting, and Education.
Overview of Carlow University
Students enrolled at Carlow have the option to live on or off campus. And, because the school sits in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, there is plenty to see, do, and experience while attending school. Weatherwise, students at Carlow will experience all four seasons, including cold winters and hot, humid summers. If students need a more non-traditional college experience, day and evening classes are available, and distance or online learning is also an option.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||11:1|
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Carlow University Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|Recommendations||Considered But Not Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Carlow University Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
The cost of an education is a definite consideration when choosing the right school.
Below is the cost information for those who attend Carlow University:
- Tuition for a full-time in-state student: $30,528
- Tuition for a full-time out-of-state student: $30,528
- Room and board for students who live on campus: $11,902
- Total cost of tuition and room and board: $42,430
Around 98% of students receive Pell grants, scholarships, and other forms of aid. Once the scholarship and grant funds have applied to the cost, students on average are left with a net price of $20,515. This is the amount the student must cover to pay for school. For most students, this funding is covered through student loans.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$22,937|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||100%|
|Room & Board||$11,902|
- Tuition In-State - $30,528
- Tuition Out-of-State - $30,528
- Books and Supplies - $1,400
- Room & Board - $11,902
- Other - $2,082
Here are some statistics regarding the academics at Carlow University:
- Retention Rate
Carlow University has a retention rate of 78%. This means that, out of every 100 incoming freshmen, 78 students return for their second year. From a student perspective, this means that you will graduate school with a majority of the students you started with, if you graduate from Carlow, which makes creating lifelong friendships and networking opportunities easier.
- Graduation Rate
Fifty-eight percent of Carlow students graduate within six years. Some students finish sooner (43% finish in four years) and others need longer than six years to complete their degree. But a graduation rate of 58% is a good indication that most students graduate within a reasonable time frame.
- Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1
This ratio means that there are 11 students for each instructor. This means the classes are on the smaller side, which makes for more intimate classroom experiences, and instructors have more opportunities for one-on-one assistance if needed.
Small class sizes and a decent retention rate means that students at Carlow can have a rewarding and unique educational experience.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|Health Professions and Related Programs||164 Total Graduates / 52%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||124 Graduates|
|Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist||18 Graduates|
|Health/Health Care Administration/Management||17 Graduates|
|Art Therapy/Therapist||5 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||36 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||35 Graduates|
|Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other||1 Graduates|
|All Psychology Majors||27 Total Graduates / 8%|
|Psychology, General||27 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||21 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||14 Graduates|
|Human Resources Management and Services, Other||2 Graduates|
|All Education Majors||15 Total Graduates / 5%|
|Early Childhood Education and Teaching||14 Graduates|
|Art Teacher Education||1 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||17%|
Outcome & Salary
Graduates of Carlow University can expect to earn around $47,100 early in their careers and have their income increase to $75,300 by mid-career. This makes their projected 10-year maximum income potential around $753,000. With a net price of $20,515, students can expect to earn enough to pay back any loans they needed to complete their studies.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$47,100|
|College Grads Average Salary||$65,672|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$75,300|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$656,720|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,409,720|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$82,060|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$574,660|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,327,660|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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