Carlow University

Carlow University

Carlow University, established in 1929, is a private Roman Catholic university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The campus of the university is spread across an area of 14 acres. The institution offers more than 50 academic programs. Carlow University is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • The Division of Humanities
  • The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • The School for Social Change
  • The School of Education
  • The School of Management
  • The School of Nursing

Carlow University's athletics department fields a number of men's and women's sports teams. They compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Nicknamed the Celtics, the teams participate in basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball, and tennis, among others.

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Carlow University
3333 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh , PA 15213-3165
General Phone: (412) 578-6000

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Carlow Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine137registered nursing, nursing administration, various nursing
Business and Management98business, business management, business administration, accounting, auditing, human resources management, international business, marketing, business and related services ...
Education and Teaching91educational administration, educational supervision, instructional media design, special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, teacher education, art education, ...
Therapy and Counseling71psychology, counseling psychology, physical therapy
Liberal Arts62Spanish language, English, creative writing, technical and business writing, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history ...
Science43biology, chemistry
Family and Social Work12public policy analysis, social work
Media11communication studies, communication and journalism
Art Studies9art studies
Computer Science and Engineering7information science, computer science
Mathematics5mathematics, math
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy, theology
Medicine1health professions
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0occupational therapy
Science and Laboratory Technician0science tech
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science
Photography and Commercial Art0commercial art
Fine Arts0art history and criticism

Number of programs and degrees for Carlow in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree34142
Master's degree20816
Doctor's degree - professional practice01

Carlow Student Body

In 2007-2008, Carlow had a total enrollment of 2,178 students (1,735 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 7%
Women 93%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 68%
Graduate 32%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 70%
Black 16%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 17%
20-21 17%
22-24 12%
25-29 13%
30-34 8%
35-39 7%
40-49 12%
50-64 6%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Carlow Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %
Part-Time 69 %

Carlow Room and Board (2007)

Carlow offers campus housing for 405 of its 1,735 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Carlow Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440530
SAT Math440540
ACT Verbal1823
ACT Math1722
ACT Composite1923

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT94%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT29%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Carlow Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 20,684
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,684
Room and board $ 8,146
Room charge $ 4,162
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,984
Books and supplies $ 700
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Carlow participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 330300)

Carlow Faculty

Carlow has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track519
Non-tenured and not on tenure track622

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*4$101,602
Instructorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*5$93,229

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year7$76,42115$68,339
Associate professoracademic year7$63,64614$63,045
Assistant professoracademic year6$54,05518$52,686
Instructoracademic year3$40,96117$44,851
All faculty totalacademic year23$62,07364$56,539

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Carlow Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball American Mideast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports01010

Carlow Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Family And Social Work
Public Policy Analysis
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics, General
Mathematics, Other

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets Carlow Apart:

Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Carlow Number of degree programs
Female % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Carlow Female % of student body
% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Carlow % of degrees in education and teaching
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%Carlow % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Carlow % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Carlow % of degrees in therapy and counseling
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Carlow % of freshmen enrolled part-time
% students 40 years or older
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Carlow % students 40 years or older

checked Roman Catholic affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, navy, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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