Point Park University

Point Park University

Point Park University, also known as PPU, is a private university of liberal arts located in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. It was established in the year 1960 as Point Park College. After a few name and status changes, it adopted its present name in 2004. PPU offers several bachelor, master, and associate degree programs in various areas of study. The university is organized into the following schools:

  • Conservatory of Performing Arts
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Communication

Point Park University hosts more than eight National Association of Intercollegiate sports teams. The athletics teams are nicknamed the Pioneers. The Pioneers compete in the American Mideast Conference which is the biggest conference in the NAIA. They participate in basketball, baseball, cross country, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

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Point Park University
201 Wood St
Pittsburgh , PA 15222-1984
General Phone: (412) 391-4100

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Point Park University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management260business management, business administration, accounting, human resources, marketing studies, business and related services
Security and Law Enforcement108criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety
Drama and Performing Arts103dance, drama, acting, various performing arts
Media74mass communication, journalism, broadcast journalism, photojournalism, advertising, communication and journalism
Education and Teaching60curriculum and instruction, educational administration, elementary school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, early childhood education, English teaching, math teaching, social science teaching, biology teaching, ...
Photography and Commercial Art47cinematography, photography
Engineering Technician36civil engineering tech, electrical/electronic tech, mechanical engineering tech, engineering technician
Computer Science and Engineering27computer and info science, information technology, computer services management
Liberal Arts23English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, social services, international relations, political science, history
Therapy and Counseling19behavioral sciences, psychology, psychology courses
Funeral and Mortuary Science17funeral and mortuary
Law11legal studies
Science10biology, biotechnology
Engineering8engineering management
Family and Social Work5public administration
Medicine4health professions
Design1design and visual communication, design and applied arts
Medical Support and Technology0respiratory therapy assistant
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science
Art Studies0arts management

Number of programs and degrees for Point Park University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree419
Bachelor's degree61057
Master's degree19910
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years04
Postbaccalaureate certificate05

Point Park University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Point Park University had a total enrollment of 3,591 students (3,166 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 20%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 21%
20-21 22%
22-24 17%
25-29 15%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 7%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

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

New York5%
New Jersey2%
(International Students)2%
West Virginia1%
New Hampshire1%

Point Park University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 38 %

Point Park University Room and Board (2007)

Point Park University offers campus housing for 844 of its 3,166 (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.

Point Park University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460570
SAT Math450560
SAT Writing450570
ACT Verbal1926
ACT Math1823
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT89%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT19%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Point Park University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 20,570
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,570
Room and board $ 8,940
Room charge $ 4,220
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,720
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 4,590

Financial Aid:
Point Park University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 335700)

Point Park University Faculty

Point Park University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2514
Non-tenured and not on tenure track33

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year28$83,52512$80,898
Associate professoracademic year16$65,69512$63,973
Assistant professoracademic year20$54,29712$55,983
Instructoracademic year1*1*
No academic rankacademic year7$49,2045$50,472
All faculty totalacademic year72$67,63742$64,554

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

Point Park University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball American Mideast Conference
Baseball American Mideast Conference
Track American Mideast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports133851

Point Park University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Arts Management

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

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer/Info Tech Services Administration & Management, Other
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Design and Applied Arts, Other
Design and Visual Communications, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Engineering/Industrial Management

Engineering Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Funeral And Mortuary Science
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General

Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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