In 1929, the Sisters of Mercy, immigrants from Ireland, admitted the first young women in Mount Mercy College. After World War II, men were allowed to enroll. As the college continued to construct new facilities and add programs, the name was changed to Carlow College in 1969. The College continued progressing forward, incorporating a continuing education program for adult students and opening a science and technology facility.
Since the turn of the century, the College changed its title to University, and in 2007, Carlow University introduced its first Doctorate degree program. More recently, Carlow established a unique online Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics program and Carlow University continues to celebrate recognition by the U.S. President’s Community Service Honor Roll.
Today, the private, not-for-profit Catholic Liberal Arts University enrolls approximately 2,800 students and maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. The student population is comprised of more than 80 percent females, and approximately 25 percent adult students. Along with the main 14-acre Oakland campus, Carlow operates the Carlow University Cranberry Education Center, in Cranberry, and the Greensburg Education Center in Hempfield Township. In addition to academic programs, including accelerated degree programs, students can participate in service learning activities, campus ministry, honors programs, internships, study abroad opportunities, and more.
Carlow University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The University also retains programmatic accreditation, including accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing and approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, the Pennsylvania Department of Education for teacher and school counselor preparation programs, and the Council on Social Work Education for the Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Additionally, Carlow University maintains a large number of memberships and affiliations with organizations, a few of which include the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Carlow University supports 50-plus academic programs, including Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees through the:
- Division of Humanities
- Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- School for Social Change
- School of Management
- School of Nursing
- School of Education.
Students can enroll in fields of Art, English, and Liberal Studies, or choose studies in Sociology, Special Education, and Nursing. Carlow University also partners with Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University to provide dual degree options in programs, such as Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Law, and more. Pre-professional programs, such as Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Veterinary Medicine, and others also prepare students for post-graduate programs. In addition, students can pursue Master’s degrees in Creative Writing, Education, Fraud and Forensics, Business Administration, Nursing, and Professional Counseling. Doctorate degrees include studies in Counseling Psychology and Nursing. Students can also enroll in certificate programs ranging in studies from Accounting and Grant Writing to Behavioral Health and Instructional Technology programs.
Tuition and Fees
- $25,416 annually for full-time undergraduate students
- $608 per credit for adult undergraduate courses (with the exception of Clinical Perfusion and Other Affiliate Programs costing $801 per credit hour)
- $744 per credit for graduate courses (excluding MFA and MFF)
- $874 per credit for MFA, MFF and Doctoral Courses
Students at Carlow University may qualify for various financial aid programs, including grants, scholarships, and loans. Federal programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Student Loans and Parent PLUS Loans, Nursing Loan, and Federal Work Study. For eligible students, Pennsylvania also supports the Pennsylvania State Grant. Scholarships include institutional merit and need-based awards, athletic and endowed awards, along with undergraduate adult and graduate scholarships for new students.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,251
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