the Carlow waterfall, with a quotation by Catherine McAuley

Facts and Stats

About Carlow University

Since 1929, Carlow has been welcoming all types of students to its campus: men and women continuing their degrees after taking time off for personal reasons; students coming directly from high school; graduate students; and transfers from community colleges and other schools. Each student is special and you'll never find a one-size-fits-all approach at Carlow. We are all about value, convenience, flexibility, and quality-something all students want and need.

With more than 40 majors, Carlow offers accelerated options available online, in-class or hybrid throughout the day. Your advisor will help you navigate registration--and keep you going on the path to graduation.   

About 50 percent of our total student enrollment are students who come to Carlow directly from high school. About 25 percent are graduate students--and 25 percent of our students are returning to complete their degree or have been out of high school for more than four years.

Our location

Carlow is located in Oakland, one of the biggest college towns in the United States--and the educational, medical, technology, and cultural hub of Pittsburgh. There are nine other colleges and universities, seven major hospitals, and more than 130,000 college-age students, within a 15-minute walk of our campus-as well as theatres, museums, concert halls, art galleries, restaurants, shops, sports arenas, and hiking trails nearby. You can cross-register at other local colleges or universities at no additional tuition cost through the Pittsburgh Council of Higher Education (PCHE). In addition, Carlow offers dual-degree/combined programs with LECOM (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine), Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh--and you can access library holdings at the University of Pittsburgh’s Hillman Library.   

When should I apply to Carlow?

Carlow operates on a rolling admissions basis, generally accepting applications from incoming freshmen until classes begin in August each year. But because of our commitment to small class size and the competitiveness of our scholarship programs, students are strongly encouraged to complete the application process by Feb. 1 of their senior year to assure maximum consideration for admission and scholarships/financial aid. Apply to Carlow

How do I apply to Carlow University?

You may apply online at no cost. If you have any questions about your application, please contact the Office of Admissions at 1.800.333.2275 or 412.578.6059. You may also contact your personal enrollment counselor or high school counselor for help.

Do I have to schedule a personal visit to campus?

Although personal interviews are not required, we encourage you to schedule a personal appointment with your admissions counselor. You and your counselor will not only become better acquainted, but you will also experience Carlow University’s campus community firsthand, and that is important when deciding which school is right for you.

Many students visit Carlow during one of our scheduled Campus Visit Days. These events allow you to meet current students and faculty, tour the campus, and “live the life of a Carlow student” for a short while. View the currently scheduled Admissions Events.

When will I know if I've been admitted to Carlow University?

Carlow uses a “rolling admissions” process. Admissions decisions are made year-round, and there is no strict admissions “deadline.” However, because we are committed to small class size and want everyone to receive maximum consideration for admission and scholarships, we do strongly encourage students to apply as soon as possible.

Once we receive all required components of your application, we review your overall credentials and make one of the following decisions: 1) admit, 2) conditionally admit, or 3) deny. 

Is the SAT, ACT, and/or CLT required for admission? 

Students are encouraged to take the SAT, ACT, or the CLT. If submitting multiple scores from one test, we will superscore (use the highest subscores to create a new composite score).

Carlow University has a limited test-optional policy in place for those applying for entry in Fall 2020. Interested students should contact the admissions office or their enrollment counselor directly for further details and eligibility requirements.

Carlow will adopt a test-optional policy for Fall 2021 admissions.

What SAT or ACT score do I need to get into Carlow?

Carlow considers a variety of factors when reviewing your profile, so there is no specific “set of numbers” that guarantees admission. Students wishing to submit SAT scores below 1060 out of 1600 (combined evidence-based reading and writing and mathematics scores) or ACT scores below 21 out of a possible 36 (composite score) are encouraged to re-test, especially if they are interested in qualifying for selective programs and/or significant academic scholarships. Academic merit scholarships are also based upon a combination of your cumulative high school grade point average and your standardized test scores.

How much does it cost to attend Carlow University? 

Carlow is very affordable compared to many private universities. The actual cost to your family is entirely dependent upon your financial aid eligibility, which is determined via the FAFSA application process. You can also use one of our convenient Cost Calculators to estimate your tuition costs. 

Are there scholarships available?

Yes, Carlow offers a wide range of scholarships for all of our students. Most awards are based on a student’s academic performance and are automatically awarded upon admission to those who qualify. Some scholarships involve a separate application process. Carlow also offers other awards that may be combined with your academic scholarship.

Campus Safety

Carlow University employs its own police force, which provides 24-hour protection seven days a week. 

Career outcomes

97% of Carlow graduates obtain employment upon graduation.

How many computer labs are on campus?

Carlow has several computer labs in various buildings, including the library in the University Commons and the AJ Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology. There is also a 24-hour, multi-unit lab located on the third floor of Frances Warde Hall.

Do I need to bring my own computer?

Although there are plenty of terminals for use on campus and it is possible to complete your studies without owning your own computer, the vast majority of students bring their own to facilitate their academic work. Our IT Department can provide computer and software recommendations.

Where do I park?

While resident students are unable to have a car on campus, students commuting from home will find three parking lots with easy access to campus, and the two biggest ones (Lot A and C) have valet parking during school hours. Semester passes are available for a fee.

Is there a bus line that will drop me off near Carlow?

Carlow's right on Fifth Avenue, which is a main transit artery for the entire city. There is a bus stop right in front of campus.

Are there places to eat on or near campus?

Getting something to eat on Carlow campus is never a problem -- in addition to our great dining hall, we have Frank's Café in the Commons and the Celtic Cafe in AJP (they serve Starbucks there, too). Also, our neighborhood is known for having some of the best restaurants in town.  

Is there a place for me to study before or after class?

Every building on campus has little nooks and study areas, but most people pop open their laptops in the University Commons. It opens early and stays open late, with computer labs, a library, a Cafe, and all the space you need to get a head start on that paper.