Carlow University

Carlow University, the only Catholic women-centered liberal arts university in Pennsylvania, prepares students, primarily women, for competent leadership and compassionate service in personal and professional life.

With an enrollment currently under 2,200, and a student-faculty ratio of 12-1, students enjoy small classes and individual instruction. The student population is culturally diverse consisting of more than 20 percent African American students, traditional and nontraditional, and more than half are first generation. Upon graduation, 79 percent of the graduating seniors gain employment in their academic fields.


United States

3333 Fifth Avenue
PA 15213
Phone: 1-800-333-2275

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Location and Getting there

Carlow University's main campus is located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The neighborhood boasts the largest concentration of cultural, academic and medical institutions in the area. Our private, 14-acre campus is secluded, yet in the heart of an active community just 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.

Carlow is within walking distance of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and within minutes of Duquesne University, Chatham College, Robert Morris University, and Point Park University.  

Department and information about the department

The Division of Humanities provides students with opportunities to develop a broad perspective on life, its challenges and rewards. Students develop an understanding of cultural, historical, and spiritual forces that shape our existence. Humanities majors may choose to study the professional fields of art, English, history, liberal studies, philosophy, Spanish, theology, and writing. They may also choose to study more than one field, as we also offer double majors and minors.  

Academic Staff and Description  

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Information For  Undergraduates

Traditional First-Year Student Undergraduate Admissions

For traditional first-year students seeking undergraduate degrees, who are either in high school or have been out of high school for less than three years.

Admission Requirements

A minimum of 18 units of high school work is required. A unit represents a subject pursued in a class meeting four or five times per week during the entire school year.  

Information For  Postgraduates

Graduate Admissions

Carlow University admissions process is a personalized one. The Graduate Admissions Office serves anyone who has a bachelor’s degree and is pursuing a master’s degree. GREs and GMATs are not required. Carlow University reserves the right to deny or revoke admission to any applicant who does not meet admissions requirements. The University also reserves the right to revoke admission at any time. Carlow University, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.

Further, the University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University’s mission. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in university programs and activities. This i...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students  


Student Facilities

Carlow believes in the education of the person both inside and outside the classroom. We encourage students to develop skills in judgment, leadership, analysis, decision-making and communication. Our philosophy embraces the mission of the university as we seek to involve students in a holistic, self-directed, lifelong journey of discovery and empowerment in which emotional, spiritual, vocational, intellectual, environmental, physical, and social aspects of their lives are challenged toward growth and fulfillment.

Carlow's mission acknowledges the significance of education outside of the traditional classroom setting. The Student Life Division uses a variety of education and student developmental models to develop our programs. It integrates commuter and resident student activities, provides meaningful opportunities for learning professional leadership skills, and puts student activity programming into the hands of students.  

Student Support

Counseling Center

Carlow Counseling Services are available and free of charge to all students.

This includes: Day, Cap, Weekend, and Graduate Students. The Counseling Center supports students as they pursue their goals.  

Student Life

The Office of Student Activities assists students as they develop events, programs and services for other students and the Carlow community as a whole. Through this process, the OSA staff offer individual consultations and group activities that are essential for the intellectual, personal, and social development of our students. The OSA serves as a central location for students to become involved with campus activities and events to further develop social and leadership skills and to meet other students with similar interests.

Most OSA programs are co-sponsored with student organizations and other campus offices, services or classes. In partnership with the Campus Activities Board, Residence Hall association and the Commuter Student Association, the OSA strives to offer a comprehensive array of academic, social, spiritual, political, cultural and recreational activities in which students become engaged and which encourage full interaction and participation by all constituencies of our diverse student body.

The OSA is a hub for student organizations, co-curricular programming, leadership development, new student orientation a...  [ Read All ]


The Residence Life department at Carlow University is designed to contribute to the educational experience through the group living situation. Services, programs, and activities are planned and implemented in order to facilitate the intellectual, cultural, social, and ethical needs of our students.

Consistent with the philosophy of the Division of Student Life as a whole, the Residence Life department is developed in such a way as to augment the academic experience by helping to educate the whole person. The department functions in accordance with the following principles:

Each student is a unique individual;
The individual student must be viewed and treated as a whole person;
Work with students, taking into account their existing level of development, needs, interests, and problems.  

How To Apply

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Visit the Carlow Campus

Group Visits

All of Carlow's group visit programs are open to students interested in ANY major. The group visits offer prospective students an opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and students, as well as provide an overview of admissions and financial aid procedures. A tour of the campus is also part of the visit.

Visit Carlow!

April 15, 2007
Campus Visit Day
Individual Visits

Can’t make it to one of our visit programs? Interested in an individualized visit? Be our guest! Our admissions office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm, but individual visits may be arranged at other times. Advanced notice is strongly recommended so we can ensure you a comprehensive and enjoyable experience.

Contact your personal admissions counselor at 1-800-333-CARLOW (2275) or via E-mail at and we’ll be glad to set up a visit just for you!  

Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

Contact Admissions

3rd Floor Antonian Hall

Toll-free: 800-333-CARLOW (2275)
Phone: 412-578-6059