La Roche College

La Roche College was founded in 1963 by the Sisters of Divine Providence as an independent, private, Catholic college for religious sisters. Sr. Annunciata Sohl was appointed the first president of La Roche and served until 1968. By 1965, the College admitted its first lay students and conferred degrees on its first five graduates. Two years later, to accommodate its growing enrollment, the College expanded beyond its leased space to construct its first College building, the John J. Wright Library.

The College is named for Marie de la Roche, a French woman of noble birth, who became the first superior of the Congregation of Divine Providence. From its initial role as a college for religious sisters to its current incarnation as an institution for students from around the world, La Roche offers high-quality educational opportunities that reflect its Catholic heritage and the dynamism and spirit of its founding and sponsoring congregation.

As is often the case with new institutions, La Roche encountered financial difficulties soon after its founding. The Congregation gave serious consideration to closing ... [ Read All ]


United States

9000 Babcock Boulevard
PA 15237
Phone: 412-536-1117

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Our Aims


La Roche College, a Catholic institution of higher learning, founded and sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence, creates an international community of scholars from the region, the nation and around the world, including students from conflict, post-conflict and developing regions. Liberal and professional educational experiences are integrated into a way of life that empowers men and women to become lifelong learners, achieve success in their chosen careers and promote justice and peace in a constantly changing global society.


To create a seamless learning environment for students by sharing educational responsibilities among all members of the college community and by integrating programs and activities throughout the academic and other dimensions of students' lives

To enable students, undergraduate and graduate, to acquire the necessary knowledge and competence to be well prepared for employment or for graduate degrees/further study

To enable students to develop an understanding of the natural world and the diverse cultures of people in a glob...  [ Read All ]

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Location and Getting there


1) Off I-79 northbound, take the Wexford Exit (# 73). At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 910 East.

2) Follow Route 910 to the intersection of Rt. 19/Perrysville Avenue in the town of Wexford.

3) Take a right at that intersection, and follow Route 19/Perrysville Avenue south through Wexford, PA.

4) At the bottom of a hill beyond the Wexford business district, Route 19 splits between Route 19 Business / McKnight Road and Route 19/Perry Highway. Follow the Route 19 Business/McKnight Road exit by bearing right.

5) Proceed to the stoplight at the intersection of Cumberland Road and McKnight Road (beyond the Outback Steakhouse Restaurant).

6) Take a left at this intersection onto Cumberland Road. Follow Cumberland Road to the next stoplight where it intersects with Babcock Boulevard. You will be directly across from UPMC Passavant.

7) Take a right at this intersection.

8) Take the second left onto East Campus marked by the La Roche College sign.


1) Off I-79 southbound, take the Cranberry/Mars Exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 228...  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department

Graphic and Communication Design Department

From CEOs to churches, from charities to chambers of commerce, from car washes to corporations, everyone has something to say or something to sell. In a world where the consumer is bombarded with messages, the ability to persuade is a very powerful communications tool. The graphic and communication design program at La Roche College will provide you with the skills you need to be an effective print and multi-media communicator. You’ll master the computer software that professional graphic designers use. Most importantly, you will become a visual problem-solver and learn to use words, pictures and images to create a compelling message that will sizzle.

The La Roche Approach

For you to obtain an edge before you graduate, you need practical experience in real-world design and communication settings. You will have that opportunity at La Roche College.

Our unique curriculum prepares you to handle deadlines, work as a team member and manage a project from start to finish. During the graphic and communication design department’s annual Immersion Days, teams of students have 48...  [ Read All ]

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Information For  Undergraduates

The Graphic & Communication Design Program prepares students for exciting careers in visual communication: advertising, illustration, display, photography, typography, multimedia, packaging, publication, digital imagery and layout. Grounded in the elements of art, the curriculum prepares students to meet the technological challenges of this fast-paced career through experiences in current design software such as: QuarkXpress, Painter, Illustrator, PhotoShop, Director, Flash, Go Live, Quicktime VR, After Effects Image Ready and Premier. The first two academic years, known as the Foundation Program, culminate with the Mid-Collegiate Review process. The student then moves into the Professional Program, which emphasizes presentation opportunities, internships, team problem solving and professional portfolio development. Having completed all the required foundation coursework, students are free to develop a secondary specialization by clustering related major elective courses.  

Information For  International Students  


La Roche College is now into its fifth decade of preparing its students for success in their chosen professions. The strongest testament to our success is the quality of our alumni, many of which make their homes in western Pennsylvania . We welcome you to La Roche College's online community, a place for you to connect with fellow alumni and reconnect with your alma mater. We welcome your participation and involvement.  

Student Facilities

Nearly 75 percent of your college experience will occur outside the classroom. That means you should choose a campus community that will challenge you to consider new experiences and call on you to interact with people from different backgrounds.

Step onto the La Roche campus, and you'll quickly realize you have entered a vibrant community filled with opportunities. Far from the noise and traffic of the city, the campus is located on 80 suburban acres in Pittsburgh's North Hills with plenty of trees and green space.

When you're walking on campus, you'll quickly notice that there are faces from all around the world. La Roche has grown into a global community of learners with students from 21 different nations. One of the best ways to cultivate new relationships is to join organizations whose members have the same interests that you have. At La Roche, we have more than 30 student organizations. In addition, you can choose to participate in a host of intramural sports programs. For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at 412-536-1071  

Student Life

Your talents and interests are what make you unique. When you attend La Roche College, you'll find plenty of ways to express your individuality and to get involved.

The Office of College Activities will serve as a resource for you, connecting you with the educational, cultural, and social activities in and around the city of Pittsburgh . You'll have chances to attend a Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park or a Penguins match at Mellon Arena. Maybe you'll choose to sign up for a Gateway Clipper Cruise on the Ohio River in Pittsburgh . Or, perhaps you'll take a trip to New York City . Maybe you'll take your turn at the microphone during Karaoke Night, or try your luck at games of chance during Casino Night.

We'll also encourage you to take a leadership role by attending conferences or roundtables. Join Student Government Association (SGA), and you'll be representing your classmates. Join one of the other 30 student organizations on campus, and you'll meet people that share your interests.  

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Your residence hall room will be your home away from home for the next several years if you choose to live on campus. You will have no trouble feeling at home once you see our apartment-style suites, available in all four residence halls. They include the comforts of home: a refrigerator, a microwave, a bathroom right in your suite, Internet and cable television access and free laundry service.

When it's time to eat, you have a host of choices, too. The Cantellops Dining Hall is centrally located in the Zappala College Center on the College's East Campus and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. La Roche also has a take-out Chinese restaurant, Wok Inn, located adjacent to the Dining Hall.

If you like to exercise, the Kerr Fitness and Sports Center has everything you need to stay in shape. This modern facility includes a basketball court, an exercise room, racquetball courts, a karate studio and an indoor walking track.

We'll make you feel safe in your new home, too. Students and staff are the only ones who can gain access to the residence halls using an electronic ID card. Security personnel patrol the campus 24 ho...  [ Read All ]

How To Apply

Application Procedures:  

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