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Carlow University Data & Information Overview

16 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
92% Acceptance Rate
Find out more about how Carlow University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below.
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How Well Is Carlow University Ranked?

#1,031 Best Colleges in Nation
#61 Best Colleges in PA
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Carlow University was awarded 16 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is mental health counseling/counselor.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Carlow as #1,031 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Carlow held the #1,124 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Carlow is also ranked #61 out of 109 schools in Pennsylvania.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Carlow?

92% Acceptance Rate
83% Of Accepted Are Women
48% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 92%, Carlow University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

About 48% of students accepted to Carlow submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 590. Math scores were between 475 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Carlow University  ( 480 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Carlow University  ( 475 to 550 )
Carlow received ACT scores from 6% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Carlow University  ( 21 to 24 )

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Carlow University Faculty

11 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Carlow is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Carlow University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Carlow University

76% Freshmen Retention
45% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Carlow University has a freshmen retention rate of 76%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Carlow the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 45%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  45 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Carlow University.

Carlow University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,009 Full-Time Undergraduates
24.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
82.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,277 undergraduates at Carlow with 1,009 being full-time and 268 being part-time.

How Much Does Carlow University Cost?

$21,190 Net Price
75% Take Out Loans
$30,668 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Carlow is $21,190. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Carlow

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$16,923 $16,143 $19,187 $22,744 $27,148

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Carlow, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Carlow, approximately 75% of students took out student loans averaging $7,667 a year. That adds up to $30,668 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Carlow is 4.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Carlow Graduates Make?

$48,449 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Carlow with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $48,449 in their early years. This is good news for future Carlow graduates since it is 14% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Carlow University

Pennsylvania State
1,009 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carlow University is a private not-for-profit institution. Pittsburgh is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for Carlow are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3333 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3165
Phone: 412-578-6000

Carlow University Majors

31 Majors With Completions
338 Undergraduate Degrees
176 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 31 majors graduated from Carlow University. Of these students, 338 received undergraduate degrees and 176 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 132 NA
General Biology 46 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 20 $27,426
Chemistry 19 NA
Health & Medical Administrative Services 14 NA
Nursing 13 $60,706
General Psychology 11 $29,457
Curriculum & Instruction 11 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 10 NA
Accounting 9 $45,285

Learn more about the majors offered at Carlow University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Carlow

87% Take At Least One Class Online
31% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 1,720 students took at least one online class at Carlow University. This is a decrease from the 1,826 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 1,720 608
2019-2020 1,826 768
2018-2019 1,125 324
2017-2018 959 327
2016-2017 1,023 371

Learn more about online learning at Carlow University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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