Carlow University

Carlow University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Carlow University Ranked?

2022 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 30 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is biology studies.

Overall Quality

Carlow landed the #1,405 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Carlow also holds the #85 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

See all of the rankings for Carlow University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Carlow?

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 83% 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 460 and 520. Math scores were between 440 and 520.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Carlow University  ( 460 to 520 )

SAT Math Scores for Carlow University  ( 440 to 520 )
Carlow received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Carlow University  ( 20 to 24 )

Learn more about Carlow University admissions.

Carlow University Faculty

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

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 78% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Carlow University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 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 40%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  40 out of 100

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

Carlow University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,298 undergraduates at Carlow with 1,037 being full-time and 261 being part-time.

How Much Does Carlow University Cost?

The overall average net price of Carlow is $20,002. 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 +
$16,666 $15,230 $18,585 $22,325 $26,064

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 96% of students took out student loans averaging $7,420 a year. That adds up to $29,680 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Carlow is 6.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Carlow Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Carlow make around $39,700 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Carlow University make the most money.

Location of Carlow University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 29 majors graduated from Carlow University. Of these students, 331 received undergraduate degrees and 240 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
Nursing 124 $57,300
General Biology 35 NA
General Psychology 28 $24,900
Allied Health Professions 18 NA
Health & Medical Administrative Services 18 NA
Business Administration & Management 16 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 14 $23,700
Social Work 12 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 10 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 9 NA

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

Online Learning at Carlow

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 2018-2019, 1,125 students took at least one online class at Carlow University. This is an increase from the 959 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 1,125 324
2017-2018 959 327
2016-2017 1,023 371
2015-2016 1,193 379
2013-2014 750 238

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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