Point Park University

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201 Wood Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: (412) 391-4100
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#111 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Point Park University is a private institution that was founded in 1960. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,225 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Point Park University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 111. Its tuition and fees are $26,170 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Point Park is a comprehensive, master's level university with a strong liberal arts tradition. Point Park enrolls approximately 4,000 full- and part-time students in more than 80 undergraduate programs and 15 graduate programs offered through its School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communication and Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Since its founding in 1960, Point Park is known for providing students with an innovative, disciplined education that brings real-world experience into the classroom. The University's undergraduate programs include Arts and Sciences: Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies, Forensic Science, Intelligence and National Security, Education Pre-K-4th Grade, 4th-8th Grade, Secondary Education (Biological Sciences, Citizenship, English, Mathematics, Mass Communication), Special Education, Dual Certification, Instructional Studies, Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Humanities and Human Sciences, Applied History, Behavioral Sciences, English, English with concentration in Creative Writing, Global Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Legal Studies, Liberal Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Premedical/Preprofessional, Natural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental Health Science and Protection, Funeral Service, Health Services; Business: Accounting, Business Management, Economics and Finance, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Management Services, Public Administration, Sport, Arts, and Entertainment Management; Communication: Journalism (photojournalism and broadcast reporting), Mass Communication, Public Relations and Advertising, Visual and Interactive Communication (multimedia, photography, Radio/TV); Performing Arts: Cinema Production, Digital Arts, Dance, Theatre, Screenwriting

A Point Park education is a personalized one. Small classes are taught by an experienced faculty, many of whom are professional practitioners. Point Park's Downtown location means the city is literally the University's campus and provides numerous opportunities for student enrichment. Internships in a variety of fields, including communication, business, government, and the arts, are located within walking distance of the University, whose central location also enables students to take advantage of Pittsburgh's many sports, cultural and entertainment activities.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1960
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $27,379,287


When applying to Point Park University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Point Park University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Point Park University is 13:1, and the school has 74.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Point Park University include: Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General; Dance, General; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other; and Criminal Justice/Safety Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 39%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 10%
Dance, General 9%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 8%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 7%

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Student Life

Point Park University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,225, with a gender distribution of 41.8 percent male students and 58.2 percent female students. At this school, 30 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 70 percent of students live off campus. Point Park University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,827
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Point Park University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Point Park University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Point Park University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Point Park University, 91.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,081.

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Tuition and fees $26,170 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,220 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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