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Carlow University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Private
    4 year
  • 1,344
    Full + Part time Students
  • 1:12
    Faculty to Student Ratio
  • 47%
    Transfer Student Ratio
  • $32.2K
    Avg. Financial Aid
Carlow is a forward-thinking university that prepares students for today and tomorrow. Our academic programs help students become adaptable, lifelong learners who are well equipped for the careers of today and the future. Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic liberal arts university located in Oakland, the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929, this diverse, inclusive Mercy University embodies the values of its founders, offering its students transformational educational opportunities that empower them to excel in their chosen work as compassionate, responsible leaders in the creation of a just and merciful world.
Over 3,500 courses transfer into Carlow University
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Founded 1929
Total Faculty 106
Full-Time Undergraduate 990
Part-Time Undergraduate 354
Application Acceptance Rate 92%
Transfer Students 611
Programs 78 Programs
Courses 758 Courses
Transfer Agreements 444 incoming Transfer Agreements
Equivalencies 3,932 incoming Equivalencies
1,229 outgoing Equivalencies

Financial Information

In-State Tuition $33,376
Out-of-State Tuition $33,376
Books and Supplies $500
Federal Loans: Undergrads receiving aid 42%
Federal Loans: Average amount received $15,691
Scholarships & Grants: Undergrads receiving aid 54%
Scholarships & Grants: Average amount received $16,551
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid:
    Scholarships are available for transfer students. We also award Phi Theta Kappa scholarships. If you have any further questions, please contact an admissions counselor or call the Financial Aid Office at 412-578-6389 or email
  • Tuition and Fees:

Information for Transfer In Students

  • Accepts Transfers:
    Transfers are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Transfer Applications Received:
    Fall 2023, 751
  • Transfer Applications Accepted:
    Fall 2023, 462
  • Percentage Accepted:
    Fall 2023, 62%
  • Transfer Applicants Enrolled:
    Fall 2023, 225
  • Transfer Agreements:
    Joint Admission RN-BSN programs at CCAC, CCBC, Northampton Community College, and WCCC. WCCC also includes Early Childhood Education, Healthcare Data Analytics, and Healthcare Management.
  • View Agreements:
  • Degree Completion Programs:
  • Technical/Vocation Credit Accepted:
    Technical/Vocation credit is accepted.
  • Credit For Life Experience:
    Credit for life experience is reviewed by a faculty member for approval to count as academic credit.

Application Deadlines for Transfer

Fall Rolling admissions
Spring Rolling admissions
Summer Rolling admissions

Transfer Application Requirements

  • Minimum GPA:
    Biology with a concentration in Cardiovascular Perfusion must have a minimum 3.500 GPA and cumulative 3.500 GPA in the sciences. Behavioral Neuroscience with Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) must have a minimum 3.000 GPA and a cumulative 3.000 GPA in the sciences. Health Sciences must have a minimum 3.250 GPA and cumulative 3.250 GPA in the sciences. Early Childhood Education must have a minimum 3.000 GPA. If the student is transferring 48 or more credits, he/she must also have successfully passed PAPA I or CORE ETS. Nursing must have a minimum 3.250 GPA with appropriate coursework. Pre-Nursing must have a minimum 3.000 GPA. Respiratory therapy must have a minimum 2.500 GPA. All other programs require a minimum 2.000 GPA.
  • Official Transcripts:
    All official college transcripts. High school transcripts or GED scores are required of all applicants with less than 12 transferable credits. Copy of RN license required for RN to BSN program. Copy of CRT/RRT license for respiratory care degree com.
  • SAT Scores:
    As long as students have completed at least one full time (12 credits) semester at another college and meet the set minimum transfer admissions criteria, standardized test scores are not required.
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    Letters of recommendation are not required.
  • Essay:
    An essay is not required.
  • Application Fee:
    There is no fee to apply to Carlow.
  • Interview:
    Interviews are not required, but students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their admissions counselor.
  • Associates Degree Required:
    Associates Degrees are not required.
  • Other Requirements:
    Official TOEFL required for international applicants.
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  • Apply Here:

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Minimum Grade:
    Grades must be a "C" or above to be transferred to Carlow. Courses taken for pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades may only be transferred if it can be verified that a pass or satisfactory grade is equivalent to a C or higher.
  • Credits (Min/Max):
    A maximum of 90 credits can be transferred from another institution.
  • Transfer Policy Document:
  • Appeals Process Document:

Virtual Tour

With this drone video of Carlow, you can fly through campus seeing our beautiful green spaces, waterfalls, and outdoor art. Continue inside buildings like St. Joe's, our newly-renovated gym and recreation facility, and into The University Commons, spotlighting our to-go café and Grace Library. Experience the Celtic Simulation Center for Innovative Learning, our simulated hospital environment, as well as the CREATE Lab, STEM education space, and our chemistry, biology, and anatomy labs.

Click here to take a virtual tour

Carlow University

3333 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3165
United States
Main Phone:
(412) 578-6059
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Delivery Method:
Courses are delivered in all formats: Onsite, Online, and Hybrid


Transfer Admission Contact:
Carla Anderson
Transfer Admissions Counselor, Admissions
Transfer Services Contact:
Juliana Rust
Student Success Coordinator, Admissions
International Admissions Contact:
Allen Duda
Enrollment Counselor, Admissions
Athletic Director Contact:
Lou Zadecky
Athletic Director, Athletics
Veterans Services Contact:
Registrar's Office
Registrar's Office

Branch Campuses/Additional Locations

Carlow University Cranberry Education Center
Regional Learning Alliance 850 Cranberry Woods Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Carlow University at Westmoreland County Community College
145 Pavilion Lane
Youngwood, PA 15697
724.838.7399 or 1.877.451.3001
Last updated on 7/3/2024 by Carlow University.