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Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1984
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Point Park University

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Point Park University (Point Park) opened in 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a business training college. In 1960, it changed its name to Point Park Junior College and moved into Academic Hall on Wood Street. Point Park soon expanded its academic programs to include engineering, education, and journalism. It became a four-year institution in 1966 and began conferring bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate degree offerings. The first graduate programs in journalism and mass communication were added in 1981, and the college soon added theater and dance programs, laying the foundation for today’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. In 2003, the college became a university and changed its name to what it is today.

Today, Point Park serves more than 4,000 students across its four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Communication, and Performing Arts. It offers 85 undergraduate programs and 12 graduate programs in a variety of subjects. The university continues to expand, continually adding new buildings and programs to meet the needs of its students. The newest planned addition is the Academic Village at Point Park University, which will offer an integrated living and learning facility across multiple blocks in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh.


Point Park offers 85 undergraduate programs and 12 graduate programs spread aross the disciplines of Arts and Sciences, Business, Communication, and Performing Arts.

School of Arts and Sciences

The School of Arts and Sciences is the largest program in the University. It offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in subjects like biotechnology, intelligence and national security, legal studies, and English/creative writing. This is the school that offers the most variety of academic topics, so it is suitable for students who may not know what they are most interested in as they enter freshman year. The Capstone program lets associate degree students transfer their credits directly into a baccalaureate degree. The School of Arts and Sciences also awards a number of master’s degrees and certificate programs.

School of Business

The School of Business has its roots in Point Park’s original mission as a business school. Today, the program offers 12 bachelor’s degrees, 5 associate’s degrees, and 2 master’s degrees. Students can study general areas like management or more specific topics like information technology or human resource management. A number of minors allow students to add additional studies in different topics. The School of Business offers a Capstone program that allows associate’s degree students to transfer their existing credits into the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Students can also join business-specific professional clubs like Point Park’s Net Impact chapter and the Student Account Association.

School of Communication

The School of Communication is driven by hands-on education and real-world experience. Students can earn bachelor’s degrees in topics like advertising, multimedia, photojournalism, and broadcast reporting, or move on to a master’s program in Journalism and Mass Communication. There is also an M.A./M.B.A. program offered in conjunction with the School of Business. Communications students are encouraged to pursue internships and hands-on experience, so there is a great deal of faculty and staff support for these types of extracurricular programs.

Conservatory of Performing Arts

The Conservatory of Performing Arts is Point Park’s most unique academic school. Students are selected through an audition process that accepts only 7% of applicants. Classes have the opportunity to learn from full-time faculty as well as world-renowned guest artists in many performing arts fields. The Conservatory is divided into the departments of dance, theatre, and cinema and digital arts. Each department gives students exceptional opportunities outside the classroom, including New York City and Los Angeles employer showcases and year-round performances at the Point Park Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Point Park University is well-known for its Conservatory of Performing Arts programs. These are extremely competitive programs, and only 7% of students who audition are accepted for study. The program boasts a brand new, LEED Gold certified Dance Complex that provides state-of-the-art facilities for its students. The Conservatory also offers one of the only all-digital Cinema and Digital Arts programs in the country. Its students produce more than 300 films each year.


Point Park has a competitive admissions process, so not every student that applies is guaranteed a spot at the university. The average incoming Point Park student has a 3.20 GPA and a 1550 SAT or a 22 ACT. Students are very focused and know what industry they want to pursue. Applicants should also be willing to work hard and take advantage of the creative opportunities available at Point Park.

To begin the application process, fill out the application form online through Point Park’s PointWeb application page. The application includes spaces for extracurricular activities, honors and awards, and a personal essay, which is used to evaluate students for potential departmental scholarships. Freshmen applicants will also need to submit official SAT or ACT test scores, a high school transcript or G.E.D. results, letters of recommendation, and a resume.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid should begin by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at fafsa.gov. This form determines eligibility for a variety of federal aid programs, including grants, loans, and work-study opportunities. It is also required as a supplementary document for many third-party scholarship and loan applications.

For even more funding opportunities, students should visit the Tuition and Financial Aid page on the Point Park website. There are many third party sponsors of merit-based or talent-based scholarships that students may be eligible for. There are also a number of departmental scholarships which freshmen may earn on the basis of their application essay. More than 93% of students at Point Park receive financial aid of some kind.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1978th for the average student loan amount.
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Though more than 80% of its undergraduates come from Pennsylvania, Point Park draws students from all over the world. Its international community represents 34 countries, and the school also enrolls students from 44 states. Most Point Park students are traditional college students, meaning that they are aged 18 to 24 and are entering their freshman year after graduating high school.

Nearly 1,000 students live on campus in one of the University’s residence halls. Living on campus makes it easy for students to meet their classmates, walk to classes, socialize in dining halls and student lounges, and gain access to the University’s maintenance and support services.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.08
Robbery 6 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 5 0.13

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,239 0.40
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 44 0.01
Forcible Rape 67 0.02
Robbery 1,126 0.36
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,686 0.87
Larceny 6,897 2.23
Vehicle theft 480 0.16

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1984
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population1,999 (1,999 urban / N/A rural)
Households811 (1.30 people per house)
Median Household Income$18,598
Families154 (2.20 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4214

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 651st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $24,980 $24,980 $24,980
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,190 $1,190 $1,190
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $709 $709 $709
FT Graduate Tuition $14,238 $14,238 $14,238
FT Graduate Required Fees $936 $936 $936
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $791 $791 $791
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $39,800 $39,800 $39,800
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $35,450 $35,450 $35,450
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $29,350 $29,350 $29,350

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $23,720 $25,190 $23,720 $25,190 $23,720 $25,190
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,720 $9,920
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,840 $2,070
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,900(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,260 $1,980
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,060 $1,780

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,237 (1,108 male / 2,129 female)
Admitted 2,393 (766 male / 1,627 female)
Admission rate 74%
First-time Enrollment 548 (197 male / 351 female)
FT Enrollment 539 (192 male / 347 female)
PT Enrollment 9 (5 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment3,841

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Kentucky Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NAIA Baseball Conference Kentucky Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NAIA Track & Field Conference Kentucky Intercollegiate Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

698th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 32%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

861st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 84%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 560
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 870 / 1100

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,020
Meals per Week14
Room Fee$4,860
Board Fee$5,360

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 23 130 28 6 1 676 1 893
Accounting 1 2 11 14
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Advertising 1 1 12 15
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Behavioral Sciences 2 1 3
Biology Teacher Education 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 3 4
Biotechnology 2 1 2 5
Broadcast Journalism 2 17 20
Business Administration and Management, General 7 31 5 4 1 162 1 217
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 4 13 4 1 39 63
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 1 1 34 40
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 1 9 10
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 3 3
Communications Technology/Technician
Community Psychology
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 4 15 20
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 31 3 34 73
Curriculum and Instruction 1 3 4
Dance, General 1 4 1 1 45 52
Design and Applied Arts, Other 1 1
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 5 5
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 5 54 64
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 4 10 14
Economics, General 3 3
Education, Other 2 3 6
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 1 3 5
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other 10 10
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 1 13 17
Engineering/Industrial Management 5 6 11
English Language and Literature, General 1 4 5
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 3 3
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies 6 6
Fire Services Administration
Forensic Science and Technology 2 2
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General 1 1 7 9
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 2 5 7
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
History, General 7 7
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 1 19 21
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 2 6 9
Information Technology 1 7 9
Intelligence, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International/Global Studies 1 1
Journalism 2 3 33 38
Legal Studies, General 1 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 3 5
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 3 4
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 3
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 1 4 6
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 2
Photography 12 12
Photojournalism 1 7 9
Playwriting and Screenwriting 5 5
Political Science and Government, General 3 3 6
Psychology, General 3 1 24 28
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 1 1
Public Relations/Image Management 1 1
Radio and Television 3 3
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 2 4
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 1 3 4
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1295th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $70,674 ($73,573 male / $65,408 female)
Number of FT Faculty 136 (81 male / 55 female)
Number of PT Faculty 542
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $5,381,066

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