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September 12, 2022

U.S. News & World Report Ranks La Roche University Among Best Colleges

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 12, 2022 – U.S. News & World Report has again ranked La Roche University a Best University in the North, a Top Performer on Social Mobility and a School with the Most International Students.

Now in its 38th year, the rankings evaluate more than 1,450 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality.

“Our continued recognition as a Best Regional University demonstrates our commitment to our mission of preparing students for life and career success, and creating a community of scholars from the region, the nation and around the world,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Howard J. Ishiyama, Ph.D.

La Roche ranks 22nd among 175 regional universities for Top Performers on Social Mobility. U.S. News & World Report determines social mobility by two factors. The first factor is a measurement of a university’s success at supporting low-income students to achieve equity with students from families with stronger financial backgrounds. Graduation rates of students who received federal Pell grants is another consideration.

Additionally La Roche ranks fifth for Regional Universities in the North with the Most International Students. The student body is 20 percent international, with 59 countries represented on campus.* La Roche accepts international students into both undergraduate and graduate programs, and into its ESL program for non-native English speakers.

U.S. News publishes the Best Colleges rankings each year to provide prospective students and their families with helpful data and information on factors such as graduation rates, social mobility and graduate indebtedness.

“For nearly 40 years, the Best Colleges methodology has continuously evolved to reflect changes in the higher education landscape and the interests of prospective students,” said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “Guiding that evolution is U.S. News’ mission of providing useful data and information to help with one of life’s biggest decisions.”

Prospective students can see how La Roche compares to other institutions and how the rankings are calculated on

*Figures include students enrolled in La Roche’s ESL program.


About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, nursing, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,300 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.

About U.S. News & World Report:
U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives and their communities. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, Real Estate, News and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.