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June 14, 2018

La Roche College Honored Among National Colleges of Distinction

PITTSBURGH, June 14, 2018 – La Roche College has been recognized for its committed implementation of high-impact educational practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction for the seventh consecutive year.
La Roche has proven itself to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching. With a unique learning environment, the College successfully incorporates one or more of the following high-impact practices into its undergraduate curriculum: first-year seminars and experiences; common intellectual experiences; writing-intensive courses; undergraduate research; service learning and internships.

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize La Roche as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction, said. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with La Roche’s curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of high-impact educational practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.”

The new e-guidebook highlights La Roche’s business, education and nursing programs with College of Distinction Fields of Study badges, and names La Roche a Pennsylvania College of Distinction and Catholic College of Distinction. The College of Distinction Fields of Study badges are awarded to colleges with first-rate programs with recognized professional accreditations.

La Roche’s business, nursing and education programs are accredited, growing and cutting-edge. Since 1995 the College’s business programs have been accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. These accredited programs include management, finance, international management, accounting, marketing and management information systems.

La Roche’s nursing programs, accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. and Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, continue to grow as the College recently added a Clinical Nurse Leader concentration to prepare graduate-level students for advanced practice roles in all health care delivery settings.

Accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, La Roche’s education program offers post-baccalaureate certifications in special education and advanced studies in autism.

La Roche students develop valuable skills through transformative experiences such as study abroad courses, internships, service learning, campus engagement, independent research, professional networking and student activities. Through Study Abroad+Study USA, a unique program included in the cost of tuition, students travel abroad or domestically at little or no additional cost.

Students also examine social issues and meet the needs of the marginalized by serving as volunteers through the Office of Mission and Ministry. As part of La Roche’s annual spring break service trip, student volunteers visited St. Croix to aid victims of the 2017 Atlantic hurricanes.

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes. For more information visit

About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences, as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 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 College 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 College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.