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Point Park University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Point Park University

Point Park University is a private, 4-year college located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The school was founded in 1933 and is named after Pittsburgh's Point State Park. The school enrolls almost 4,000 students from 45 states and more than 30 foreign countries. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked it number 118 of the best regional universities in the north.


Point Park operates three schools and a conservatory: the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communication and Conservatory of Performing Arts. Through these schools and the conservatory, it offers 87 undergraduate and 13 master's degree programs.

In the 2010-2011 school year, the most popular undergraduate fields of study included the visual and performing arts, business and communication. During that same period of time, the most popular master's degree field of study was business.

The university also offers several online programs. Available programs include associate and bachelor's degree programs in public administration and certificate programs in national security and adult education.


Undergraduate applicants can apply to Point Park online for free. Applications must include official high school transcripts, a personal essay, letters of recommendation and standardized test scores.

Park Point does not offer an early decision application option. However, the school has a rolling admissions policy, so students may apply at any time.

In 2011, the school received 3,357 applications, of which it accepted 75%. Of admitted students, 20% enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was $24,020 to attend a program offered through any of the university's three schools. Tuition to attend an undergraduate program offered by the conservatory during that same period of time was $30,320 per year. Graduate tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was $761 per credit.

The school offers grants and scholarships, some of which are based on merit or talent. All students are considered for these awards upon acceptance to the university. Students may also participate in yearly or semester payment plans. In the 2010-2011 academic year, over 95% of first-time freshmen received institutional aid.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees, less than one year certificates and post-baccalaureate certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester***
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 3,332 undergraduate and 529 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing Residence halls, suites and apartment-style accommodations are available*
Schools and Programs Three schools and one conservatory offering 87 bachelor's and 13 master's degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 14 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: general studies (2)**
Bachelor's: drama and dramatics/theater arts, general (72)**
Master's: business administration and management, general (180)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 41% in four years**
50% in six years**
Admission Rate In 2011: 75%**
Entering Class Size In 2011: 491***
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011:
Full-time 75%**
Part-time 50%**
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2012:
SAT 1550*
ACT 22*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions*
Decision Notification Date Rolling admissions*
Tuition (2012-2013) $24,020 for undergraduate programs offered by any of the university's three schools*
$30,320 to attend an undergraduate program offered by the conservatory*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011:
Federal grants (63%)**
State and local grants and scholarships (46%)**
Institutional grants and scholarships (96%)**
Student loans (94%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010-2011: 99%**

Sources: *Point Park University, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  • Phone: (412) 391-4100
  • Website: www.pointpark.edu

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