Point Park University

Overview

Throughout its history, Point Park University has taken pride in its urban roots and contributions to the vitality of Downtown Pittsburgh. Point Park Junior College SealThe University began as a small business training college in 1933 under the direction of Dorothy Finkelhor and L. Herbert Finkelhor. By 1960, the business school had grown to more than 800 students and moved into the building now known as Academic Hall, on Wood Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. That year it became known as Point Park Junior College, named for the city's historic Point State Park. The junior college soon added programs in engineering technology, education, and journalism, and acquired performing arts space at The Pittsburgh Playhouse in the Oakland neighborhood. In 1966 the college was granted four-year status, officially becoming Point Park College, and began awarding bachelor's degrees. Point Park's first graduate program (in journalism and mass communication) was established in 1981. Dance and theatre programs were introduced, which laid the groundwork for Point Park's current Conservatory of Performing Arts. After weathering a severe financial crisis in the mid-1990's, Point Park emerged to implement a new strategic plan and dramatically boost enrollment. In 2003, it achieved university status and became Point Park University. Today, the University enrolls nearly 4,000 full- and part-time students in 87 undergraduate programs and 13 graduate programs offered through its School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communication and the Conservatory of Performing Arts. Its students represent 46 states and 36 countries. BLVD_Web2The University's comprehensive strategic planning process has continued, focusing on enhancing academic excellence, a quality student experience, managed growth and community engagement. In 2008, Point Park moved into the next chapter of its development as a vibrant academic and community partner with the announcement of the Academic Village at Point Park University, a thriving living and learning hub. Point Park's $244 million campus and public enhancement space plan is already well on its way to transforming the University and Downtown Pittsburgh.

Location & Contact
Admissions
Joell Minford
Director of Admissions
Phone: (412) 392-3430
Email: jminford@pointpark.edu
Address
201 Wood St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Majors & Degrees
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services
Culinary, Entertainment, And Personal Services
English Language And Literature/Letters
Legal Professions And Studies
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
Military Technologies And Applied Sciences
Natural Resources And Conservation
Public Administration And Social Service Professions
Admissions
Common Application Accepted
Yes
Application Fee
No
Application Fee Amount
$0
Total Applications
5,359
73%
Admission Rate
Tuition & Fees
Costs
Tuition
$31,180
Room and Board
$11,540
Book Fees
$1,200
Additional Fees
$1,570
Miscellaneous Fees
$2,180
Total Expenses
$47,670
65%
Tuition
Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid
$20,403
43%
Coverage of total expenses
Student Body
Total Students
4,099
40%
60%
Total Undergraduates
3,196
40%
60%
Total Graduates
903
41%
59%
Varsity Sports
NAIA Division II
Men
Baseball
Basketball
All Track Combined
Golf
Soccer
Other Sports
Women
Basketball
All Track Combined
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Volleyball
Other Sports
Faculty
All Faculty
1,060
51%
49%
Full Time Faculty
412
48%
52%
Part Time Faculty
648
53%
47%
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