Paul Hennigan. Ed.D.
Managing Director, University Marketing and Public Relations
Point Park University at a Glance
About Point Park University
Point Park is a dynamic, urban university with a strong liberal arts tradition. Located in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, Point Park enrolls nearly 4,000 full- and part-time students in 82 undergraduate programs,17 master's programs and two doctoral programs offered through its School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communication and Conservatory of Performing Arts. Its students represent 46 states and 44 countries.
3,844 for fall 2015. Overall, enrollment has grown by nearly 13 percent within the past decade.
77 percent of our undergraduate students are traditional age (18- to 24-year-olds)
23 percent of our undergraduates are non-traditional (25 years old or older)
20 percent of our graduate students are traditional age (18- to 24-year-olds)
79 percent of our graduate students are non-traditional age (25 years old or older)
State of residency
74 percent of undergraduate students and 92 percent of our graduate students are from Pennsylvania. (Of the 2,581 traditional students who enrolled at Point Park in the fall, 69 percent are from Pennsylvania and 41 percent are from Allegheny County.) Four percent of our undergraduates and 7 percent of our graduate students are international students.
71 percent of our undergraduates are white
16 percent of undergraduates are Black or African-American
4 percent are Hispanic of any race
4 percent are international
4 percent are two or more races
2 percent are Asian
7 percent are international
Undergraduate students living on campus: 1,014
*which represents a 201 percent increase over the past decade
Annual Operating Budget
$73.3 million (FY 2015-2016)
According to a 2009 study conducted by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Point Park University infuses more than $151 million into the Pennsylvania economy annually. The University has its biggest economic impact in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Students enrolled full time in the University's Conservatory of Performing Arts -- $34,400
Students enrolled full time in all other programs -- $27,000
Average Room Cost -- $5,000
Average Board (14 Meal Plan) -- $5,620
93 percent of our students receive financial aid
79 Bachelor's Degree Programs, 17 Master's Degree Programs, two Doctoral Programs
About Our Graduates
According to the survey of 2014 Point Park graduates, 90 percent of those who responded are currently employed.
Point Park alumni from the School of Business and School of Arts and Sciences have served as executives in the banking, entertainment, engineering technology, education, sports and media industries, and a number of other businesses and nonprofits. In addition, our Conservatory of Performing Arts has sent hundreds of alumni to roles on both stage and screen across the country. We have several alumni who work in executive positions for the Pittsburgh Penguins, including the vice president of communications. Also, the CEO of Fox Chase Bank is a Point Park graduate. Our long-strong School of Communication programs also boast a number of well-placed alumni who are working for print and broadcast media outlets around the country.
Point Park University is the driving force behind the Academic Village Initiative reshaping the campus neighborhood. With 16 buildings and additional properties that run from the Monongahela River to Forbes Avenue along the Wood Street corridor, the University has one of the largest footprints in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Point Park University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19104, 267-284-5000, and complies with all regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The University’s specialized program accreditations are listed below:
- Programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ABET, www.abet.org). See the Point Park University page on ABET's website.
- Programs leading to a Master of Business Administration degree, to a Bachelor of Science Post-Baccalaureate degree in Accounting, Business Management and Human Resource Management, to a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Business Management, Business, Economics and Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Technology and Management (accelerated) and Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management, to a Bachelor of Science Capstone in Human Resource Management with concentrations in compliance/legal or strategic planning/management, to a Bachelor of Science Capstone in Management Services, to an Associate in Science degree in Accounting and Business Management are accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kan.
- Programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and to the Bachelor of Arts in Dance Pedagogy are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.
- Programs leading to certification in all education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.