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Point Park University Overview

Point Park University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The location of Point Park is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Point Park University Known For?

660 Undergraduate Awards
$30,957 Avg Cost After Aid
65% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Point Park is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 23% of the faculty were full-time.
  • It takes the average Point Park student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Point Park University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Point Park.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Communications Technology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Civil Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Engineering-Related Fields Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Electronics Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Engineering-Related Fields Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Mechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Engineering Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Value Engineering Technologies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Most Popular Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Point Park has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Highest Paid Electronics Engineering Technology Graduates College Factual
#6 Highest Paid Engineering Technologies Graduates College Factual
#57 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#65 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#66 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Point Park University?

Location of Point Park University

Contact details for Point Park are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 201 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1984
Phone: 412-391-4100
Website: www.pointpark.edu
Facebook: http://facebook.com/PointParkU
Twitter: http://twitter.com/pointparku

How Do I Get Into Point Park?

You can apply to Point Park online at: https://pointweb.pointpark.edu/ics/Admissions/

Admission Requirements for Point Park

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Point Park?

65% Acceptance Rate
73% Of Accepted Are Women
79% Submit SAT Scores
Point Park has an acceptance rate of 65%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 27% of accepted students are men and 73% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 57%, and the acceptance rate for women is 69%.

Average Test Scores

About 79% of students accepted to Point Park submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 610. Math scores were between 480 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Point Park University  ( 500 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Point Park University  ( 480 to 580 )
200
800
Point Park received ACT scores from 32% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 24. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Point Park University  ( 19 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Point Park University  ( 18 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Point Park University  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford Point Park University?

$30,957 Net Price
84% Take Out Loans
7.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Point Park is $30,957. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Point Park, approximately 84% of students took out student loans averaging $8,675 a year. That adds up to $34,700 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Point Park is 7.1%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Point Park University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,626 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,100 undergraduate students at Point Park, with 2,626 being full-time and 474 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Point Park

There are also 829 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,626 full-time undergraduates at Point Park, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Point Park

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Point Park University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Point Park Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 32
Black or African American 334
Hispanic or Latino 170
White 1,869
International Students 95
Other Races/Ethnicities 126

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Point Park University. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 53 countries are represented at Point Park. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, India, and Venezuela.

Online Learning at Point Park University

860 Took All Classes Online
1,739 Took At Least One Class Online
88.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 10 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at Point Park. In 2017-2018, 1,739 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Point Park has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 20th most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Point Park

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Point Park University was 88.2%. This is the #370 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Point Park regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Point Park majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 3%
Communication & Journalism 12%
Communication & Media Studies 50%
Communications Technologies & Support 40%
Communications Technology 64%
Computer & Information Sciences 53%
Computer Information Systems 53%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 22%
Education 3%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 3%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 3%
Human Resource Management 10%
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 12%
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 12%
Public Administration 14%
Public Administration & Social Service 45%
Public Relations & Advertising 8%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 42%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 50%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Point Park ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Point Park.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Homeland Security #1
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences #1
Intelligence & Command Control Operations #1
Communications Technology #1
Communications Technologies & Support #2
Public Relations & Advertising #3
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #4
Public Administration #4
Communication & Media Studies #5
Other Business, Management & Marketing #8
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #9
Curriculum & Instruction #12
Computer Information Systems #13
Communication & Journalism #13
Teacher Education Subject Specific #13
Special Education #14
Public Administration & Social Service #15
Teacher Education Grade Specific #20
Accounting #25
Educational Administration #26
Computer & Information Sciences #29
Health & Medical Administrative Services #39
Criminal Justice & Corrections #43
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #44
Education #64
Business Administration & Management #88
Health Professions #97
Business, Management & Marketing #112

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Point Park University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 56 0 122 0 178
Educational Administration 0 54 16 32 102
Drama & Theater Arts 69 0 15 0 84
Other Business, Management & Marketing 79 0 4 0 83
Dance 59 0 0 0 59
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 46 0 0 0 46
Criminal Justice & Corrections 41 0 4 0 45
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 28 0 11 0 39
Teacher Education Grade Specific 16 0 20 0 36
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 30 0 30
Public Relations & Advertising 26 0 0 0 26
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 0 0 24 0 24
Journalism 20 0 3 0 23
General English Literature 23 0 0 0 23
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 3 0 20 0 23
Accounting 20 0 0 0 20
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 20 0 20
Special Education 0 0 16 0 16
Electronics Engineering Technology 16 0 0 0 16
Computer Information Systems 15 0 0 0 15
Other Homeland Security 14 0 0 0 14
Civil Engineering Technology 13 0 0 0 13
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 13 0 13
General Psychology 13 0 0 0 13
Funeral & Mortuary Science 12 0 0 0 12
Communications Technology 0 0 11 0 11
Mechanical Engineering Technology 11 0 0 0 11
Human Resource Management 10 0 0 0 10
Teacher Education Subject Specific 5 0 5 0 10
Graphic Communications 9 0 0 0 9
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 9 0 9
General Biology 8 0 0 0 8
Communication & Media Studies 8 0 0 0 8
Public Administration 7 0 0 0 7
History 6 0 0 0 6
Other Education 5 0 0 0 5
Health/Medical Prep Programs 4 0 0 0 4
Political Science & Government 4 0 0 0 4
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 4 4
International Business 0 0 3 0 3
Electrical Engineering 3 0 0 0 3
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 3 0 0 0 3
International Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Economics 3 0 0 0 3
Mechanical Engineering 1 0 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Behavioral Science 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 660 54 346 36 1,096

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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