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About Point Park University

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private



4 Years

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Point Park University, located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a 4 year, private, a co-ed university that offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degrees. The University traces back to 1933 when it was established under the direction of Dorothy Finkelhor and L. Herbert Finkelhor as a small business training college. The University was named after the city's historic park called Point State Park. Through a legacy of over a century, Point Park University has stayed true to its vision of revolutionizing the concept of education and its viable contribution to harvesting revenue for Downtown Pittsburgh.

With an urban setting, Point Park University aims at instilling the same progressive values among the students. The University offers around 100 undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate Major courses in various fields which are taught and mentored by some of the best professors in the State. The cost of attendance is also moderate and the ROI(Return of Investment) for any graduating student from Point Park University is also pretty decent. The median salary of graduate students at the University is around $40,800, which is better compared to the first salaries of other colleges in States.

  • The current student population is 4,093 where 2,943 are full-time students and are 1,150 part-time students.

  • Point Park University is ranked 38th in the lowest acceptance rate category with an average acceptance rate of 65.1%.

  • The University is affiliated under Middle States Commission on Higher Education(MSCHE) complies with all regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

  • The Student to faculty ratio is 13:1.
  • Point Park University's campus happens to be spread across the entire city with an area of approximately 56 acres along with world-class culture, big-league sports, Fortune 500 internships, and a slew of great restaurants, shops, and pubs.

  • The subjects like Liberal Arts and Business Studies among 100 other Major courses are globally recognized so students from more than 56 countries come every year to avail of a Major track from Point Park University.

  • In terms of outcomes, the University is the best. It provides co-op, internship, and career opportunities that are right at your doorstep.

Online Education at Point Park University

  • The university online education is designed in such a way that the students succeed in education even though not being on the campus through distance learning. It gives adaptability and flexibility with a focus on relevant knowledge and skills that are ideal for career advancement. The teaching professionals are experts in their field.

  • Where other universities run online programs as a side venture, Point Park University takes their online degree courses as seriously as the offline ones. Almost all the offline courses are made online with detailed worksheets and practice papers.

  • The selection of subjects and the pace is also kept on the preference of the student. So it offers added flexibility.

  • Almost 93% of students prefer online education at Point Park University.

  • For detailed information, refer to the official page for online programs.

Location & Contact


201 Wood St


Email: N/A
Phone: 4123914100
Fax: 4123923902
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According to U.S News, the rankings of the university are as follows

  • Ranks 105th in Regional Universities-North.

  • The university ranked in between 120th and 158th in Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA).

  • It ranked between 205th and 267th in Best Online MBA Programs.

  • Ranked between 264th and 346th in Best Online Bachelor's Programs.

  • The university ranked between 224th and 291th in Best Online Graduate Education Programs.


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

980 - 1190

ACT Range

20 - 25

Application Fee




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Getting into Point Park University is easy. The eligibility criteria are relaxed so that quality education is not discriminated among its students. With a legacy of more than a century, PPU is known to groom every student as per the industry and corporate requirements. In fact, the curriculum is so well rehearsed that a student identifies his true calling and shines with his own potential.

The acceptance rate is kept 65% which makes it an "easy school" to attend. Hence the applicant competition is not that much, almost anyone with an average scorecard and complete documents can apply for the same and get selected. Last year, 3,796 out of 5,834 applicants were admitted making Point Park University a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements

In terms of academic eligibility, the test scores are moderate and easy attainable. In terms of SAT/ACT test score, one should at least 980 in SAT and 20 for ACT which is 50% or more scores. The University typically attracts High School students with 'B' or better grades. Advanced Placement Program, Dual Credit Program, Evening Degree Program, and Credits for Life Experience, Masters &  Doctorate are also provided by the University. 

The following documents are required and have to be submitted to the university before the deadline and students should meet the eligibility criteria fixed by the university.

  • A fully filled and proper application form with the application fee of $40 has to be submitted to the university before the end date. 

  • Official Transcripts and records

  • Once the application is submitted to the university, the PPU provides a unique username and password to all their students to keep track of the application form online.

  • Within the 3-5 days after applying, the counselor from the university will send the letter of acknowledging a letter to an applicant.

  • Preference is given to candidates having better test-scores and an eye for problem-solving.

  • For the offline admission process, one may visit the Admission Block of Point Park University, located at 201 Wood St.Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


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How realistic is the cost to attend Point Park education? Point Park has a look and feels of private University but in terms of fee, its similar to a public university. When you consider tuition that is lower than many of our competitors, more generous financial aid packages and a comparison of cost to graduate outcomes, Point Park is value unlike any other. The University believes that Education is an investment - and a significant one. As a result, one would expect only the greatest return possible. With the unique professional opportunities offered by Point Park and Downtown Pittsburgh, student's return of investments is proven to be solid, with an undeniable bright future.

The annual cost of attending Point Park University is the same for both the resident/in-state student and non-resident student which is $46,090.The fee structure is intentionally made in such a manner because the ratio of international students in the net student population is pretty high. Having said the numbers, PPU's cost to attend is on the less expensive side.

Through years of legacy brilliance in academics and grooming the students to have an edge in the industry, the Net Cost to Attend Point Park University pays off. After getting an undergraduate degree from PPU, the candidate's net value is worth about $40,800 more than what it would cost you. The following data suggests that the cost to attend the university is very low but the Return of Investments(ROI) is great.

The Average Net Price of investing is $21,713.To gauge a more realistic view on the campus tuition fee, the University offers financial aid in the form of student scholarships, federal loans, and grants. Around 92% of the student population avail of some sort of financial assistance.

Last year, $52,209,478 was used for financial aid purposes. Students who are willing to apply for financial assistance must fill the federal student code(FAFSA) application. The FAFSA code for PPU is 003357.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


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Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


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Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

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Distance Education

Study Abroad


Business, Management, Marketing, an...

79 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

72 Graduates

Film/Video and Photographic Arts

63 Graduates


55 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

44 Graduates

Criminal Justice and Corrections

42 Graduates


33 Graduates

Public Relations, Advertising, and...

25 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

21 Graduates

Electrical Engineering Technologies...

19 Graduates

Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

19 Graduates

Human Resources Management and Serv...

18 Graduates

Funeral Service and Mortuary Scienc...

17 Graduates

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement,...

16 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

15 Graduates

Psychology, General

13 Graduates

Mechanical Engineering Related Tech...

12 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

11 Graduates

Civil Engineering Technologies/Tech...

10 Graduates

Education, Other

10 Graduates

Public Administration

10 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

9 Graduates

Biology, General

8 Graduates

International/Global Studies

7 Graduates

Behavioral Sciences

5 Graduates

Graphic Communications

5 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

4 Graduates


4 Graduates

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

4 Graduates


4 Graduates

Political Science and Government

4 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

4 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

3 Graduates

Non-Professional General Legal Stud...

3 Graduates


2 Graduates

Communication, Journalism, and Rela...

1 Graduates

Health Professions and Related Clin...

1 Graduates

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Ot...

1 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




70% White

0% Unknown

14% Black

6% Hispanic

4% Two or more races

4% Non Resident alien

2% Asian

0% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$54,201 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and 80% of Freshman Live On-Campus.

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Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $6,880/year.

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School Colors

green and gold

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24-Hour Security Patrol


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The university additionally offers an on-campus housing facility for students who wish to dwell nearby. A candidate will be needed to pay a normal expense of $11,540 per year for living on campus. The students at Point Park University have several dining and meal plan options to choose from. Moreover, the average meal plan costs around $6,880 per year. The university has taken a lot of measures to ensure the safety and security of its students. Some of these measures include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The number of female and male students at the university are 39% and 61%, respectively.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$112 - 321

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

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and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

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Financial Aid is any assistance given to the students to support their educational cost.  The four types of financial aid offered are scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. It is given on the basis of need or on a merit basis.

Point Park University federal school code (FAFSA) is 003357.

  • Federal aid includes Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), TEACH Grant, Direct PLUS Loans, Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Federal Work-Study.

  • State aid consists of Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA), and State Work-Study.

  • Institutional aid includes Point Park University Grant, Point Park Alumni Grant,  Graduate Merit Scholarship, Non-Traditional Student Scholarship, Graduate Student Grants, Vice Presidential Scholarship, and many more.

  • Military Aid consists of Post 9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program, and the Tuition Assistance Program.

Apart from these financial aid options, Point Park University provides several other options for financial aid to choose from.

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