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Pittsburgh, PA -- At the start of the 2005-2006 academic year, La Roche College set a new enrollment record and marked its inclusion in a nationally recognized publication that reviews institutions of higher education. The Princeton Review rated La Roche College as one of 224 select colleges and universities in the Northeast to be included in the new 2006 edition of its book, The Best Northeastern Colleges. The book includes academically superior schools in the District of Columbia and eleven states, including Pennsylvania. The Princeton Review based its ranking for The Best Northeastern Colleges on a host of factors, including institutional data and surveys completed by current students.

“The recognition from The Princeton Review reinforces what we have known for years,” said Sister Candace Introcaso, La Roche president. “La Roche students are receiving a high-quality education, one that helps them lay the foundation for their futures and prepares them to succeed in a global economy.”

The College has also welcomed onto its campus the largest contingent of new students in the institution’s history. As of the start of classes, new students numbered 437, an increase of more than 25 percent over last year. Total enrollment stands at 1,707 students.

“We are thrilled with our newest students,” said Introcaso. “This new class represents some of the best and brightest young people from the region, the nation and from a host of other countries.”

La Roche’s newest students come from a number of states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. This is also one of La Roche’s most diverse classes, with students from Jamaica, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Nepal, India, Kuwait, Pakistan, Taiwan, Cuba, Bulgaria, Jordan and other nations. The average grade point average (GPA) for La Roche’s newest class is 3.3, with 40 percent of the incoming students maintaining a GPA of 3.7 or above prior to enrollment.

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