Common Concerns

  • Common Concerns about your new college student at Carlow

    Will my student have access to her/his professors? What about class size?

    Classes have an average ratio of just 12 students to 1 instructor and students are always welcome to contact their professor at any time.

    College is expensive – how can my family afford it?

    Having your child attend Carlow may be much more affordable than you might think. 94% of our students receive institutional financial aid. Carlow offers a variety of scholarships, based on merit and need. For the highest aid and scholarship award potential, start the application for financial aid process as soon as possible. Visit the Financial Aid section of our website.  

    Will my child be able to find employment after graduation? 

    Yes! 79% of Carlow graduates obtain employment upon graduation in their academic field. 16% attend graduate school (a combination of medical, law, business, and major-related programs). A majority of the remaining five percent obtain employment immediately, but not in a field “directly-related” to their academic concentration.

    Obtaining Student Grades

    Carlow University complies with the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which states that all student academic information is confidential, including grades. Once a child reaches 18, the confidentiality rights transfer to the student. For that reason, Carlow is only able to release a student’s academic records to the student. Students can authorize release of academic progress reports to parents during the freshman year by signing a form in the Office of the Registrar.  

    Will my child be safe at Carlow?

    Carlow has always maintained an especially safe campus. We are very proud and happy to share that in our 80+ year history, there has never been a major crime of any kind committed here. Carlow University employs its own police force, which provides 24-hour protection seven days a week. The dorms are constantly monitored and house a multi-layered security system with several separate check points between the outside and a student’s dorm room. Feel free to check out our annually published crime statistics. In case of a campus-wide emergency, all students are notified via our e2campus emergency alert system which all students are registered into during their first day on campus.

    My student is having a hard time adjusting to college life and is homesick.

    Students often experience homesickness when they first arrive at college and possibly at the beginning of a new semester after a long summer or winter break. Encourage your child to get involved in campus activities, which will help them make friends and feel more at home. In addition, Carlow’s Counseling Center has licensed psychologists available Monday through Friday to assist and talk to students who need extra help. All services are free and confidential.

    I think my child is ill, what should she/he do?

    We have a staff nurse who is available to see any student for non-emergency care Monday through Friday; a physician is available for appointments on Fridays and walk-ins will be accommodated as possible. There is a $10 fee to see the physician which will be automatically billed to the student’s account. If it is an emergency, the student must go to a local hospital. If the injury is severe, an ambulance service will be called. Our campus is located steps from one of the nation's top 10 hospitals.