One word to accurately describe La Roche is "diverse." With students from 28 countries and different economic and social backgrounds, diversity is something that La Roche prides itself on. In 1993, former College President Monsignor William Kerr established the Pacem in Terris Program (Latin for "Peace on Earth") to help young people from conflicted and developing countries get an education. This scholarship-based program brings students here from around the globe in hopes of helping them understand how to end the international conflicts that plague their native countries. When they graduate, students in this program are expected to return to their homelands and help educate their fellow countrymen.
As you walk across campus, you'll hear Spanish, English, French, Arabic, Albanian, and other languages. Look across the sea of faces, and you'll see students from Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo, Yemen, Nepal, Jamaica, and the U.S., among others. Special services offered to international students include an English lab, international student center, ESL programs and classes, host family programs, and special orientations. Most students are happy to be a part of such a diverse community during their college years, and the ones who aren't usually end up transferring before the end of their freshman year.