University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh, a public research university, is a member of the by-invitation-only Association of American Universities, comprising the top 62 comprehensive research universities in North America. Pitt is home to 16 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools; more than 300 centers, institutes, laboratories, and clinics; and four regional campuses. Its five-campus system offers nearly 490 degree programs. Pitt is also affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where new standards have been set for concussion treatment and regenerative medicine for healing injuries. Pitt faculty have pioneered major medical advances such as the Salk polio vaccine, multiple-organ transplantation, CPR, and breast cancer treatment. Pitt alumni have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Prize in Medicine, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Science, Olympic gold medals, Academy Awards, and Super Bowl championships. Students come to Pitt from all 50 states, three territories, the District of Columbia, and over 100 countries, enriching campus life and learning with the diversity they represent. For outstanding prospective freshmen, the University of Pittsburgh awards hundreds of academic merit scholarships ranging from $2,000 to full tuition, room, and board; and guaranteed admission to 15 graduate and professional programs, among them medicine, law, and dentistry. A Bachelor of Philosophy degree is available through the University Honors College, whose students have a proven track record of earning such prestigious international and national honors as Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, and Churchill scholarships. Pitt undergraduates have a wide variety of opportunities for experiential learning on campus, in Pittsburgh, and around the world through research, internships, and volunteer work. The University of Pittsburgh educates the whole student through the unique Outside the Classroom Curriculum program that helps students develop holistically through growth in 10 areas, among them leadership development, service to others, and career preparation; seven University Center for International Studies certificate programs, four of which are designated National Resource Centers by the U.S. Department of Education; an Engineering Co-Op program; and study abroad programs located throughout the world. In Living Learning Communities, students with similar academic interests reside on the same residence hall floor, participate in activities, and have special access to world-class faculty. There are 490 student organizations ranging from arts and preprofessional organizations to groups with an international focus. Pitt Panther student-athletes participate in Division I college athletics with 19 varsity sports teams, supported by one of the most recognizable student-led athletic fan bases in the nation. Students interested in their own fitness routines work out at seven campus recreation centers, including the for-students-only Baierl Recreation Center. The University's Pittsburgh campus is located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. The city has in recent years been cited by The Economist, Forbes magazine, and Places Rated Almanac as the most livable city in the U.S. Pitt encourages students to take advantage of the city as their campus, offering easy access to all the amenities the city has to offer, including professional sports teams, internship and volunteer work venues, a rich variety of restaurants and shops, and cultural events through PITT ARTS, which provides low-cost tickets to Pittsburgh's world class symphony orchestra, concerts, plays, and free museum admissions. With a valid Pitt I.D., students travel throughout Pittsburgh and its varied neighborhoods for free on the Port Authority Transit System. For more information, go to or write to

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Public, Coed 1787 N/A Semester $3.5 billion + 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (412) 624-4141
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58 100.0 Pennsylvania Pittsburgh 305 302 63