Pittsburgh Technical Institute was founded in 1946 as a small, single-discipline school, and operated under the name of the School of Management Engineering. Today, Pittsburgh Technical Institute is classified as a two-year, private, for-profit institution. Pittsburgh Technical Institute has earned accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and was the first two-year career school in Western Pennsylvania to be accredited by them.
Pittsburgh Technical Institute operates with the mission to empower its students to succeed in today's dynamic world by integrating general studies and professional skills into a sound career focused education that provides the life skills necessary for students to realize their full potential and career goals. This mission is reached through the implementation of a set of core values, which include:
- Student Focused
Pittsburgh Technical Institute serves students on its main campus in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. The campus is located on 180 acres in a quiet suburban community and offers both on-campus and off-campus housing.
When applying to Pittsburgh Technical Institute, potential students need to submit an application along with their secondary school record and they should know that there is an open admission policy and a rolling admissions deadline with four class start times each academic year.
Students who do attend Pittsburgh Technical Institute return for a following year at a rate of 67 percent. Credits earned at Pittsburgh Technical Institute are transferabel, and about 16 percent of students take advantage of this and transfer out of Pittsburgh Technical Institute to another institution. Students at Pittsburgh Technical Institute typically graduate within the normal time the school expects for students at a rate of 43 percent and graduate within one-and-a-half times the expected time at a rate of 54 percent.
There are 1,939 students currently enrolled at Pittsburgh Technical Institute, and of these students, 446 are adult learners over the age of 24. All of the students at Pittsburgh Technical Institute are full-time enrollments. The gender break down shows a student body with about 39 percent female students and 61 percent male students. There is little racial diversity with the largest represented ethnicity being white students, who make up 56 percent of the student body. The other reported represented ethnicities of African American and Hispanic students make up six percent and one percent of the student body, respectively. Most of the students come from within the state of Pennsylvania with 84 percent of students declaring in-state residency.
There are more than 25 programs offered at Pittsburgh Technical Institute. These academic options fall under nine different schools:
- School of Information Technology
- School of Energy and Electronics Technology
- School of Nursing
- School of Healthcare
- School of Design
- School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts
- School of Criminal Justice
- School of Business
- School of Trades Technology
There are a total of 125 faculty members, all of who are considered instructional faculty, with the exception of ten research and public service faculty members. These faculty members make up a 21:1 student-to-faculty ratio which makes for about average class sizes.
For students wanting to work toward a degree or certificate, but who have a hectic schedule, Pittsburgh Technical Institute offers courses that can be completed online. Online programs offer students the opportunity get their careers started in two years or less in a format that can fit any schedule. The programs that students can earn through the online program are available within the following schools.
- Hospitality and Culinary Arts
- Criminal Justice
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in any student organizations that may interest them and to even create new student groups and activities. Currently the student activities and intramural sports offered by Pittsburgh Technical Institute include:
- Swimming Party
- Pittsburgh Pirate Outing
- Drama Club Productions
- Holiday Parties
- Super Bowl Party
- Ski Trip
- Mardi Gras Party
- Luau and Pig Roast
- Softball League
- Humans VS. Zombies
- Volleyball Tournament
- Home Run Derby
- Flag Football League
- Jumbo Soccer
- Dek Hockey Tournament
The yearly tuition and fees for enrollment at Pittsburgh Technical Institute is $15,356 for both in-state students and out-of-state students. The financial aid office can help students with tuition payment plans, prepaid tuition plans and the tuition guarantee plan and can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 89 percent of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $7,882 per student per year. In addition to grant and scholarship aid, students can apply for federal student loans and about 89 percent of students receive loan aid. The average loan amount is $8,119 per year.
Sector Of Institution:Private for-profit, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:446
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