The University of Pittsburgh, also known as Pitt, is a state research institution located in Pittsburgh, PA. The University of Pittsburgh was founded in 1787 as Pittsburgh Academy. In 1819, Pittsburgh Academy changed into the Western University of Pennsylvania, and in 1908 became The University of Pittsburgh. Pitt was a private university from the time that it was founded until 1966, when it became a member of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education. The university is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
The main campus of the University of Pittsburgh is situated on 132 urban acres in Oakland, a historic Pittsburgh neighborhood as well as branch campuses in Bradford, Johnstown, Titusville and Greensburg, PA. Pitt’s main campus consists of four sections, which include the upper section, which contains residence halls and sports complexes, mid and lower sections that house academic and student union facilities and the west campus area, which is the location of the university’s medical center complex. Pitt’s main campus is located within walking distance to many of the educational, cultural and recreational facilities that are located in the Oakland area. Some of the facilities within close proximity to Pitt’s campus include Carnegie Music Hall, the Carnegie Museums of Natural History and Art, and the Carnegie Public Library.
Pitt has always maintained a strong commitment to providing a liberal arts education to its students and also focuses on the importance of co-ops, internships and research projects to enhance students learning outside of the classroom and to expose them to real-world learning opportunities. Pitt has been recognized as one of the top public research institutions in the country and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which is a group of 62 of the most well respected research universities in the United States and Canada. One of Pitt’s most notable research projects was the development of the polio vaccine by Dr. Jonas Salk in 1951.
Pitt offers undergraduate Bachelor’s of Science, Bachelor’s of Arts and Bachelor’s of Philosophy degrees as well as offering masters, professional and doctoral degrees at the graduate level. Certificate degrees are also offered. Pitt’s academic programs are offered through the universities following academic units:
- College of Business Administration
- School of Dental Medicine
- Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
- Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
- School of Education
- College of General Studies
- Swanson School of Engineering
- University Honors College
- School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
- School of Law
- School of Information Sciences
- School of Medicine
- School of Pharmacy
- School of Nursing
- Graduate School of Public Health
- Graduate School of Public & International Affairs
- School of Social Work
A University Center for International Studies is located at the University of Pittsburgh, and coordinates all aspects of international education including operating intercultural exchange and study abroad programs. Pitt has twenty nine national rooms which are classrooms that were donated by the various ethnic groups that contributed to building the city of Pittsburgh and represent these ethnic groups. Not only do the national rooms serve as classrooms, but they are also used for concerts, seminars, lectures and social events that focus on traditions and heritages of the countries that they represent.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is known to have some of the best hospitals in the country. Many of UPMC’s facilities including Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, UPMC University Center, the Eye and Ear Institute, UPMC Montefiore Hospital, and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic are located in the Oakland area and offer shared use with certain academic departments. UPMC also has teaching hospitals and facilities in other areas of Pittsburgh. These include the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the UPMC Sports Performance Complex.
Pitt has an enrollment of over 28,000 students. In 2012, 24,871 applications were received for freshman admission, and 13,959 students were admitted. Pitt selects students for freshman admission that have completed a well-rounded high school academic curriculum and some of the factors that benefit students seeking admission to Pitt include having a high school curriculum consisting of AP and honors classes, competing the ACT or SAT I more than one time, since the highest scores can be combined and submitted, and retaking any classes in which they received a C or lower. Admission into Pitt’s graduate programs varies by program, and additional information on program requirements can be found on the University of Pittsburgh website.
Tuition rates vary by program and are between $25,420-$32,308 per year for undergraduate out of state residents, and $23,352-$46,566 per year for graduate and professional students. Undergraduate in state tuition is $15,730-$19,802 per year, and $19,281-$44,726 annually for in state graduate and professional students. Financial aid options including scholarships, grants, student loans, and federal work study employment are available to students and a link to Pitt’s financial aid website can be accessed through the university’s website.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:9,156
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