The University of Pittsburgh, also known as Pitt, is a state research institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 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.
Pitt offers bachelor's, masters, professional, and doctoral degrees. Certificate degrees are also offered. Pitt’s academic programs are offered through the universities following academic units:
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