Pittsburg State University

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1701 S. Broadway

Pittsburg, KS 66762

Phone: (620) 231-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#77 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Pittsburg State University is a public institution that was founded in 1903. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,166, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 600 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Pittsburg State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 77. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,846 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,071 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Choosing Pittsburg State University opens the door to a college experience complete with respected programs, caring and professional faculty, small class sizes, and academic opportunities tailored to fit your needs. Founded in 1903, Pittsburg State University is focused on the success of its students in the classroom and in the workplace. We are proud to be called the "Gorillas" and are the only university in the nation to feature a gorilla as a mascot. Our challenging academic programs are combined with opportunities for "hands-on" learning, resulting in a complete education. In fact, nearly 90% of our graduates find employment or continue with advanced studies within six months of graduation. Pittsburg State University's beautiful 443-acre campus is located in Pittsburg, Kansas. This picturesque community of 20,000 residents is one of the fastest growing cities in the southeast corner of the state. Our community takes a great deal of pride in supporting Pittsburg State University and its mission of encouraging all individuals to achieve their potential. Even students who come from larger metropolitan areas quickly find themselves enjoying the small-town atmosphere and support that is prevalent in Pittsburg, Kansas. Pittsburg State University's location is also perfect for those wanting to take advantage of opportunities offered in larger cities. Pitt State is just two hours from Tulsa, OK, Kansas City and Springfield, MO., and Fayetteville, AR. Pittsburg State University helps you take the guesswork out of the cost of your education thanks to its competitive flat-rate tuition pricing. Pitt State's flat-rate tuition program allows full-time students (10 hours or more) to pay a flat tuition rate. Through the flat-rate tuition program, students are able to take additional classes at no additional cost. This unique pricing program allows students to accelerate their degree completion and/or explore new topics of interests while still enjoying an affordable tuition. Pittsburg State also offers reduced tuition rate programs (Gorilla Advantage and Gorilla Edge) for qualified students in neighboring states. Pittsburg State is focused on challenging students to achieve their potential through nationally and internationally recognized academic programs. Our College of Technology is housed in the Kansas Technology Center, a 278,700 square-foot facility with more than 70 technical labs, award-winning faculty and state-of-the-art technology. We also offer more than 150 undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of academic areas including pre-med, nursing, education, music, design and broadcasting. Our Kelce College of Business has repeatedly earned AACSB accreditation and was recently listed as one of the most family-friendly business schools in the nation. When students aren't busy hitting the books, they can relax at our modern student recreation center, get involved in one of the more than 150 student groups, or simply enjoy the 1.5 miles of bike trails through our beautiful campus. There's nothing quite like living on a college campus, and Pittsburg State offers students a variety of options, including suite and apartment-style housing. Pittsburg State is known throughout the nation for its students' success in academics and athletics. Competing at the Division II level of the NCAA, Pittsburg State is home to 13 varsity level teams. Our teams compete at the very highest level and are regular participants in post-season competition. In fact, our football team garnered national attention in 2011, winning the NCAA Division II National Championship. As much as we enjoy our success on the field, we're also known for our success in the classroom. PSU produced more Capitol One Academic All-Americans during the 1990s and 2000s than any other Division II institution.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1903
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $57,241,267


When applying to Pittsburg State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Pittsburg State University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 79.3 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 79.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Pittsburg State University is 19:1, and the school has 51.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Pittsburg State University include: Elementary Education and Teaching; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business/Commerce, General; Construction Management; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 24%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 9%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 8%
Business/Commerce, General 5%
Construction Management 5%
Psychology, General 5%

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Student Life

Pittsburg State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,166, with a gender distribution of 52.2 percent male students and 47.8 percent female students. At this school, 19 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 81 percent of students live off campus. Pittsburg State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,289
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Pittsburg State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Pittsburg State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Pittsburg State University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Pittsburg State University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Pittsburg State University, 74.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,406.

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In-state tuition and fees $5,846 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,071 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,954 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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