University of Pittsburgh

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4200 Fifth Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: (412) 624-4141
2013-2014 Tuition
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#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Pittsburgh is a public institution that was founded in 1787. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,429, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 132 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Pittsburgh's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 62. Its in-state tuition and fees are $17,100 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $27,106 (2013-14).

Located in the Oakland neighborhood, Pitt’s campus is a 3-mile trip from bustling downtown Pittsburgh. The city is home to powerhouse professional sports teams, such as the Steelers and Penguins, and dozens of unique cultural centers, like the Andy Warhol Museum and Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Pitt students get free admission to these and other select museums throughout the school year. Because Pittsburgh is bordered by three rivers, kayaking, sailing and fishing opportunities are plentiful. City buses stop every 10 to 15 minutes on campus, and students can ride public transportation into the city for free with school ID. Freshmen do not have to live on campus. Pitt has a sizeable Greek community of about 35 fraternities and sororities. Students in Arts and Sciences majors can earn hands-on credits in internships, research and teaching with the help of the university’s Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. The Pittsburgh Panthers sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. Pitt students are notorious for their avid support at sporting events, particularly for forming a riotous cheering section known as the Oakland Zoo at basketball games. Students who attend the most home sporting events get priority purchasing when game tickets are in high demand through the school’s Loyalty Points system.

The university earns national accolades for its highly ranked School of Medicine, School of Education and Swanson School of Engineering. The School of Medicine is particularly well regarded for its research, working in conjunction with the highly ranked University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the institution receives one of the highest amounts of funding from the National Institutes of Health. The university is well known for its focus on going green, too. Students and faculty work toward environmentally friendly neighborhood solutions at the school’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. There are notable University of Pittsburgh alumni in almost every professional sector; some are famed football personalities Mike Ditka and Dan Marino; former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon; and Roscoe Robinson Jr., the first African-American four-star general in the U.S. Army.

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The University of Pittsburgh 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, including an internationally renowned health sciences educational and research complex responsible for such major medical advances as the Salk polio vaccine, multiple-organ transplantation, and breast cancer treatment; more than 300 centers, institutes, laboratories, and clinics; and four regional campuses. Its five-campus system offers more than 450 degree programs. Pitt is also affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where new standards have been set for concussion treatment in professional sports and regenerative medicine approaches are being developed for healing injuries. Students come to Pitt from all 50 states, three territories, the District of Columbia, and 105 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/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. Pittsburgh campus undergraduates have a choice of 108 undergraduate degree programs, as well as a wide variety of opportunities for experiential learning through research, internships, and volunteer work; and, in the residence halls, Living Learning Communities, where students with like academic interests reside on the same floor and participate in activities related to their academic areas of interest. Special programs include seven University Center for International Studies certificate programs, three of which are designated National Resource Centers by the U.S. Department of Education; a 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; an Engineering Co-Op program; study abroad just about anywhere in the world students choose to explore; and more. There are 485 student organizations available to students, ranging from arts and preprofessional organizations to groups with an international focus, and sports fans can enjoy watching Pitt Panther student-athletes compete against other major college varsity teams in football, basketball, and other sports. Varsity sports teams total 19, and students interested in their own fitness routines can also work out at seven campus recreation centers, including the state-of-the-art, for-students-only Baierl Recreation Center. The University's Pittsburgh campus is located in the Oakland section of the city, which has in recent years been cited by The Economist, Forbes magazine, and Places Rated Almanac as the most livable city in the country. Pitt offers students easy access to all the amenities the city has to offer, including cultural events through PITT ARTS, which provides low-cost tickets to Pittsburgh's world class symphony orchestra, concerts, plays, and cultural events and free museum admissions; professional sports teams, filmmaking opportunities, internship and volunteer work venues, shopping, and fun restaurants. The University helps students connect with the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity; Student Volunteer Outreach; and more. With a valid Pitt I.D., students can travel for free on the Port Authority Transit System. Access to and from the city is easy by air, car, train and bus. For more information, go to or write to .

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1787
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to University of Pittsburgh, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 31. The application fee at University of Pittsburgh is $45. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 56.1 percent.

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Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 56.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Pittsburgh is 14:1, and the school has 39.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Pittsburgh include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 92 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 62%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Social Sciences 13%
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
English Language and Literature/Letters 10%
Engineering 9%

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Student Life

University of Pittsburgh has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,429, with a gender distribution of 50.2 percent male students and 49.8 percent female students. At this school, 43.5 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56.5 percent of students live off campus. University of Pittsburgh is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 28,769
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Pittsburgh offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Pittsburgh also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Pittsburgh.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Pittsburgh, 53.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,633.

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In-state tuition and fees $17,100 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $27,106 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,100 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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