University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Campus (Pitt)

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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus (Pitt) is situated on a 132-acre area located in the city of Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. Pitt has hundreds of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of disciplines at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.  It also offers professional degrees. Pitt is ranks as one of the top educational institutions in the nation for its academic and research programs.

The university also offers online learning options through "Pitt Online." Students can earn a degree or certificate from Pitt's School of Education Online, School of Nursing Online, University Center for Social & Urban Research Online, and the Katz Graduate School of Business Online.

History

The University of Pittsburgh was founded in 1787 as "the Pittsburgh Academy," a private school situated in a log cabin near the city's three rivers. The University of Pittsburgh became a state university in 1966.

The University of Pittsburgh, or "Pitt", has had many "firsts" throughout its history.  In 1893, William Hunter Dammond became the first African American to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh when he completed his degree in civil engineering.  Dammond went on to become a notable engineer, professor, inventor and contributor to the railroad industry.

In 1898, the first two women students ever admitted to Pitt graduated with bachelor's degrees.  They were sisters Margaret and Stella Stein, and graduated first in their class.

In 1975, Pitt embarked on its first sustainable design and construction project by installing its first campus-wide energy management system. The latest "green" designs are being implemented in Pitt's newest buildings, and the university's Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation focuses on designing sustainable neighborhoods.

In 1984, Pitt surgeons performed the first double transplant operation in the world.  The surgeons were Thomas Starzl and Henry Bahnson.

Academics

The academic calendar of the University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer "terms."  In the summer there are three shorter terms to choose from: 4-week, 6-week, and 12-week.

Colleges, Schools and Centers

The University of Pittsburgh has 15 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools.

Schools and Colleges:

  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Dental Medicine
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • General Studies
  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Honors College
  • Information Sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Public and International Affairs
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

University Centers:

  • International Studies (UCIS)
  • Learning Research and Development (LRDC)
  • Philosophy of Science

Student Life

The University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus offers both on and off-campus housing.  There are also many different dining options and services on campus.

The Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) lists more than 400 student organizations and clubs available on Pitt's campus. SORC is also a resource for the many student services available to Pitt students.  One of the many activities that Pitt students can get involved in is the annual "Pitt Make a Difference Day," which offers students a chance to participate in hundreds of community service projects throughout the Pittsburgh area.

There are other volunteer opportunities available, as well as leadership and government groups to get involved in. The "Greek Life" is thriving at Pitt, with more than 39 active fraternities and sororities available.

Athletics

The Pittsburgh "Panthers" athletics teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Pittsburgh campus, the University of Pittsburgh has regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville.

Community Life

Pitt considers the city its campus, though its large campus is a virtual city unto itself. The city's industrial past is apparent in its resourceful and vibrant culture, with many distinctive neighborhoods and affordable living options. Pittsburgh has many entertainment and cultural venues for recreation and leisure activities.  There is a world-class symphony, notable art, classic architecture, dance and musical performances, excellent restaurants and a busy nightlife.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the candidates Pitt accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting into Pitt.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Recommended
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading570 - 660
SAT ® Math600 - 680
SAT ® Writing560 - 660
SAT ® Total Score1730 - 2000

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English26 - 33
ACT ® Math26 - 33
ACT ® Writing8 - 9
ACT ® Composite Score26 - 30

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into Pitt

The chances of getting into Pitt can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Applicants24,871
Granted Admissions13,959 (56%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled3,678 (26%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Campus is about 29,000. The student body is made up of 64% undergraduate students and 36% graduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $20,100. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $45 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State: $16,000-$19,000
    • Out-of-State: $25,000-$30,500
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $660-$790 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $1,100-$1,300 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid77%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships49%$10,833
Receiving Student Loans60%$8,061

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 4%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Campus may provide services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

Pitt has a high graduation rate when compared to similar schools nearby.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years61%
Graduating in 5 Years15%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Coordinated Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Dental Anesthesiology Program
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
  • Endodontics Program
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
  • Pediatric Dentistry Program
  • Periodontics Program
  • Prosthodontics Program
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Physical Therapy (P.T.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program (more info)
  • Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Pitt is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Atlantic Coast Conference)
  • Basketball (Atlantic Coast Conference)
  • Track and Field (Atlantic Coast Conference)
  • Football (Atlantic Coast Conference)
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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