Students Say

A few of the most common words students at The University of Pittsburgh use to describe their alma mater are: “value,” “research,” “academics,” and “home.” This “top research university” offers a “world class education” in a city some describe as “a halfway point between the town I grew up in and the big city urban life I hope to have in the future.”

Overview

Applicants
30,629
Acceptance Rate
53%
Average HS GPA
3.99

GPA Breakdown

74%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
8%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
580 - 670
SAT Math
600 - 690
SAT Writing
570 - 670
ACT Composite
26 - 31

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

A few of the most common words students at The University of Pittsburgh use to describe their alma mater are: “value,” “research,” “academics,” and “home.” This “top research university” offers a “world class education” in a city some describe as “a halfway point between the town I grew up in and the big city urban life I hope to have in the future.” Students extol the presence of strong programs across the undergraduate schools at Pitt as well as the plethora of research opportunities available through the proximity to University of Pittsburgh Medical School (UPMC). As one would expect from a large research university “all professors are experts in their fields, some just are better teachers than others.” There is a general sentiment that “if you’re willing to work hard, professors won’t let you fall behind the material.” Some professors go so far as to hold “office hours somewhere that students actually like to go--places like Panera or the Einstein’s Bagels on campus--so that students get a chance to hang out with their professors. Pitt is the kind of place where if you make the “effort to talk to [professors], it will open huge doors for you.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
2,156
with Terminal Degree

1,193
Men
963
Women
342
Minority
101
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • German Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Ecology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management and Services, Other
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems and Services, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Literature (GB)
  • Rhetoric and Composition

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Polish Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Rehabilitation Science

  • History

  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Studies, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Educational Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Corrections

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dan Marino
Miami Dolphins Quarterback

Mike Ditka
Chicago Bears Coach

Gene Kelly
Actor

Michael Chabon
Writer

William S. Dietrich
Industrialist, philanthropist

John A. Swanson
Engineering, entrepreneur

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
68
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Pennsylvania residents should expect to pay $16,872 per academic year. Out-of-state undergraduates will need to shell out $27,268 annually. There are also additional, required fees totaling $900. Of course, the university offers a variety of grants, loans, and workstudy opportunities.

Bang For Your Buck

Pitt endeavors to help all students with financial need and limited resources. To begin with, all prospective freshmen who present an outstanding academic record (and complete an application by January 15) will automatically be considered for merit scholarships. These awards range from $2,000 to full coverage for tuition and room and board. Importantly, these scholarships are renewable up to three years, provided recipients meet predetermined GPA and progress requirements.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,457

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,085

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,182

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$36,466

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
66%

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$16,872
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$27,268
Required Fees
$900
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,170

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,228
Transportation for Commuters
$1,292

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

With such diversity of programs, a student from North Carolina points out that Pitt draws students from places like “China, Germany, Canada, as well as from the 50 states.” However, since the school is a public university, the majority of students do come from Pennsylvania. But with 18,000 students, Pitt “has a diversity of students so one can always find their niche.” They often achieve this by finding a “club that fits their personality, qualities and hobbies.” One pre-med student advises that “often, the nerds ARE the athletes and everyone can’t be stereotyped into what they seem.” Greek life “is small at Pitt, but it definitely has a strong presence.” Those people looking for a party can find one, but “not everyone parties all weekend,” and most people just “like to hang out.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
18,757
Out of State

International
Foreign Countries Represented
45

Demographics

51% female
49% male
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

When asked to summarize their school, many students simply state “hail to Pitt!” And hail they certainly do! This positivity extends not only to the “famous speakers,” “big time sports,” and the “bar and party scene” found on campus but to the equally “vibrant cultural scene with theater and music” of Pittsburgh ensuring that “there is never a shortage of things to do on a weekend.” A not so inconsequential perk of attending Pitt is “free transportation on Port Authority buses, and free admission to Carnegie Museums.” A typical student “spends time in the library doing homework or chatting with friends” during their weekdays and “once Sunday rolls around.” Though a senior assures us, “Pitt students know how to have a good time!” While “there’s a lot to get involved in on campus, there is nothing overbearing about certain clubs or Greek Life.” Students do love the food in Pittsburgh but say campus options could be “healthier,” “cheaper” and have more options for those with “modified diets (ie: vegan, gluten-free.)” Internet is another complaint but Pitt is addressing the issues.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
43%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
94
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
82

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resources and Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Lynnett Van Slyke

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Full Neuropsychological evaluation: within five years, adult norms

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Neuropsychological evaluation or Comprehensive report from a qualified professional

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
528
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations

11% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Panthers)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Panthers)
10 Sports

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: See www.sorc.pitt.edu

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Carnegie Mellon University
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Consistently ranked among the top public universities in the country, the University of Pittsburgh has had a lot to juggle in an effort to “maintain research and instructional excellence, realize cost savings and apply sound sustainability principles.” An original signatory of the Talloires Declaration, “supporting mobilization of the resources of higher education on behalf of sustainability,” Pitt has constantly made the environment a priority, in fact identifying sustainable concepts as one of its five engineering research focus areas—and that’s saying something for a school where Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine. Green infrastructure is at the forefront of Pitt’s movement; the university’s Carrillo Street Steam Plant is one of the cleanest university heating plants in the nation. Equipped with state-of-the-art ultra-low nitrogen oxide (NOx) burners and emission control technology, the plant’s six boilers produce greenhouse gas emissions at about half the rate associated with the university’s steam supply prior to the plant’s construction. The University has earned LEED certification for eight construction projects; six Gold and two Silver, and is pursuing LEED on eight additional projects. The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, housed in one of these LEED Gold facilities, “encourages and nurtures new collaborative projects based on strong and innovative research.” With all the sustainable initiatives in place to develop Pitt as an institution, the university doesn’t forget about its heart and soul—its students. Pitt's Office of Student Employment and Placement—besides offering paid internships for students and organizing periodic student symposiums—is staffed by an Employment Development Specialist who frequently assists students interested in working for organizations with sustainable practices.

Green Rating
90
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
13%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
50

Average Number of PC's per Lab
90

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Brtian McGrath
Visit Center Specialist

Address
Office of Admissions
4227 Fifth Avenue, 120 Alumni Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone
4126247488

Email
oafa@pitt.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cathedral of Learning
William Pitt Union
Heinz Chapel
Petersen Event Center
Sennott Square

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Carnegie Museum of Art and History
PNC Park (Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates)
Andy Warhol Museum
Heinz Field (Home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers)
Shadyside/Walnut Street Shopping District

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8:30am-5:00pm
4126247488

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies - check website for times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
By bus - Greyhound-Trailways -www.greyhound.com- bus station in Pittsburgh is located at 55 11th Street, downtown within about three miles of Pitt's campus. The campus can be reached by taxi service or by Port Authority Bus lines on Fifth Avenue, several blocks from the station. Yellow Cab and Classy Cab provide service to the Oakland area. By plane - Pittsburgh International Airport is about 20 miles west of Pitt. The 28X Airport Flyer runs about every 20 minutes from the airport to Oakland and the University of Pittsburgh. To learn more about this and other forms of ground transportation click here. From the airport - Depart the airport and take PA state route 60 toward Pittsburgh. Merge onto US route 22-30 east which will turn into I-279. After going through the Ft. Pitt tunnel, merge right onto I-376 toward Monroeville via exit 6A. After approximately three miles, take the Forbes Ave exit 2A toward Oakland. Forbes Ave will take you into the heart of Oakland and the University of Pittsburgh. Approximate distance and time from the airport: 20 miles/30-40 minutes. By train - Amtrak -www.amtrak.com-has two east-bound trains and two west-bound trains each day. Connections can be made in Chicago and New York. The terminal is located at Liberty and Grant Streets downtown. Transportation to Pitt from downtown can be made by bus or cab.

Driving Instructions to Campus
By car from the East - Cars traveling from the east via the PA Turnpike (I-76) should take Exit 57 to I-376 West. From I-376 West take Exit 73B, Oakland, onto Bates Street. Remain in the right lane on Bates Street and proceed across the Boulevard of the Allies. Follow Bates Street until it ends at Bouquet Street and turn left onto Bouquet. Follow Bouquet until the traffic light at Forbes Avenue. At the stop light, turn right onto Forbes Avenue. From the West - Cars traveling from the west via the PA Turnpike (I-76) should take Exit 28 and follow I-79 South to I-279 South. (You exit to the left off I-79.) Follow I-279 South to the I-579/Veteran's Bridge exit. Take I-579 to the Oakland/Monroeville exit onto the Boulevard of the Allies. Follow Boulevard of the Allies to Forbes Avenue exit on your right. Merge onto Forbes Avenue which leads right into the Pitt campus. From the North - Take I-79 South to I-279 South. (You exit to the left off I-79.) Follow I-279 South to the I-579/Veteran's Bridge exit. Take I-579 to the Oakland/Monroeville exit onto the Boulevard of the Allies. Follow Boulevard of the Allies to Forbes Avenue exit on your right. Merge onto Forbes Avenue which leads right into the Pitt campus. From the South - Follow I-79 North to the I-279 North Downtown Pittsburgh exit. Follow I-279 North into the city through the Fort Pitt Tunnels. Stay in the right lane before entering the tunnels. Take the I-376 East Monroeville exit. Follow I-376 East to the Forbes Aveue/Oakland exit. Merge onto Forbes Avenue which leads right into the Pitt campus

Local Accommodations
http://www.pts.pitt.edu/travel/lodging/hotels.html
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Key Stats

30,629
Applicants
18,757
Size
53%
Acceptance Rate
1270
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists