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Academics

Approximately 19,000 undergraduates attend the University of Pittsburgh (or “Pitt”), a “research powerhouse,” that offers a “great value” for students. Pitt “attracts highly-skilled faculty,” who are “incredibly accomplished,” “engaging,” and “bring real life experience to the classroom.” One student notes, “Even in classes of over 100 people, my professors frequently pause to answer questions and check to make sure students are following their lectures.” Outside of class, professors are “concerned with students’ personal career development” and will often “reach out for internship and job opportunities if you build a relationship with them.” One student recounts being able to “obtain a paid research position and present at a conference” as a first-year. Pitt has an “outstanding relationship with employers both local and throughout the country,” a fact that is “reflected in the size of our school’s co-op program” and “the Internship Guarantee policy.” Pitt’s Medical Center offers pre-med students opportunities for research and internships as well. In terms of work-life balance, students note that course loads are often “rigorous, but not so much as to prevent engaging in extracurricular activities or research and having an active social life.” Students note that the University Chancellor and Dean of Students “are loved” for being “very visible on campus.” “Their presence reinforces how much they care” and “the quality of the education” Pitt students can count on.”

Student Body

“Diverse” and “hardworking” are the words University of Pittsburgh students consistently use to describe their peers. Pitt’s student body is made up from a “variety of cultural, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds.” “Diversity initiatives” are first rate at Pitt, especially the BRIDGES program designed to provide resources for diversity scholarship students.” Described as “motivated, accepting, empowering, and brilliant,” the “vast majority of students work hard,” but the atmosphere around campus is “definitely not cutthroat: everyone wants to see their peers succeed.” The diversity of the university is reflected in its more than 60

Campus Life

With a home base in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, students love that Pitt is “centrally located in one of the most growing cities in the country.” Pittsburgh offers a “strong economy, diversity, arts, and opportunity that is becoming unrivaled across the nation.” Students also find “plenty of entertainment in Oakland and on campus,” with tons of programs put on by “student groups, the Pitt Program Council, and the Residential Student Association.” Pitt has a “unique atmosphere”—it’s a “fairly large school, but nevertheless, has a tight-knit community.” The student body has “an abundance of pride” in its “twelve Division I varsity sports,” NFL-grade stadium, and a “host of other club sports.” Students can also get in some exercise at Tree Halls or the Baierl Fitness Center, “world class fitness facilities,” or play “Ultimate Frisbee on the Peterson Events Center or Cathedral of Learning lawn.” With the “free public transportation given to Pitt students,” traveling to races and festivals or “visiting local museums and landmarks” across the city is no problem.

Overview

Applicants
27,679
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
4.14

GPA Breakdown

81%
Over 3.75
11%
3.50 - 3.74
5%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 718
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
2,339
with Terminal Degree

1,273
Men
1,066
Women
487
Minority
91
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
79%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agriculture, General.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • Area Studies, Other.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
  • European Studies/Civilization.
  • German Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Bioinformatics.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
  • Ecology.
  • 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, Materials, and Supply Chain 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.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.
  • Engineering Science.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Materials Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth).
  • Rhetoric and Composition.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • 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.
  • Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • 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.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Corrections.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Studies, General.
  • Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate).

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

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

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • 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.

  • 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/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Associate
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

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$52,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$94,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$53,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$97,000

Percent High Job Meaning
50%

Percent STEM
25%


Students Say

“Pitt is excellent at helping students find jobs, internships, job shadowing opportunities, and other activities to help solidify a career path.” There is an internship “guarantee” for all students after their first semester and “an entire department devoted to internships and job placement.” “Pitt is one of the best schools to help students with experiential learning, whether it be through an internship, research experience, or even service learning experience.” Students describe the career office as “very helpful and . . . always willing to point you in the right direction.” There are career consultants available to help students along the way as well. Many also extol Pittsburgh itself as a hotbed of “career opportunities.” According to alumni who've visited the website PayScale.com, the average starting salary for recent graduates is $52,100.

Audrey Murrell, the associate dean for the undergraduate College of Business Administration, told us that Pitt students "are comfortable working in teams, sharing knowledge with their classmates, actively engaging in our various…student organizations and value what it means to be part of a broader university community." It's no accident that Pitt has a number of programs that help cultivate collaborative skills. While these abilities help make fun and engaging learning environments, they are also key to launching a successful career. This skill set "is an attractive asset for our corporate recruiters who look at students who can balance a strong academic program with healthy involvement in activities outside classrooms," Dr. Murrell told us. For example, Pitt's Outside the Classroom Curriculum offers an expansive array of opportunities and experiences divided among ten different goal areas, including leadership, career development, wellness, appreciation of the arts, and others, all with the express purpose of helping students "gain a competitive edge for graduate or professional schools, internships, and the job marketplace," according to the university. The OCC works under the assumption that 80 percent of a student's time will be spent outside of the classroom during their undergraduate education and that the school should create out-of-the classroom experiences and opportunities that complement educational and career goals. Students who complete the Outside the Classroom Curriculum by participating in all ten categories are able to graduate with distinction and are eligible for a Pitt Advantage Grant, which provides funding for students to continue "extracurricular involvement in the form of an experiential learning activity such as a study abroad experience, an unpaid internship, or a volunteering project." As an example, to complete the global and cultural awareness goal, students must participate in a diversity or social justice program, participate in an international program, and attend a seminar about ecological issues.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,945

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,771

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,718

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,322

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$18,130
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$31,102
Required Fees
$950
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$752

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,126
Transportation for Commuters
$830

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,050
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
19,326
Foreign Countries Represented
55

Demographics

9.98%
Asian
5.10%
African-American
3.69%
Hispanic
71.76%
Caucasian
1.11%
Unknown
4.11%
International

51% female
49% male
28% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
As above

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Leigh Culley

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation

Documentation Required for ADHD

Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

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
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
595
Number of Honor Societies
29

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations

10% 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.

92/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
10%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

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

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
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tessa Ludin
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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