From the School

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford takes students beyond: beyond the classroom, by offering internships and research opportunities; beyond the degree, by providing a robust Career Services Office and an informal alumni network; beyond 9 to 5, by offering an active student life, a friendly residence life environment, excellent athletic and cultural facilities, and a wide range of recreational opportunities; beyond place, by providing a liberal arts education that exposes students to the world and offering students many study-abroad opportunities; and beyond students' expectations, by giving them a college experience that will transform them.

Students at Pitt-Bradford live and learn on a safe, intimate campus, where they receive individual and personalized attention from committed professors who work side by side with them. And, because Pitt-Bradford is a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh, students earn a degree from the University of Pittsburgh, which commands respect around the world.

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From The School

The Admissions committee primarily looks at three factors in evaluating applicants: high school achievement; standardized test results (SAT I or ACT), and letters of recommendation from teachers and/or a counselor at their high school. Class rank, extracurricular activities, personal qualifications, and potential role in the school community are also considered.

Pitt-Bradford accepts applicants on a rolling basis, which means applications are welcome at any time. The Admissions committee notifies candidates as soon as a decision has been made on their application.

Applicants must complete and submit the application online, which is free.

An official high school transcript and an official standardized test score report (SAT I or ACT) are also required. Transfer applicants must also submit official copies of all college transcripts, which must reflect a GPA of at least 2.0. Students and their families are welcome to visit our campus. The Office of Admissions schedules interviews and tours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. all year long, as well as on selected Saturdays during the school year. Contact the Office of Admissions to arrange a visit.

Students seeking more information should contact:
The Office of Admissions
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
300 Campus Drive
Bradford, PA 16701-2898
Telephone: 814-362-7555
800-872-1787 (toll free)
Fax: 814-362-5150


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
420 - 520
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 550
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
400 - 500

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 23

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

The academic programs stress critical-thinking skills and communication and encourage hands-on learning through field experience, internships, and faculty-student collaboration on research. A Pitt-Bradford bachelor's degree requires 120-128 credit hours (requirements differ slightly among programs). Students must complete between 60 and 70 credit hours to earn an associate degree.

The biology program prepares students for careers in health-related professions; education; research; field work; with companies that produce food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and biotechnology; and technical positions with governmental agencies. Most students interested in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, osteopathy, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, chiropractic medicine, veterinary medicine, pre-clinical dietetics and nutrition, and a variety of careers in health and rehabilitation sciences, are biology majors.

Students in the broadcast communications, English, public relations, and writing programs work on the student newspaper, The Source; broadcast over the college radio station, WDRQ: and publish original works in the student literary magazine, Baily's Beads. Students also have access to a state-of-the-art electronic newsroom, radio studio, television studio, and video editing room with analog and digital technology.

Students who choose to major in computer information systems and technology will get a broad IT background and gain hands-on lab experiences. Students will learn programming applications, network development, systems design and analysis, web technologies, multimedia applications, database development, and systems administration.

The criminal justice program provides opportunities for hands-on learning through the Crime Scene Investigation House, where students can solve mock crime scenes using many of the same tools as professional law enforcement agents; and internships with local and regional police departments, county courts and probation offices, and a federal prison.

The Early Level Education Pre K-4 and secondary education majors prepare students for careers as teachers in a world of rapid political, economic, scientific and cultural change. The Education Department seeks to graduate students who have general knowledge and specific content knowledge, as well as sound theory and practice.

The nursing program at Pitt-Bradford offers an associate of science degree that can be completed in two years and the bachelor of science in nursing that requires two more years. Students may commence this program on completion of the ASN. Students may also pursue both degrees in a unique 1+2+1 program.

In psychology, students gain knowledge in the scientific and theoretical aspects of psychology as well as the application of this knowledge. The major prepares students for graduate work in psychology and related disciplines and for employment in social service agencies, mental health centers, industries, and not-for-profit and governmental agencies.

Students may relocate to another university campus to complete academic programs not offered at Pitt-Bradford. They may earn no more than 70 credits before transferring. All students in the arts and sciences may relocate provided they are students in good standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Engineering students may relocate if they maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.

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Majors and Degrees Offered

Students at Pitt-Bradford may pursue four-year degrees in Accounting; Applied Mathematics; Athletic Training; Biology; Biology Education 7-12; Broadcast Communications; Business, Computer and Information Technology Education K-12; Business Management; Chemistry; Chemistry Education 7-12; Computer Information Systems and Technology; Criminal Justice; Early Level Education Pre-K – 4; Economics; Energy Science and Technology; English; English Education 7-12; Environmental Studies; Exercise Science; General Studies; Health and Physical Education; History/Political Science; Hospitality Management; Interdisciplinary Arts; Mathematics Education 7-12; Nursing; Physical Sciences; Psychology; Public Relations; Radiological Science; Social Studies Education 7-12; Sociology; Sport and Recreation Management; and Writing.

Students may pursue associate degrees in Engineering Science, Nursing (RN), Liberal Studies, Information Systems, and Petroleum Technology.

Students may study engineering for up to two years at Pitt-Bradford then complete a program at the Pittsburgh campus in bioengineering, chemical and petroleum engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering.

Students may pursue programs offered in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Undergraduates begin their studies at Pitt-Bradford and, after three years, transfer to the appropriate graduate school to complete four more years of study.

Pitt-Bradford also offers the first two years of study leading to the doctorate in pharmacy. Students must complete the program at the Pittsburgh campus, where admission is competitive. The Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy pre-admits some qualified high school seniors, pending completion of the first two years of the pre-professional program at Pitt-Bradford.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Programming, Specific Applications
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching

  • Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Petroleum Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

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

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

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

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Physical Sciences

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Demography and Population Studies
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

Students Say

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford “is a cozy campus nestled in rural Pennsylvania” that has “the small town feel with the big city name” and “a friendly environment that encourages students to stay.” At UPB, “Education comes first. No matter the school activity, exceptions are made in order to complete school work.” Students rave about the familial atmosphere, which is “friendly, welcoming, and accepting of all types.” “My school is all about bringing everyone together and making them feel like family,” says one Criminal Justice major. This cozy campus is small enough that “you never get lost and you have a very good way to access your professors if needed.” UPB’s “small learning community” is a place “where you know almost everyone and the people are very friendly.” The small sizes of classes “are a major strength.” “The professors at this university are extremely well versed in their specific fields of study” and “are very easy to engage in for help.” One student reports that “Professors recognize when students try and reward them appropriately no good deed goes unnoticed.” The teaching methods are “interactive” and students feel “a part of the learning rather than just a fly on the wall.”


Terminal Associate
Transfer Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Jeff Guterman
associate professor of communications, Division of Communications and the Arts

Dr. Lauren Yaich
associate professor of biology, Division of Biological and Health Sciences

Dr. Yong-Zhuo Chen
professor of mathematics, Division of Physical and Computational Sciences

Betsy Matz
associate professor of business management, Division of Management and Education

Dr. Sam Fohr
professor of philosophy, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Prominent Alumni

Jill Slike Owen
Medical Doctor - BRMC- Bradford, PA

Carolyn Boser Newhouse
President, Super-User Technologies - Bradford, PA

Jennifer Lewke
TV reporter - WSYR - Syracuse, NY

John B. Hinckley
Medical doctor - ER, Doctor's Hospital-Columbus OH

Sean P. Barbabella
Flight Surgeon - US Navy

Thomas Lucas
Director ESPN - Bristol, CT

Tamra Merryman
VP - UPMC - Pittsburgh, PA

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Full-time tuition for the two-term academic year in 2016-17 was $12,688 for Pennsylvania residents and $23,710 for out-of-state students. Tuition for students in the nursing program was $16,254 for Pennsylvania residents and $30,234 for nonresidents.

A double-occupancy room for the year was $5,330. A full meal plan per year was $3,464. Students must also pay yearly fees: $200 activity fee, $350 computer fee, $150 wellness fee, a $140 recreation fee, and an $80 parking and transportation fee. On average, students spend about $500 per term on books and supplies.

Financial Aid

Our tuition and housing fees are competitive compared to other area institutions, and our room and board rates are among the top five most affordable for public colleges in Pennsylvania.

On top of that, we offer generous merit and need-based scholarships to qualified students. More than 94 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid through grants, loans, work study, or scholarships. For the 2016-17 academic year, the average financial aid award was $17,990 for Pennsylvania students and $25,800 for out-of-state students.

All aid applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 to receive priority consideration. Pennsylvania residents who complete the FAFSA by March 1 are also eligible for Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) grants. Non-Pennsylvania students should contact their state agency to learn more about the prerequisites for grants.

The university awards merit-based scholarships, which range from $1,000 to $11,000, to those who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. The university ROTC program is another possible source of financial aid. The university encourages veterans to contact the VA about educational benefits.

Contact the Financial Aid Office or visit to learn more about financial assistance.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

There are about 1,500 student enrolled Pitt-Bradford, who, along with the faculty and staff, form a diverse, friendly and caring campus community. Students come from 18 different countries, including Germany, Nigeria, Australia and Japan; 26 states, from California and Hawaii to Michigan and Florida; and 57 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania.

There are more than 60 clubs and organizations, ranging from the African-American Student Union and Gamers United, to academic clubs, honor societies, fraternities and sororities.

Because Pitt-Bradford is a personalized campus, opportunities for leadership abound. Many students become campus leaders as early as their sophomore year. Regardless of your background or interests, you will find many places to become involved as a student at Pitt-Bradford.

The Student Activities Council schedules many activities, including comedy performances, lectures, art exhibits, movies, and trips to such places as Toronto, Canada; Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and New York City. To learn more about clubs and organizations, visit

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



54% female
46% male
22% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Students Say

“Country town = country people” at UPB. Most students “are from the area so mostly all of us know what the area is like and how to have fun.” “A lot of people actually come from surrounding areas such as Philly and New Jersey,” one student says, while also noting that “there are many people studying abroad here or from other countries such as China.” Your typical student “lives on campus, is friendly, usually is involved in a sport or intramurals, and can get along with anyone.” “At Pitt Bradford you are a person with a name a face and people are going to know you, you’re not just a number,” a Criminal Justice major explains. UPB is an easy place to make connections, as “all students here need to do is say ‘Hi’ to another student and you can be instant friends.” “I've learned that all you really have to do is introduce yourself and find something in common with them,” another student confirms.


From The School


Pitt-Bradford is located in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The 317-acre campus is nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and is only steps away from the Allegheny National Forest.

Pitt-Bradford also is a short drive from larger cities such as Buffalo, N.Y., 80 miles to the north; Pittsburgh, 160 miles to the southwest; and Erie, PA, 90 miles to the west. Pitt-Bradford can also be reached easily by car and plane.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The CSI House enables criminal justice students to solve mock crime scenes in a realistic setting, using professional investigative tools. Nursing students can practice their skills in the simulation lab using electronic mannequins. Students studying computer information systems and technology have a new lab where they can set up a server room, install and update software, and create virtual machines to back up and protect data.

Students can work out in a state-of-the-art fitness center or swim in the six-lane swimming pool in the Richard E. and Ruth McDowell Sport and Fitness Center. The building also houses facilities for intercollegiate and intramural athletic events. Pitt-Bradford competes in Division III of the NCAA and fields six men's (baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, swimming and tennis) and seven women's teams (basketball, bowling, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and volleyball).

The Frame-Westerberg Commons gives students a place to eat, gather and participate in campus life. The building houses the dining hall, where students can help themselves to a wide assortment of meals; a bookstore, which features an after-hours convenience store; offices for many student clubs and organizations; and areas for students to read or relax.

Blaisdell Hall, the university's fine arts and communication arts building, houses the communication arts, theater and music programs and features state-of-the-art equipment. The building also houses a multi-purpose theater, where students can participate in dramatic and musical performances. The building also serves as the cultural center for the region by housing plays, concerts, lectures and other arts-related events.

Hanley Library has more than 95,000 print books access to more than 700,000 ebooks. Since Pitt-Bradford is a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh, you can also borrow materials from Pitt’s other four campuses through interlibrary loan.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Because of Pitt-Bradford’s location, students have many opportunities to participate in unique academic and extra-curricular activities. Students may collect and examine specimens in the creek that runs through campus or set up easels along the edge of the surrounding woods. After class, they may cross-country or downhill ski, snowboard or snowshoe, ice skate, kayak, bike, fish, hike and hunt.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Students Say

“Life at school is always entertaining” at The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, although “since it is a smaller campus in a rural setting, you have to create your own fun.” For example, students enjoy “bowling for fun, or play paintball” and “people are always out and about playing pick up games of football, sand volleyball, soccer, and basketball.” “There are clubs for most majors and for a vast majority of interests from MMA to Anime to Star Wars,” one student explains. “For fun, people mainly hang out together” in this “tight-knit community.” On campus there “are a lot of activities put on by the school and by the large number of clubs” from “an open mic night to a drag show we had last year!” Off campus, “the town does have a lot of events though and that brings the college students out into the community!”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resources and Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Ms. Carma Horner

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Required for LD

Cognitive functioning in aptitude, achievement, information processing areas.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Diagnosis per DSM-5, Aptitude Cognitive Ability, Achievement, Executive Functioning, Memory Behavior Rating Scales

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

3% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

11% participate in intramural sports
15% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Panthers)
7 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Panthers)
7 Sports

Cross Country

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: St. Bonaventure University



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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple, Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Alex Nazemetz
Assoc VP-Enroll Mgmt & Dir of Admissions

300 Campus Drive
Bradford, PA 16701



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sport and Fitness Center
The Commons
Student apartments
Blaisdell Hall (Fine Arts Building)
Smart classrooms

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Allegheny National Forest
Holiday Valley Ski Resort
Allegheny Reservoir
Kinzua Dam

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Scheduled throughout the year.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bradford Regional Airport Buffalo International Airport Pittsburgh Airport Fullington Trailways (bus)

Driving Instructions to Campus

Local Accommodations
Best Western - 100 Davis Street South (814) 362-4501 http:/ Dinner, Heated Outdoor Pool 112 Rooms, Two Room Jacuzzi and Family Suites Major Credit Cards Accepted Comfort Inn - 76 Elm Street (814) 368-6772 Continental Breakfast 48 Rooms,Facilities include an indoor pool Air conditioning, non-smoking rooms and handicap accessible rooms available Desoto Holiday House - 515 South Avenue (814) 362-4511 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 70 Rooms,Swimming Pool, Cocktail Lounge Golf Driving Range Major Credit Cards Accepted Heritage Suites - 139 Minard Run Rd (814) 362-6820 16 rooms (all suites) Kitchenettes, free continential breakfast, secure wireless internet ***For a complete listing see the Bradford Phone Directory, or call Conference Services at (814) 362- 0990

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