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University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.

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Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh, originally named the Pittsburgh Academy, begins life in a log cabin on the American frontier. In petitioning Pennsylvania’s state assembly to charter an academy of learning in Pittsburgh, founding principal Hugh Henry Brackenridge writes, “We all know that the strength of a state greatly consists in the superior mental powers of the inhabitants.”


Pitt admits freshmen into the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the College of  Business Administration, the Swanson School of Engineering, and the School of  Nursing. View a list of the University’s undergraduate majors, minors, and certificate programs.Beyond offering high-quality academic programs, Pitt provides the resources to help graduate and professional students succeed and engage in the University community. View the full list of graduate and professional schools.


Pitt people beat polio, pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, and turned Pittsburgh into the world's organ-transplantation capital, among other breakthroughs. Today's Pitt researchers carry on that tradition in areas ranging from literary criticism to the quest for quantum computers. Learn how Pitt research makes a difference, read the University's Excellence in Research (PDF) report, and visit the Pitt Office of Science Education Outreach's How Science Works site.


The Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance is here to help you find the perfect job when you graduate. At the CDPA, experts will help you with career planning, creating effective resumes or portfolios, and effective interviewing techniques. Emily Bennett is the Science and Technology Career Consultant. 

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

The University's administration is led by Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and overseen by a Board of Trustees with input from faculty, staff, and student shared-governance organizations and support from various offices.

Housing services

Pitt offers a wide range of housing options. Our residence halls featuring online network access, study and recreation lounges, fitness centers, coffee carts, and special academic communities.

The University's Off-Campus Living Department provides students with the information and tools to successfully reside in off-campus accommodations. Explore the department's Renters’ Guide, apartment listings, roommate matching, and landlord services.

Dozens of hotels near the Pittsburgh campus offer lodging for visitors and for students before they settle into long-term housing.

Library services

Pitt’s University Library System (ULS) is the 22nd-largest academic library system in North America. It includes 15 libraries and collections and holds more than 6.4 million volumes and specialized collections including the Archive of Scientific Philosophy and the Archives of Industrial Society, as well as major foreign-language materials from around the world totaling 1.4 million volumes.

ICT services

More than 160 software packages are available to students at little or no cost. Most software can be downloaded at no cost from the Software Download Service at My Pitt including Microsoft Office. Some software is available for purchase at discounted prices at the Technology Services Desk at the University Store on Fifth.

Medical services

We are your primary source for high-quality medical care and health education during your years at Pitt.   Our facility is fully accredited, and we employ a team of dedicated professionals who can serve a wide range of your healthcare needs.   Our services will enhance your living and learning experience, and contribute to your holistic well-being.

Student Life

Campus life

Our ongoing goal is to make Pitt’s campus feel like your home away from home. In addition to helping you feel safe and comfortable in your new surroundings, we’ll help you forge connections and create a sense of community. Our programming will support a balanced college experience, and make Pitt feel like home.

Sports facilities

Our Club Sports Program is dedicated to providing students safe opportunities for participation in a wide variety of competitive, recreational, and instructional sport activities. Club sports offer leadership opportunities and team-building experiences, as each club is organized, managed, and led by students. To support club sport activity and growth, we provide access to campus recreation facilities and services.

Student clubs

Student organizations play a major role in our active and vibrant campus community. Our Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) is here to ensure that our 600+ student organizations have the support they need to operate at the highest level.


The University of Pittsburgh, including its School of Medicine is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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