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University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

The University of Pittsburgh, founded in 1787, is a public, comprehensive university. It offers students an outstanding array of educational options. The Pittsburgh campus is home to 16 schools, ten of which offer undergraduate programs and 14 of which offer graduate programs. Programs are offered in the Colleges of Business Administration and General Studies; the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Education, Engineering, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Information Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work; the Graduate Schools of Public Health and Public and International Affairs; and the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. Students can avail themselves of scholarship programs, undergraduate research opportunities, international studies programs, a semester-at-sea, the Engineering Cooperative Education Program, internships and volunteer outreach programs. The university's Honors College offers challenging course work and an optional Bachelor of Philosophy degree. Outstanding freshmen are guaranteed admission to several of the graduate schools, including the School of Medicine. Affiliated with the six schools of the health sciences is the internationally renowned UPMC Health System. As a member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Pittsburgh is among the top 61 research institutions in the U.S. and Canada. To supplement the high-quality academic life found at the school the campus' location in the very livable city of Pittsburgh provides easy access to cultural events, professional sports complexes and other entertainment venues. Its 132-acre campus is located in Pittsburgh.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students19,123
   Women9,892 (51.7%)
   Men9,231 (48.3%)
Graduate Students9,541


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate55% of 29,175 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineRolling
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA4.14 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math649 average
600-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading625 average
590-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing619 average
570-670 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite29 average
27-32 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $33,960
Out-of-state: $45,100
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $18,618
Out-of-state: $29,758
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met54%
Average Freshman Award$12,459
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 7% of classes
10-19 students: 32% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 15% of classes
Over 100 students: 6% of classes


Pittsburgh Population306,211
Nearest Metropolitan AreaPittsburgh
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 97% of freshmen, 44% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
Sororities9% of women participate
Fraternities 10% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.1.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
84.5% Black/African-American
55.6% Hispanic/Latino
60.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.7% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
18.1% Unknown
International Students3.7% from 49 countries
First-Year Students Returning92.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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High 4.00 5.00 800 790 36
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• The polio vaccine was first developed by Jonas Salk and his team of researchers at Pitt in 1955.

• The PITT ARTS program sponsors over 100 free student outings a year, including trips to the symphony, film, opera, ballet, theater and museums.

• UP astronomers discovered what appear to be two planets outside of our solar system.

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