University of Pittsburgh


The university is situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is a public state-related research university that evolved from the Pittsburgh Academy, which was established in 1787. Since then, it has developed into a prominent institute. It is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and is classified as R1: Very high research activity.

It has an endowment of $4.17 billion and spent around $1 billion on research in 2018. The university includes 17 undergraduate and graduate schools with over 100 majors.

The institute is spread over 132 acres with prominent buildings such as the Cathedral of Learning, Allegheny Observatory, Heinz Memorial Chapel, and the William Pitt Union. Apart from the main urban campus, it operates four regional undergraduate campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville.

The university has several prominent alumni, including 6 Nobel Laureates, 3 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 3 Academy Award winners.


The university is attended by 28,391 students, with 19,200 undergraduates and 9,191 postgraduates.

Around 67% of the student population is white, 12% Asian, and the rest are Hispanic, Black, foreign nationals, and other ethnicities. Over 86% of the attendees belong to affluent backgrounds.

There are several student organisations on campus. The Pitt Arts program, a student theatre, choirs including the Heinz Chapel Choir, A Cappella groups, an orchestra and the Pitt Band all promote various art fields.

The university has several student media ventures and over 350 clubs, including a student government board, the William Pitt Debating Union, Oakland Zoo (official cheering section) and the Black Action Society. There are several campus sororities and fraternities.

The institute's varsity sports teams are called the Pittsburgh Panthers, with prominent achievements in football. It has also produced 5 Olympic medallists.


The university has an extensive list of student residences, with the lower campus having the famous Litchfield Towers at the forefront. The Schenley Quadrangle also houses five separate residence halls; Amos, Brackenridge, Bruce, Holland, and McCormick.

Several other facilities include Ruskin Hall, Forbes Hall, Lothrop Hall and the recent Nordenberg Hall. Honours Students mostly reside in the Forbes Craig Apartments and the Bouquet Gardens house upperclassmen.

The upper campus has more residences, including Sutherland Hall, Panther Hall, Irvis Hall, the Darragh Street Apartments for medical students and several other Living Learning Communities and fraternity houses.

Pittsburgh students can also find housing in the South Oakland neighbourhood, which can be university-owned or independent apartments.


  • Ranked #140 internationally by QS World University Rankings.
  • Ranked #83 in the country by the Wall Street Journal in 2020.
  • Ranked #25 internationally for the impact of its 2016 scientific publications in the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities presented by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT).


University of Pittsburgh
4200 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, United States

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