University of Pittsburgh

Research the degree and certificate programs offered at University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is a public, four-year university established in 1787 and located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The university ranked 12th among public universities in the United States by Quacquarelli Symonds and 38th of public U.S. universities in the World Universities 2012 rankings by The Times Higher Education.


The University of Pittsburgh has 16 colleges and schools on its Pittsburgh campus. Freshmen enter into the School of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, the School of Engineering, or the School of Nursing. Students wishing to study at the School of Education, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Information Sciences, School of Pharmacy, School of Social Work, or the College of General Studies are admitted to, and begin their studies at, the School of Arts and Sciences. These students take the prerequisite courses in their first two years and transfer to their preferred school in their junior year.

The University Honors College administers the bachelor's degree program in philosophy, as well as offering advanced classes for all majors. The university also has summer-term, semester, and full-year study-abroad opportunities. The Pittsburgh campus has 17 different libraries, with the main library holding around 1.5 million volumes. The university also offers online courses through its Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education.


Individuals can apply online or with a paper application, which they submit along with their application fee, transcripts, and standardized test results. The university also accepts optional, supplemental information, such as a personal essay or a statement of academic intent. The university accepts both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credit, although individual schools or colleges determine application of these credits towards specific programs.

In some cases, a student does not gain admission to the University of Pittsburgh at the main Pittsburgh campus, but the admissions committee feels his or her application suggests they would gain from matriculation at the university. In such instances, the applicant may be offered admission to one of the university's other campuses in Titusville, Bradford, Johnstown, or Greensburg.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at this university ranged from $15,282 to $32,308 in 2012-2013, based on which school a student attended and the student's residency status. There were also mandatory fees for student activities, student health, computing and network services, security, safety, and transportation. The estimated cost for double-occupancy room and board for students living on campus was $9,870, and the university recommends students budget $1,132 for books and $3,122 for miscellaneous expenses per year.

Students can obtain financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, work study, and student loans. Students wishing to receive aid should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 1. The university awards a merit-based academic scholarship, which all applicants are automatically considered for if they submit their admission application by January 15. The university also has a payment plan in which installment payments are taken automatically via credit card or bank account once a month.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral, certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 17,256 undergraduate, 7,706 graduate in 2012*
Student Housing Residence halls and apartment-style housing*
Schools 16 schools and colleges *
Student-Faculty Ratio 14 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: General psychology (294)
Master's: Business administration and management (373)
Doctorate: Law (253)
Certificate: General education (87)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (Students Beginning in Fall 2005) 61% in four years
79% in six years**
Admission Rate 58% in 2011-2012**
Entering Class 3,720 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 90% of full-time students, 67% of part-time students (Fall 2010 to Fall 2011)**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; January 15 for scholarship consideration*
Tuition (2012-2013) $15,282-$32,308 per year, depending on program and residency status (excludes fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Full-Time, Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (16%), state and local grants/scholarships (18%), institutional grants/scholarships (32%), federal loans (60%), other loans (10%)**
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 77% of full-time, beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Pittsburgh, **National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
  • Phone: (412) 624-7488
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