Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PA) Colleges and Universities

With a long list of schools located in and around Pittsburgh, area students have their choice of traditional colleges - including 4-year public, 2-year public and 4-year, private not-for-profit schools that offer multiple fields of study. Compare the traditional colleges in the area according to location, student population, net price, and graduation rate, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Closest Schools to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh metropolitan area contains large urban campuses, smaller schools and specialized training programs - including more than 30 schools located within the Pittsburgh city limits. Go through this list to learn about five schools located right in Pittsburgh.

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Carlow University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chatham University
  • Duquesne University

Largest Schools near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

For students looking to pursue their degree programs in a larger student body, the Pittsburgh area contains several larger campuses with student populations over 7,000. These five schools have the largest student populations within the Pittsburgh metropolitan region:

  • University of Pittsburgh (28,617 students)
  • Community College of Allegheny County (17,153 students)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (12,587 students)
  • Duquesne University (9,648 students)
  • California University of Pennsylvania (7,978 students)

Lowest Net Price

The National Center for Education Statistics determines a school's net price by subtracting the average amount of financial aid per student from the average total cost of attending that particular school. Statistics apply to full-time undergraduate students only. This list contains the Pittsburgh schools with the lowest net prices for 2014-2015:

  • Westmoreland County Community College ($2,907)
  • Community College of Allegheny County ($5,558)
  • Pennsylvania State University - Penn State New Kensington ($14,227)
  • Bradford School ($15,102)
  • Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Greater Allegheny ($15,929)

Highest Graduation Rates

Graduation rates refer to the percentage of a school's full-time undergraduate student body that completes their degree programs within 150% of the standard time period for that particular program. These schools have the highest graduation rate among Pittsburgh area schools in 2015:

  • Carnegie Mellon University (88% graduation rate)
  • University of Pittsburgh- Pittsburgh (82% graduation rate)
  • Bradford School (78% graduation rate)
  • Washington & Jefferson College (75% graduation rate)
  • Duquesne University (74% graduation rate)

Students in the Pittsburgh area should be sure to closely study the different educational options within the region, especially the size, cost and success rates of different school in relation to their academic interests and career goals.

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