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The University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh Forbes Ave. Cathedral of Learning
Schenley Plaza Aerial Shot of Campus Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning
The University Club Soldiers and Sailors Lawn Student Housing in the Quad and Towers
The Panther Statue Outside of the Union Campus from The Cathedral of Learning Cathedral of Learning Common Room
Panther and Pennsylvania Hall Restaurants Line the Streets of Oakland Green Space

World Class Institution
The University of Pittsburgh campus is a place of delightful contrasts: unabashedly urban, yet dotted with gardens and trees. Situated on the edge of 456-acre wooded Schenley Park, the campus weaves in and out of an exciting section of the city known as Oakland. Pittsburgh's cultural and medical center, Oakland is home to the University's 132-acre main campus that includes more than 90 academic, research, administrative buildings and residence halls.
Did you know?

Pitt ranked No. 37 on Newsweek's "Top-100 Global Universities" list. Including a variety of factors, the list ranked the world's top colleges and universities.

Our City is our Campus
From the "old" Allegheny Observatory on the North Side, to the Applied Research Center in Harmarville, to the brand new Duratz Athletic Complex on the South Side, it is really true that the city is our campus.

Factors like performing arts, museums, sports, healthcare, and safety make Pittsburgh the "second-most attractive college town" in the U.S. among cities of its size, according to a recent survey. Pitt Arts connects our students to the extensive cultural life of the region, providing free admission to many of our neighboring museums and city events.

Mission
The University of Pittsburgh's mission is to advance teaching, research and public service. This three-part commitment enables the University to serve others by educating diverse students from the region, the nation and the world; expanding boundaries of knowledge, discovery and technology; and enhancing quality of life in the Western Pennsylvania region and beyond.

History
The University began in the Pennsylvania wilderness as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787, the year the U.S. Constitution was adopted. Thirty-two years later, the Pittsburgh Academy became the Western University of Pittsburgh, and in 1908, the school changed its name to the University of Pittsburgh. Graduate degrees have been conferred since 1836, and the first doctoral program was developed in 1884. A private institution for most of its past, the University of Pittsburgh became state-related in 1966, establishing a relationship with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that continues to benefit both partners. Today, as an elected member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Pittsburgh claims its place among the top public research universities in the nation.

Accreditation
All campuses of the University of Pittsburgh are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on High Education. Schools, programs and departments may furthermore be accredited by discipline-specific accrediting bodies.

Academic Organization
As an independent, state-related, coeducational institution, the University of Pittsburgh's main campus offers a multitude of degree-granting and other programs housed in 16 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. The University system includes the Pittsburgh campus and four regional campuses at Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown and Titusville.

There are approximately 122, academic, research and administrative buildings and residence halls located on the Pittsburgh campus, which covers 132 acres in the culturally rich Oakland neighborhood. At the heart of the campus stands a central landmark-the Cathedral of Learning, a 42-story Gothic tower, which is the tallest school building in the western hemisphere. The cathedral contains the Nationality Rooms, 26 classrooms, each designed to reflect a distinct culture and providing an overall, multi-dimensional understanding of America's heritage.

At the Pittsburgh campus, over 12,000 employees and 4,600 faculty serve approximately 27,562 students, including over 10,000 graduate and over 17,000 undergraduate students. Alumni accomplishments range from managing Fortune 500 corporations, to writing best-selling novels, to unlocking the secrets of DNA...and more.

In the 21st century, Pitt remains a place of enduring tradition and vitality, true to the work ethic of western Pennsylvania, rich in intellectual rigor, and committed to preparing students for their lives and careers.

Key Numbers at Pitt:
  • 90% of Pittsburgh faculty hold earned doctorates and/or first professional degrees.
  • Student:Faculty Ratio: 14:1.
  • 94% of classes have less than 100 students and offer small group sessions for questions and answers.
  • 90% of freshmen return the subsequent year.
  • Pitt is ranked among the "100 Best Colleges for African American Students" by Amazon.com.
  • 15,622 is the full-time undergraduate enrollment for the Pittsburgh campus.
  • The 2001 U.S. News & World Report rankings rated the University of Pittsburgh's College of Business Administration among the nation's top-10 percent of accredited U.S. business programs.
  • According to U.S. News & World Report, the University of Pittsburgh ranks among the nation's top-10 programs in information systems, engineering medicine, education, business, metallurgy, and computer engineering.
  • The University of Pittsburgh is one of 62 members of the Association of American Universities, a prestigious group whose members include the major research universities of North America.

The Cathedral of Learning
THE CATHEDRAL OF LEARNING
Cathedral of Learning
The Cathedral of Learning, which is still the tallest educational building in the United States, is a 42-story gothic cathedral. Inspired by the vision of Chancellor John Bowman, the Cathedral was partially funded by 97,000 area school children, each of whom contributed a dime to buy a brick for the cathedral.

"They shall find wisdom here and faith--in steel and stone, in character and thought--they shall find beauty, adventure, and moments of high victory," said former Chancellor Bowman.

Pitt is in Good Company

Top Universities For National Institute of Health Funding
1. Harvard
2. Johns Hopkins
3. Penn
4. UC-San Francisco
5. Washington
6. PITT
7. UCLA
8. Duke
9. Michigan
10. Washington Univ. (St. Louis)

According to Educational Institutions and Affiliates

Top American Research Universities
PITT
• Cal-Berkeley
• Illinois
• Michigan
• North Carolina
• UCLA
• Wisconsin

According to the Center for Measuring University Performance in 2007