Pitt

University of Pittsburgh

4200 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, United States
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  • Total Documents
    3,242
  • Class Notes
    1,993
  • Textbook Notes
    390
  • Study Guides
    859
  • Currently Enrolled
    1,898
  • Previously Enrolled
    1,490

Overview of University of Pittsburgh (Pitt)

About this school

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 Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:19,326
    • Men:9,381 (48.5%)
    • Women:9,945 (51.5%)

Location

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Admission Information (Pitt)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to University of Pittsburgh is very difficult: more than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is not accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
3
4
Foreign Language
2
3
Social Studies
2
3
History
-
-
Academic Electives
3
5

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
Not reported
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
4200 Fifth Avenue
City, State, Zip
Pittsburgh, PA  15260
Phone
(412) 624-7488
Fax
(412) 648-8815
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$45
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 3 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
60% of 27,679 applicants were admitted
Women
60% of 14,888 applicants were admitted
Men
60% of 12,791 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
4,289 (26%) of 16,528 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,219 (25%) of 8,907 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,070 (27%) of 7,621 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
4.14
375 And Above
81%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
670 average |620-718 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
35%
• Score 600 - 700
53%
• Score 500 - 600
11%
• Score 400 - 500
1%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
660 average |620-700 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
26%
• Score 600 - 700
62%
• Score 500 - 600
11%
• Score 400 - 500
1%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
29 average |27-32 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
51%
• Score 24 - 29
48%
• Score 18 - 23
1%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (Pitt)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $19,080|Out-of-state: $30,642
  • Room & Board: - $10,950 (77.27593507410022%)
  • Other Expences: - $773 (5.4551870148200425%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,447 (17.268877911079745%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


University of Pittsburgh accepts installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning February 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 008815
Free
State Aid Form
-

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
3,269 (82.7%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
2,128 (65.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,039 (95.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
360 (17.7%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
55%
Average Award
$12,960
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,664 (81.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,945
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,560 (76.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,826
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 277 (13.6%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
338 (8.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $12,110

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
12,404 (68.4%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
9,496 (76.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
9,140 (96.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,152 (12.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
53%
Average Award
$12,192
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 6,976 (76.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,771
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 7,639 (83.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,857
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 775 (8.5%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
598 (3.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $11,092

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
62%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$38,322
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Children of Faculty/Staff, Children of Union Members/Company Employees

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (Pitt)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


1,791

Part-Time Faculty


548

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


72%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 7% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 34% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 17% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 15% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 7% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 14% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 6% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 5% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 18% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 56% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 14% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 4% of discussion sections/labs
  • Over 100 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
7,846,734

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
1156
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


University of Pittsburgh provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


93.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


64.7%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


80.7%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


83.0%

Programs & Majors (Pitt)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (95)


  • Accounting
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Astronomy
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Corrections
  • Creative Writing
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Dietetics/Dietitian
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Ecology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Economics, General
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • German Studies
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History, General
  • Human Resources Management and Services, Other
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Science/Studies
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
  • Management Information Systems and Services, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Neuroscience
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Polish Language and Literature
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Administration
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Rehabilitation Science
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Statistics, General
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Engineering, Health professions and related sciences

Online Degrees


Engineering, computer science/statistics, pharmaceutical sciences, public health

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science in Information Science, Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Master of Library and Information Science, Master of Dental Surgery, Master of Science, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Telecommunications, Master of Studies in Law, Master of International Development, Master of Health Administration, Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Public Policy and Management, Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, Professional Science Master's, Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master of Business Administration, Master of Social Work, Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering, Master of Laws, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Public and International Affairs, Master of Science in Bioengineering, Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

Master's Programs of Study (130)


  • Accounting
  • Acute Care/Critical Care Nursing
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Statistics
  • Architectural History
  • Art History
  • Artificial Intelligence/Robotics
  • Asian Studies
  • Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioethics
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Research
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Community Health
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Dentistry
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Energy Management and Policy
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Film, Television, and Video Theory and Criticism
  • Finance and Banking
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Foundations and Philosophy of Education
  • French
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geology
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Health Education
  • Health Law
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Higher Education
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages
  • History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Human Genetics
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Management
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Information Science
  • Information Studies
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Affairs
  • International Development
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Law
  • Legal and Justice Studies
  • Library Science
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Marketing
  • Materials Sciences
  • Maternal and Child/Neonatal Nursing
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Military and Defense Studies
  • Music
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oral and Dental Sciences
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Public Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Reading Education
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Slavic Languages
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Telecommunications
  • Theater
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Vision Sciences
  • Writing

Campus Life (Pitt)

Location & Geography

Population


306,211

Nearest Metropolitan Area


145 acres

Environment


Urban environment

Campus Size


Pittsburgh

Weather


Temperature
18.5 average low in January, 78.9 average high in September
Rain
153 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
20 mile(s) from campus in Pittsburgh
Nearest Bus Station
3 mile(s) from campus in Pittsburgh
Nearest Train Station
3 mile(s) from campus in Pittsburgh

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


43% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


57%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Panther
School Colors
Blue and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, football, soccer, squash, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


University of Pittsburgh offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, resident student association, black action society, pitt program council, interfraternity council, panhellenic association

Sororities


12% of women participate

Fraternities


10% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


18,390

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
19,326
Women
9,945
Men
9,381

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 10.4% Asian
  • 5.3% Black/African-American
  • 3.9% Hispanic/Latino
  • 4.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 74.8% White
  • 1.2% Unknown

International Students


4.1% from 56 countries

Average Age


21

Number of Graduate Students


9,316

Student Resources (Pitt)

Study resources