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University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 91 THE World University Rankings 2014-2015
  • 111 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • 78 THE World University Rankings 2013-2014
  • 106 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 133 QS World University Rankings 2015
  • 79 THE World University Rankings 2015-2016
  • 142 QS World University Rankings 2018
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About University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is coeducational, public research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The current chancellor of the university is Patrick D. Gallagher. Currently, it has 18,427 undergraduate students with an additional 10,339 graduate students. The University of Pittsburgh competes in NCAA Division I-A athletics and the school mascot is the Panther. Notable alumni include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, entertainer Gene Kelly and former NFL quarterback Dan Marino.

Campus information

The University of Pittsburgh's main campus can be thought to be made up of four contiguous sections: upper (sports complexes, residence halls); mid (Benedum, Chevron, Allen and Thaw Halls); lower (Cathedral of Learning, Union, Posvar Hall); and on the west end of campus, the medical center complex. The campus is generally bordered by Darragh Street/McKee Place to the west and Bellefield Avenue/Dithridge Street to the east; Forbes and Fifth avenues traverse the campus from west to east. Although generally within walking distance, the university also runs a bus and shuttle service between various campus locations and bordering neighborhoods.

The University of Pittsburgh's main campus comprises approximately 132 urban acres (0.53 km2) located in Pittsburgh's historic Oakland neighborhood. Much of the campus, including its centerpiece 42-story Cathedral of Learning, falls within the Oakland Civic Center/Schenley Farms National Historic District.


The University offers on-campus housing options that range from the rich diversity of our residence halls to the more self-reliant environment of apartment-style accommodations.

  • Residence Halls
    • Most resident students choose to live in one of the residence halls on campus. The University provides every resident with the fundamental amenities of contemporary student life: furniture, cable TV, and online network access. Additional features include e-mail kiosks, study and recreation lounges, fitness centers, dining options, coffee carts, free shuttle bus service, laundry facilities, mail centers, and Living Learning Communities. Each residence hall has a security desk staffed around the clock to ensure that only students living in that particular residence hall have card access to that building. Visit Services Amenities for a complete description of residence hall amenities and services. Students living in the residence halls must purchase a meal plan for both the fall and spring terms.
  • Apartment-style living
    • Upperclass students can choose apartment-style accommodations, which offer a more independent living environment with modified services and amenities. Apartment-style accommodations include a kitchen, and dining and living areas, and accommodates one to four students. The University furnishes each apartment and provides telephone, cable TV, online network access and all other utilities. A resident director is on staff in each residence hall to assist students with educational, recreational, and disciplinary issues. Apartment-style living residents may purchase a mealplan, though they are not required to do so.
  • Primary Freshmen Housing Options
    • Prospective freshmen who are admitted for the fall term through Admissions and Financial Aid and pay their $300 enrollment fee by May 1st and their $325 housing deposit by the deadline printed on their housing contract are guaranteed on-campus housing. They are assigned primarily to the following Residence Halls:
      • Litchfield Towers
      • Sutherland Hall
      • Holland Hall
      • House 8
      • House 9
      • Forbes Hall
      • Mark A. Nordenberg Hall
      • Bruce Hall
  • Upperclass Housing Options
  • Graduate Housing Options
  • Gender Neutral Housing
  • Living Learning Communities
    • Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are for students who wish to live with others who share a special academic or personal interest. These communities are located on designated floors in various residence halls. In most cases there are women's floors and men's floors available. You can choose from the following communities:
  • Off-Campus Living provides students with the necessary information and tools to successfully reside in off-campus accommodations, including a Renters' Guide, apartment listings, roommate and subletting service, as well as other useful tips and contact information to assist you in your role as tenant.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 2 Business, Management 5 Computer Science, IT 1 Engineering 3


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