The University of Pittsburgh at a Glance

The University of Pittsburgh of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education is a nonsectarian, coeducational, state-related, public research university. Founded in a log cabin near the confluence of Pittsburgh's three rivers in 1787 as a small, private school named The Pittsburgh Academy, it is the oldest institution of higher education west of the Allegheny Mountains. In 1819, it was renamed The Western University of Pennsylvania and then renamed again in 1908, as the University of Pittsburgh. The University acquired its current name when it became state-related in 1966.

The University of Pittsburgh is the most comprehensive educational complex in the tri-state area, enrolling more than 32,000 students and employing approximately 9,700 faculty members and staff. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization comprised of 60 eminent doctorate-granting research institutions in the United States and Canada. The University provides a wide range of academic programs and services for the region's 2.4 million people and is an important contributor to the economy of the area. More than $768 million are contributed annually to the local economy by Pittsburgh Campus students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

The 132-acre Pittsburgh Campus (in Allegheny County) is located in Oakland, Pittsburgh's cultural and medical center. Among the more than 90 academic, research, and administrative buildings, and residence halls located at the main campus is the 42-story Cathedral of Learning, which is one of the tallest academic buildings in the world. The Pittsburgh Campus offers certificate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs. Regional campuses are located in Johnstown (in Cambria County) and Bradford (in McKean County) which offer certificate, associate, and baccalaureate programs, in Greensburg (in Westmoreland County) which offers certificate and baccalaureate programs, and in Titusville (in Crawford County) which offers certificate and associate programs and other lower-division curricula. Certificate programs are also available through the University Center for International Studies, which coordinates the international research and interdisciplinary instructional programs at the University. In total, the University offers 420 distinct degree programs and additionally offers numerous dual, joint, and cooperative degree programs. During fiscal year 1996, the University conferred 6,754 degrees.

University of Pittsburgh students account for 5.6 percent of all students enrolled in institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania. More than 22,400 students attend the Pittsburgh Campus full time, 8,700 of whom are enrolled as undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. The University's College of General Studies offers degree programs for those students who have full-time jobs, or other obligations, and desire to earn their degree by attending part time. The University will continue to serve a broad range of students by promoting increased utilization of instructional technology, such as implementing a program to provide computer network access to every residence hall room within the next few years, and by expanding its efforts in distance learning and continuing education programs.

The University's schools of the health sciences include the Schools of Dental Medicine, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Graduate School of Public Health. These schools share in the academic mission of the University by providing a broad range of different programs in education, biomedical research, training, health promotion, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease and disability.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is an internationally renowned academic medical center dedicated to its mission of providing high quality patient care, research and teaching. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is a not-for-profit multi-disciplinary health care delivery system comprised of the hospitals of Presbyterian University, Montefiore, Western Psychiatric, UPMC South Side and UPMC Beaver Valley. It also includes the clinical activities of the School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. With the evolution of managed care, the UPMC continues to transform its health services capabilities by expanding into community-based outpatient satellites, building community-based physician relationships and developing networks of care with UPMC-affiliated hospitals, and in some cases forming hospital mergers, to bring together cooperative shared services throughout western Pennsylvania. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center System is the not-for-profit parent company of the UPMC whose purpose is to develop resources and organizations which support the advancement of programs in health care, education and research based on the health care needs of the community.

Numerous cultural and athletic events are sponsored by the University each year and are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of area residents. The University currently competes in 18 athletic programs for men and women. Cultural events include art exhibits, theatre performances, music workshops, and concerts. Visitors from around the world have toured the famed Nationality Rooms which are functional classrooms representing the heritages of the region's many ethnic groups.

The University of Pittsburgh has continued to grow and flourish in its 209 year history. It will continue to maintain and further the tradition of offering quality teaching, research, and service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the world.

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Office of Institutional Research
University of Pittsburgh Fact Book, September 1996