The University of Pittsburgh of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education is a nonsectarian, coeducational, state-related, public research university. The University was founded in a log
cabin near the confluence of Pittsburgh's three rivers in 1787 as a small, private school named
The Pittsburgh Academy. In 1819, it was renamed The Western University of Pennsylvania and
then renamed again in 1908, as the University of Pittsburgh. The University became state-related
The University of Pittsburgh is the most comprehensive educational complex in the tri-state area, enrolling 31,800 students and employing more than 9,400 faculty members, research associates, and staff. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization comprised of 62 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 $840 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 369 distinct degree programs and additionally offers numerous dual, joint, and
cooperative degree programs. During fiscal year 1998, the University conferred 6,752 degrees.
University of Pittsburgh students account for 5.5 percent of all students enrolled in institutions of
higher education in Pennsylvania. At the Pittsburgh Campus, 13,300 students are enrolled
full time as undergraduates. Of these, 8,700 are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The College of General Studies offers undergraduate programs for those students who have full-time jobs, or other obligations, and desire to earn their degree by attending part time. The
University continues 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 and by expanding its efforts in distance learning and continuing
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 programs in education, biomedical research, training, health promotion, diagnosis, and
treatment of human disease and disability.
UPMC Health System, which is affiliated with the schools of the health sciences, is the leading
integrated delivery system for health care in western Pennsylvania, offering a full range of high-quality, geographically convenient health care services. At the heart of the health system is an
internationally renowned academic medical center. The health system's tertiary care hospitals,
UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Shadyside, provide advanced care for all human illnesses, as
well as the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of the latest treatments. UPMC medical
and surgical programs include the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and the Thomas E.
Starzl Transplantation Institute, as well as comprehensive services in orthopaedics, geriatrics,
occupational and environmental medicine, AIDS and immunology, trauma, ophthalmology and
otolaryngology, neurosurgery, and critical care medicine. Psychiatric services are provided at
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. The UPMC Health System additionally includes a
growing number of community hospitals and other health-related services including the
management of physician practices, rehabilitation services, in-home services, retirement living
options, a mail-order pharmacy, durable medical devices, technology transfer ventures, and
international health care initiatives. UPMC's insurance division is developing a number of managed care insurance products to serve the needs of the region. UPMC's Health Plan insures more than 50,000 members.
Numerous athletic and cultural events are sponsored by the University each year and are enjoyed
by hundreds of thousands of area residents. 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
The University continues 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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