See what students say:


Approximately 19,000 undergraduates attend the University of Pittsburgh (or “Pitt”), a “research powerhouse,” that offers a “great value” for students. Pitt “attracts highly-skilled faculty,” who are “incredibly accomplished,” “engaging,” and “bring real life experience to the classroom.” One student notes, “Even in classes of over 100 people, my professors frequently pause to answer questions and check to make sure students are following their lectures.” Outside of class, professors are “concerned with students’ personal career development” and will often “reach out for internship and job opportunities if you build a relationship with them.” One student recounts being able to “obtain a paid research position and present at a conference” as a firstyear. Pitt has an “outstanding relationship with employers both local and throughout the country,” a fact that is “reflected in the size of our school’s co-op program” and “the Internship Guarantee policy.” Pitt’s Medical Center offers pre-med students opportunities for research and internships as well. In terms of work-life balance, students note that course loads are often “rigorous, but not so much as to prevent engaging in extracurricular activities or research and having an active social life.” Students note that the University Chancellor and Dean of Students “are loved” for being “very visible on campus.” “Their presence reinforces how much they care” and “the quality of the education” Pitt students can count on.”

Student Body

“Diverse” and “hardworking” are the words University of Pittsburgh students consistently use to describe their peers. Pitt’s student body is made up from a “variety of cultural, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds.” “Diversity initiatives” are first rate at Pitt, especially the BRIDGES program designed to provide resources for diversity scholarship students.” Described as “motivated, accepting, empowering, and brilliant,” the “vast majority of students work hard,” but the atmosphere around campus is “definitely not cutthroat: everyone wants to see their peers succeed.” The diversity of the university is reflected in its more than 600 student organizations; each student has “unique interests and passions,” and students report that Pitt does a “great job accommodating them.” One student notes their pride in “efforts Pitt students take to volunteer in various neighborhoods of the city on a regular basis” and says: “Pittsburgh students truly make Pittsburgh a better place.” There is also a large contingent of international students. “There is no typical description of a Pitt student,” says one student. “Our common denominator is that we all love this university.”

Campus Life

With a home base in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, students love that Pitt is “centrally located in one of the most growing cities in the country.” Pittsburgh offers a “strong economy, diversity, arts, and opportunity that is becoming unrivaled across the nation.” Students also find “plenty of entertainment in Oakland and on campus,” with tons of programs put on by “student groups, the Pitt Program Council, and the Residential Student Association.” Pitt has a “unique atmosphere”—it’s a “fairly large school, but nevertheless, has a tight-knit community.” The student body has “an abundance of pride” in its “twelve Division I varsity sports,” NFL-grade stadium, and a “host of other club sports.” Students can also get in some exercise at Tree Halls or the Baierl Fitness Center, “world class fitness facilities,” or play “Ultimate Frisbee on the Peterson Events Center or Cathedral of Learning lawn.” With the “free public transportation given to Pitt students,” traveling to races and festivals or “visiting local museums and landmarks” across the city is no problem.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Tessa Ludin
Visit Center Specialist

Office of Admissions
4227 Fifth Avenue, 120 Alumni Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cathedral of Learning
William Pitt Union
Heinz Chapel
Petersen Event Center
Sennott Square

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Carnegie Museum of Art and History
PNC Park (Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates)
Andy Warhol Museum
Heinz Field (Home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers)
Shadyside/Walnut Street Shopping District

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

varies - check website for times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
By bus - Greyhound-Trailways -www.greyhound.com- bus station in Pittsburgh is located at 55 11th Street, downtown within about three miles of Pitt's campus. The campus can be reached by taxi service or by Port Authority Bus lines on Fifth Avenue, several blocks from the station. Yellow Cab and Classy Cab provide service to the Oakland area. By plane - Pittsburgh International Airport is about 20 miles west of Pitt. The 28X Airport Flyer runs about every 20 minutes from the airport to Oakland and the University of Pittsburgh. To learn more about this and other forms of ground transportation click here. From the airport - Depart the airport and take PA state route 60 toward Pittsburgh. Merge onto US route 22-30 east which will turn into I-279. After going through the Ft. Pitt tunnel, merge right onto I-376 toward Monroeville via exit 6A. After approximately three miles, take the Forbes Ave exit 2A toward Oakland. Forbes Ave will take you into the heart of Oakland and the University of Pittsburgh. Approximate distance and time from the airport: 20 miles/30-40 minutes. By train - Amtrak -www.amtrak.com-has two east-bound trains and two west-bound trains each day. Connections can be made in Chicago and New York. The terminal is located at Liberty and Grant Streets downtown. Transportation to Pitt from downtown can be made by bus or cab.

Driving Instructions to Campus
By car from the East - Cars traveling from the east via the PA Turnpike (I-76) should take Exit 57 to I-376 West. From I-376 West take Exit 73B, Oakland, onto Bates Street. Remain in the right lane on Bates Street and proceed across the Boulevard of the Allies. Follow Bates Street until it ends at Bouquet Street and turn left onto Bouquet. Follow Bouquet until the traffic light at Forbes Avenue. At the stop light, turn right onto Forbes Avenue. From the West - Cars traveling from the west via the PA Turnpike (I-76) should take Exit 28 and follow I-79 South to I-279 South. (You exit to the left off I-79.) Follow I-279 South to the I-579/Veteran's Bridge exit. Take I-579 to the Oakland/Monroeville exit onto the Boulevard of the Allies. Follow Boulevard of the Allies to Forbes Avenue exit on your right. Merge onto Forbes Avenue which leads right into the Pitt campus. From the North - Take I-79 South to I-279 South. (You exit to the left off I-79.) Follow I-279 South to the I-579/Veteran's Bridge exit. Take I-579 to the Oakland/Monroeville exit onto the Boulevard of the Allies. Follow Boulevard of the Allies to Forbes Avenue exit on your right. Merge onto Forbes Avenue which leads right into the Pitt campus. From the South - Follow I-79 North to the I-279 North Downtown Pittsburgh exit. Follow I-279 North into the city through the Fort Pitt Tunnels. Stay in the right lane before entering the tunnels. Take the I-376 East Monroeville exit. Follow I-376 East to the Forbes Aveue/Oakland exit. Merge onto Forbes Avenue which leads right into the Pitt campus

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Acceptance Rate: 59%
Average HS GPA: 4.07



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