University of Pittsburgh

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Motto: Veritas et Virtus
Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg
School type State-Related
Religious affiliation none
Founded 1787
Location Main Campus:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Branch Campuses:
-Bradford, PA
-Greensburg, PA
-Johnstown, PA
-Titusville, PA
Enrollment 34,000 (all campuses)
Faculty 3,800
Endowment $1.36 billion (2004)
Campus surroundings Urban
Campus size 132 acres (0.5 km²)
(main campus)
Sports teams Panthers
Mascot Panther

The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is frequently referred to simply as "Pitt".

The University of Pittsburgh campus is located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, just west of Schenley Park. The main campus is roughly bordered by Bouquet Street to the west and Bellefield Avenue to the east; Forbes and Fifth Avenues traverse the campus from west to east. The university also has regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville. Carnegie Mellon University is almost adjacent to the campus, and many Pitt professors also hold adjunct professorships at CMU.

The University was founded as Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. It was renamed The Western University of Pennsylvania in 1819 and took its current name in 1908. In 1966 it was designated by Pennsylvania as a "state-related" university. Pitt receives public funds and offers reduced tuition to Pennsylvania residents.

Arguably the most famous Pitt professor in history was Jonas Salk, inventor of the first polio vaccine.

Moreover, Pitt is considered to be the main international center of the philosophy of science.

Pitt is widely believed to be a key university in the development of a bioterrorism defense system, due to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. George W. Bush has, for this reason, visited the university twice during his presidency.

Pitt's medical school, along with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, is a leading organ transplant center. It performs more kinds of organ transplants than any other institution. [1] (

Pitt is home to the Cathedral of Learning, which at 42 stories and 535 feet makes it the tallest educational building in the western hemisphere and second-tallest in the world.

JURIST, an authoritative legal news and reseach website, is based at Pitt's law school and is maintianed by its faculty and students.



Pittsburgh's sports teams are called the Panthers. The Panthers participate in NCAA Division I (Division I-A for football) and in the Big East Conference.


Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Business, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the College of General Studies, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the Honors College, the School of Information Sciences, the School of Law, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the Graduate School of Public Health, and the School of Social Work. The University also academically sponsors the Semester at Sea program.

Notable alumni

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