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5 College Junior

Academics: Said it too many times, but I love this school

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4 College Junior

Academics: I love my school and I love my program. The business school is really great and prepares you well for your future. It's my second semester and I am already involved in so many different activities that I love and I have an internship in the city. The workload can be a bit heavy, but I wouldn't expect anything less. I would be scared if classes were incredibly easy, then my tuition would be going to nothing. The business, engineering, science, and law facilities are gorgeous (that's where all the money comes from). I just hate that I have to take a philosophy class, but we all have to be "well rounded".

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5 College Senior

Academics: Despite large class numbers in some of the early core classes professors still manage to know all of their students personally and provide extended office hours.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: One of the topic University in the world in my opinion

4 College Senior

Academics: In my experience with the English, political science and history departments the professors are engaging, knowledgeable and deeply concerned for their student's development and welfare. Classes can be somewhat unchallenging but if you know which professors to take that's an easy fix. Overall the actual learning that goes on is pretty good.

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The University of Pittsburgh is over 16,000 students strong, which can seem like a scary number, at first. In reality, what you get in classes isn't a reflection of this size. Some classes are large, especially the introductory classes that you have to take for the first year or two, yet once you get heavily focused on your major, the whole university seems to shrink. Variety is the spice of life, and one of the great things about a liberal arts school is that you will find just enough variety to allow you to go in any direction you choose. From a strong medical program based on UMPC's massive resources, to a well-known business program, to a distinguished philosophy department, Pitt has plenty of options for any sort of education you're looking for. Although some programs are stronger than others, and some are smaller (and therefore more personal), Pitt can meet the needs of nearly any student.

Professors and teaching assistants are known for being approachable. The rule at Pitt is that you can find help in any subject-you just have to be willing to go after it. In many cases, you'll find the best professors teaching the highest level courses. Students have complained that some courses, (particularly those in science-related fields), are staffed with foreign teaching assistants that are difficult to understand; while this can sometimes make classes more difficult, there are always other resources available. As the years go by, and the standards for entrance get higher, Pitt is becoming more and more distinguished. The University's strong academic programs are only getting stronger, and students can rest assured that the hard work of earning a degree will pay off.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,744
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
733
Total FT Faculty
4,977
Faculty with Terminal Degree
94%
Average Faculty Salary
$85,860
Full-Time Retention Rate
93%
Part-Time Retention Rate
82%
Graduation Rate
79%
Programs/Majors Offered
174
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 43%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 41%
  • 50 or More Students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of General Studies
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • School of Information Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • Swanson School of Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Foundations of Education: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Social Work: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Cathedral Lawn
  • Cathedral of Learning Commons
  • Hillman Library
  • Residence hall lounges
  • Schenley Plaza
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask questions in class.
  • Ask upperclassmen about classes or professors you're thinking about taking-they are one of the best resources for steering you in the right direction.
  • Be outgoing-there's a lot to get involved in.
  • Seek out your professors and TAs during office hours.
  • Stick with classes you're interested in.
  • Work hard, but take time to relax.
Did You Know?
  • The University of Pittsburgh's Posvar Hall is built on the site of the old Forbes Field, where the Pirates used to play. Babe Ruth hit the last two homeruns of his career at that field, and in commemoration, the home plate is still in the floor of the building. Students slide across home plate for luck, especially during midterms and finals!
  • Pitt requires you to meet with your academic advisor at least twice a term to make sure that you're on top of things.
  • If you're struggling with classes, Pitt has multiple tutoring groups, mentoring groups, and a Writing Center to help you with any problems you may have. Also, at various times throughout the week, TAs set up help desks at tables in the Cathedral, so anyone who has a question or a problem in that particular subject can feel free to walk up and ask!

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 39 responses

  • 16% Dan Marino - hall-of-fame NFL quarterback
  • 15% Gene Kelly - famous American actor and dancer
  • 11% Andrew W. Mellon - banker, philanthropist
  • 10% Mike Ditka - NFL hall of famer
  • 8% Tony Dorsett - NFL hall of famer
  • 6% Michael Chabon - Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • 5% Lap-Chee Tsui - genetic scientist
  • 4% Dick Thornburgh (JD) - U.S. attorney general
  • 3% Dan Marino
  • 3% Mike Ditka
  • 2% Freddie Fu - expert in sport medicine
  • 2% Tony Dorsett
  • 2% Andrew Mellon
  • 2% Larry Fitzgerald- NFL
  • 2% Edgar Snyder
  • 1% Leo Robin - American composer and songwriter
  • 1% James Traficant - U.S. congressman
  • 1% Mike Bilirakis - U.S. congressman
  • 1% Rick Santorum - U.S. senator
  • 1% Gene Kelly

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 109 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 111 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 26 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 25 responses

  • 20% This was my dream school.
  • 72% This was one of my top choices.
  • 8% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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