The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.
The following statistics include the Pittsburgh campus as well as Pitt's regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville.
Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Pitt people have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.
Pitt's regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville offer the advantages and environment of liberal arts colleges along with the resources and prestige of a major research university.
Pitt is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review's 2015 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 379 Colleges.
Globally, Pitt is among the Top 100 universities, according to the 2014 world rankings by The Times Higher Education.
For the 10th consecutive year (2015), Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranks Pitt ranks as the top value among all public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.
Pitt ranks No. 22 in the world among 2,000 colleges and universities for the quality and quantity of its scholarly publications, according to 2013-14 statistics released by the University Ranking by Academic Performance Research Laboratory. Pitt placed 16th nationally and 7th among U.S. public universities.
In recognition of its strong commitment to economic engagement, Pitt was designated in 2014 as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
Pitt ranks among the top two U.S. universities and No. 4 among universities worldwide in the 2013 edition of The Scientist's "Best Places to Work in Academia" survey.
Pitt also is the only Pennsylvania public college or university included in The Princeton Review-USA TODAY national "Best Value Colleges for 2014" list, based on academic quality, cost, and financial aid.
Calling Pitt "a world class research university" with an "unwavering commitment to excellence," a Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation report in September 2012 reaccredited the University for a 10-year period, without qualification, the maximum permissible time for an extension of accreditation.
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