University of Pittsburgh: Narrative Description

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4200 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tel: (412)624-4141
Admissions: (412)624-7488
Fax: (412)648-8815
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State-related, university, coed. Part of Commonwealth System of Higher Education. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1787. Setting: 132-acre urban campus. Endowment: $1.4 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $419.9 million. Total enrollment: 26,731. 18,973 applied, 49% were admitted. 46% from top 10% of their high school class. 29 National Merit Scholars, 93 valedictorians. Full-time: 15,080 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 2,101 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 49 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 9% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 6% 25 or older, 36% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 88% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; English. Core. Calendar: semesters plus summer term. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 10 other institutions in the surrounding area. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c), Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $10,130 full-time, $361 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $19,500 full-time, $696 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $700 full-time, $164 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level and program. College room and board: $7090. College room only: $4260. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 300 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: Pitt Program Council, Quo Vadis, Black Action Society, crew team, Blue and Gold Society. Major annual events: Laser and Fireworks Show, Fall Fest, Bigelow Bash. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, on-call van transportation. 6,178 college housing spaces available. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Hillman Library plus 25 others with 4.6 million books, 4.6 million microform titles, 3,767 serials, 804,470 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $40.4 million. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Pittsburgh is a city of hills, rivers, and bridges, and a mixture of traditional and contemporary lifestyles. Accessible by air, bus, and rail its attractions include concerts, folk festivals, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Phipps Conservatory, professional sports, museums, libraries, parks, and art galleries.