Pitt's Value to the State

To PA Education

  • Each year, more than 7,700 degrees are conferred on the Pittsburgh campus; 1,200 more in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville
  • Some 78 percent of Pitt’s undergrads come from Pennsylvania; 60 percent of Pitt’s more than 295,000 living alumni reside in the state
  • Pitt undergraduates have won many prestigious national and international scholarships, including Rhodes, Goldwater, Churchill, Marshall, Truman, Udall, and Gates Cambridge Scholarships, among others.

Pitt consistently ranks among the country's leading public research universities, according to The Top American Research Universities report issued by the Center for Measuring University Performance.

For the 10th consecutive year (2015), Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranks Pitt as the top value among public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. Pitt also was the only Pennsylvania public university included in The Princeton Review-USA Today "Best Value Colleges for 2014" list, based on academic quality, cost, and financial aid.

Pitt ranks seventh nationally in federally funded research and development expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Pitt ranks fifth among U.S. universities in terms of the competitive grants awarded to members of its faculty by the National Institutes of Health.

Pitt faculty members conduct life-altering medical research in areas including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, transplantation, cancer, and regenerative medicine.

More than 300 elementary- and secondary-level schoolteachers are certified annually, half of whom accept positions in area school districts.

To the State's Economy

  • $760 million in research funding annually, supporting more than 27,000 local jobs
  • $1.74 billion, total University-related spending
  • $1.3 billion in personal income from 33,800 Pitt-supported jobs
  • $145.2 million paid to local governments, including sales, wage, and real estate taxes
  • $5.6 billion in earnings by nearly 74,800 Pitt alumni residing in Allegheny County
  • $1 billion-plus spent by students, faculty, and staff for goods and services
  • $513 million paid to local businesses for goods and services
  • $587 million in income for 19,140 jobs created through spending by members of the University community
  • $151.7 million in expenditures associated with people visiting Pitt
  • More than 100 start-up companies launched around Pitt technologies
  • $140.7 million average annual investment on construction, generating more than 1,300 jobs in construction and related industries
  • More than 13,500 employees on five campuses: Pittsburgh, Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville

To the Community

  • Pitt police serve the Oakland community, reducing costs for the city.
  • More than 4,000 students participate in community service projects annually
  • The Pitt School of Law supports legal clinics in Elder Law, Health Law, and Tax Law
  • Pitt’s School of Medicine maintains the Mathilda Theiss Health Center as part of its Medical Services to Underserved Populations
  • The Pitt School of Dental Medicine's Dental Clinic provides low-cost dental care to residents who may otherwise be unable to afford good dental care
  • The Child Welfare for Education and Leadership Program in the Pitt School of Social Work is a statewide training initiative linking schools of social work across Pennsylvania to support the professional development of child welfare workers in the state

In addition, more than a third of a millon students, since 1997, have been connected to Pittsburgh’s vibrant arts community through PITT ARTS—a partnership to develop the next generation of patrons of the arts through special events and free or discounted tickets.

300,000 social work student internship hours are served annually in human service, nonprofit, and community-based organizations and agencies.

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