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
  • Since 1995, Pitt undergraduates have won four Rhodes Scholarships, seven Marshall Scholarships, five Truman Scholarships, six Udall Scholarships, one Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one Churchill Scholarship, and 38 Goldwater Scholarships

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.

Pitt is Pennsylvania's only public institution in the Princeton Review's 2012 list of 150 "Best Value" public colleges and universities. And Pitt ranked as the top value in Pennsylvania for in-state and out-of-state students, the nation's 15th-best value for out-of-state students, and the country's 29th best value for in-state students in "Best Values in Public Colleges 2011-2012," published in Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

Pitt ranks fifth among all U.S. universities in terms of the competitive research grants awarded to members of its faculty by the National Institutes of Health. Pitt also ranks in the top 10 nationally in terms of total federal science and engineering research and development support, according to the National Science Foundation.

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

  • $1.74 billion, total University-related spending
  • $1.3 billion in personal income from 33,800 Pitt-supported jobs
  • $780.4 million in sponsored research expenditures, supporting more than 28,000 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.
  • $687 million spent by faculty and staff for goods, services, and rental payments.
  • $587 million in income for 19,140 jobs created through spending by members of the University community.
  • $513 million paid to local businesses for University goods and services.
  • $389 million spent by students for goods, services, and rental payments.
  • $151.7 million in expenditures associated with people visiting Pitt.
  • $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.
  • 49 new U.S. patents in FY 2012, bringing Pitt’s 16-year patent total to 490. Since FY 2003, Pitt technologies have formed the basis of 53 start-up companies.

To The Community

  • Pitt police serve the Oakland community, reducing costs for the city. Some 40,000 calls per year are handled by University police
  • 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 represents a nearly $32 million 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 327,000 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.

Community engagement is also a hallmark of the University’s professional schools, research centers, and other academic units.

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