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University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Pitt-Bradford is a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh, which means students live...

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Bradford, Pennsylvania

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is a supportive, friendly institution for students who want to earn a world-renowned degree in a personalized environment. Pitt-Bradford’s 1,500 students enjoy the close-knit campus community, which means they receive personalized attention from their professors as well as administrators and staff on campus. Since Pitt-Bradford is a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh, students receive the University of Pittsburgh degree, which is recognized and respected all over the world.


Pitt-Bradford offers more than 40 majors and more than 50 minors and pre-professional programs, from biology, criminal justice, and psychology to nursing, accounting, and energy science and technology. Most classes are small – the average class size is 19 – which enables professors to get to know their students. Students also have ample opportunities to take part in the robust campus life: Division III athletics, intramurals and recreational activities; more than 60 student clubs and organizations; and arts and cultural events.  

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,499 undergraduate students
92% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female
17% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
30 full-time faculty
24 part-time faculty
18 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

70% of students living on campus. Pitt-Bradford offers furnished apartment-style living in all 15 residence halls. Included in every apartment is free cable television, carpeting, kitchenettes with microwaves & refrigerators, wired and wireless internet access, educational and social programming and events, and each section is overseen by a professionally trained resident assistant.

School Location

Pitt-Bradford is located in Bradford, Pa., home of the Zippo lighter. Campus is just minutes away from the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania and Allegany State Park in the neighboring state of New York, which provide students with recreational as well as educational opportunities. Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, N.Y., a 40-minute drive from campus, is a world-renowned skiing destination. Buffalo, N.Y., to the north and Erie, Pa., to the west are each a 90-minute drive from campus. Pittsburgh is a three-hour drive south, and Toronto, Canada, is a 3½-hour drive north.

Retention Fall 2014

72% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

53% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 10%
White 73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


Pitt-Bradford is an NCAA Division III school and a founding member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). (7 men’s and 8 women’s Varsity sports).

Pitt-Bradford’s Mascot is the Panther and the school colors are Blue and Gold.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Athletic Training, Biology, Biology Education 7-12, Broadcast, Communications, Business Management, Business, Computer & Information Technology K-12, Chemistry, Chemistry Education 7-12, Computer Information Systems & Technology, Criminal Justice
Early Level Education Pre K-4, Economics, Education, Energy Science & Technology, Engineering Science, Engineering, English Education 7-12, English, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, General Studies, Health & Physical Education K-12, History-Political Science, Hospitality Management, Information Systems, Interdisciplinary Arts, Liberal Studies, Mathematics Education 7-12, Nursing, Petroleum Technology, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Public Relations, Radiological Science, Social Sciences, Social Studies Education 7-12, Sociology, Sport & Recreation Management, Writing

Professional Preparation Programs
Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Clinical Dietetics & Nutrition, Pre-Communication Science & Disorders, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Emergency Medicine, Pre-Health Information Management, Pre-Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Podiatry, Pre-Veterinary Medicine

More Distinctions

  • A Military Friendly School for six consecutive years by G.I. Jobs magazine


Pitt-Bradford transforms students’ lives by offering them an array of experiences that help them to develop critical-thinking skills, build their confidence and prepare them for life after graduation. Many students have the opportunity to conduct research and  present their findings during the annual Honors Day event. Some undergraduate researchers also have co-written and published papers with their professors. Other students take on internships, giving them a chance to experience the world of work, or study abroad, enabling them to immerse themselves in a different culture and its people.

Real-World Learning

Many professors take advantage of the university’s location to lead exciting, hands-on projects for their students. In the Aquatic Biomonitoring class, students monitored the health of streams in the neighboring Allegheny National Forest. Other students are collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service to perform an environmental assessment in the forest, the first step before mountain biking trails are created on the federal lands.

Ground-Breaking Facilities

There are also several exciting areas on campus where students can get cutting-edge, hands-on experience. Students who major in computer information systems and technology work on projects in their own dedicated lab. Criminal justice majors investigate simulated crime scenes and collect evidence like the pros in the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) House. Nursing students practice their techniques on computerized mannequins in a simulation lab. Students studying psychology practice their counseling techniques and observe other sessions in the psychology lab suite.

Outside the Classroom

Besides offering students more than 60 clubs and organizations, Pitt-Bradford provides an array of cultural activities each academic year:

  • Authors read from their work and answer questions about their craft.
  • Student theater productions give students a chance to perform on stage.
  • Musicians from nearly every genre perform, and artists who create work in all media display their pieces on campus.
  • Students may take part in vocal ensembles and art exhibitions.
  • Pitt-Bradford also has its own literary magazine, which gives student writers and artists a chance to be published.   

Additionally, many other events are held on campus including:

  • From Backpack to Briefcase: a career networking opportunity
  • Executive Speaker Series: gives students a chance to learn from and talk with successful professionals
  • Law Enforcement Awareness and Familiarization (LEAF) Day: enables students to talk to law enforcement officers and human services representatives.  

Student Leadership

Since Pitt-Bradford is a smaller campus, students also can take on leadership roles, sometimes as underclassmen. They can serve in a leadership role in Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, or Greek life. After their training, they can work as peer tutors in the Academic Coaching and Tutoring Center. They can interact with prospective students and their parents as Student Ambassadors, or work closely with donors and others as a member of the Blue and Gold Society.


Admissions Fall 2014

2,244 Total Applicants
1,468 Total Admissions
392 Total Freshmen Enrollment

65.42% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 430 530
SAT Math 450 550
SAT Writing 400 500
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT Math 20 25
ACT English 20 24
ACT Writing 6 8

Application Process

Applications for admission to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford are reviewed by the Office of Admissions at Pitt-Bradford. Students may apply online by following the directions at An application fee of $45 is required but may be waived upon request or during a visit to campus. Your high school transcript will be requested, and traditional-aged students must provide SAT or ACT scores. Pitt-Bradford has a rolling admissions deadline, admitting students for the fall, spring, and the summer semesters. Any questions about admission to Pitt-Bradford may be sent to or you may call us at 1-800-872-1787.

The process to apply for financial aid at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is driven by the Office of Financial Aid at Pitt-Bradford. The first step is to apply for admission. Then, to receive the most aid, including Federal Direct Stafford and Parent PLUS Loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Pitt-Bradford’s school code is 008815 (it is the same as University of Pittsburgh). As a reminder, if you’re a male between 18 and 25, you must be registered with Selective Service and you must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security number. Finally, you must have a high school diploma, GED, or verifiable home school credentials. Any questions about financial aid at Pitt-Bradford may be sent to or you may call us at 1-800-872-1787.


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $12,452 $23,268
Fees $870 $870
Total $13,322 $24,138
Room and Board (on campus) $8,480 $8,480
Room Only $5,160 $5,160
Board Only $3,320 $3,320
Estimated Total On Campus $21,802 $32,618


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
85% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$9,217 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$7,578 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates


Pitt-Bradford offers scholarships to over 60% of new students. These scholarships are renewable for four years as long as you maintain a GPA of 2.25 or better. In-state and out-of-state awards are available for new freshmen and new transfer students who live on-campus as well as commuters. The basic requirements for these awards are: a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5, a combined SAT (math and critical reading) score of 930 or greater (or ACT score of 20 or greater), and full-time enrollment (12 or more credits). These special scholarships, also called merit awards, range from $1,000 per year for in-state commuters to $3,000 per year for transfer students who live on campus and from $5,500 per year for in-state students who live on campus to $11,000 per year for out-of-state students who live on campus.

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