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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 2017 Enrollment
1,304 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female
24% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2017-2018 Academic Year
75 full-time faculty
79 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2017
85% of first-year students live on campus
74% of all students live on campus

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.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning  
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2017

69% of students began in Fall 2016 and returned in Fall 2017 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2017

45.8% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 13%
White 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


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.


Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band  
Dance X
Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band  
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theatre  
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper  
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

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.


Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Physical Education


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 96 140 73 22 11 3 0 345

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.  


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

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 2017

2,852 total applicants
1,389 total admissions
348 total freshman enrollment

48.70% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2018-19 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes

Priority date: May 1

Admissions Factors

Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Level of applicant’s interest

Class rank
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshman Profile Fall 2017

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 490 590
SAT Math 480 570
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 24
ACT Math 19 24
ACT English 18 23
ACT Writing    


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.




Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $12,940 $24,184
Fees $960 $960
Total $13,900 $25,144
Room and Board (on campus) $9,058 $9,058
Room Only $5,490 $5,490
Board Only $3,568 $3,568
Estimated Total On Campus $22,958 $34,202


Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-2017

$13,499 first-year students
$10,081 all undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-2017

60.9% on average, the percentage of need that was met
10% of financial need students that had need fully met

$10,081 average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,373 average need-based loan


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.