University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
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.
Get to know University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- International Student Organization
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Disability Services
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Peer Mentors
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 as early as their sophomore year 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.
“I was able to take advantage of opportunities I never would have had at another school. The entire Pitt-Bradford experience has been so integral in shaping who I am and who I will be. That is my absolute favorite part about Pitt-Bradford.” – Selena Benitez-Cuffee of Columbia, MD, a triple major in business management, international affairs, and history/political science
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 16%
White, non-Hispanic: 66%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the overwhelming support I’ve received from faculty and staff. Here students truly can go above and beyond.” – Sabrina Elmobdy of Morrisville, PA., a double major in criminal justice and international affairs
Many professors take advantage of the university’s location to lead exciting, hands-on projects for their students. In the Aquatic Biomonitoring class, for example, 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.
There are several exciting areas on campus at which students can get cutting-edge, hands-on experience. Students who major in computer information systems and technology work on projects in their own dedicated labs, including a new virtual reality 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.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
External degree program
Teacher certification program
“I love all of the opportunities Pitt-Bradford has had for me. All I had to do was be willing to take advantage of them.” – Maya Bingaman of Stevens, PA, an international affairs major
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 theatre 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 and school newspaper, which give 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
- Alumni and Family Weekend
- Lip Sync Battle
- Black History Month and Women’s History Month
- Last Class Final Blast and Best Week Ever
- 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
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 unique educational as well as recreational opportunities. Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY, a 40-minute drive from campus, is a world-renowned skiing destination. Buffalo, NY, 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 3.5-hour drive north.
Pitt-Bradford is an NCAA Division III school and a founding member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). Pitt-Bradford offers seven men’s sports—baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, and wrestling—and seven women’s sports—basketball, bowling, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volley.
Pitt-Bradford’s Mascot is the Panther, and the school colors are Blue and Gold.
Pitt-Bradford also has a club ice hockey team and robust intramurals and recreational/outdoor sports programs.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 85%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
Since Pitt-Bradford is a smaller campus, students 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. What’s more, 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.
“My professors went above and beyond to share real-life experiences and helpful insight that I’ll keep with me throughout my law enforcement career. The faculty and staff were incredibly helpful. You are not just a number, which makes life on campus very personable.” – Clayton Johnson, who earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2016 and is a U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division Officer assigned to The White House
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Interview | Level of applicant’s interest
Class rank | Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities | Volunteer work | Work experience
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 480 | 75th Percentile: 575
25th Percentile: 470 | 75th Percentile: 570
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 25
25th Percentile: 16 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 15 | 75th Percentile: 24
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 upb.pitt.edu/how-apply. An application fee of $45 is required but may be waived upon request or during a visit to campus. While new students must submit their high school transcript, Pitt-Bradford now has a test-optional policy. Those who do not feel their SAT and/or ACT scores do not reflect their best work can choose not to submit their scores. Pitt-Bradford has a rolling admissions deadline, admitting students for the fall, spring, and the summer semesters.
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $13,198
Tuition (out-of-state): $24,666
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, one must 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). Males between 18 and 25 must be registered with Selective Service, and all applicants must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security number. Finally, applicants must have a high school diploma, GED, or verifiable home school credentials.
Pitt-Bradford offers scholarships to over 60% of new students. These scholarships are renewable for four years to recipients who 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 1230 or greater (or ACT score of 25 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 $2,500 per year for transfer students who live on campus and from $5,500 per year for in-state students who live on campus to $13,000 per year for out-of-state students who live on campus.