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University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a public, four-year college with a focus...

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a public liberal arts college located in Southwestern Pennsylvania. As a regional campus of the world-renowned University of Pittsburgh system, Pitt-Greensburg students earn the accreditation of a Pitt education in small, intimate class-settings. Students’ close, personal interaction with award-winning instructors enables opportunities for student-faculty partnership in experiential learning projects that have real-world impacts. Additionally, students are able to collaborate with faculty in original research, which both empowers undergraduate students with vital disciplinary skills and provides them with professional experience typically only accessible at the graduate level.


Pitt-Greensburg’s ‘liberal arts education for the 21st century’ model emphasizes the role of communicative and critical thinking skills across the disciplines – a foundation ensuring that, regardless of their field of study, graduates are equipped for lifelong learning. Cutting-edge digital age programs and support services bolster students’ digital literacy to keep pace with rapid technological advancement in the workplace.


Students can expect individualized support services and academic experiences tailored for success and sought-after experience in their field of study. Living and learning communities such as the Academic Village, GEM, and Science Learning Community transform the higher education experience into a foundation for personal and professional development.



Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
1,517 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
48% male — 52% female
42% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
76 full-time faculty
12 part-time faculty
18 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
71% of first year students live on campus
44% of all students live on campus

School Location

Located two miles from central Greensburg and 40 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg includes 26 brick buildings on a beautiful wooded campus in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. Like nearby Pittsburgh, picturesque downtown Greensburg, PA – a mere five-minute drive from campus – boasts a vibrant and significant cultural history and thriving arts, business, and religious communities. Students find that in Greensburg, however, there is room for residents and visitors to breathe and for their social and cultural endeavors to have greater impact.

High-Impact Practices

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

Retention Fall 2016

79% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2016

58% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 6%
White 76%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%


The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is home to 12 NCAA Division III Athletic Teams. Men’s teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women’s teams include basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Pitt-Greensburg Athletics participate in the NCAA Division III and the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). The Pitt-Greensburg official mascot is Bruiser the Bobcat, and the school uses the University of Pittsburgh colors blue and gold.

Academic Programs

Majors: American Studies, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Biological Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Communication, Creative & Professional Writing, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, Spanish Education, English Literature, History, Information Technology, Management, Management-Accounting, Management-Information Systems, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Spanish, Visual & Performing Arts. Customized Interdisciplinary Majors Humanities Area, Natural Science Area, Self-Designed Major, Social Science Area.

Minors: Accounting, Actuarial Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, English Literature, English Writing, Environmental Science, Gender Studies, History, History of Art & Architecture, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Theatre.

Pre-Professional Preparation: Pre-Clinical Dietetics & Nutrition, Engineering, Pre-Health & Rehabilitation Science, Pre-Health Information Management, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Social Work.

Certificate Programs: Arts Entrepreneurship, Children’s Literature, Digital Studies, Latin American Studies, Manufacturing Management.

More Distinctions

  • Over 18 percent of Pitt-Greensburg’s full-time faculty have received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award - more than any other campus in the Pitt system.

  • In 2016, the United States Department of Education awarded Pitt-Greensburg a $2 million grant for use in the expansion and modification of its program offerings, the improvement of facilities, and the increase of academic support services.

  • Pitt-Greensburg was selected as a Money Magazine Best College for 2015 and 2016.

  • Pitt-Greensburg has been designated a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media for five consecutive years (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012).

  • Pitt-Greensburg’s Frank A. Cassell Hall (classrooms & computing center) received Gold LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

  • Pitt-Greensburg was ranked number 18 in the 2015 Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast schools) rankings from the book, “The Other College Guide: A Roadmap for the Right School for You,” which is published by Washington Monthly magazine.


The Green Scholar program affords a graduate-level experience at the undergraduate level by placing a student under the individual guidance of an instructor in his or her field for the purpose of original, collaborative research. Along with the profound experiential value of such a relationship, students receive monetary compensation for their collaborative effort as well as any professional publication credit/accolades resulting from their research partnership with their professor.


The Greensburg Experience More co-curricular program was designed to empower students with a skillset applicable to work and academic situations and marketable to future employers. The program is built around the following learning outcomes:

Leadership Development: Students will be exposed to a variety of leadership skills and situations to help them define their leadership style. Students will learn how to be active leaders, as well as learn how to follow.

Service: Students will gain an appreciation of and understanding of serving others in the community around them, as well as begin a lifelong commitment to service and ethics.  

Career Development: Students will develop career awareness and professional skills, as well as the knowledge of specific career preparation strategies. This will give students a competitive edge in gaining employment or acceptance into graduate or professional school.

Cultural Awareness & Appreciation: Students will develop a deeper understanding of themselves and how their cultural perspective affects their world view.  Students will gain an appreciation of the value of diversity and culture in their lives.

Pitt-Greensburg Pride & Traditions: Students will engage in campus events and gain an appreciation for Pitt-Greensburg traditions and school spirit. Students’ campus engagement will also serve as a catalyst for a broader sense of pride for one’s community.

Activities Offered

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

The First Year

First-year students at Pitt-Greensburg select from a range of seminar experiences specific to the field or general area they wish to study. Two examples:

The National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Science Learning Community seminar provides support services essential to STEM-focused students.

The Academic Village freshman seminar experience requires students to engage with difficult and sometimes controversial topics in an effort to develop their critical thinking and writing skills, as well as learn more about themselves.


A cornerstone of Pitt-Greensburg’s ‘liberal arts for the 21st century’ model is a standard for proficiency in written communication. Based on the level of proficiency as incoming freshmen, students are required to complete up to two courses in general written composition before proceeding to a research-intensive writing course tailored toward analysis of a theme in their specific discipline.

Students are encouraged to become immersed in emerging forms of communication specific to their discipline. Digital Humanities at Pitt-Greensburg involves an integration of coursework and research collaboration between faculty and students, resulting in sustainable, lasting humanities research – noted for “placing Pitt at the forefront of an emerging academic field.

Common Core

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

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 54 85 144 51 18 6 0 358


Established near the turn of the millennium, the Academic Village is a campus learning community open to both resident and commuter students of any major. Students in the Academic Village work intimately with faculty from all disciplines on academic and cultural event planning, debates and discussions, and small group workshops. Students are equipped and encouraged to explore their interests in a community setting. Village members are held to high academic standards and are expected to be active members of the Village community.


Made possible through a grant by the National Science Foundation, the Science Learning Community program at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg aims to

  • Increase STEM student satisfaction
    • Increase student retention and improve academic performance through:
      • Seminar courses
      • Graduate exam preparatory courses
      • Tutors to remove academic barriers
      • Additional support services.
  • Allow STEM students to develop highly valued relationships on campus through:
    • Faculty and peer mentoring
    • Career development
    • A variety of extended learning opportunities.
  • Expand STEM students’ scientific literacy
    • Increase their understanding and ability to communicate understanding
    • Increase their self-efficacy through attendance and participation in a monthly journal club
  • Develop STEM students’ abilities to cultivate research project ideas
    • Analyze and interpret results
    • Effectively communicate research findings
  • Increase STEM students’
    • Time management
    • Decision-making
    • Strategic planning
    • Problem solving skills


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

Pitt-Greensburg recognizes that experiential learning heightens the academic experience toward intuition and expertise in the workplace – along with encouraging a passion for lifelong learning.


The Center For Applied Research (CFAR) draws together the intuition and insight of staff, faculty, and students from across disciplines to conduct research in partnership with community organizations. If you are interested in learning more about how CFAR can assist you to develop and/or perform a research project, please contact: Dr. Geoff Wood at (724) 836-9873 or via e-mail at


Pitt-Greensburg Office of Career Services provides essential resources for students and alumni to present themselves professionally to potential employers, to network and make useful connections, to research and pursue potential career/internship/volunteer options, and so much more.


Each senior must complete an original senior research project, seminar, thesis, or capstone course in his or her major.


Admissions Fall 2016

2,505 Total Applicants
1,877 Total Admissions
467 Total Freshmen Enrollment

74.93% of applicants admitted


Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes 

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Racial/ethnic status
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 560
SAT Math 460 555
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 25
ACT Math 19 25
ACT English 18 24
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $12,688 $23,710
Fees $930 $930
Total $13,618 $24,640
Room and Board (on campus) $9,220 $9,220
Room Only $6,110 $6,110
Board Only $3,110 $3,110
Estimated Total On Campus $22,838 $33,860


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 final

$11,436 First year students
$8,221 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 final

58.7% on average, the percentage of need that was met
10% of financial need students that had need fully met

$8,221 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,315 Average need-based loan

Aid Information

Pitt-Greensburg Office of Admissions waives all application fees for students who attend an official campus visit.

At almost $5,000 less in tuition costs than at the Pittsburgh campus, Pitt-Greensburg students earn a world-renowned University of Pittsburgh degree at at an incredible value. 70% of new students receive academic scholarships – and in 2016 Pitt-Greensburg offered $18.2 million in scholarships to students – making a Pitt degree even more affordable and ensuring that graduates leave with significantly less debt and a respected degree.