Pitt ranked 100th globally in the 2017/18 QS World University Rankings.
 The head coach of the men's basketball team is Jeff Capel.  Other Oakland locations include both inside and in front of the William Pitt Union, outside the Petersen Events Center, "Pitt the Panther" on the carousel in Schenley Plaza, the Panther head fountain on the front of the Cathedral of Learning, and the Pitt Panther statue outside Heinz Field on Pittsburgh's North Side.. There have been 31 university heads for the University of Pittsburgh. The festivities reach climax with a parade on Friday, a soapbox derby on Saturday, and the "e-ball finale" on Saturday evening.
 Also, the "Panther Sendoff" is a free annual reception typically held in Alumni Hall to congratulate each year's graduating class and wish them well.  Another good luck tradition involves rubbing the nose of the Millennium Panther outside the William Pitt Union prior to exams. Seven more Nationality Rooms are in the making. The Chancellor is delegated with general administrative, academic, and management authority over the university. The building was financed by donors and by a campaign to collect dimes from local school children. It also runs the Shakespeare-in-the-Schools which tours classic theater for K-12 students throughout the Pittsburgh area. Meanwhile, Dr. Jonas Salk had set up the University of Pittsburgh's Virus Research Lab in the basement of what is now Salk Hall.   The Redeye Theatre Project is a festival of one-act plays cast, written, and rehearsed in 24 hours. In 1892, the Western Pennsylvania Medical College was amalgamated into the university.  Brackenridge obtained a charter for the school from the state legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on February 28, 1787, just ten weeks before the opening of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.  In 2007, Pitt was one of only nine universities, and the only public university, to claim both Rhodes and Marshall Scholars. Each engineering department competes against the others, while some smaller departments join forces.  During this period, University engineering professor Reginald Fessenden was conducting pioneering work in radio broadcasting.  Athletic facilities in Pittsburgh that are located outside of the Oakland neighborhood include Heinz Field and the UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Non-voting ex-officio members include the Governor of Pennsylvania, the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Chief Executive of Allegheny County, and the Mayor of Pittsburgh. Classes were temporarily held in Trinity Church until a new building was constructed on Duquesne Way (on what was the site of the former Horne's department store).  Pitt ranked sixth in the number of startups spawned by technologies developed by its researchers according to Association of University Technology Managers. University faculty have been pioneers in such fields as virology (Jonas Salk), astronomy (John Brashear), aviation (Samuel Pierpont Langley), and psychology (Benjamin Spock).
The two biggest events each year are the Pitt Dance Marathon and Greek Sing. The Pitt Pathfinders, student recruiters employed by the Office of Admissions of Financial Aid. Due to the catastrophic nature of these fires, operations were suspended for a few years to allow the university time to regroup and rebuild. During this time, the university had also outgrown its accommodations on what is now the North Side of Pittsburgh and its departments had been scattered throughout the city for years. The 14 acres (5.7ha) Frick Acres property in Oakland was soon purchased and plans for the campus shifted focus from the hillside to a neo-Gothic Revival plan that today comprises the Cathedral of Learning, Heinz Memorial Chapel, Stephen Foster Memorial, and Clapp Hall buildings. 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In the fall of 1909, the university became the first college to adopt the panther as its mascot. Along with providing certificate programs, graduate level master's, professional, and doctoral degrees are also awarded.
The main campus is within walking distance of many recreational, cultural, and educational institutions in the Oakland neighborhood. As such, Pitt receives public funds ($154.3million in fiscal year 2016) covering about 7% of its operating budget, and offers reduced tuition to Pennsylvania residents.
 Further, Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering has also established a joint engineering institute and program with Sichuan University in Chengdu, and Pitt's School of Medicine has established an exchange program for biomedical research students with Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Pitt retains independent control, but is typically categorized as a public university. ", In addition to its academic rankings, Pitt has also been recognized for its positive campus atmosphere, with The Princeton Review rating Pitt as having the 8th happiest student body and the 11th best quality of life in the nation in 2010. , Pitt's study abroad program, under the auspices of UCIS, helps to facilitate student study in over a hundred different countries, and oversees a variety of programs including the Panther Programs, which are course taught abroad that have been developed and are accompanied by faculty of the university; two-way exchange agreements with foreign institutions; and Pitt-recognized, third-party exchange programs. While the city was still on the edge of the American frontier at the time, Pittsburgh's rapid growth meant that a proper university was soon needed, and Pitt's charter was altered in 1819 to confer university status on it as the Western University of Pennsylvania.  Pitt's graduate school also ranked 10th for most alumni Peace Corps volunteers. There are over 350 student clubs and organizations at the University of Pittsburgh.  The two universities also co-host academic conferences, such as the 2012 Second Language Research Forum.. , Scholastically, during 2012 calendar year, out of approximately 450 Pitt varsity student athletes, 350 had term grade point averages exceeding 3.0, including 16 that had a perfect average of 4.0, and 174 were named Big East Conference Academic All-Stars or placed on the all-academic Big East football team. After surviving two devastating fires and several relocations, the university moved to its current location in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, and by act of the state legislature was renamed the University of Pittsburgh in 1908. , The majority of Pitt-owned facilities are clustered in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh which includes the Schenley Farms Historic District, however a few prominent facilities are scattered elsewhere throughout the city, including the adjacent Shadyside neighborhood. The Schenley Quadrangle, originally serving as one of city's most desirably luxury apartment complexes, comprises five separate residence halls: Amos, Brackenridge, Bruce, Holland, and McCormick. UPMC academic hospitals and facilities elsewhere in Pittsburgh include the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh campus in the Lawrenceville neighborhood, the UPMC Sports Performance Complex on the South Side, and the UPMC Shadyside and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute in the Hillman Cancer Center (both located in the Shadyside neighborhood adjacent to Oakland).. They offer several degrees and certificates: The University of Pittsburgh has been noted for both its role in community outreach and its impact on the economy of the city and the Western Pennsylvania region.  However, due to financial and other constraints, only four of the buildings were constructed in this style, of which only Thaw Hall remains today.
Pioneer of Nuclear Power", "Pitt graduate given highest science honor in the U.S.", "The Pioneers of Molecular Biology: Herb Boyer", "Leonard S. Baker, 54, Dies; Won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979", Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania, Pitt Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, U.S. Steel Tower (corporate headquarters), Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Langley was professor of astronomy and physics and remained at WUP until 1891, when he was succeeded by another prominent astronomer, James Keeler. Under Posvar, Pitt's operating budget grew sevenfold to $630million and its endowment tripled to $257million.. , The University has been criticized for some of its financial investments, namely those in the fossil fuel industry. University of Pittsburgh Mock Trial is a yearlong extracurricular activity open to Pitt undergraduates that provides an opportunity to practice litigation through a series of team-based, Passavant (Cranberry Township and McCandless), This page was last edited on 17 July 2022, at 19:26. The orchestra performs not only works of the standard art music literature, but also new works of student composers. Today, it remains the second tallest university building in the world and contains an equally impressive interior highlighted by a 22,000 sq ft (2,000 sq m) Gothic hall Commons Room with 52-foot (16m) tall arches currently surrounded by 31Nationality Rooms. , The University of Pittsburgh has undertaken programs to improve sustainability initiatives and practices. , Due to the historical nature of various sites around Pitt's buildings, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has placed historical markers outside the Allegheny Observatory, Posvar Hall, Salk Hall, Stephen Foster Memorial, and the William Pitt Union.  Pitt Band, founded in 1911, is the varsity marching band of the University of Pittsburgh and performs at various athletic and other University events.. The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is a public state-related research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It was also during this period that the university, led by Chancellor Samuel McCormick, again held off pressures to abandon the school's commitment to liberal education in favor of more technical-based training. Students living in campus residence halls or university operated-housing can view programming on Channel 21. [c], The university's board of trustees maintains ultimate legal authority, governance, and responsibility for the university but specifically reserves authority over selecting the university's Chancellor; approval of major policies, particularly those related to the fiduciary responsibilities of the board; and the definition of the university's mission and goals. Among the top schools in terms of all-time wins, Pitt teams have claimed nine National Championships and boast 88players that have been chosen as first-team All-Americans. Pitt joined the Big East Conference in 1982, and by the end of the decade had secured a pair of Big East regular season championships led by All-Americans Charles Smith and Jerome Lane.  Pitt was the third-largest recipient of federally sponsored health research funding among U.S. universities in 2018 and it is a major recipient of research funding from the National Institutes of Health. , Pitt and its medical school are the academic partners of the closely affiliated the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The university is the Pittsburgh region's second largest non-government employer behind its affiliated University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Bouquet Gardens offers garden style apartments mostly to upperclassmen. The decision to remain committed to liberal education nearly killed the university, but it persevered despite its abandonment by the city and state. On the lower campus, the three cylindrical towers of the Litchfield Towers complex houses the most students on campus and contains the primary dining facility for the university.  Another state historical marker has been placed to highlight the significance of Pitt's involvement in the archaeological excavation at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter in Avella, Pennsylvania.  Pitt is also ranked 29th in the world based on Essential Science Indicators according to the Research Center for Chinese Science Evaluation of Wuhan University.  The university is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Black Action Society is the recognized student organization for promoting the cultural, educational, political, and social needs of black students at the university. In Track and Field, Pitt has produced several Olympic and NCAA champions such as 800 m Olympic gold medalist John Woodruff, two-time 110m hurdle Olympic gold medalist Roger Kingdom, and seven-time NCAA champion and 2005 World Champion triple jumper Trecia-Kaye Smith.
, Annual traditional events include "Fall Fest", and in the spring, "Bigelow Bash".  Baseball, Pitt's oldest varsity sport, has produced several major league players and has reached the national 25 repeatedly, including in 2013. The 132-acre Pittsburgh campus includes various historic buildings that are part of the Schenley Farms Historic District, most notably its 42-story Gothic revival centerpiece, the Cathedral of Learning.  Undergraduate degrees can be earned as Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Philosophy. In the 1980s, significant medical research in the field of organ transplantation was conducted by Thomas Starzl, establishing Pitt as the world leader in the field of organ transplantation.  According to the Peace Corps' 2008 ranking of colleges and universities, only 14schools in the nation produced more Peace Corps volunteers. Senator from Utah, Ben Cardin (B.A. While Pathfinder is a paid position, it is also a student organization. The Governor of Pennsylvania, the President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate, and the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives each appoints four of the 12 Commonwealth trustees.  All varsity sports teams compete as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) since the 201314 season, with the exception of the gymnastics team competing in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL).  National Medal of Science winners include Bert W. O'Malley '59 & '63, a pioneer in steroid hormones, and Herbert Boyer '63, Genentech founder and biotech pioneer; while Leonard Baker '52 and Michael Chabon '84 have won the Pulitzer Prize. With over 1450 employees and $1billion annual revenue, UPMC is the largest non-government employer in Pennsylvania.. Among other activities, the group holds an annual drag show to raise money for Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. , The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of America's top hospitals and consists of the following hospitals and facilities in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Oakland, many of which have shared uses with various University departments: UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, UPMC Montefiore Hospital, Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Thomas Detre Hall, Eye and Ear Institute, Forbes Tower (home to the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences), Iroquois Building, Kaufman Medical Building, Medical Arts Building, 230 McKee Place, and UPMC University Center. Rainbow Alliance is a student advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied students.  According to the National Science Foundation, Pitt spent $1.0 billion on research and development in 2018, ranking it 14th in the nation.  Pitt ranks as the 42nd best higher education research institution worldwide according to SCImago Institutions Rankings' 2016 World Report. Higher education R&D expenditures, ranked by FY 2018 R&D expenditures: FYs 200918", "Rev. By the spring of the following year, the largest controlled field trials in medical history were underway, and by 1955 the vaccine developed by Salk and his researchers was declared effective.
 The club includes both undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the university.  "E-Week" is a spring celebration organized by the Engineer Student Council for a week-long series of activities and competitions to demonstrate engineering skills and foster a spirit of camaraderie.
The university's historic emphasis on international studies is physically present in its collection of 31 Nationality Rooms on the first and third floors of the Cathedral of Learning. Pitt also maintains regional Pennsylvania campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville, as well as a Computer Center in RIDC Park in Blawnox, the Plum Boro Science Center in Plum, the University of Pittsburgh Applied Research Center (U-PARC) in Harmarville, and the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology in Linesville.
2 on the Allegheny River in 2023. , Varsity men's sports sponsored by the university are baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, swimming and diving, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and wrestling; while sponsored women's varsity sports include basketball, cross country, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and volleyball.  Pitt's swimming and diving teams have produced several Olympians and won 19 men's and nine women's Big East Championships while a member of that conference.  A free event open to the public, the Nationality Rooms Open House occurs on a Sunday in early December each year in the Cathedral of Learning and involves the presentation of the rooms decorated in traditional holiday styles, day-long performances of dance and song by various ethnic groups, and food and crafts from many of the nationality room's committees. The university has been home to faculty members deemed the "fathers" of various fields, such as the "father of radio broadcasting" (Reginald Fessenden), the "father of project management" (David I. Cleland), the "father of CPR" (Peter Safar), and the "father of organ transplantation" (Thomas Starzl).  Since 2015, the head coach of the football team has been Pat Narduzzi. GPSG's mission is to ensure that the concerns of these students are heard and also provides services and programs such travel grants, legal and financial consulting, and social functions. In 2009, Pitt was ranked second overall, and the top public university in the nation, as a "Best Neighbor" for positive impact on its urban community, including both commercial and residential activities such as revitalization, cultural renewal, economics, and community service and development according to the "Saviors of Our Cities" ranking.