University of Pittsburgh

3700 O'Hara St Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
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Pitt's Legacy

  • Pitt researchers led by Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine in 1955.

  • Pitt surgeons have performed 17,000+ organ transplants, making Pittsburgh the world’s transplantation capital.

  • Pitt medicine professor Peter Safar pioneered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

  • Research by Pitt’s Maud Menten laid the groundwork for modern drug therapy and biochemistry.

  • A Pitt team led by P.G. Katsoyannis was the first to synthesize insulin.

  • Pitt established the first critical care department in a U.S. medical school.

  • In 1932, a Pitt team led by Charles Glen King isolated and identified the chemical structure of vitamin C.

  • The first heavier-than-air powered aircraft to make a sustained flight was created by Pitt astronomer Samuel Langley.

  • Pitt’s Yuan Chang and Patrick Moore isolated the virus that causes epidemic cancer among HIV/AIDS patients.

  • Pitt's writing program is one of the oldest and largest in the United States.

  • Pitt won 3 awards and 1 honorable mention in the 2015 Carnegie Science Awards competition.

  • Pitt researchers led by Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine in 1955.


Achievements & Honors

Pitt students, alumni, and faculty members have won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, Rhodes Scholarships, and NCAA championships, among many other honors.



The University's administration is led by Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and overseen by a Board of Trustees with input from faculty, staff, and student shared-governance organizations and support from various offices.



Take a photo tour and explore an interactive map the 132-acre Pittsburgh campus, located in the city's Oakland neighborhood. You can also search for specific buildings.

Pitt's regional campuses in BradfordGreensburgJohnstown, and Titusville offer the advantages and environment of liberal arts colleges along with the resources and prestige of a major research university.


Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Pitt people have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.



At a Glance

The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.

The following statistics include the Pittsburgh campus as well as Pitt's regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville.

23,730 full time
1,355 part time

Graduate/Doctoral Students
7,577 full time
2,164 part time

4,450 full time
831 part time

Student/Faculty Ratio


6,741 full time
321 part time


One of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States, UPMC and its member hospitals collaborate with Pitt's schools of the health sciencesto advance the quality and efficiency of transplantation, oncology, and psychiatry, among other specialities.


Line of Business

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) is the largest in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in terms of students and faculty. The department has core strengths in the traditional areas of bioengineering, manufacturing, microsystems technology, smart structures and materials, computational fluid and solid dynamics, and energy systems research. Key focus is reflective of national trends, which are vying toward the microscale and nanoscale systems level.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science houses ABET -accredited mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering programs that provide the solid fundamentals, critical thinking, and inventive spark that fire up our graduates as they design the future. The department graduates approximately 90 mechanical and materials science engineers each year, with virtually 100% of being placed in excellent careers with industry and research facilities around the globe.

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3700 O'Hara St
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15213
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