Colleges in Pittsburgh PA

There are over 30 universities & colleges in Pittsburgh within 100 miles or so of Downtown. This list includes only 4-year colleges & universities in western PA, but there are also dozens of trade schools across Pennsylvania as well.  College tuition varies greatly, depending on several factors: School Reputation, Public vs. Private, In-State vs. Out-of-State, and degree / major. Below is a quick snapshot of tuition rates for the 2017-2018 academic year for selected Pittsburgh area colleges & universities:

Carnegie Mellon University: $52,000
Duquesne University: $36,000 – $44,000
Point Park University: $29,000 – $37,000
La Roche College: $27,000
University of Pittsburgh (Main): $18,000 to $30,000
Slippery Rock University: $7,000 – $8,000
California University of PA: $7,000 – $8,000
Clarion University: $7,000 – $8,000
Community Colleges: $3,000 – $6,000

Note that these rates are for in-state, undergraduate study for one full year, and do not include additional fees, books, dining plans or boarding costs. The actual costs of attending could be much greater, depending on individual circumstances.

The universities and colleges in Pittsburgh PA reflect the new renaissance of the city, one of technology, medicine and the arts! Pittsburgh’s old reputation as a steel town is fading, but the gritty character of the town is still part of the culture as well. Pittsburgh is well known for its world-class universities and top colleges, and its range of options involving size, location and diversity. Below is an overview of the institutions in the area for your consideration:

Duquesne University

600 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Duquesne University, sitting on the bluff overlooking the Monongahela River, is a well-known Catholic University, especially for Business, Nursing and Education. Located on the fringe of Downtown Pittsburgh, the school has been a Pittsburgh institution for over a century. It is also a popular commuter school due to its proximity to public transportation, and is known for its proximity to the Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.Read more…

University of Pittsburgh

4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260

Do you have questions about The University of Pittsburgh? Here are some quick facts… “Pitt” is the centerpiece of the busy Oakland section of Pittsburgh, situated on 145 acres of urban space. The towering “Cathedral of Learning” dominates the skyline and serves as the University’s most recognizable entity, and is known for its 27 “Nationality Rooms” which are open to the public. As a national university, it provides the most areas of study of all the colleges in southwestern Pennsylvania.Read more…

Westminster College

319 South Market Street, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania 16172

Westminster College is located in a rural setting, in the heart of Amish Country, near New Wilmington, PA. The college has a very low student-to-faculty ratio (10:1) and nearly 70% of its classes have fewer than 20 students. Freshman are happy at Westminster, with a 85% retention rate. Westminster is not as selective as some nearby school, with 95% of those who apply being admitted. The graduation rate is 75%. Westminster has a vibrant Greek life and offers nearly 70 clubs and organizations on campus.Read more…

Mount Aloysius College

7373 Admiral Peary Hwy, Cresson, Pennsylvania 16630-1999

Mount Aloysius College is a small Catholic college in rural Cambria County, located near Route 22 in Cresson, PA, just west of Altoona. It is affiliated with the Religious Sisters of Mercy and has a 70% female student population. The college offers degrees at both the Associates and Bachelors levels of study. Classes are mostly small, with 20 students or fewer, and the student to faculty ratio is 12:1 (75 full time faculty). Around 75% of those that apply to Mount Aloysius are admitted. Over 90% receive grants and / or student loans.Read more…

Washington & Jefferson College

60 S Lincoln St, Washington, Pennsylvania 15301

Located in busy Washington, PA, W&J is one of the oldest institutions in the area. Situated on a 60-acre picturesque campus in the heart of the city, this selective college ranks #100 nationally for Top Liberal Arts Colleges. Only 40% of those who apply are admitted. The W&J community is close-knit, with 95% of the student body residing on campus. The student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1 with 110 full-time faculty. Among freshmen, there is a high 85% retention rate, and the school boasts a graduation rate of around 75%. The academic calendar is not semester-based, but uses a 4-1-4 system.Read more…

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

450 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15904

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) is a branch campus of the University of Pittsburgh located southeast of Johnstown near Route 219. Being affiliated with Pitt, the school offers programs such as ROTC, Distance Learning and Study Abroad. The student-to-faculty ratio is 20:1, with 140 full time professors. The admissions rate is around 80%, with about the same percentage for freshman retention. The graduation rate is around 50%. Although there is no football, UPJ does offer 6 men’s and 4 women’s varsity sports, competing in NCAA Division II.Read more…

Saint Vincent College

300 Fraser Purchase Rd, Latrobe, Pennsylvania 15650-2690

St. Vincent’s is known locally for its Seminary & as the summer home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, it provides a solid education in a variety of programs, offered at its beautiful 200-acre campus near Latrobe. There is an admission rate of around 70%, an impressive freshman retention rate of 80% and a graduation rate of 75%. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, almost half of the classes have 20 or fewer students. 80% receive some sort of student aid. Saint Vincent College also offers Study Abroad, ROTC and Distance Learning Programs.Read more…

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

101 Community College Way, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15904

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College offers over thirty 2-year Associate programs. It is located southeast of Johnstown, PA in Cambria County near US Route 219. Notable majors offered include Business / Commerce, Computer & Information Systems, Teaching Assistance, Medical Assistance, Criminology & Liberal Arts General Studies. The school is 60% female, and 60% of the students attend part time. There is only a 25% graduation rate, with another 35% transferring out. The student-faculty ratio is 17:1, with around 30 full time professors. Distance learning and weekend / evening classes are available.Read more…

Westmoreland County Community College

145 Pavilion Ln, Youngwood, PA 15697

Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) offers local students a variety of 2-year programs at an affordable price. The main 80-acre campus is in Youngwood, but there are several campus sites throughout the county. Distance learning, weekend & evening classes are available for those who are working during the day. There is an open admissions policy, but the graduation rate is only around 20%. Half of the students attend full-time, and roughly 35% are aged 25 or older. Most students are female, by a 2:1 margin.Read more…

Waynesburg University

51 W College St, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 15370-1257

Situated on 30 acres in the college town of the same name, Waynesburg University offers programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels. WU has an admissions rate of 85%, with 80% freshman retention and a graduation rate of 60%. 60% of the student body is female, and 95% of the undergraduates are full-time students (25% of graduate students). Two thirds live on campus. Waynesburg competes within NCAA Division 3 (in Football) and offers 10 Men’s and 10 Women’s varsity sports, along with 69 clubs and organizations. Waynesburg University is known for its Nursing and Education programs.Read more…

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

150 Finoli Drive, Greensburg, Pennsylvania15601-5860

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (UPG) is a branch campus of the University of Pittsburgh located south of Greensburg near Routes 119 and 30. Being affiliated with Pitt, the school offers programs such as ROTC, Distance Learning and Study Abroad. The student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1, with 75 full time professors. The admissions rate is around 75%, with about the same percentage for freshman retention. The graduation rate is around 55%. Although there is no football, the UPG does offer 6 men’s and 6 women’s varsity sports, competing in NCAA Division III.Read more…

Slippery Rock University

1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania 16057-1383

Slippery Rock University (SRU) is located on a 650-acre campus in Butler County, PA, north of Moraine State Park. It consistently ranks high among students in student life, with plenty to do on campus and nearby. 65% live off-campus, and only 2% participate in Greek Life. SRU employs over 300 full-time faculty, but has a high student-to-faculty ratio of 22:1. Most classes have over 20 students. Around two thirds of those who apply are admitted. The freshman retention rate is 80%, and the graduation rate is around 70%.Read more…

Seton Hill University

1 Seton Hill Dr, Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601

Located on a 200-acre campus hilltop on the fringe of Greensburg, PA, Seton Hill University is a Catholic University specializing in liberal arts. The University was once primarily female, but now around 35% of the students are male. The acceptance rate is 70%, with a high freshman retention rate of 80% and graduation rate of 60%. Nearly all of the students get some sort of financial aid. There are over 50 clubs and organizations on campus, along with 7 men’s and 10 women’s varsity sports competing within NCAA Division 2.Read more…

Robert Morris University

6001 University BlvdMoon, PA 15108

Robert Morris University (RMU) is located on 230 acres, west of Pittsburgh in Moon Township, between the Pittsburgh International Airport & Sewickley, PA. Approximately 75% of applicants are accepted, and 80% of freshmen that attend choose to return the next year. This indicates high student satisfaction. The graduation rate is around 60%. 85% of the undergraduate student body attends full-time, while virtually all of the graduate students attend part-time. Around half of the students live on campus; there is a rather large commuting population. Robert Morris awards relatively large grants & scholarships, around $15,000 per student on average.Read more…

Point Park University

201 Wood Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Point Park University is known for its Business Management & Administration Program as well as several other diverse majors, including Visual & Performing Arts. The university nestled inside of Downtown Pittsburgh, making it a very popular commuter school (two thirds of the students live off-campus). The majority of the students attend full-time (85%), and a quarter of the student body is age 25 or older. There is around a 70% admissions rate and 60% graduation rate. Point Park has a low student-faculty ratio for its size, 13:1, with over 140 full-time professors.Read more…