Colleges in Pittsburgh: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

Pittsburgh, once a smoke-filled industrial city, is now a leader in the green building movement. It's home to more than 30 green-certified buildings, including the first green college residence hall. Today Pittsburgh is considered one of America's "most livable" cities.

Business is booming here in medicine, education, health care, robotics, software engineering and high-tech industries. Students planning to work in those fields can find relevant programs at many universities in Pittsburgh as well as colleges in Pittsburgh.

Two education initiatives in Pittsburgh are the Pittsburgh Promise, which promotes high educational aspirations among urban youth, and the Fund for Advancement of Minorities through Education (FAME), a college prep program.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Pittsburgh

Rosedale Technical College awards certificates and associate degrees in automotive technology, collision repair, electrical technology, HVAC, and welding. The school hosts student events and networking groups, and also helps students find housing near campus.

Founded in 1892, Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing was the first nursing school in the U.S. to admit male students. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Shadyside School of Nursing, set in an interesting historic neighborhood, offers flexible class schedules.

Fun Facts about Pittsburgh Colleges and Universities

Of the numerous colleges in Pittsburgh, three are especially noteworthy: The University of Pittsburgh, founded in 1787, is one of the oldest colleges in the nation. Carnegie Mellon University, highly ranked both nationally and internationally, got its start as a technical institute based on Andrew Carnegie's million dollar donation in 1900. In the 1960's it merged with the Mellon Institute, a science research center. And one of the other universities in Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, is the only one in the state to be listed among the 25 most financially efficient top-ranked schools.

Graduate Schools in Pittsburgh

Two examples of universities in Pittsburgh that offer graduate degree programs are Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Students at Carnegie Mellon can pursue advanced degrees in liberal arts, computer science, engineering and medicine, while the most popular graduate programs at the University of Pittsburgh are in business, education, engineering, social work and health professions.

To learn more about postsecondary education in the state, see our extensive list of Pennsylvania Colleges.


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Education Institutes in Pittsburgh
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Pittsburgh
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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