Pittsburgh, PA Colleges
Pittsburgh (pron.: /?p?tsb?r?/, PITS-burg) is the seat of Allegheny County and with a population of 307,484 is the second-largest city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With a metropolitan CSA population of 2,661,369 it is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia and the 22nd-largest in the U.S. Pittsburgh is known as both "the Steel City" for its more than 300 related businesses and "the City of Bridges" for its world record 446 bridges. The city also features 27 skyscrapers, two inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification, and the source of the Ohio at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny. This vital link of the Atlantic coast and the Mid-west cuts through the mineral-rich Alleghenies and made the Pittsburgh area coveted by the French and British empires, Virginia,Whiskey Rebels, Civil War raiders and media networks.
Legendary for its steel, Pittsburgh also led innovations and industries in aluminum, glass, shipbuilding, petroleum, foods, appliances, sports, transport, computing, retail, autos and electronics. This creative wealth placed Pittsburgh third (after New York City and Chicago) in corporate headquarter jobs for much of the 20th century, second only to New York in bank assets with more stockholders per capita than any other U.S. city. America's 1980s shift from heavy industry to a service economy laid-off millions from the area's sprawling steel mills and electronics/appliances factories. The diaspora of "blue collar" workers was joined by thousands of "white collar" employees when multi-billion dollar corporate raids relocated the longtime Pittsburgh-based world headquarters of Gulf Oil, Sunbeam, Rockwell and Westinghouse. This status as a world industrial and banking center, its "melting pot" of industrial immigrant workers, and top 10 rank among the largest cities in the U.S. until 1950 and metros until 1980 has left the region with a plethora of internationally-regarded museums, medical centers,parks, research infrastructure, libraries and a vibrantly diverse cultural district.
These legacies have helped Pittsburgh win first place as America's "most livable city" by Places Rated Almanac,Forbes, and The Economist while inspiring National Geographic and Today to name the city a top world destination. More tangibly, the area has added 3,304 hotel rooms since 2004 and boasts higher occupancy than 11 comparable cities such as Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Google, Intel and Apple are among 1,600 tech firms generating $10.8 billion in annual Pittsburgh payrolls. Since the 1980s the city has also served as national headquarters for both federal cyber defense and robotics. The area boasts 31 non-profit universities and colleges including seven venerable universities in the city, with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon as national leaders in R&D expenditures spurring multiple startups annually.
The nation's fifth-largest bank, 9 Fortune 500s and six of the top 300 US law firms make their global headquarters in the Pittsburgh area, while RAND, BNYMellon, Nova Chemicals, Bayer, FedEx and GSK have large regional bases that helped Pittsburgh grow despite the global recession. Area retail and housing have also grown despite the subprime crisis with the multi-million dollar SouthSide Works, Bakery Square, and Washington's Landing repurposing former industrial sites.
Pittsburgh is a leader in LEED technology, with 60 total and 10 of the world's first "green" buildings, including downtown's convention center, even as Shell and Chevron have invested billions in the area's energy renaissance with Marcellus shale. A renaissance of Pittsburgh's 115 year old film industry—that boasts the world's first movie theater—has grown from the long running 3R Film Festival to an influx of major productions including Disney and Paramount offices with the largest sound stage outside Los Angeles and New York.
Schools in and around Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Four or more years; Public; $24,680 average out-state tuition; $15,272 average in-state tuition
Carnegie Mellon University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $43,160 average out-state tuition; $43,160 average in-state tuition
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $26,413 average out-state tuition; $26,413 average in-state tuition
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Four or more years; Private for profit; $17,532 average out-state tuition; $17,532 average in-state tuition
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division
Four or more years; Private for profit; $16,452 average out-state tuition; $16,452 average in-state tuition
Point Park University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $22,900 average out-state tuition; $22,900 average in-state tuition
Community College of Allegheny County
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $7,962 average out-state tuition; $5,252 average in-state tuition
Popular Majors in Pittsburgh
- Business Administration and Management
- Nursing - Registered Nurse Training (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
- Chef Training
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Graphic Design
- Information Technology
- Marketing/Marketing Management
- Social Work
- Mechanical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Speech and Rhetorical Studies
- Political Science and Government
- Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
- Library and Information Science