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University of Pittsburgh

Educational Resources

Libraries

The University of Pittsburgh's libraries and collections are administered through the University Library System, the Health Sciences Library System and the Barco Law Library. The University Library System includes the following libraries and collections: Hillman Library (which in addition to its main collection, consists of: African American, Buhl [social work], East Asian, Special Collections, and Government Documents), Allegheny Observatory, Archives Service Center, Center for American Music, Chemistry, Computer Science, Darlington Memorial (American history), Engineering (Bevier Library), Frick Fine Arts, Information Sciences, Katz Graduate School of Business, Langley (biological sciences and behavioral neuroscience), Mathematics, Music, Physics, Public and International Affairs/Economics, and the libraries that are located at each of the University's four regional campuses. The Health Sciences Library System provides collections and services to meet the information needs of the educational, clinical, and research programs of the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Nursing, and the Graduate School of Public Health, as well as the hospitals of the UPMC Health System. The Health Sciences Library System includes: the Children's Hospital Library, Falk Library, UPMC Shadyside Libraries, and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) Library. PITTCAT is the University of Pittsburgh's on-line library catalog. PITTCAT and the other databases are available through the University Library System website at www.library.pitt.edu.

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 4,411,596 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 42,323 current serial subscriptions.
  • 6,099,571 microforms.
  • 986,084 Audio/Visual items.
  • 204,882 e-books.

Museums & Art

Stephen Foster Memorial (a theatre performance hall); John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen Events Center (opened in 2003, this venue is designed for Pitt's NCAA-Division I basketball, commencement, and concert events); the Pittsburgh Campus is adjacent to Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museums and Library; the 42-story Cathedral of Learning is one of the tallest academic buildings in the world, and features the Nationality Rooms which are functional classrooms representing the heritages of the region's many ethnic groups.

Computing

Requirements

  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Microsoft

Campus Resources

  • 650 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 800 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 2,600 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 670 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 10,500 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is not available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in some of the libraries (excluding computer labs), in some classrooms, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 1,000 students can be on the network at once.

Services

Basic

nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service

Remedial

math, writing, study skills

Counseling

minority student, career, personal, academic, older student, psychological

Career

on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training, other

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life

Housing

Overview

  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 44% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 22% of housing units are Singles.
  • 42% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 21% of housing units are Triples.
  • 14% of housing units are Apartments.
  • 1% of of housing units are some other type.
  • In total, there are 30 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 100% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.

Extracurricular

  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Major events on campus, during the past year, include: Fall Fest, where the street outside the William Pitt Union is shut down and students can "break it down" with interactive activities, novelties, and live music; the one of its kind homecoming event that is Pitt's Homecoming Fireworks and Laser Show; the performance, contest, games, and crafts extravaganza that is Bigelow Bash; and the three-day ice skating and chocolate treats event that is Winter Wonderland. The Pitt Program Council is the central programming organization on campus. Its committees, and an overview of events respective to each, are as follows: The arts committee presents programs which have included open-microphone poetry nights, acoustic nights, and gallery exhibits in the Wiliiam Pitt Union's Kimbo Gallery. The film committee selects and coordinates film programs including a Tuesday night series and weekend feature films and sneak previews in the William Pitt Union's Assembly Room. The lecture committee presents a variety of lectures, debates, and forums involving cultural, educational, and entertaining speakers and topics. The leisure learning committee provides a series of non-credit, low-cost courses such as aerobics. The publicity committee designs and creates all Pitt Program Council publicity materials which includes fliers, Pitt News ads, bulletin board design, and event tickets. The recreation committee sponsors tournaments in billiards, table tennis, and the College Bowl and coordinates various other recreational activities. The special events committee plans and directs all homecoming festivities, large-scale entertainment events, and assists in coordinating the Bigelow Bash. The travel committee coordinates travel packages for students, with past destinations including Spring Break at Panama City Beach, Cedar Point, and concert trips to the nearby Post Gazette Pavilion. Pitt's Greeks hold several events as part of their efforts to raise funds for charities, including: Greek Sing, Greek Formal, Greek God and Goddess, Brother-Sister Auction, Comedy Night, Dance Marathon, Greek Olympiad and the Campus Classic Run. The University's Black Action Society sponsors speakers and campus and community events throughout the year, activities which enrich the social, educational, and political experiences of African American students. The Student Volunteer Outreach engages students, student organizations, and groups of students in volunteer service with community organizations and agencies. Annual programs include: the annual Volunteer Fair, Pitt Project Oakland, Collegiate Park Steward Program, Pitt Partnership for Food, and the Orientation Blood Drive. Other programs offered include: Alternative Break, America Reads, Faith Tech, and Jumpstart Pittsburgh. One of the prominent programs supported by the University is Pitt Arts. This program connects the University's students to the cultural life of Pittsburgh. Through Pitt Arts, Pitt students experience the magic and power of art each year. The program sponsors 120 free student outings each year, including trips to experience the symphony, film, opera, ballet, theatre, and museums. During the academic year, students can simply use their ID to visit the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Phipps Conservatory, the Mattress Factory, and the Andy Warhol Museum.
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, television station, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 270 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: There are 17 honorary organizations. These include: Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Beta Beta, Blue and Gold Society, Chi Epsilon, Freedom Honor and Mentoring Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta - Omicron Psi Chapter, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, NRHH - National Resident Hall Honorary, NSCS - National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Sigma Pi -National Honor Fraternity, Pi Sigma Alpha, Sigma Alpha Lambda.
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) There are 21 religious organizations. These include: Agape Christian Ministry, Alpha Omega, Ambassadors for Christ, Anointed Steps of Faith, Art of Living, Campus Crusade for Christ, Chabad House, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Christian Legal Society, CrossSeekers/Baptist Camus Ministry, Christian Student Fellowship, Hillel Jewish University Center, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Intercultural Dialogue Group, International Student Fellowship, Jewish Women's Organization, Lutheran Student Fellowship, Newman Club, Pittsburgh Students Active in Lutheran Ministry (PSALM), Some of God's Children Gospel Choir, University Skeptics and Humanists.
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) There are 34 ethnic and nationality organizations. Ankur: Indian Graduate Students Association of Pittsburgh, Arabic Cultural Organization, Asian Student Alliance, Asian Law Student Association, African Students Organization, Bangladeshi Student Association, Bengali Student Association, Brazil Nuts Portuguese Club, Caribbean and Latin American Student Association, Chinese American Students Association, Filipino Students Association, German Language and Literature Club, Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia, Hellenic Students Association, Hindu Student Council, Indian Subcontinent Association, Iranian Student Cultural Association, Japanese Speaking Society, Jewish Law Students Association, Korean Culture Association, Muslim Student Association, Native American Student Organization, Pan African Graduate and Professional Students Association, Quechua Club, Saudi Student House, Session: Middle East, Sisters Beyond the Surface, Students of the Department of Africana Studies, Spanish Club, Student Slovak Club, Turkish American Student Association, Ukrainian Student Organization, Visions of Latin America, Vietnamese Student Association.
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) There are 189 other student organizations as follows: arts and literature organizations, political advocacy organizations, professional organizations, service organizations, recreational organizations, and special interest organizations.
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) The Pitt News (daily during the school year, Wednesdays during the summer)

Travel

  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Pittsburgh (suburban) (15)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Pittsburgh (3)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Pittsburgh (3)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.

Employment

  • School employment is available.
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 16 fraternities
  • 7 fraternity houses
  • 9% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 11 sororities
  • 11 sorority houses
  • 9% of students are sorority members.

ROTC

  • Army ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Navy ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Airforce ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited

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