Established in 1787 as Pittsburgh Academy, the University of Pittsburgh is considered one of the oldest chartered institutions of higher education in the United States. After various name and location changes since its inception, the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus is currently located on 132 acres in the historic Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, providing easy access to the arts, music, culture, and sports. Regional campuses also exist in Johnstown, Bradford, Titusville, and Greenburg, Pennsylvania.
Interestingly, Pitt, as the school is commonly called, was a private institution until it became part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education in 1966. The university is consistently ranked as a top research university in the United States by publications such as U.S. News and World Report. It is a four-year, co-ed, public university.