Focus on Students

University of Pittsburgh students come to us as high achievers in their schools and their communities, and they use their time here well. Since 1995, our undergraduates have won 47 Goldwater Scholarships, seven Marshall Scholarships, four Rhodes Scholarships, five Truman Scholarships, and eight Udall Scholarships. Pitt makes major investments on a variety of fronts, including facilities, information technology planning, and student life. At the root of this is the drive to provide our students with a comprehensive environment to develop their talents.

We are committed to educating the whole student, determined that every graduate, regardless of degree earned, should leave the University with four key attributes: communications skills, a sense of motivation, a sense of responsibility, and a sense of self. Pitt students become perceptive, reflective, contributing individuals within our diverse community of faculty, staff, administrators, and fellow students. In recent years, graduates from the University of Pittsburgh have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize in medicine.

We have developed a broad spectrum of programs: academic degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels that draw on faculty strengths to match student interests and to produce student achievement; support programs to help students learn better and faculty teach better; and community programs to link our students to the world.

These student-focused areas are led as follows: Undergraduate Studies—Joseph J. McCarthy, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies • Graduate Studies—Nathan Urban, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives • Postdocs—Nathan Urban, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives • Office of Admissions and Financial Aid—Marc Harding, Vice Provost for Enrollment • Division of Student Affairs—Kenyon Bonner, Vice Provost & Dean of Students.

Special Notice

S/NC Grading Policy Information for Students: University of Pittsburgh S/NC Grading Policy Information for Students, Spring 2020 Semester (COVID-19)

Additional information on Pitt's COVID-19 Response, as well as Frequently Asked Questions and related information for students and families, is available on the Pitt Public Safety & Emergency Management website. A list of Resources for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdocs during the COVID-19 Pandemic is also available.

Pitt IT has resources available to help students who are experiencing connectivity issues or who may not have access to reliable technology or Wi-Fi at home. Contact the 24/7 IT Help Desk by calling 412-624-HELP (4357) to learn more.