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30 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania

The University of Pittsburgh is one of the largest public colleges in Pennsylvania and the primary university in Pittsburgh. It also ranks as one of the oldest colleges in the state. Founded in 1787 as the Pittsburgh Academy, it started life as a prep academy and taught high school classes for a number of years. It became the Western University of Pennsylvania in the early 19th century and established a campus in a large building in downtown Pittsburgh. When this building burned down, the university had the chance to rebuild, which led to its campus becoming much larger. After moving to the new campus and growing in size, it officially became Pitt. Some of the buildings on its campus date back to the turn of the 20th century, and some buildings are even older.

Pitt is one of the largest employers in the city and offers a number of programs for students that allow them to give back to the city. It also has a strong ranking on both the national and global levels. ARWU ranked it within the top 35 of all colleges in the United States, but it also ranks on national lists from Forbes, Washington Monthly and U.S. News & World Report. Other organizations named Pitt a best value college because of its low tuition, as having one of the happiest groups of students in the country and for having one of the nation's best law schools.

University of Pittsburgh Accreditation Details

Pitt has all the different types of accreditation that you would expect to find in a nationally ranked college. It has regional/institutional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The MSCHE ensures that the university meets the needs of its students because this organization requires that Pitt renew its accreditation and pass all the steps necessary for renewal. Degree programs offered by the university have accreditation too. The accreditation it has comes from organizations like:

American Bar Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

Council on Education for Public Health

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

University of Pittsburgh Application Requirements

Pitt has an average acceptance rate that is around 50%, which means that half of those who apply will not get in to the university. Those who do typically have higher test scores and higher high school grades but also took more advanced classes in high school. The university has a rolling admissions policy that allows the school to keep admitting new students as long as it has space available. It's best to get your application in earlier when the university still has more spaces. Undergrads will need to use the freshmen application and pay a $45 application when when they submit an application. You can also request a fee waiver to submit your application without paying this fee. Pitt requires both a high school transcript and a standardized test score, but you can submit a self-reported academic record in lieu of a transcript. The university will accept answers to short essay questions too, which you can see on the online application.

As a prospective graduate student, you will need to complete some of the same steps that undergrads do. You need to submit an application and pay an application fee, but you'll also need to take and submit your GRE score or a score from a similar exam and submit an official transcript from your college. The university may ask for letters of recommendation, your resume or some type of writing sample. Pitt also offers a few doctoral programs that require more information. Competition for its graduate and doctoral programs is more intense because these programs only accept a few new students each year.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Pitt is a public university and offers a lower tuition rate for Pennsylvania residents. Those who live in the state and can prove that they are residents pay a little over $18,000 a year for programs available through the School of Education. This figure can rise to more than $20,000 a year for other programs. Nonresidents pay around $30,000 a year to enroll in those same programs. The average cost for room and board on the Pittsburgh campus is around $11,000 a year.

Once you become a student, you have the right to log into your own account and view your financial information. This shows you how much you owe based on the number of classes you signed up to take and whether any financial aid applied to your account. All students have the right to financial aid. You'll need to use your tax return from the past year. If you're a dependent, you'll need to use your parent(s)' tax return. The aid you qualify for will automatically enter your account once it gets to the university. Pitt can help students find out more about the work study program, grants, loans and scholarships.

School of Education

Pitt offers a number of degree programs through its School of Education, including programs for undergrads as well as certification programs. You can enroll in a traditional applied developmental psychology program or a similar program designed for future teachers. This program features courses like assessment instruction, applied behavior analysis and math and science methods. You'll also do three student teaching experiences to gain the practical skills that you'll need in your own classroom. The university offers an undergrad program for those who want to teach exercise and life sciences too.

The university offers an even greater number of graduate programs for education majors. As a secondary education major, you can pick a concentration in English and communications, foreign language, math, science or social studies education. Special education concentrations include applied behavior analysis, early intervention, teacher preparation for preschool through eighth grade and teacher preparation for seventh through 12th grades. Doctoral programs are available too.

To meet the needs of students who want to work as teachers, the Pitt School of Education also offers several certification programs. You can get a certificate in school leadership with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction or get a certificate that qualifies you to work as a superintendent or a principal. The University of Pittsburgh has certificate programs in special education and foreign language education also.