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The , commonly referred to as University of Pittsburgh Pitt, is an urban state-related research university located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with four regional campuses throughout Western Pennsylvania. Founded in 1787, Pitt is one of the oldest continuously chartered institutions of higher education in the United States.
Pitt is ranked as one of the top public research universities in the nation by the
Center for Measuring University Performance (top cluster of 7) and U.S. News & World Report (top 20), has been named as a "best value" by various publications, and has appeared in multiple rankings of the world's top universities. Pitt has also been recognized for its positive campus atmosphere, with The Princeton Review ranking Pitt as having the 8th happiest student body and the 11th best quality of life in the nation in 2010.
Pitt is among the world's most active research institutions with over $700 million in annual research expenditures. Pitt and its
medical school are also closely affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a leading international academic medical center that has been consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the approximately 15 to 20 best hospitals in America over the last decade.
Pitt is popularly recognized for its centerpiece building, the
Cathedral of Learning at 535 feet (163 m), the tallest educational building in the Western Hemisphere; for its central role in developing the first polio vaccine; and for fielding nationally competitive NCAA Division I athletic programs.
Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology
(PLE) is a year-round
field station of the
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Biological Sciences located in
South Shenango Township
on the shores
. The station contains research facilities and equipment, conducts undergraduate education and courses, and serves as center for conferences, symposiums, and retreats. The Pyatuning Laboratory hosts researchers from the University of Pittsburgh as well as those from other universities which have included, among others,
University of Virginia
University of Georgia
, and the
University of Miami
. Likewise, course instructors at the lab come from the University of Pittsburgh, but also have included instructors from other institutions including
University of Connecticut
, and the
. In addition, the University of Pittsburgh has instituted a collaborative program for study at the Pymatuning Lab with other area universities in which students that are enrolled through any of these institutions register, pay tuition, and receive credit at their home institutions. Schools participating in the collaborative program include
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock University
Pittsburgh Panthers football
team of the
University of Pittsburgh
. Traditionally the most popular sport at the university, Pitt football has played at the highest level of American
competition, now classified as the
NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision
, since its first sanctioned intercollegiate game in 1890. An
for much of its history, Pitt has competed as a member of the
Big East Conference
Pitt has claimed nine
National Championships, is among the top 20 college football programs in terms of all-time wins, and its teams have featured many coaches and players notable throughout the history of college football, including, among all schools, the eleventh most College Football Hall of Fame inductees, the eighth most consensus All-Americans, and the seventh most Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees.
The Panthers play home games at Heinz Field which they share with the National Football League Pittsburgh Steelers and utilize the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Performance Complex as their practice facility.
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