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The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as 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.


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The Pitt Band performs "Hail to Pitt" at a pep rally for the 1947 Pitt vs. Penn State football game
"Hail to Pitt" is the most traditional fight song of the University of Pittsburgh, which is commonly referred to as Pitt. The saying Hail to Pitt! is also the most traditional and commonly used slogan of the University of Pittsburgh and its athletics teams. The slogan is frequently used in promotional material, printed on merchandise and souvenirs. It was also the title of a 1982 history of Pitt athletics by author Jim O'Brien. The slogan is often used among alumni as a statement of affiliation, including as a closing signature in conversation or correspondence between alumni, and is sometime abbreviated as HTP or H2P.


Denise Frawley was a two-time Honorable Mention All-American, 1987 Big East Conference Player of the Year, and 1988 Big East Tournament MVP for Pitt
Pittsburgh Panthers volleyball is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate women's volleyball program of the University of Pittsburgh, often referred to as "Pitt". The Pitt volleyball team competes in the Big East Conference and plays their home games in Fitzgerald Field House. Since the founding of the volleyball program in 1974, the Panthers have had 33 winning seasons, one of the nation's top all-time winning percentages, appearances in 14 national championship tournaments, and the most Big East tournament championships, eleven, in the conference.

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The Cathedral of Learning Lawn looking toward the Carnegie Institute.


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Fred Rogers greeted by President Bush in the White House
Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003), born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was an Pitt alumnus, educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter and television host. Rogers was the host of the television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood which was in production at Pittsburgh's WQED, initially in what is now its Music Building. The well-known children's show aired 895 episodes and was syndicated nationally on PBS from 1968 to 2001. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood won four Emmy awards, and Rogers received one for lifetime achievement.

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