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.
The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
, also known as UPJ
or Pitt Johnstown
, is a four-year, degree-granting regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh
. The university's wooded, 650-acre (2.6 km2
) campus is located just outside Johnstown
. Founded in 1927, UPJ was one of first the regional campuses of a major university
in the United States
. Offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 40 areas, UPJ is ranked as the 28th best baccalaureate college in the North and the eighth best public baccalaureate college in the North by U.S. News & World Report
in its "America's Best Colleges 2010" annual college guide. UPJ is also listed among the "Best Colleges in the Northeastern Region" by The Princeton Review. Athletic teams at Pitt Johnstown compete in NCAA Division II
Pittsburgh Panthers football
is the intercollegiate 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 college football
competition, now classified as the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision
, since its first sanctioned intercollegiate game in 1890. An independent
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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Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was a Pitt alumnus, dancer, actor, singer, film director and producer, and choreographer from Pittsburgh. At Pitt, he was active in the university's Cap and Gown Club both as a student as well as following his graduation. A major exponent of 20th century filmed dance, Kelly was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likeable characters that he played on screen. Although he is known today for his performance in Singin' in the Rain, he was a dominant force in Hollywood musical films from the mid 1940s until this art form fell out of fashion in the late 1950s. His many innovations transformed the Hollywood musical film, and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences. Kelly, and alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, was the recipient of an Academy Honorary Award in 1952 for his career achievements. He later received lifetime achievement awards in the Kennedy Center Honors, and from the Screen Actors Guild and American Film Institute; in 1999, the American Film Institute also numbered him 15th in their Greatest Male Stars of All Time list.