Distinctive Excellence

distinctiveThe distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance
in preparing students for career and professional success.


  • Highly talented faculty of dedicated teachers and productive scholars facilitate the success of highly motivated and ambitious students in an up-close-and-personal learning environment.
  • Caring and dedicated staff enhance a supportive living-learning environment, offering personalized assistance to facilitate success from admission to graduation.
  • More than 21,000 alumni, as well as an enthusiastic community of donors and well-wishers, constitute a vital network facilitating the success of our students and graduates, making meaningful contributions to our world.
  • Productive partnerships with area businesses foster economic development, create real world learning opportunities, and build relationships with future employers.
  • Extensive faculty-staff community involvement fosters positive town/gown relationships and generates goodwill for our students and job seekers.


  • Pitt-quality education with world-class standards of academic excellence appreciated by employers and recognized by top graduate schools alike.
  • Highly sought after baccalaureate programs all grounded on liberal education with intense real world focus including engineering, nursing, justice administration & criminology, pre-medical professions, education, business and management information systems….
  • Practical real world focused-learning experiences including mentored projects, guided internships, capstones and undergraduate research projects that link theory to practical applications.
  • A unique collegiate experience through our signature Real World Action Program, which actively supports Career and Professional Development as well as Campus, Civic, and Global Engagement.
  • Nearly 100 clubs and organizations as well as varied activities enrich the collegiate environment.
  • NCAA Division II school boasting 15 competitive sports in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), and great intramural opportunities.
  • Nationally recognized for supporting veterans’ transition and success.
  • National recognition for high levels of student engagement as illustrated in national surveys and commendations.
  • Maximizing affordability and access through a broad range of scholarships, grants, work-study and other financial aid.

plus PLACE

  • A picturesque residential campus environment nestled in the Laurel Highlands with many state-of-the-art facilities that support excellence in learning and contribute to student success and learning inside and outside the classroom.
  • A friendly campus where you will make many friends with a wide range of interests, backgrounds and pursuits.
  • A safe place to live, learn, and play, away from the rough and tumble of larger and more metropolitan campuses.
  • The Spirit of the Mountain Cat is everywhere…. This you have to discover and experience yourself! Visit us to find out about Mountain Cat Spirit.


  • Key academic outcomes such as retention, student success rates, graduation rates, and readiness for the real world compare favorably and even outperform many top notch colleges and universities.
  • Intensive career and job placement initiatives facilitate progress from admission to graduation, with focused guidance intended to help students find jobs and succeed in a competitive workplace in their career of choice. High placement rates in very good jobs!
  • world-class, Pitt-quality education comparable to quality private colleges ... a great value!