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University of Pittsburgh
Motto Veritas et Virtus
Established February 28, 1787
Type mix of public and private[1]
Endowment US $2,334,000,000[2]
Chancellor Mark Nordenberg
Provost James V. Maher
Academic staff 4,669[3]
Students 27,562[3]
Undergraduates 17,427[3]
Postgraduates 10,135[3]
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Urban, 0.53 km2 (132 acres)
Former names Pittsburgh Academy (1787-1819)
Western University of Pennsylvania (1819-1908)
Colors Blue and Gold              
Athletics 17 sports teams
NCAA Division I
Nickname Pitt, Panthers
Mascot "Roc" the Panther

The University of Pittsburgh is a public university in the city of Pittsburgh in the United States of America. It is also called "Pitt". Pitt was started in 1787.[4] Pitt has 27,562 students.[3] Pitt is famous for philosophy,[5][6] studying other countries,[7] and its hospital called the "University of Pittsburgh Medical Center" (UPMC).[8][9] Pitt does a lot of research.[10] Pitt is also famous for its tall building named the "Cathedral of Learning".[11] Pitt is also famous for sports. Pitt's best sports are American football and basketball.[12]


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  2. "2008 NACUBO Endowment Study" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. 2009.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "University of Pittsburgh Fact Book 2009" (PDF). University of Pittsburgh. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  4. Alberts, Robert C. (1987). Pitt: The Story of the University of Pittsburgh 1787–1987. University of Pittsburgh Press. book One; p. 1. ISBN 0-8229-1150-7 .;cc=pittmiscpubs;rgn=full%20text;idno=00c50130m;didno=00c50130m;view=image;seq=0021;node=00c50130m%3A7.
  5. The Philosophical Gourmet Report, date=Match 2009
  6. "NRC Rankings in Each of 41 Areas". Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States: Continuity and Change. National Research Council. 1995. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
  7. Gill, Cindy (Fall 2007). ""The Company We Keep"". Pitt. University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
  8. "Best Graduate Schools: Medical: University of Pittsburgh". 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
  9. UMPC Media Relations (2008-07-11). "UPMC Named to U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals for the Ninth Time". Press release. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  10. "University Times". Retrieved 2007-10-31.
  11. "PENNSYLVANIA — Allegheny County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  12. O'Brien, Jim (editor) (1982). Hail to Pitt: A Sports History of the University of Pittsburgh. Wolfson Publishing Co. ISBN 0-916114-08-2 .

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