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Pitt Ranks Among Elite Universities


From research funding to international studies to the happiness of its students, Pitt ranks among the best in higher education.

In research, Pitt ranks among the top five U.S. universities in grants awarded to faculty members by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the other four schools are Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Penn, and the University of California at San Francisco.

Pitt ranks No. 1 in research funding from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health.

Pitt’s University Center for International Studies (UCIS) is home to one of just 10 European Centers for Excellence funded by the European Commission. Three other component centers of UCIS—the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the Global Studies Center—are designated by the federal government as National Resource Centers.

Pitt also has been ranked as one of the top-10 universities for “happiest students,” and it was among the top-five universities—and the No. 1 public university—in the 2009 edition of Saviors of Our Cities: A Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships, which measured schools’ economic and developmental impacts on neighboring regions.

In athletics, Pitt competes at the highest levels across a broad range of sports. From 2001 to 2011, the Pitt men’s basketball team was one of only three to advance to the NCAA tournament and win at least 20 games overall and 10 conference games each season.

Academically, 284 Pitt student-athletes earned grade averages higher than 3.0 in 2011, including 121 who posted grade averages of 3.5 or higher and 18 who earned perfect 4.0 averages.