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UPB: One of the Northeast's Best Colleges


Before 1963, there were no institutions of higher education in northwestern or northcentral Pennsylvania. Young people left the area to further their educations and often did not return.

Adults lacked a resource for continuing their own educations. The local economy paid the price.

In 1962, community leaders in Bradford, Pa., wrote to Pitt’s then-chancellor, Edward H. Litchfield, arguing the case for accessible higher education in the region, and proposing that the University establish a campus in the city. Litchfield and Pitt trustees concurred, and in September 1963 the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford opened.

Today, Pitt-Bradford students study on a 317-acre campus in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. U.S.News & World Report has ranked Pitt-Bradford as one of the best regional colleges in the North, and for the eighth year in a row the Princeton Review has named Pitt-Bradford one of the best colleges in the Northeast.