Kiplinger’s has ranked Pitt a best value in the state of Pennsylvania for the past 11 years.
Pitt’s ability to attract the most highly qualified students and faculty is underpinned by its work to be prepared for the needs and requirements of excellence. Recent priorities include becoming more data centric, expanding our capacity to partner, and shifting from risk avoidance to smart risk management in many of our policies. Pitt has upgraded several Pittsburgh campus buildings, added new construction, and made renovations, including:
- Sutherland Hall, upgraded with new facilities to benefit student life;
- Improvements to Cathedral of Learning classrooms and infrastructure;
- The new Salk Hall Pavilion addition;
- A new health and wellness center for faculty and staff;
- Renovations on Clapp Hall, Benedum Hall, and David Lawrence Hall to advance a 21st-century education; and
- New construction and renovations at the Pitt-Johnstown campus such as the John P. Murtha Engineering and Science Building.
More than 400 construction, maintenance, and renovation projects were initiated this year on the Pittsburgh campus, including $71 million in renovation projects and $3 million in new construction projects.
Pitt is a great university, and a Pitt education is one of incredible value. It pays enormous dividends over a lifetime. But the array of resources required to offer a quality education costs money, and this money comes from a limited number of sources that include the Commonwealth, donors, foundations, research supporters, and, most of all, students and families. This challenge would be easier if it was just about minimizing cost. It isn’t. It’s about maximizing the quality and impact of our programs for a given cost. It’s about maximizing value.
Pitt continually looks for ways to operate more efficiently and at lower cost, such as these cost-cutting actions: reducing annual energy operations costs by $1.4 million dollars; consolidating scientific supplies purchasing, saving the University $5.5 million over the next five years: and, renegotiating smaller scientific supply contracts, saving an estimated $1.4 million over the next five years.
To broaden access to higher education and to lighten debt burden, Pitt also:
- Became a founding member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a partnership that will connect with and engage high school students—particularly those from low-income households—to help them prepare successful admissions applications;
- Established a micro-scholarship program through Raise.me to give high school students an opportunity to earn money toward Pitt scholarships; and
- Shortened time to graduation with dual degree programs that have shorter tracks to completion; and offered summer programs that give freshmen a jump start or place premed, public health, and business majors on a faster path to a degree.