University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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The Pittsburgh campus of the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is a public institution with an annual enrollment of over 16,000 students. It was established in 1787 and moved to its current location in 1908. The university is structured into 17 schools and colleges located on the Pittsburgh campus. Pitt is also affiliated with several medical facilities that are located near the campus, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Most of the campus is within the designated Oakland Civic Center/Schenley Farms National Historic District and two of the campus buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing was founded in 1939. It offers several CCNE-accredited nursing programs, including traditional BSN, RN to BSN, and accelerated BSN. They also offer MSN and RN to MSN programs. The RN to BSN program is offered entirely online. Registered nurses can enjoy the convenience of pursuing their BSN while maintaining a part-time or full-time job. The traditional four-year BSN program includes a combination of liberal arts and sciences courses and core nursing courses. Instead of requiring students to complete their liberal arts background during their first two years, the nursing courses are offered throughout the four years. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students28,642
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate93%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 16 187
Master's degree 3 12
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 4
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 4
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 1
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 90.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
07/01/1921 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
02/19/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
03/30/2009 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/25/1999 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/25/1999 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
11/01/1952 - Current
Nursing (DNUR) - Diploma programs
05/01/1958 - Current
Nursing (DNUR) - Diploma programs
06/01/1965 - Current
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs
11/01/2004 - 10/05/2012



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1240 to 1418
ACT27 to 32
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $45
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$755/credit
In State Students$755/credit
Out of State Students$1,237/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$898/credit
In State Students$898/credit
Out of State Students$1,512/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $33,975 $33,975 $55,665
ADN 70 $52,850 $52,850 $86,590
BSN 125 $94,375 $94,375 $154,625
FNP 50 $44,900 $44,900 $75,600
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 77% of University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 13% $4,323
Other Federal Grant 12% $589
State Grant & Scholarships 13% $3,714
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 43% $12,831
Federal Student Loans 52% $5,399
Private Loans 18% $13,847


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$21,247
$30,001 to $48,000$22,142
$48,001 to $75,000$26,245
$75,001 to $110,000$28,871
Over $110,000$31,213

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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