Why Work at Pitt

A University of Possibilities

At the University of Pittsburgh, you belong. We celebrate your vibrancy by creating an inclusive environment for all staff, faculty, students, and alumni.

Your professional and personal growth and development is encouraged through the numerous career opportunities available. Whether you're launching your career or looking for a new opportunity, you can find the perfect match for you at Pitt. Our continuously-growing community is full of achievers in academics, athletics, research, and more, where we are consistently recognized for our excellence. The University of Pittsburgh offers an engaging, collaborative work environment where you can gain - and contribute - something of value.

Discover. Belong. Contribute. Grow.

Pitt's history is full of successful researchers, administrators, scientists, groundskeepers, athletes, doctors, and more who have all made the University the internationally-recognized institution it is today.

At Pitt, all work supports the inspiring mission of educational excellence, research of impact, and strong community partnership, all alongside a continued commitment to making the workplace better for every member of the University community. With you as a part of the University community, you can discover, belong, contribute, and grow in the best way for you - to help shape your future, and the future of Pitt.


The University at a Glance

Ranked among the top 5 percent of 1,000 universities in 65 countries and in the top 100 most innovative universities in the world, Pitt is home to more than 5,300 full- and part-time faculty, more than 7,200 full and part-time staff, and nearly 800 research and post-doctoral associates. Over 25,200 undergraduate, 7,000 graduate, and 2,000 doctorate students study at our 5 campuses. Our numbers are constantly growing at Pitt! 

Pitt's Rich History

Founded in 1787, Pitt is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education. Pitt people have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered television and heavier-than-air flight, among many other accomplishments.

Think of all the things you could accomplish here at Pitt!

Award-Winning Achievements

From research achievements to the quality of its academic programs, the University of Pittsburgh ranks among the best in higher education. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni have all been pioneers throughout history and have earned awards, recognitions, scholarships, and championships for their hard work in academics, research, athletics, and more. Pitt has been called a "world-class research university" with an "unwavering commitment to excellence," and has ranked several times as a top institute in the nation.

Ranked amongst the best, both nationally and internationally
  • In 2018, for the second consecutive year, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named Pitt as the best public university in the northeastern United States.
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Pitt to the magazine's list of 100 best-value public colleges nationwide. The list, released in December 2017, marked the 13th consecutive year that Pitt was ranked as the top value among all public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.
  • Pitt is included in the Princeton Review's 2017 listing of The Best 381 Colleges, which features the top 15 percent of the nation's four-year colleges.
  • Pitt ranks 12th among U.S. public universities and 43rd internationally in the 2017 Center for World University Rankings, based on quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, influence, patents, scholarly citations, broad impact, and publications.
With schools and programs of extraordinary innovation, research, and scholars
  • The School of Nursing, School of Education, and School of Medicine were among the Pitt schools highlighted in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Online Programs" and "Best Graduate Schools" rankings for 2017.
  • Pitt is among only 16 institutions in the country to be named a top producer of both the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar programs for the 2017-18 academic year. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.
  • Pitt is the world's top university for philosophy, according to the 2016 QS World University Rankings. Pitt also was highly rated for Nursing (No. 12) and Medicine (No. 46).
  • College Factual has ranked Pitt as the best U.S. school to study health professions, based on graduates' earnings, strength of academic majors, and the number and quality of other closely related majors on campus, program accredications, and overall institutional quality.
  • Thomson Reuters ranked Pitt 30th on its list of the world's 100 most innovative universities, based on such criteria as research output and patent filings.
  • Calling Pitt "a world class research university" with an "unwavering commitment to excellence," a Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation report in September 2012 reaccredited the University for a 10-year period, without qualification, the maximum permissible time for an extension of accreditation.
A commitment to diversity and inclusion that gets noticed
  • Pitt received INSIGHT Into Diversity's 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Campus Pride, a nonprofit organization that identifies LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities, awarded Pitt a Campus Pride Index score of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
And a focus on sustainability in support of our community and the world
  • Pitt has been included in The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges since 2012.
  • Since 2014, Sierra magazine has annually named Pitt as one of America's "Cool Schools" for its sustainability activities.
  • In 2018, Pitt achieved a Silver STARS rating from the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, became a Bike Friendly University (Bronze) and joined the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership.