A private institution for most of its 226-year history, the University of Pittsburgh became a state-related institution in 1966.
As a state-related university, Pitt receives an annual, non-preferred financial appropriation from the state and offers discounted tuition to students who are Pennsylvania residents. In addition, Pitt’s Board of Trustees includes a minority of state-appointed representatives. Legally, however, state-related universities are separate and private entities, in contrast to state-owned schools. This public-private hybrid system of higher education is unique in the nation.
Pennsylvania’s other state-related universities are Penn State, Lincoln University, and Temple University.