Achievements & Honors - Rankings

Reputational Rankings

In 2020, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named the Pittsburgh campus as the No. 1 public university in the Northeastern United States.

Pitt is ranked No. 18 among the nation's top public colleges and universities in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

In 2020, Pitt was ranked No. 18 among 195 U.S. universities for creating impact through innovation, according to the George W. Bush Institute, a nonpartisan policy center housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Library. In 2019, Reuters ranked Pitt 52th on its list of the world's 100 most innovative universities, based on such criteria as research output and patent filings.

For the ninth time in 10 years, Pitt in 2019 was named one of the nation's top institutions for producing Fulbright students, according to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Pitt was one of 22 institutions with at least one subject ranked at No. 1 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. The University's philosophy program was recognized with a No. 1 ranking for the third consecutive year.

For the fourth consecutive year, Pitt in 2020 was named a Best College for LGBTQ+ students by Best Colleges, in partnership with the nonprofit organization Campus Pride.

The Princeton Review included Pitt in the 2018 edition of its book, "Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck," a guide to the nation's academically best and more affordable colleges that also have excellent records of alumni employment. And Pitt was among the institutions profiled in The Princeton Review's "Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers By Going Beyond the Classroom."

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.

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.

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.

Funded Research

Pitt ranks ninth nationally in federal science and engineering funding, according to a report from the National Science Foundation. Pitt ranks fifth among U.S. universities in terms of the competitive grants awarded to members of its faculty by the National Institutes of Health.

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Good Neighbor

Pitt has been ranked as the top public university in the publication "Saviors of Our Cities: A Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships," which measured schools' economic and developmental impacts on neighboring regions.

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U.S. News' Views

U.S. News & World Report ranks Pitt 47th on its list of the best global universities. The publication collected data from 1,500 institutions in the United States and 80 other countries.

Pitt consistently ranks in the top 20 among U.S. public universities in U.S. News' annual "America's Best Colleges" listing, and Pitt graduate schools and programs perennially earn high grades in U.S. News' "Best Graduate School" rankings.

U.S. News ranks Pitt's Bradford, Greensburg, and Johnstown campuses among the best baccalaureate colleges in the Northern United States.


Military Friendly

The University's Pittsburgh campus has been recognized as a 2020-2021 Military Friendly Top 10 School, a designation for colleges and universities doing the most to ensure the success of veterans, both in the classroom and after graduation. Also receiving Military-Friendly status were Pitt's Bradford, Greensburg and Johnstown campuses and its Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration.