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From the athletic fields perched high on Pitt’s upper campus to the classrooms on the ground floor of the Cathedral of Learning to additions and improvements at the regional campuses, new spaces are welcoming the University of Pittsburgh community for the fall 2019 term.
The 2019–20 academic year marks the inauguration of new majors, innovative online offerings and collaborations among different schools across the University of Pittsburgh. Highlights include programs in engineering, arts and sciences, computing and many others.
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According to the U.S. Department of Education, about a third of undergraduate students change their major at least once by their third year of enrollment. So, what’s the catalyst for these major changes? At Pitt, many students find themselves developing a newfound passion by surprise — while taking one of their general education requirements.
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The University of Pittsburgh is ranked among the nation’s top 20 public colleges and universities in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Pitt is ranked 18th with Florida State, Penn State and Purdue universities after being No. 26 in the magazine’s previous ranking.
Blue box truck with panther, script Pitt logo, going green and 100% electric painted on it, with Cathedral of Learning in the background
Pitt is driving toward its greenhouse gas reduction goals with the addition of new zero-emission electric vehicles to its fleet.
Pitt alumnus Chris Taylor in plaid shirt, using a pastry bag to finish work on a peanut butter checkerboard pie
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist and Pitt Graduate School of Public Health alumnus Chris Taylor baked his way to first place — and a book deal — after taking his hobby to the next level.
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The stories take place everywhere from the microscopic confines of a laboratory slide to the expanse of outer space. But the creativity, imagination and dedication behind the reports come from the University of Pittsburgh's people. Pittwire, the official source for the University's most intriguing and important stories, is dedicated to sharing the news from Pitt that resonates with audiences across the country and around the globe.
Crissy Shannon in blue and gold PItt marching band drum major uniform sitting on cement bench with baton across her lap.
Pitt senior Crissy Shannon, the first woman to hold the title of head drum major in Pitt marching band history, will take to Heinz Field Aug. 31 during the Panthers' first home football game. Read a Q&A between Shannon and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in Pitt Magazine's newest edition.
Divider screen with a blue and brown world-art motif in the Global Hub
Part student lounge and part academic resource center, the cozy and colorful Global Hub features the touch-screen Engagement Wall, which introduces all of Pitt’s global learning options. Students can find out how to learn a new language, earn an international studies certificate, explore internship possibilities, register to study abroad, take a class, join a club — or just meet new people and exchange ideas.
Two goats on leashes stand at the top of a hill overlooking Pitt campus with the Cathedral of Learning in the background
A treacherous landscaping job on Pitt's upper campus proved to be no obstacle for a herd of goats. The team of caprine workers conquered a nearly vertical hillside, stripping it of weeds, brush and vines — all in the service of safely and sustainably beautifying campus before students returned for fall term.
Two students push a housing cart on move-in day
The latest additions to the Pitt community — its new undergraduate, graduate and professional students — are just about to infuse campus with their ideas, enthusiasm and determination to meet their highest goals.
Pitt alumnus Jeremy M. Raymer in a PIttsburgh Pirates shirt standing in front of a mural he painted of Pirates baseball player Roberto Clemente
A mural of the late baseball legend Roberto Clemente greets drivers on Interstate 279 thanks to Jeremy M. Raymer, a Pitt engineering alumnus whose studio art courses at the University led to a new career as an artist. Clemente died in a 1972 plane crash while assisting with the delivery of emergency supplies following an earthquake in NIcaragua. He would have been 85 this Sunday, Aug. 18.
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A University of Pittsburgh research team has developed a new device for swimmers, called Impulse, which measures force production to aid coaches and athletes in determining better ways to improve performance and prevent injury. And they’re starting with students on Pitt’s Swimming and Diving team.
Carl Setzer and Liu Fang
Carl Setzer (GSPIA ’07) opened Beijing's first craft brewery with his wife Liu Fang. Now, their business is at the forefront of China's growing craft-brewing scene.
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When one person becomes part of the other: New lungs and bone marrow help some patients with no other options.