University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

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University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
File:University of Pittsburgh Seal (official).svg
Motto Veritas et Virtus (Latin)
Motto in English
Truth and Virtue
Established 1963
Type State-related,[1] liberal arts
Endowment US$3,963,480[2]
President Sharon P. Smith
Academic staff
74 (full-time)[3]
Students 1,826[3]
Location Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Suburban, 219 acres
Colors Blue and gold
Athletics 11 varsity sports
NCAA Division III
Nickname Pitt-Greensburg, Bobcats
Mascot Bruiser the Bobcat
school Pitt Greensburg logo

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, commonly referred to as Pitt-Greensburg, is a four-year, baccalaureate degree-granting, state-related university institution that is a regional residential campus of the University of Pittsburgh located in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. Opened in 1963, Pitt-Greensburg was granted four-year degree-granting status in 1988. Pitt-Greensburg has been voted "Best University in the Region" for eight straight years (1999–2007) by the readership of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.[4]

As of 2010, Pitt-Greensburg had 1,675 full-time undergraduates (1,820 total) and 76 full-time (84 total) faculty. Approximately 650 students live in the residence halls.[3]


The campus of the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg. The Millstein Library's Chew Memorial Window, a 32 by 14 foot leaded glass window titled Upward to the Light by Terry Bengel, can be seen behind the clock.

Pitt-Greensburg opened in September 1963, following a request of area school superintendents for a branch campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Greensburg began as a two-year institution with instruction in nine areas of study, 15 faculty, 56 full-time, and 156 part-time students. The school was originally located in the Vogle Building, a former private elementary school and Greensburg School System administrative building located at 122 North Maple Avenue in downtown Greensburg across from St. Clair Park.[5] Fine arts classes were originally taught at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, physical education was held at the Greensburg YMCA, and laboratory classes were held in what is now Greensburg Salem Middle School. In 1964, the university purchased the 104-acre (0.42 km2) Charles McKenna Lynch estate in Hempfield. At first, faculty offices and classrooms were split between Greensburg and Lynch Hall, a former residence on the Lynch estate campus. In 1976, the entire Pitt-Greensburg campus moved to the Hempfield location on the former Lynch estate. Until 1988, when it received 4-year degree-granting status, Pitt-Greensburg served as a two-year feeder school to the main campus as the University of Pittsburgh in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. By 1989, Pitt-Greensburg had its first graduating class. In 1999, a distinctive feature of Pitt-Greensburg opened when the first of three Academic Villages (Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Humanities), where high-achieving students live in residences based on their majors and participate in after-class events geared to those disciplines. As of 2008, Pitt-Greensburg had more than 1,600 full-time students, 29 buildings, 249 faculty and staff, and 21 majors and 19 minors. Today (2015), the campus boasts 25 majors, 19 minors, and three certificate programs.[6]

Five presidents have led the campus since its founding: Al Smith (1963–1980), George Chambers (1980–1996), Norm Scanlon (interim president, 1996–1997), Frank Cassell (1997–2007), and Sharon P. Smith, who became Pitt-Greensburg's fifth president on July 1, 2007.

Location and campus

Bridge across Slate Run

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (Pitt-Greensburg) is located two miles (3 km) south of the center of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, a city located in Westmoreland County, and approximately 33 miles (53 km) to the southeast of Pittsburgh. Since 1976, the university has been centralized at its current location on the former estate of Charles McKenna Lynch in suburban Hempfield. The entire campus consists of 22 buildings on 219 acres (0.89 km2).

Lynch Hall, designed as a residence for Commander Charles McKenna Lynch in 1923 by architect Paul A. Bartholomew, was redesigned as the first building of the Pitt-Greensburg campus in 1965 by Bartholomew's architectural firm and now houses the main Pitt-Greensburg administrative offices.

Many student residences consist of "Houses" in the Academic Village section (Apollo, Athena, Benjamin Franklin, Margaret Mead, Selene, and Thurgood Marshall), with Village Hall as the Villages' social hub. The various academic villages integrate curricular and extracurricular student experiences and each have their own student council. Each village must be applied to in order to live there, and they are organized around four themes including Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, International, and Natural Science and New Technologies.[7] Other residence Halls are also located in College Hall and Robertshaw Hall, Westmoreland Hall and the University Courts.

Other campus facilities include three classroom buildings (Powers, Smith, and McKenna—which also serves as the computer center), Millstein Library, Chambers Hall, the administration building (Lynch Hall), the admissions office (Rosetti Hall) and the Ridilla Athletic Fields. A new classroom and office building named after former campus president Frank Cassell[8] has recently opened and has been awarded LEED gold certification, being the first building on campus to achieve such designation.[9] The campus also features a nature trail and a small creek (Slate Run) that runs through the center of campus.


Pitt-Greensburg offers 25 bachelor's degree programs, 19 minors, and numerous pre-professional and certificate programs.[10] The University of Pittsburgh, including Pitt-Greensburg and its other regional campuses, is fully accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Higher Education. Pitt-Greensburg is ineligible for U.S. News rankings as its accreditation is not separate from the main accreditation of the University of Pittsburgh.[11]

A school-wide honor society, the Ben Franklin Society, was organized in 2008 for sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher. The society functions to help students identify, prepare and apply for prestigious fellowships and scholarships.[12] Another honor society, the Da Vinci Society, also exists for juniors and seniors selected for their academic excellence, leadership, service, and international experience. Other honor societies also exist on campus for specific programs of study.[13] In addition, Academic Villages, for which grades and participation are evaluated for admittance, act as living and learning communities for students with similar academic interests.[7]


Pitt-Greensburg competes athletically as a member of NCAA Division III and is a charter member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Men's athletic programs include basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, and cross country. Women's programs consist of basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, golf, cross country. Pitt-Greensburg also has an intramural program with flag football, racquetball, and billiards. On January 31, 2003, the men's and women's basketball teams of the Pitt-Greensburg and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford held a doubleheader at the Petersen Events Center on the University of Pittsburgh's main campus in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh in celebration of the both school's 40th anniversaries.[14]


Ridilla Athletic Fields
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