Colleges in Pittsburgh, Universities & Community Colleges

August 25, 2016 - Pittsburgh’s reputation as a steel town is finally giving way to one of growth, vibrancy and opportunity. For decades, the area's young professionals left the region for better jobs in places like Washington D.C or Charlotte. This trend has reversed, and Pittsburgh is now a top-destination for young people due to improved employment opportunities and affordable cost of living. The city, while keeping it's historic charm and personality, is setting the standard for urban renewal in many of its neighborhoods. New restaurants, night life and recreational possibilities abound! The region is known for technology and medicine, and the local colleges in Pittsburgh reflect this.

Pittsburgh is well known for it's world-class universities, top colleges and affordable community colleges. The city itself boasts several of these universities, but the surrounding areas in western Pennsylvania contain even more. The following list provides overviews of these 4-year colleges and universities, along with area community colleges and local branch campuses of Pitt and Penn State. Easily find and compare colleges in Pittsburgh based on tuition, enrollment and notable majors offered. Some notable colleges and universities include:

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Duquesne University
  • Robert Morris University
  • La Roche College
  • Carlow University


Note that trade schools are not included in this list, but Trade Schools in Pittsburgh can be found in a separate list on this website. There is also a separate list of Community Colleges in Pennsylvania, but the local community colleges near Pittsburgh are already included in the list.

Whether you are from the area, or looking to relocate to Pittsburgh, there has never been a better time to attend college in or near Pittsburgh! There is truly something for everyone, no matter your budget or interests. The colleges vary greatly in size and selectivity. Some are located in the heart of the city and others in the quiet, rolling countryside. Use the guide below to find the right college for you!

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