Pitt's Impact

As an economic driver and innovation engine, the University of Pittsburgh makes a significant contribution to the state’s economy while delivering a world-class education to students. Each year we submit an annual report to the Governor of Pennsylvania and members of the General Assembly Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in which we catalogue the University's achievements and highlight the incredible positive impact our students, faculty and staff have on our state.

Driving the Pennsylvania Economy

  • Pitt's economic impact is $5.2 billion annually
  • 1 out of every 130 jobs in PA is supported by Pitt
  • About 65 percent of Pitt graduates will stay in Pennsylvania and contribute to the state economy
  • Pitt returns $271.7 million in tax revenue to state and local government
  • The University supports 47,490 jobs across the commonwealth

Innovation Engine

  • Pitt attracts more than $900 million in research grants and contracts
  • Pitt is ranked top 10 in National Institutes of Health funding
  • Total impact of Pitt's research activity is $1.9 billion
  • Pitt is a top producer of Fulbright grant recipients, Rhodes scholars, and Truman Scholarship winners

Career Builder

  • More than 195,000 Pitt alumni call Pennsylvania home
  • Pitt alumni generate more than $700 billion additional income to the state over their careers
  • Pitt is one of the largest employers in the state of Pennsylvania, accounting for 1 out of every 130 jobs in the commonwealth
  • More than 47,000 jobs are supported by Pitt across PA

Access and Affordability

The University of Pittsburgh admits students with academic and personal promise without consideration of ability to pay. Working together with families, we find ways to help make a Pitt education a reality. Through innovative programs, Pitt is increasing access to higher education while working proactively to provide affordable options to all students. The top programs are highlighted below. Read the full details here or visit affordability.pitt.edu.

  • Pitt Success Pell Match
  • Panthers Forward
  • PittFund$Me
  • RaiseMe
  • Coalition for College
  • Pittsburgh Admissions Collaboration
  • Pittsburgh Public Scholars