FAQs

Will my son or daughter receive a quality education?

Absolutely. Our 40 majors and more than 50 minors, concentrations and pre-professional programs will allow your son or daughter to prepare for a successful future. And, we connect classroom learning with real-world experience, giving your son or daughter the opportunity to participate in a great internship, research of individual study. The best part? Your son or daughter will graduate with a degree from the University of Pittsburgh, recognized throughout the world for academic excellence.   

How affordable is a quality education at Pitt-Bradford?

We strongly believe that financial issues shouldn't prevent your son or daughter from pursuing a quality education. Our tuition and housing fees are competitive compared to other area institutions, and we offer a wide variety of merit- and need-based scholarships to qualified students. More than 90 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid through grantsloans, work study, or scholarships. For the 2011-12 school year, the average award for in-state students was $17,200 and for out-of-state students was $19,500. That means most students will pay much less than you might expect for a quality education and a degree from a world-renowned institution.

Are their scholarships available?

We offer many, many academic scholarships at Pitt-Bradford. Because we are a Division III school, athletic scholarships are not awarded here. Many of the scholarships available to our students have been endowed by alumni and friends of the college and are unique to Pitt-Bradford. Our Financial Aid Office prides itself on trying to get all students who apply for aid some amount of help, and also being very accessible for questions and meetings with parents and students whenever there is a concern or need.

Are the professors committed to my son or daughter's success?

Our faculty invest their time, knowledge, and compassion in their students every day. Our average class size is only 19 and our student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1. That allows classrooms to become places of discussion and exploration instead of only lectures. Outside of class, professors help students explore their individual interests through independent study and research projects, and your son or daughter might be eligible for our undergraduate summer research program.

What kind of individual academic assistance is available to my son or daughter?

Our Academic Coaching & Tutoring Center offers study skills development and workshops in areas like time management and goal-setting strategies, critical-thinking fundamentals, test-taking and note-take skills, and textbook reading. 

How will my son or daughter gain practical skills?

From helping community members prepare their taxes to working with nurses and surgeons at local hospitals to studying international relations abroad, our students combine learning and experience into a powerful -- and saleable -- education. Real-world experience is a component of virtually every area of study, and because we are part of the University of Pittsburgh system, your son or daughter can tap into a mind-boggling database of internships to gain skills to prepare him or her for the first job and beyond. And our Center for Leadership and Service connects Pitt-Bradford students with opportunities to develop essential skills and connections beyond campus.

How can Pitt-Bradford help my son or daughter prepare for the future?

When it comes to your son or daughter's future, we don't want to leave anything to chance. From the day your son or daughter steps onto campus, he or she can take advantage of a wide range of career preparation opportunities through our career services office, including career counseling, on- and off-campus job fairs, mock interviews, and alumni career network programs. 

What do Pitt-Bradford students do after they graduate?

You will find our graduates throughout the community and around the world. In fact, 94 percent have found a job in their career field or have entered graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

Among our alumni you will find a television director for ESPN; an economist for the U.S. Department of Education; a cardiovascular, thoracic and endovascular surgeon; an engineer at NASA; a special events coordinator for the Ohio State Lottery -- along with lawyers, educators, athletic trainers, law enforcement officers, marketing directors and more.  

In addition, many of our graduates continue their education at other institutions such as the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Temple University, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University School of Law, Johns Hopkins Univeristy, Temple University and the University of California, Berkley.   

Will my child feel safe on campus?

We are located on the outskirts of Bradford, a friendly town of 11,000 nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny National Forest in western Pennsylvania. To ensure a safe community, our campus police patrol our well-lit campus 24 hours a day, and extensive procedures provide security for all campus buildings, including residence halls. All overnight guests on campus are required to get a guest pass from the Campus Police Department.

Where is Pitt-Bradford located?

Bradford is in northwestern Pennsylvania, just four miles south of the New York state border, near Olean NY. Easily accessible from Erie and destinations west and Binghamton, N.Y., and destinations east via Interstate 86 (Route 17), we are located three hours north of Pittsburgh and an hour and a half south of Buffalo, N.Y.

What is life like at Pitt-Bradford?

Our picturesque 317-acre campus offers your son or daughter plenty of opportunities for fun, exercise, cultural experience and friendship, from concerts in Bromeley Family Theater to college-sponsored ski and snowboarding trips to Holiday Valley Ski Resort.

Your son or daughter can live and study in one of our 14 apartment-style, fully furnished residence halls and participate in more than 30 clubs and organizations.

Plus there are NCAA Division III varsity programs in 14 sports and lots of intramural competition. Off campus and just minutes away, the Allegheny Reservoir and Allegany State Park provide many more opportunities for outdoor fun.

What is the housing like?

We offer some of the finest on-campus living offered anywhere. We have no traditional college dormitories here. All of our housing is apartment style, housing 3-6 people, depending on the layout of the apartment. Typical apartments have three double bedrooms, a kitchenette, a living room area, a bathroom, and a storage closet. In addition, all of them come furnished, carpeted, and have their own heating system. All the bedrooms are equipped with their own phone lines and an Internet connection for each individual student, as well as a cable TV hook-up. Some apartments also have a second bathroom, and some have air conditioning. Housing is guaranteed to all freshmen and sophomores.

Within specific apartments, we also offer single bedrooms, on a first-come first-served basis for an additional cost. 

Our campus housing provides our students with the privacy of living on their own while ensuring them a secure environment and quality facilities. All of the living quarters have been newly renovated within the past 7 years.

When are your breaks?

Our school year starts in the last week of August. Students get time off for Thanksgiving and then return briefly to finish the semester. Depending on student's final exam schedule, most are home for the holidays around the middle of December. Immediately after the New Year, we return to begin the second semester. Our Spring Break falls during the first week of March, and graduation is always the last weekend of April. So even though our holiday break is somewhat shorter than some other schools, our students finish the spring semester nearly two weeks before most schools when the weather is nicer, and they get a bit of a "head start" on jobs and summer vacations.

What majors do you offer?

We offer 40 majors and more than 50 minors, concentrations and pre-professional programs.

Do you have any study-abroad opportunities?

Our students have studied all over the world, including France, England, Ireland, Jordan, Japan, South Africa. Your son or daughter can, too. 

Do students have academic advisors?

Yes. Every student is assigned an academic advisor who teaches classes within his or her major. Advisors help students schedule their classes every semester. Students who are undecided are assigned an advisor from our Academic Advising Center who will help each student select courses, explore majors and careers, and assist them with developing skills to help them succeed.

Can my son or daughter bring a car?

Yes, all students may have cars on campus, and there are parking lots adjacent to all residence halls. However, students don't have to have cars to get around town. The university has an arrangement with the Area Transportation Authority, which allows students to ride the buses for free as long as they show their student ID.