The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville (Pitt-Titusville) is a regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. While Pitt-Titusville provides career-oriented programs for those interested in an associate degree, it also offers more than 100 relocation and transfer programs for students pursuing baccalaureate or professional degrees. Pitt-Titusville also provides a cultural event series, lecture series, and community service projects, as part of its mission to serve the region as an educational, cultural, and economic resource.
The campus is in northwestern Pennsylvania in the pleasant residential city of Titusville. The city’s historic significance, as the site of the first commercially successful oil well, brings countless visitors to the area throughout the year. The University of Pittsburgh affiliation, the excellent physical environment, and the small class sizes combine to make Pitt-Titusville an especially favorable setting for new college students. Pitt-Titusville offers the advantages of a liberal arts college and the resources, diversity, and prestige of a major research university.
Pitt-Titusville seeks to enroll approximately 500 full- and part-time students. About 60 percent of full-time students live on campus. The average class size is less than 20 students. Pitt-Titusville undergraduate students enjoy individual attention, both in and outside the classroom, and there are many opportunities for involvement and leadership in campus activities. Likewise they enjoy access to the support services and comprehensive academic offerings of the University of Pittsburgh, one of the finest research and professional institutions in the world.
The University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284 - 5000. Schools, programs, and departments may furthermore be accredited by discipline-specific accrediting bodies.
The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville provides students with a quality educational experience offered in a supportive environment conducive to learning, self-discipline, and mutual respect. Pitt-Titusville combines the advantages of a small college with the resources of an internationally renowned institution by:
- Providing a point of access to the instructional and research facilities of the University of Pittsburgh for northwest Pennsylvania;
- Providing a full range of associate degrees that serve as entry level access to a variety of professions or as prerequisites to baccalaureate programs;
- Offering an excellent undergraduate curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs with an emphasis on personalized attention to students;
- Serving as an educational, cultural and economic resource for northwest Pennsylvania.
The Titusville Community
Titusville is a small city in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains with a distinctive place in world history. Col. Edwin L. Drake drilled the first commercial oil well here in 1859, making Titusville the birthplace of the oil industry and the center of early developments in petroleum technology. The Drake Well Museum, within walking distance of campus, preserves that rich technological and cultural history.
Today, Titusville is permanent home to about 6,000 people. It is an attractive residential community. Its tree-lined streets and stately homes mark its heritage and provide a pleasant environment in which to study and work. Located about 40 miles south of Erie and 90 miles north of Pittsburgh, Titusville is a gateway to outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, canoeing, skiing, golfing, hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Just minutes from campus, for example, is Oil Creek State Park, which covers 6,400 acres and offers a 10-mile paved biking path, and the city-owned par course exercise trail. Though small, Titusville is large enough to offer a variety of stores, banks, churches, restaurants, and lodging facilities.
Buildings and Facilities
The Titusville Campus, located on and adjacent to the former McKinney Estate, offers modern comfort and convenience in a traditional residential setting. The beautiful, compact campus is a vital academic and educational resource to the surrounding community. All facilities on campus offer wireless network access.
McKinney Hall, built in 1870, houses administrative and faculty offices as well as classrooms.
Bennett Davis Hall, formerly the carriage house of the estate, now houses the Offices of the Registrar, Student Accounts, Financial Aid Office, Office of Human Resources, and Office of Business Affairs.
The Haskell Memorial Library building is also on land originally part of the McKinney Estate. This building houses a 150-seat auditorium, the Pitt-Titusville Computer Center, classrooms, faculty offices, the Physical Therapist Assistant and Nursing Programs’ facilities and the Haskell Library that houses the campus collection of books and periodicals. Currently, Haskell Library holds nearly 44,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 200 periodicals, from professional journals to magazines of general interest. CD-ROM databases and workstations have been added to complement traditional library information resources. The library also offers microfilm reading and copying equipment. These represent only a small portion of the resources available to Pitt-Titusville students. Haskell Library is linked to the 27 libraries in the Pitt system through PITTCAT Plus, an online computer catalog that allows easy access to the University’s collection of more than 6,700,000 volumes (including microforms) and over 25,000 subscriptions. Pitt-Titusville students can also access numerous computerized databases and, through interlibrary loan networks, can gather data from major research libraries in the United States and abroad.
Also in the Haskell Library is the Pitt-Titusville Learning Center to provide students with convenient access to tutors, research material and computer facilities.
The $5 million Broadhurst Science Center opened in 1998. The 32,000-square-foot structure houses biology, chemistry, psychology, geology, physics, computer laboratories, faculty offices, two demonstration/lecture halls, and one general classroom, all with multimedia video capability. The Campus Dean’s Office and the Office of Academic Affairs is also found here. The building features a 417-seat theater/auditorium-the new home for Pitt-Titusville’s Spotlight on the Lively Arts cultural events series, and other events that enrich the life of the campus and surrounding communities.
Adjacent to the above group of buildings is the J. Curtis McKinney II Student Union/Gymnasium. The building offers a full-size gymnasium, an auxiliary gym, racquetball courts, the Book Center, the Counseling Center, the Office of Student Conduct and the UPT Health Center. The newest addition to the building is McKinney Commons, an 8,100 square-foot dining facility. The dining area includes a Wood Stone Oven and a cutting edge service area with cook-to-order stations offering a wide variety of food choices. The building also houses several classrooms and administrative offices.
Behind the student union/gymnasium stands Pitt-Titusville ‘s largest residence facility, Spruce Street Residence Hall. An additional residence facility lies one block east of the center of the campus, and adjacent to a community park, Burgess Park. The Pitt-Titusville Town Houses provide apartment-style living arrangements. Each student living in a residence facility is provided with a computer port for direct access to the Pitt network as well as Wi-Fi capability.
The Division of Student Affairs includes the Offices of the Executive Director of Student Affairs and the Offices of Student Life, Counseling and Student Development, Health Services, Residence Life and Student Conduct.
The Office of Health Services includes primary assessment and treatment, medical counseling, referral to local professional offices and agencies, and educational programming in current health issues.
Counseling and Student Development
The Office of Counseling and Student Development provides personal and career counseling, disability resources and services, academic support services, and personal development programming.
All full-time students outside a 30-mile radius are required to reside in campus housing, unless they are living with parents or immediate relatives. Exemptions are made for married students or those 21 years or older. Residential Services offer a variety of housing options in two housing facilities. Students may choose between traditional residence hall living, and town house accommodations. Private rooms are also available when space permits.
Several meal plan options are available to students. Dining hall hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, and holidays 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Per meal food service is also available to commuter students, faculty and staff. All residential students are required to subscribe to one of the meal plans, unless exempted by the Disability Services Office at the University of Pittsburgh Main Campus.
Student Organizations and Athletics
A diverse spectrum of activities offers a variety of opportunities to suit student interests. Among active student organizations are the Black Student Union, Cheerleaders, Commuter Student Association (CSA), Student Organization of the Pitt-Titusville Nursing Program, Student Activities Board, Student Government Association, Alpha Omega Campus Ministries, American Chemical Society, and the Student Physical Therapy Association. Pitt-Titusville also has a local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an academic honor society serving two-year institutions. Facilitating student involvement on campus is the Student Government Association.
Students are especially encouraged to take advantage of the unique leadership opportunities afforded through involvement in student activities.
The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville offers three intercollegiate sports: men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball. All students may try out for the teams. Contact the Director of Athletics and Student Recreation for more information.
Intramural sports are an important part of the educational experience at Pitt-Titusville. Activities include indoor soccer, flag football, volleyball, racquetball, bowling, golf, dodge ball, and rag ball. Contact the Director of Athletics and Student Recreation for more information.