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University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (2013)

Brief Description:

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford  

Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is one of four regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh. It was established to provide quality education to residents in Northcentral Pennsylvania. Now, students from all over the state, the country and the world call themselves Pitt-Bradford students. Originally, Pitt-Bradford was a two-year school serving as a feeder institution for the University of Pittsburgh. Now it offers 37 baccalaureate and five associate degrees, along with 50 minors, concentrations and pre-professional programs. Pitt-Bradford is a safe, friendly institution for students who want to earn a world-renowned degree in a personalized environment.


Mission Statement:

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Anniversary LogoThe university's mission is to provide high-quality undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and professional fields, with emphasis upon those of special benefit to the citizens of Pennsylvania; and to offer continuing education programs adapted to the personal enrichment, professional upgrading, and career advancement interests and needs of adult Pennsylvanians.

President's Quote:

“The real story of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford encompasses more than physical facilities, students and personnel—and more than the mother-ship campus that spawned it. It extends well beyond the three presidents who were at the helm during its momentous 50-year history. The fascinating story of the growth and maturation of our campus is first and foremost a story of a region, its people and their commitment to making higher education accessible to future generations.” — Dr. Livingston Alexander, President 

Major Accomplishments:

  • On Sept. 3, 1963, doors opened to Pitt-Bradford’s first class of students.
  • Officials broke ground on Feb. 21, 1969, on what is now the current campus.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education approved Pitt-Bradford’s four-year degree-granting status on Jan. 12, 1979.
  • On April 24, 2003, University of Pittsburgh officials named Dr. Livingston Alexander Pitt-Bradford’s third president, and he assumed the presidency on Aug. 1, 2003. He was the first African-American to be named president of one of the university’s regional campuses.
  • U.S.News & World Report, on Aug. 17, 2007, named Pitt-Bradford one of the best baccalaureate colleges in the north, the first time the publication included the university in its top-tier rankings.
  • Panthers baseball player Zach Foster was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 6, 2008.
  • Pitt-Bradford was named one of 150 Best Value Colleges by The Princeton Review on Feb. 28, 2012, one of only two public colleges in Pennsylvania named to the list.
  • The results of a study released Aug. 22, 2012, revealed that Pitt-Bradford contributed $67.5 million to the regional economy in 2011.
  • In January 2013, Pitt-Bradford was named one of the 10 best regional campuses in the United States by the college research website, TheBestColleges.


Fun Facts:

  • The land on which Pitt-Bradford sits used to be the Harri Emery Airport.
  • When Pitt-Bradford was founded, the campus was a hodgepodge of buildings in Bradford: Classes were held in the former Emery Hardware Store on Main Street and the Hamsher House, which was previously owned by Bradford Hospital, and students lived in the Emery Hotel on Main Street. 
  • In 1963, Pitt-Bradford had 288 enrolled students. In Fall 2012, there were 1,512 students enrolled, a 425 percent increase.
  • When Dr. Richard E. McDowell was named Pitt-Bradford’s second president in July 1973, he was 29 years oldone of the youngest college presidents of record.
  • To teach his students about the parallels between ancient architecture and pop art, former professor Jack Sheffler built a 113-sq. ft. pyramid using 45,000 Hostess cupcakes and Sno-Balls totaling three tons in 1997. When the pyramid was dismantled a week later, the treats were donated to local charities.
  • In 2007, then-Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell gave the commencement address. Four years later, international opera star and Bradford native Marilyn Horne, who is donating her archives to Pitt-Bradford, addressed the graduates.
  • In 2008, students started “investigating” murders, robberies and assaults in the newly opened Crime Scene Investigation House, the only one of its kind in the University of Pittsburgh system.
  • Pitt-Bradford students come from all over the United States, including Hawaii and California, and all over the world, including Venezuela, Mexico, Uzbekistan, China, Gambia, Taiwan, Jamaica and Germany


Notable Alumni:

  • John Pavlock ('88), president judge of the McKean County Court of Common Pleas
  • Dr. Lee Colosimo ('65-'66), cardiovascular, renovascular, thoracic and endovascular surgeon
  • Marty Causer ('96), representative for Pennsylvania’s 67th legislative district in the state’s House of Representatives
  • John Rafferty ('71-'73), representative for Pennsylvania’s 44th senatorial district
  • Doug Kuntz ('88), president of Pennsylvania General Energy in Warren
  • Carolyn Boser Newhouse ('86), deputy secretary for innovation and investment at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
  • Pete Pantuso ('73-'75), president and chief executive officer of the American Bus Association
  • Dr. Jill Owens ('93), family medicine practitioner 
  • Tamra Minnier ('81), chief quality officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • George Repchick ('82), president, chief executive officer and co-owner of Saber Healthcare Group, a group of 38 skilled nursing facilities in five states 
  • Tom Lucas ('94), director of the 1 a.m. edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter 
  • Jennifer Lewke ('05), an investigative reporter with WRGB–CBS 6 in Albany, N.Y., who just received the national Edward R. Murrow Award for hard news reporting



“I love that the professors know you by name and that the campus feels like home. This is a small campus with big possibilities.” — Dan Robinson, '15

“Pitt-Bradford’s best quality is the personal attention I get from my professors. I’m not just another number. I’m a student that professors can recognize after the class is finished. This definitely gives me an edge compared to students that attend larger universities when it comes to recommendation letters for graduate school. The learning environment is great here too. The renovations to Fisher Hall, the science building, really show that the university cares about the area students learn in.’’ — James Cable, '13

“I like best the incredible warm community and the personalized attention and support of professors and staff. Everyone wants you to succeed and grow.” — Amanda Kleps, '13

“My overall experience at Pitt-Bradford was incredible; the professors provided a positive learning environment and encouraged participation and vocalization of ideas and opinions, which make students feel like their thoughts matter and are important to the overall class discussion and experience.” — Sherry Dunmire, '11

“The smaller class size made me feel comfortable asking questions and provided more time for me to individually use the equipment, which helped me develop a more in-depth level of understanding. I am constantly building on the education that I received at Pitt-Bradford.” — Brittany Barnes '10

“The best part about attending Pitt-Bradford is the campus community. Being from Bradford, I wasn’t sure what to expect while being on campus, but I can say it was simply awesome. I developed some of the best friends of my life and still keep in touch with many of the faculty members.” — Ryan Race, '07

“Pitt-Bradford prepared me for my career in many ways. I was lucky to have such amazing professors who combined real-life scenarios into projects and assignments. My experience at Pitt-Bradford was unforgettable and rewarding thanks to the wonderful family of professors and students there.” — Kathleen Melvin, '08

“I attended an excellent university that still had the hometown feel I grew up with. I was able to learn valuable lessons both in and outside the classroom that allowed me to not only gain a better understanding of my chosen profession, but also to become a better person.” — Tim Rooke, '11

“The best part about Pitt-Bradford is the family-like atmosphere. At Pitt-Bradford you make tons of friends. Unlike other big universities, you have the opportunity to meet more people. Sounds contradictory, but it’s true.” — Jenna Prechtl, '11

“My fondest memory of Pitt-Bradford was interacting with so many new and diverse people and creating lifelong friendships. The best part about Pitt-Bradford is the close relationships you can have with faculty, staff and students.” — Jake Loree, '11

“Pitt-Bradford is an excellent university where professors get to know you and want you to succeed. Pitt-Bradford prepared me for my career by giving me the skills and training I needed to be a successful teacher. Pitt-Bradford also helped me when I was preparing to apply for career opportunities. I learned how to write an excellent resume and how to make myself stand out from other prospective employees.” — Shea Miller, '12

“I had an excellent educational experience and the opportunity to learn from many first-class professors.” — Dave Monroe, '10

“A great part about attending Pitt-Bradford is the small class size. You are able to have closer relationships with professors. There are also many opportunities offered at Pitt-Bradford, such as internships, student organizations and student activities.” — Breann Lyons, 12


  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662