Talent Cultivator

As a talent cultivator, Pitt educates the future workforce and increases their earning potential.

Pitt educates Pennsylvania’s 21st-century workforce. As professionals, consumers, and citizens, Pitt graduates are critically important to Pennsylvania’s economic vitality. Of the 9,000 students graduating from Pitt each year, about 56% will stay in Pennsylvania. Over the span of their career, each of these graduates will earn about $844,000 more than high school graduates as a result of the education they received at Pitt.

Pitt is committed to welcoming a diverse student body and preparing them to succeed across a broad spectrum of professions and industries.

Talent Cultivator Chart


Two women work together on a laptop

A more digitally literate rural workforce

Through the CODE for Commonwealth and Country initiative, Pitt Johnstown is making a commitment to STEM programming and working in collaboration with local schools, parents, and community partners to teach students in grades 2–12 the basics of coding.

Students walk through the Pitt campus

Nursing economic opportunity

The Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is quickly becoming the national standard for health care providers. Like many regions, southwestern Pennsylvania is facing a shortage of nurses who have earned the degree. With support from a local foundation, Pitt Greensburg launched the first on-site nursing degree program in Westmoreland County in 2017. By 2020, the program will be graduating 75 nurses per year.

Pitt student Andrew Knight

A college education within reach

Andrew Knight wanted to attend the University of Pittsburgh since he was 8 years old. “At first it was for a sport,” he said, “but as I grew older I have seen how amazing Pitt is as an academic powerhouse, and I couldn’t pass up on this opportunity.”

Now through the Pittsburgh Public Scholars program that offers valedictorians and salutatorians of Pittsburgh Public Schools guaranteed admission to Pitt and financial support for four years, Andrew has become the first member of his family to attend college. 

With a bachelor’s degree from Pitt, Andrew can expect to earn a salary more than $21,000 greater than that of a high school graduate. And if he goes on to obtain a graduate degree at Pitt, his earning expectations will increase by another $13,500. 

The inaugural class of ten Pittsburgh Public Scholars—including four first-generation college students—enrolled in 2018.