Mission and History

Mission Statement

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a baccalaureate degree-granting unit and regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. As an integral part of a state-related institution, the Greensburg Campus provides educational opportunities to both traditional and nontraditional students through curricular and co-curricular experiences that are focused primarily on the arts and sciences and some selected professional or pre-professional programs that are grounded in traditional liberal arts disciplines. As an undergraduate school within the broader University, Pitt-Greensburg’s faculty places primary emphasis on teaching excellence while maintaining a commitment to scholarship and public service.

A common part of the undergraduate educational experience is acquiring a certain depth and breadth of knowledge in a specific discipline or area that defines a student’s major focus of study. Equally important is the opportunity for each student to acquire the fundamentals of a liberal arts and sciences education. The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is committed to a General Education Program that will give its students a broader understanding of the human experience and the fundamental skills necessary for academic success and learning throughout their lifetimes.

Pitt-Greensburg recognizes that good citizenship, civic leadership, and full participation in an information-based, global society are a function of educational excellence. Accordingly, in all curricular and co-curricular matters, including its unique academic village structure, the Greensburg Campus fulfills its mission by providing its students with opportunities to develop leadership, a sense of civic engagement and public service, global awareness, and a commitment to academic excellence.

Campus History

The Campus began operations as a two-year institution on September 3, 1963, in the Vogel building, located in downtown Greensburg. On June 29, 1964, the Charles Lynch Estate was purchased. Construction on the multi-purpose building that was to become Smith Hall started 10 years later while, at the same time, a proposal to change the program from lower to upper division was submitted to the State Department of Education. In 1988, the Board of Trustees awarded degree-granting status to Pitt-Greensburg. Pitt-Greensburg now offers 24 degree programs and 19 minors, in addition to numerous pre-professional programs, to over 1,700 students.

The newest building, Frank A. Cassell Hall, is the campus’ first sustainable building with a LEED certification. It houses the IT and computer center along with much-needed faculty offices and classrooms, as well as some select places for study and relaxation. A new multimedia lab in Millstein Library provides students, faculty, and staff with state-of-the-art digital equipment to use to further enhance the Pitt-Greensburg educational experience.

The campus commitment to the academic experience of the student is evident in the 13 faculty members who have received the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. The physical campus has changed considerably from the original to include 25 brick buildings located on a lovely wooded campus.