The Academic Village is a Pitt-Greensburg innovation for the integrating the curricular and extracurricular experiences of students. As a joint venture of the faculty and the Office of Student Services, the Academic Village have both residential and programming components.
A current list of Village programming can be found here.
Pitt-Greensburg’s Academic Village offer a unique living and learning experience to high achieving students with interests ranging from the sciences and technology to the arts, politics, history, and foreign cultures.
Gain a unique perspective by combining classroom learning with interesting hands on programming outside the classroom.
Village members also have special opportunities for leadership and coursework not available to non-members.
Students in the Academic Village have the opportunity to work with faculty from all disciplines by participating in event planning, debates and discussions, small group workshops and more!
Special Academic Courses
Village members have the first opportunity to enroll in special interdisciplinary seminars offered each semester by at least two faculty in different disciplines.
The Village Senate is made up of representatives from each Village and works to promote community, develop programs, and improve the living experience for everyone in the Villages.
The Coffeehouse Live Music Committee is open to all students but is a sub committee of the Village Senate who work closely with the Student Activities Board (SAB) to bring live music acts to The Coffeehouse and put on monthly Open Mic Nights.
Village Work Studies are returning Village members who work closely with the Director and Assistant Director to keep the Villages running smoothly.
Village members are held to high academic standards and are expected to be active members of the Village community. Grades and participation are evaluated each semester and members are required to reapply every year for readmission.
Is the Village right for me?
If you are looking for a community that embraces learning and diversity, that encourages students to explore their interests and helps them to become better students and human beings, then the Villages are right for you.
What kinds of topics and interests are represented in Village programming?
The short answer to the question is—ANYTHING
Village programming is intended to extend the learning experience outside the classroom. Faculty are encouraged to hold Village programs that tie into their course material. Students are encouraged to take course subjects and materials that interest them and expand on them through Village programs.
Here are just a few of the themes being explored in the Village in the past:
- Brazil (campus LaCultura theme)
- Science and Ethics (topic of special Village seminar)
- Podcasting and other topics related to music and technology
- Issues of cultural and social diversity
Anything else YOU are interested in. Every Village member chooses an interest group at the beginning of each term and works with those with common interests to develop ideas and programming.
About the Academic Village Amenities
The Academic Village offers privacy with the comforts of home in a full-size, apartment-style accommodation. Enjoy a good night’s sleep in your private bedroom or hang out with your roommates in the full-size kitchen and living room. Village Hall, located in the center of the Academic Village, is home to the Coffeehouse where students commonly gather to grab a flavored coffee, sandwich, or dessert. Village Hall is often a meeting space for students and is host to many student activities.
There are six individual buildings, and each building houses eight apartments. The names of each Village house are listed below:
- Apollo House
- Athena House
- Franklin House
- Marshal House
- Mead House
- Selene House
Each full-size, apartment-style room accommodates four students and includes the following:
- Four private bedrooms
- Each room is equipped with an extra-long twin bed, desk, chair, dresser, drawers beneath the bed, and closet space
- Two full bathrooms
- Full kitchen with oven, stovetop, dishwasher, microwave, and full-size refrigerator
- Dining table and chairs
- Furnished living room
- Air conditioning
- Carpeted rooms
- Free local phone service
- Cable service
- Internet port in living room and each bedroom
- Laundry facility in each building
- One Residence Assistant per building
- Parking is available and close to the residence halls
Students who live in the Academic Village are held to high academic and personal standards. They attend field trips, performances, lectures, and exhibits and are engaged in the campus community. An Academic Village membership application must be completed online when you complete your housing application.
OK, I'm sold. How do I apply?
Before you submit a Village application, you must first submit a Housing Application. Click Here for more information on submitting a housing application through my.pitt.edu.
At the end of the Housing Application there will be a link to the online Academic Village application.
Your application will be reviewed as soon as possible by the Academic Village staff.
Many things are taken into consideration when reviewing applications including GPA, SAT, short question answers and past Village participation where relevant.
For more information contact:
Dr. Frank Wilson
Director, Academic Village
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Assistant Director, Academic Village
Instructor in Theatre Arts