University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg named a 2018 “Hidden Gem” by College Raptor

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg recently was recognized as a 2018 Hidden Gem for Women in STEM by the College Raptor, the only college planning website that helps families discover colleges based on personalized estimates of actual college costs.

Pitt-Greensburg placed 11th on the list of 25 colleges and universities selected as the best colleges in the country for women in STEM, based on a combination of factors, including number of applications received, graduation rates, campus diversity, endowment per student, and other key metrics as reported via the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the most recently available enrollment year.

This newest ranking for Pitt-Greensburg illustrates the ongoing growing interest in science and healthcare majors at the Hempfield Township campus. Nearly 50 percent of its total campus enrollment are Natural Science students, a rising trend over the past decade. Most recently, the campus added a four-year baccalaureate nursing program and a healthcare management major to its offerings.

 College Raptor’s Hidden Gems began in tandem with their Best Colleges Rankings four years ago, in an attempt to better represent an overall assessment of the health and quality of a college. To that end, College Raptor’s ranking comprises a number of specific factors that are then combined into a single weighted score, which determines a college’s overall rank. The full methodology is outlined here.

“We assemble these Hidden Gem lists to showcase lesser-known colleges, and to empower prospective students and parents to discover schools they might not have considered,” said Bill Staib, College Raptor’s CEO. “We highlight institutions like Pitt-Greensburg because they go beyond academic excellence and invest in an environment that provides the best educational outcomes for their students. They deserve the spotlight,” Staib continued.

About College Raptor, Inc.

College Raptor builds products to help students, parents, counselors, and colleges resolve some of the biggest challenges in college planning. The college search platform allows users to estimate their individual “net” cost for attending any four-year college in the United States. As a result, students and their families discover quality, affordable college options they might never have considered because of a lack of awareness or financial concerns. For more information about College Raptor, visit

About Pitt-Greensburg:

Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted, four-year, liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt-Greensburg offers 29 baccalaureate degree programs, including new majors in Nursing, Healthcare Management, Public Policy, and Education, as well as 19 minors and five certificate programs. With nearly 1,500 students, more than 10,000 alumni, and faculty and staff numbering 260, Pitt-Greensburg provides a vibrant, diverse community that is a dynamic model of a 21st century liberal arts education. As part of the University of Pittsburgh system, Pitt-Greensburg offers the resources of a world-renowned university combined with the individualized and immersive experiences of a small liberal arts college. Creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit permeate the campus and extend into its many collaborative projects with the Westmoreland County community.

Publication Date

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:15am