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The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is an urban state-related research university located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with four regional campuses throughout Western Pennsylvania. Founded in 1787, Pitt is one of the oldest continuously chartered institutions of higher education in the United States.

Pitt is ranked as one of the top public research universities in the nation by the Center for Measuring University Performance (top cluster of 7) and U.S. News & World Report (top 20), has been named as a "best value" by various publications, and has appeared in multiple rankings of the world's top universities. Pitt has also been recognized for its positive campus atmosphere, with The Princeton Review ranking Pitt as having the 8th happiest student body and the 11th best quality of life in the nation in 2010.

Pitt is among the world's most active research institutions with over $700 million in annual research expenditures. Pitt and its medical school are also closely affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a leading international academic medical center that has been consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the approximately 15 to 20 best hospitals in America over the last decade.

Pitt is popularly recognized for its centerpiece building, the Cathedral of Learning at 535 feet (163 m), the tallest educational building in the Western Hemisphere; for its central role in developing the first polio vaccine; and for fielding nationally competitive NCAA Division I athletic programs.


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Stephen Foster Memorial
The Stephen Foster Memorial is an academic facility of the University of Pittsburgh, often referred to as Pitt, that is a contributing property to the Schenley Farms Historic District, is designated as a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historical Landmark, and is a landmark whose significance is designated by a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Historical Marker.

The main structure houses the two theaters that server as performance spaces for the university's Department of Theatre Arts: the 478-seat Charity Randall Theatre and 151-seat Henry Heymann Theatre. The left wing of the building houses the Stephen Foster Memorial Museum and the Center for American Music which contains the University of Pittsburgh's Foster Hall Collection that includes manuscripts, copies of over 200 of his musical compositions, examples of recordings, songsters, broadside, programs, books, various memorabilia, and several musical instruments, including one of Foster's pianos. The memorial is also home to the university's Ethelbert Nevin Collection and the Society for American Music.


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The Pittsburgh Panthers, commonly also referred to as the Pitt Panthers, are the athletic teams of University of Pittsburgh. Pitt fields 19 varsity teams at the highest level of competitive collegiate athletics in the United States, NCAA Division I, which compete as members of the Big East Conference, Eastern Wrestling League, East Atlantic Gymnastics League, and Eastern College Athletic Conference.

The university's athletic program is one of only five current NCAA Division 1A schools to have won multiple national championships in both football (9) and basketball (2), and the Panthers have been ranked as having among the best combinations of football and basketball programs by multiple publications, including being listed as the fifth best combination of football and basketball programs during 2010 according to both CBSSports.com's "Flourishing Five" ranking and CollegeFootballNews.com's "Hoops & Helmets" ranking. Pitt also fields traditionally competitive sports in wrestling, volleyball, baseball, swimming & diving, and track & field; as well as nationally recognized spirit groups that include the Pitt Band and a three-time national champion cheerleading squad.

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Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003), born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was an Pitt alumnus, educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter and television host. Rogers was the host of the television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood which was in production at Pittsburgh's WQED, initially in what is now its Music Building. The well-known children's show aired 895 episodes and was syndicated nationally on PBS from 1968 to 2001. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood won four Emmy awards, and Rogers received one for lifetime achievement.

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