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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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A small sampling of the Oakland Zoo in January 2008
The Oakland Zoo is the student cheering section for the University of Pittsburgh men's and women's basketball teams. The Zoo cheers on the Panthers from the bottom tier of the stands at the Petersen Events Center, primarily across from the teams' benches and on the baselines under the baskets. The "Pete" holds a rowdy crowd of 1,500 students and is consistently sold out for Panthers home game. The Oakland Zoo is named after Oakland, the neighborhood in which the university is located. The name "Oakland Zoo" is used for the basketball cheering sections only; the football cheering section is known as "The Panther Pitt".
Pitt baseball circa the 1890s when the school was known as the Western University of Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh Panthers baseball is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate baseball program of the University of Pittsburgh, often referred to as "Pitt". The Pitt baseball team competes in the Big East Conference and plays their home games at the Petersen Sports Complex (starting in 2011). It is the university's oldest recorded sport dating to 1869. The Panthers have won both the Big East regular season and Big East Tournament championships, received four First Team All-American selections, and have appeared in three NCAA championships. 32 Panthers have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Joe Jordano has been the head coach of Pitt baseball since 1998.


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Fred Rogers greeted by President Bush in the White House
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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