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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 68th

Pittsburgh, the second-largest city in the US state of Pennsylvania (after Philadelphia), cements its place in the QS Best Student Cities this year, offering a strong quality of living, diverse student population, and a chance to study at a world-renowned university. Two universities in Pittsburgh are featured within the QS World University Rankings® 2018, led by the well-known Carnegie Mellon University in joint 47th place.

Located to the west of the state, just east of the Ohio border, Pittsburgh is located on the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers which merge to form the Ohio River. The city’s large-scale waterways are not only points of beauty for the city, but also a point of pride – one of Pittsburgh’s nicknames is “the City of Bridges”, as there are a total of 446 bridges within its borders.

Other nicknames awarded to Pittsburgh include “the Steel City”, thanks to its thriving steel industry and “the City of Champions”, due to a long history of sporting victories. Pittsburgh has been voted one of the nation’s top cities for baseball, but other sports such as football (American), ice hockey and basketball are also competitively played, giving the city a brilliant celebratory atmosphere on match days. It’s not all about sports, however; Pittsburgh also boasts modern architecture, quirky neighborhoods, trendy bars and fine museums.

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Internationally ranked universities in Pittsburgh


More about Pittsburgh

Number of universities ranked by QS

2

Highest-ranked institution

Population

2,361,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$41,200

Desirability rank

73rd

Employer Activity rank

57th

Affordability rank

108th

Student View rank

103rd


To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, 
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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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