Universities in Pittsburgh - QS Best Student Cities Ranking | Top Universities

Study in Pittsburgh

By Laura Tucker

Updated July 1, 2022 Updated July 1, 2022

QS Best Student Cities ranking: 73rd

Pittsburgh, the second-largest city in the US state of Pennsylvania (after Philadelphia), offers 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 top 150 in the QS World University Rankings® 2023, led by the well-known Carnegie Mellon University in 52nd 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 American football, 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.

Internationally ranked universities in Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon UniversityUniversity of Pittsburgh

More about Pittsburgh

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

Carnegie Mellon University (ranked 52nd)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student View rank


To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

This article was originally published in November 2015 . It was last updated in July 2022

Want more content like this Register for free site membership to get regular updates and your own personal content feed.

+ 19 others
saved this article

+ 20 others saved this article

Explore Events

Get assisted by higher education experts

Our expert teams can help start your academic journey by guiding you through the application process.

Related Articles Last year

Most Shared Last year

Most Read Last year