Community Organizations & Residents

Strengthening Communities

The University of Pittsburgh's community activities are broad based and wide ranging, but they all share a common mission: This work brings together the best of education and research with the strengths, assets, and agendas of our communities to ensure that the benefits of this great university are enjoyed by all.

Partner with Pitt

Locally, nationally, and globally we work in close partnership to achieve this common mission. The Engagement Map is an interactive tool that shows how and where Pitt is currently engaging in the community. We invite new partnerships, or the opportunity to stregthen existing ones, and ask that you contact to learn how Pitt can be a resource to you.

Neighborhood Commitments   

Pitt's Neighborhood Commitments are an effort to build stronger communities and a stronger University based on long-term partnerships. In collaboration with local communities such as Homewood, the Hill District, and Oakland, the University is making an investment in infrastructure, programming, and dedicated staff to support this work.

Institutional Master Plan: CGR has partnered with the  Facilities Management team on the public engagement process for The University of Pittsburgh’s 10 year Institutional Master Plan. View the comments from the public meeting notes and revisions of the plan.

Oakland Neighborhood Plan: The City of Pittsburgh is working with the Oakland community to create a 10-year plan with a shared vision for Oakland’s future and the projects and programs necessary to make that vision a reality. Once adopted by the Planning Commission, the Oakland Plan will become City policy and guide public and private investments in the area. New land use regulations, transportation and infrastructure improvements, and public programs may also be recommended by the plan. The plan area generally includes the neighborhoods of North Oakland, Central Oakland, South Oakland, and West Oakland.


The University of Pittsburgh Events Calendar lists programming and activities that are open to the public.

Community Leisure Learn Program offers local residents the opportunity to improve their overall health and physical well-being through programming and activities.

Facilities Management provides facilities services for the Oakland Campus (grounds maintenance, refuse and custodial services).

Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE) offers expertise across many skill areas and background experiences. The IEE 's mission is to promote economic growth in the Western Pennsylvania region and help business leaders prosper. This is achieved through educational opportunities, consulting services, and networking. 

iServe is a partnership between the School of Computing and Information and PittServes. iServe leverages the talents and aspirations of students to create meaningful volunteer projects with local organizations. Utilizing a skill-based inventory, organizations have the opportunity to submit project proposals for student volunteers to complete during the fall and spring semesters.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is thriving and vibrant membership-based community of adults, age 50 and better, who are passionate about learning. There are no tests, no grades, and no degree requirements, making it the perfect place for exploring new topics with other interested adults. OLLI at Pitt is about learning for the love of learning! 

Pittsburgh Admissions Collaboration is a partnership between Pittsburgh Public Schools, Community College of Allegheny County, and the University of Pittsburgh that provides a pathway to admission to the Community College of Allegheny County and the University of Pittsburgh. Additonal support and resources are provided to students from high school to college graduation.

Pittsburgh Public Scholars program offers guaranteed admission to one of the five Pitt campuses for all valedictorians and salutatorians in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system. All eligible students will receive a minimum of $2000* in scholarship funding and the University is committed to meeting the full financial need of any Pell Grant eligible Pittsburgh Public Scholars.

PittServes is a university-wide initative that engages University of Pittsburgh students in meaningful service to the community on a local, national, and international scale.