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Pittsburg State University

Empowering Students Through Hands-On Learning

About Pitt State

Located in Pittsburg, Kansas, our campus features the region’s premier facilities for hands-on learning, athletics, and the arts.

With a focus on student success, academic excellence, and community involvement, Pittsburg State is a destination of choice for students seeking a dynamic and enriching educational experience.

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Known for its strong emphasis on hands-on learning, PSU is recognized for its commitment to preparing students for successful careers and leadership roles.

The university's faculty members actively engage with students providing personalized guidance and mentorship every step of the way.

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Academic excellence is at the heart of everything we do, with 200+ programs designed to empower students to achieve their full potential.

From innovative research opportunities to hands-on learning experiences, our diverse programs ensure every student finds their path to success.

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With a rich legacy spanning decades, our teams consistently excel on the field, court, and track, earning numerous conference titles and national championships.

From the electrifying roar of the crowd at Carnie Smith Stadium to the fierce competition in John Lance Arena, Pitt State athletics epitomizes excellence, teamwork, and pride.


The university’s main campus is located just minutes from Downtown Pittsburg, where students can enjoy various dining, shopping, and recreational activities. Pittsburg offers many popular big-city amenities with the charm and pace of a small town.

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When you're the only college or university in the nation with a Gorilla for your mascot people naturally want to know, "Why a Gorilla?"

Pitt State's unique mascot traces back to student Harold Alyea in 1920 who formed the Gorillas, a group known for their rowdy and unwavering dedication to PSU athletics.

In 1925 the student body officially adopted the Gorilla as the school's mascot, reflecting the university's distinctive spirit and the qualities of its alumni, who embody intelligence, strength, loyalty, and collaboration.

  • 1903

    • The Kansas State Manual Training Normal School Auxiliary opens with fifty-four enrolled students.
  • 1923

    • PSU becomes Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg
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    • PSU becomes Kansas State College of Pittsburg
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    • PSU achieves its final name change, becoming Pittsburg State University
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    • Today, nearly 6,000 students from around the world choose Pitt State to prepare for their careers in business, education, construction, medicine, technology, the arts, and more.
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