The secret is out about Pittsburgh. It's a great city for food, culture, sports, and business. When you attend W&J College, Pittsburgh's vibrancy and opportunity are just 30 minutes away. You can head there any weekend for free on the Pittsburgh Pipeline shuttle. You'll find no end of fun things to do, a wealth of opportunities for internships in any field, from tech to the arts, and a convenient way to make connections with alumni who now call Pittsburgh home. Our location gives you the best of both worlds: a charming, historic campus with one of the most vibrant and fun cities in the country right in our backyard.
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By the numbers, Pittsburgh ranks. It's a place of firsts and a leader in the region and the nation. Past firsts include the first museum of modern art, the first baseball stadium, the first heart transplant, the first robotics institute, the first Big Mac, and the first polio vaccine. In the present, Pittsburgh leads in jobs, entrepreneurship, culture, food, and green living. Come to W&J College and discover for yourself a Pittsburgh connection.
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Pittsburgh's many boroughs all provide opportunities to shop and take in the feel of the city. Reclaiming Pittsburgh's industrial past at SouthSide Works or keeping its food market tradition alive in the Strip District, you'll find top retailers, great food, and plenty of local charm all across the city. Hit local boutiques in Lawrenceville or check out the riverfront view of the city while you shop and eat.
Pittsburgh is a foodie town. In fact, it’s the only U.S. city on the BBC Good Food list of Top 10 destinations for foodies 2019. You'll find something for every taste here. Great coffee shops, inventive young chefs trying new things, and old favorites like Pamela's Diner – famous for its breakfasts – and Primanti Brothers – famous for its Almost Famous sandwiches.
Sports fans have a lot to cheer for in Pittsburgh. The Penguins, the Pirates, and the Steelers are a source of hometown pride. Don your black and gold and enjoy an afternoon taking in a baseball game at PNC Park. State-of-the-art stadiums surrounded by dining and greenspace mean that you can make a day of seeing the city and catching a game.
Pittsburgh likes a tradition, and a number of events occur annually. Enjoy it once or return year after year and make it a tradition for yourself. Some regular annual events to keep your eye on: PicklesBURGH, Restaurant Week, Pittsburgh Marathon (run it, or cheer on the runners!), Kennywood Phantom Fright Nights, Three Rivers Arts Festival, South Side Soup Contest. Grab a friend and a sense of adventure and check one out!
Large and small concert venues across the city will satisfy your urge for live music. Bigger name artists perform at the venues in the Cultural District and Stage AE hosts national tours of rock and hip hop artists. For the local scene, small venues and bars on the South Side, East Libery, Lawrenceville, and Millvale regularly host local and touring artists.
Head to Pittsburgh's Cultural District for theatre, music, dance, film, and stylish dining. Heinz Hall, the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, the Byham Theater, the O'Reilly Theatre, and the August Wilson Cultural Center are all packed into a few blocks of downtown, making it the destination for cultural entertainment. The opera, the symphony, Broadway musicals,
plays, and independent films are all here for you.
Whether you love art, history, nature, science, or the obscure, Pittsburgh is home to some of the top museums in the country. Take on one of the four Carnegie Museums for a day, or visit some of the hidden gems of Pittsburgh such as Phipps Conservatory or The Mattress Factory.
If you like to hit the trails, the water, or just get outside, Pittsburgh has acres of parks and green spaces, and miles of bike trails – some stretching all the way to Washington D.C.
Our free Pittsburgh Pipeline shuttle makes more than 200 weekend trips each year from W&J College to the downtown area - just a 30-minute trip. So spend a Saturday hiking Riverview Park, devouring a Primanti Bros. sandwich, touring the Warhol Museum, or catching a Pirates game.
You might have watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a kid, but did you know that he was a Pittsburgh native? Born in Latrobe, PA, Fred Rogers lived in the city most of his life. He filmed his beloved television show at WQED studios in Oakland.
*Washington & Jefferson College does not officially endorse any of the above establishments, organizations, or events unless otherwise noted.