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Welcome to Pittsburg State University

Nestled in the southeast corner of Kansas, Pittsburg State University is located in the historic city of Pittsburg. Currently, 7,400 students attend Pittsburg State and more than 1,300 live on campus. Founded in 1903, Pittsburg State is home to a beautiful 443-acre campus. Our campus consists of 54 major buildings and provides students with convenient transportation routes and a hike/bike trail.

The primary emphasis at Pittsburg State is the success of our students, and our faculty pride themselves on giving personal attention to students in an atmosphere in which class sizes are kept small. The student to faculty ratio at PSU is 19-to-1, allowing for meaningful interaction between students and faculty. In fact, 92 percent of our undergraduate courses have fewer than 50 students and 75 percent have fewer than 30 students.

The university awards bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, education specialist degrees, associate degrees and professional certificates in more than 150 majors and academic programs across four colleges – the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Technology. 

Pittsburg State is unique for having the only collegiate Gorilla mascot in the country. Known as “Gus,” our mascot represents intelligence, strength, leadership and character. These are the traits that our students, faculty, and staff display on a daily basis, and why our alumni are so proud to be Gorillas!

Living in the Pitt State Community

Being a Gorilla

Pittsburg, Kansas is a thriving city of 20,000 residents with a storied mining history, and is an academic and economic leader in southeast Kansas. In fact, the city’s momentum has propelled it and its home county of Crawford into one of the fastest growing areas in southeast Kansas.

Pittsburg State enjoys tremendous support from its community. Gorilla flags and murals are common in the city and the Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual “Paint the Town Red” event to celebrate the first home football game of the year.

Pittsburg is less than 30 miles from the borders of Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Because of this, local residents often speak of the “four-state” region. With Joplin, Mo., Bentonville, Ark., and Miami, Ok. all within 90 minutes of Pittsburg, the commerce, entertainment and recreational activities available in this region are absolutely amazing

Looking for even more? The major metropolitan areas of Kansas City, Tulsa and Wichita are all just a few short hours away. You can attend an NFL football game or major concert or play and still enjoy the quiet, safety and community feel of a small town.