Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

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The Kenneth P.Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences constitutes the liberal arts core of the University of Pittsburgh, one of the major public research universities in the United States. We provide instruction in natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences for all students studying at the Pittsburgh campus, including more than 10,000 students registered as Dietrich School undergraduates. In addition, the Dietrich School educates 15 percent—more than 1,500—of the University’s graduate and graduate professional students, making it the largest graduate program in Pittsburgh.

In the fall of 2011, it was announced that local business leader, investor, author, and philanthropist William S. Dietrich II would make an historic gift of a $125 million in support of the School of Arts and Sciences. In recognition of the gift, the largest to Pitt in its 225-year history and one of the ten largest gifts made by an individual to a public university in the United States, Pitt’s Board of Trustees agreed to name the School the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences in honor of Mr. Dietrich’s father. 


Giving Priorities

Give to the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences priority funds:
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Discretionary Fund
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich Scholarship Fund
  • Graduate Programs in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Dean's Message


“The generosity of our community of donors provides the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences with the resources we need to develop the excellence of our graduate and undergraduate programs in competition with the best arts and sciences schools in the nation, support the leading-edge research and scholarship of our faculty, and attract and retain the highest-quality students.”

- N. John Cooper, Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey Dean



Sean Dean
Director of Annual Programs
Office of Institutional Advancement
(412) 624-5811



For information about gift options of $1,000 or more, please contact:

Tom GolightlyThomas W. Golightly
Senior Executive Director of Development 
Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
(412) 624-3201



For information about bequests, annuities, and trusts, please contact:

Kathy Jo McElwainKathy Jo McElwain
Director of Planned Giving
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
(412) 624-3204