Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

5 Allegheny County Airport
West Mifflin, PA 15122
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  • PIA, a premiere school of aviation maintenance, aviation electronics, and electronic systems training, was established in 1929. PIA’s goal has been to provide its learners with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that they need in order to succeed in their chosen career fields.

School Highlights

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics serves 622 students (100% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 6:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 26% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 44%.

Top Rankings

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 98 teachers has grown by 104% over five years.
Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationSpecial Focus Two-Year: Technical ProfessionsAssociates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profitPrivate not-for-profit
Total Faculty98 staff56 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics has grown by 62% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has decreased from 11:1 over five years.
The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics diversity score of 0.44 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment622 students477 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio6:112:1
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# Full-Time Students622 students331 students
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% Asian
1%
3%
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% Hispanic
5%
11%
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% Black
5%
15%
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% White
74%
56%
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% Two or more races
5%
3%
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% Non Resident races
9%
1%
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% Unknown races
1%
11%
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Diversity Score0.440.64
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College Completion Rate
70%
56%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$56,800$34,900
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $19,125 is more than the state average of $17,415. The private state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$19,125$17,415
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid91%91%
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Median Debt for Graduates$14,498$13,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Acceptance Rate94%79%
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • In 1995 PIA expanded its training to meet other needs in the transportation industry with the addition of its Truck Driving Program. As skilled commercial drivers are always in demand, this course of study provides a much-needed training program in several locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In 2003 PIA again expanded its course offerings to include Heavy Equipment Operation, Corporate Training, and Computer Based Training for youth and adults. Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is located eight miles south and east of the city of Pittsburgh with its campus buildings on Allegheny County Airport, West Mifflin, PA. PIA's airport location provides an ideal atmosphere for aviation training and access to the airport runways so that the airplanes that are worked on in PIA's shops can fly to the school's facilities. The total area of school facilities is more than 120,000 square feet. In addition to classrooms and laboratory areas, the campus houses a bookstore, libraries, and printing department. Programs Offered includes Aviation Maintanence Technology (AMT), Aviation Electronics Technology (AET), Electronics Systems Technology (EST), Mechanical Systems Technology (MST), Commercial Drivers License Training (CDL), Heavy Equipment Operator (HEQ) and Rotorcraft Systems & Maintenance (RSM). The institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is Bradford School (Pittsburgh) (7.0 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Bradford School (Pittsburgh)
    Private, for profit
    413 students | 7.00 Mi125 West Station Square Drive, Suite 129
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    (412) 391-6710
    7.00413
  • Pittsburgh Career Institute
    Private for-profit
    66 students | 7.30 Mi421 Seventh Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    (412) 281-2600
    7.3066
  • 205 students | 7.50 Mi5808 Baum Blvd
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206
    (412) 362-8500
    7.50205
  • 339 students | 7.50 Mi125 Seventh St
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222
    (412) 391-7021
    7.50339
  • 16,031 students | 8.40 Mi800 Allegheny Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15233
    (412) 323-2323
    8.4016,031
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The average community college acceptance rate in Allegheny County, PA is 79%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Allegheny County, PA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.43, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Allegheny County, PA is Pittsburgh Technical College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.