5 Allegheny County Airport
West Mifflin, PA 15122
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • 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 567 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 19% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 39%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 567 students
  • Private-state tuition: $19,125
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 6:1
  • Minority enrollment: 19%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 98 teachers has grown by 172% over five years.
Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Private not-for-profit
Private not-for-profit
Total Faculty
98 staff
56 staff
This chart display total faculty of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and community college average number of faculty in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics has grown by 48% 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 0.34 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
567 students
419 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and community college average number of enrollment of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
12:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and community college average student staff ratio of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Students
567 students
282 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time students enrollment of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and average number of community college Full-time students enrollment of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Part-Time Students
n/a
165 students
This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of PA.
# Enrollment Undergraduate
628 students
312 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
567 students
297 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time undergraduate students enrollment of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and average number of community college Full-time undergraduate  students enrollment of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
18 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
n/a
166 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
21 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
313 students
% Asian
n/a
4%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the percentage of Asian community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Hispanic
2%
9%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Black
6%
12%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the percentage of Black community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% White
81%
61%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the percentage of White community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Two or more races
1%
2%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Non Resident races
8%
1%
This chart display the percentage of Non Resident students in Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the percentage of Non Resident community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Unknown races
1%
11%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in PA.
Diversity Score
0.34
0.59
This chart display the diversity score of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the community college average diversity score of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
0.87%
0.91%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.05%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$56,800
$34,900
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of PA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $19,125 is more than the state average of $17,194. The private state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees
$19,125
$17,194
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the private community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
77%
92%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$14,498
$13,620
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$6,234
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
94%
79%
This chart display the percent admitted of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the community college average percent admitted of PA by year, with the latest 2009-10 school year data.
SAT Reading
n/a
450
SAT Math
n/a
465
SAT Writing
n/a
435
ACT Composite
n/a
20
ACT English
n/a
18
ACT Math
n/a
20
ACT Writing
n/a
7
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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).

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics cost?

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics's private state tuition is approximately $19,125.

What is the acceptance rate of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics?

The acceptance rate of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is 94%, which is higher than the state average of 79%.

What is Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics's ranking?

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics ranks among the top 20% of community college in Pennsylvania for: Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

Recent Articles

FAFSA Applications: Community Colleges Offer Assistance
FAFSA Applications: Community Colleges Offer Assistance
Need help with your FAFSA application?Many community colleges are offering workshops and other types of assistance to help students get the financial aid necessary to head to college next year.
What to Consider When Choosing a Community College
There are thousands of different schools out there, so how do you make your choice? Consider these three categories to narrow your search and find the perfect school.
Community College Pathways to a Career in Air Traffic Control
Community College Pathways to a Career in Air Traffic Control
Air traffic controllers enjoy secure, interesting work. Earning a degree in ATC at a community college is an excellent first step to securing a job.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 567 students
  • Private-state tuition: $19,125
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 6:1
  • Minority enrollment: 19%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Related School Videos

Did You Know?

The average community college acceptance rate in Allegheny County, PA is 80%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Allegheny County, PA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.41, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Allegheny County, PA is Triangle Tech Inc-Pittsburgh. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

Quick Links