Pennsylvania Institute of Technology Campus History
Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
The College that Empowers Students to Succeed
Home » About » History of P.I.T.

P.I.T.: Media Campus History

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology

The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology was founded in April, 1953 by Walter R. Garrison, a practicing engineer. He saw the need for engineers who could perform stress analysis in aircraft and in civil/architectural fields. Classes began in mathematics, stress analysis, and other technical subjects in a school in Upper Darby, PA.

In 1976, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDOE) granted P.I.T. approval to award specialized associate’s degrees for its technical programs.

P.I.T. remained in Upper Darby for almost 30 years until 1982, when the demand for more space required a move to today’s lovely, 14 acre Rose Valley-Media campus.

In 1983, P.I.T. was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, 215-662-5606), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

P.I.T. offers thirteen two-year associate degrees and four one-year career certificate programs in:

Associate Degree Programs:


Career Certificate Programs:

These programs prepare students for careers in their chosen fields. Additionally, students have the opportunity to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Our Mission is Student Success. To accomplish this, we focus on using effective and innovative teaching methods. P.I.T.’s success is measured by the students who achieve their educational, career, and life goals.

P.I.T. is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) college.

For more information, please feel free to call 1.800.422.0025 or email us at info@pit.edu.


P.I.T. is an independent, not-for-profit, degree granting college, accredited by Middle States*
* Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267)-284-5000