Pittsburg State University

Home of the Gorillas & founded in 1903, this NCAA Division II university is fully accredited, offers 200+ academic programs & has 5,000+ enrolled students.

How the Gorillas got their name

The only college or university with a gorilla as its mascot, the nickname was adopted in the 1920’s – at the time it was slang for “roughnecks”.

Arts & Entertainment

Pose with one of several statues of the university’s mascot, the Gorilla, and view the numerous displays of public art donated to the university.

Eat & Drink

Coffee, bagels, BBQ, Mexican, and more, all available on campus.


Residents and visitors alike may choose from hundreds of activities, from music to theater to international food festivals and sports. Many are free to attend.


Visit a retired Moving Wall and see wonderfully preserved historic buildings. In spring, beds of crimson and gold tulips bloom throughout campus.


Gorilla gear, school supplies, and more.