Greensburg, the county seat of Westmoreland County since 1785, was named for Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene. The city grew from a small cluster of buildings along a wagon trail that connected Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to a major center of business and culture in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
The best of worlds exists in Greensburg! With its small-town feel, locally owned and operated shops, restaurants, and cafes, annual community events like the Summer Sounds concert series and the Farmer’s Market, life in Greensburg is peaceful and comfortable. Anything you need is available here in Greensburg – indulge in a buttery croissant and cappuccino at the White Rabbit Café, browse for a new unique piece of furniture at Second Nature Studio, catch a musical or comedian at the Palace Theater, take a stroll through St. Clair Park, challenge your stamina at a spin class at the YMCA, or a join a pickup game of baseball at Lynch Field.
However, just a short drive west is Pittsburgh, with major league sports teams in state-of-the-art facilities, A-list music concerts, exceptional theater performances, cultural districts bursting with international flavors, vibrant nightlife, world-renowned museums ranging from local history to classical art, and a stunning skyline.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to “get away” from the hustle and bustle of a large metropolis, another short trip (this time to the east) will bring you into the heart of the Laurel Highlands. Here you can lose yourself camping in the lush forests of Laurel Hill State Park, hike up rocky mountain trails of the Laurel Ridge, and take an invigorating dip in icy cool mountain streams at Linn Run. Outdoor activities such as white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and snowmobiling are available for the thrill-seeker in all of us.
Students benefit from close relationships with the Allegheny Health Network (Forbes Hospital and Allegheny General Hospital) in Pittsburgh, Conemaugh Health System in Johnstown, Somerset Hospital in Somerset, and Fayette Regional Health System (Uniontown Hospital) in Uniontown, all of which provide valuable clinical training for students during their third and fourth years.