Founded in 1787 as a small, private school, the Pittsburgh Academy was located in a log cabin near Pittsburgh. In the 226 years since, the University has evolved into an internationally recognized center of learning and research. Private through much of its history, Pitt became a state-related university in 1966. Today, the University of Pittsburgh system consists of the 132-acre Pittsburgh campus and regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville. The University of Pittsburgh is among the nation's oldest and most distinguished comprehensive universities, with a wide variety of high-quality programs in the arts and sciences as well as professional fields. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.