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Duff's Business Institute

Duff's Business Institute

Duff's Business Institute is the former name of Everest Institute's Pittsburgh campus. It offers career college programs in a variety of areas. The for-profit college was founded in 1851 as Duff's Mercantile College and has also been known as The Pioneer Business College in America, Iron City Commercial College, and Duff's Iron City College.


In 1840, Scottish immigrant Peter Duff accepted a temporary position as an accountant for a mercantile house in Pittsburgh.

After being recognized for his knowledge and proficiency by those needing instruction, Duff established the first business college in the United States.

In 1851, a perpetual charter was granted to "Duff's Mercantile College" by the Pennsylvania legislature.

The Institute was acquired by Rhodes Business Group, Inc. on October 17, 1996.

In June 2006, the name of the school was changed to Everest Institute.

It is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc.

Notable alumni

  • Henry J. Heinz, founder of H. J. Heinz Company

  • Morris Frederick Bell, Missouri architect

  • Clifford Ball (aviation), Pittsburgh aviation pioneer.


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