Duquesne University in Pittsburgh is a Catholic University that focuses on “guiding students to be involved, seek their interests, and be constructive members of society.” With around 6,000 undergraduates and a “culturally-rich urban setting” in “the heart of the city,” students get a personalized experience in “an enriching environment in which students are encouraged to think critically and act deliberately.”
The school’s cosmopolitan location also means that students in the university’s strong business program are given access to “professionals with actual business experience, not just theory.” “My professors know what they are teaching and do so with enthusiasm,” says a freshman of a school where “the small student body makes it easier to interact with professors and staff.” No matter which of the approximately 80 majors one chooses, there is an “emphasis put on challenging the mainstream discourse.” Professors are “varied” in their teaching styles; some “are strict and assign hours of homework,” while others “are laid back and focus more on the students’ understanding.” There are also “very helpful” tutoring services available.
The eye to a well-rounded future is also a strength of the school, and the faculty maintain “a lot of connections with people to help [students] with jobs after graduation,” making sure that all who matriculate are educated “in multiple facets for the field they plan to enter.” “A significant portion of my professors really care and want to make sure their students succeed and are always sending me emails about internship and job opportunities pertaining to my major,” says one junior. “Even the deans and department chairs” are easily accessible, and “love to get to know their students personally.”
The “secluded campus’” location “is part of Pittsburgh and at the same time, it is its own neighborhood.” Downtown Pittsburgh (especially the nearby South Side) is a short distance away and “there’s a lot of places to go eat, shop, or go for a run.” The weekends “are somewhat dominated by pot/alcohol, but there are still plenty of people who refrain from using them.” “I enjoy attending the NiteSpot events such as first run movies, scavenger hunts, and bingo nights. There is always something to do!” says one such student. There are no Greek houses at Duquesne, though Greek life does exist and is “particularly strong.”
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