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When touring your potential colleges, take a self-guided tour. Find the students hanging out around campus and ask them the q...
When touring your potential colleges, take a self-guided tour. Find the students hanging out around campus and ask them the questions about college life that are most important to you. The people who live and study on campus will see the university in the ways that you will experience it your freshman year. In the end, your gut will be able to tell you as you walk around and explore on your own whether you belong at that college/university or not. It's cheesy, but you'll know. Once you get to school, take advantage of Orientation, even if you hate icebreakers. If you don't find your best friends through Orientation, get involved. Join Student Government so that you can have a say in operations that don't work or you don't like. Join a group where you can be silly and relax. Find friends who will listen to you vent about your bad test and your most recent ex. Try everything new. Stay on top of your homework, but be willing to step back and take the chances necessary to improve your college experience.
The only extra-curricular activities that do anything are fraternities and sororities. If you have interests outside of community service or your major, you won't be able to continue them at Duquesne. If your interest does have an organization on campus, it's very difficult to get into. They are mostly very cliquey and political.
The administration focuses on the outside appearance of the University while focusing much too little on student needs. The spent millions to make the library look pretty, but it has no books before the 90s. They power-washed one of the dorms ($100,000), but the elevators in the largest dorm never work, and students aren't allowed to take the stairs. Instead of buying more servers for the Internet to make it faster, they placed a spam filter on e-mail that filters out almost everything.
The quality of education
The quality of education
I would encourage students to apply to schools that they didn't initially intend on looking in to. I did not plan to attend t...
I would encourage students to apply to schools that they didn't initially intend on looking in to. I did not plan to attend the university I am at, and not because I was denied elsewhere. I was accepted everywhere I applied, and Duquesne was my backup, but my parents forced me to tour it, and I fell in love. Whenever you find the right college, you will know. You will absolutely love it and know that it is the place for you. I discovered that and I could not be happier. College is best time of your life. Enjoy it, get inovlved, meet as many people as you can, and live it up. It's all about doing the work, learning, and getting a great degree and job, but there is so much more to college than that. No matter where you attend, college is what you make of it. Just live it up, however you want to. It may be the first time in your life that you can be your true self, and you will find people who love you for that and will be your friends. College is amazing :)
My classmates are determined and hardworking.
My classmates are determined and hardworking.
It's not only important to find a school where you like the environment, but also a school that offers a good solid program in the field that you are going into.
In the program I am in, if you fail just one course in your four years here, you would have to stay an extra semester to complete your degree, since you are required to take a full 18 credits each semester, and they are all required to graduate. Professors are also very selective about who they let through the program; if you don't meet their standards, you won't get through.
There is a very strong sense of family among Duquesne students and faculty. We also have the best Freshman Orientation progr...
There is a very strong sense of family among Duquesne students and faculty. We also have the best Freshman Orientation program in the nation.
Don't get too overwhelmed in your college choice. Make sure you know what you want, and then just go for it. Talk to people who go to the school you're interested if you can to get the real scoop.
A person who doesn't like the Catholic faith.
Look at what happens when they are DONE with school....are they fully prepared? were they introduced to companies? job potent...
Look at what happens when they are DONE with school....are they fully prepared? were they introduced to companies? job potential?
It's so cutting edge and really is a quality education. VERY personable.
The expense...little/no help from government. Most family's here don't even have to take out loans which is frustrating
Duquesne is a private, catholic college with friendly students, professors, and staff that are always willing to politely hel...
Duquesne is a private, catholic college with friendly students, professors, and staff that are always willing to politely help you out.
The smaller class sizes and reputation for my chosen degree is unique to Duquesne.
Do not pick a school that you can live with. Pick the school that you cannot live without. You have to be able to see yourself actually waking up every morning, walking around campus, and attending class, as well as making friends and having a healthy social life. Also, make sure that the are that the school is in is conducive to the things that you like to do. Once you are able to picture yourself doing this on a certain college campus, you know that that particular school is it. When actually attending school, keep up with your work so that you are able to enjoy a healthy social life. You do not want to procrastinate and stress yourself out so that you cannont enjoy college life appropriately. College prepares you for the rest of your life while you are having the time of your life. Make the most of it!
the location is nice, we are on sort of a plateua above the city so it is very private. the students are nice for the most p...
the location is nice, we are on sort of a plateua above the city so it is very private. the students are nice for the most part and most of the teachers genuinely care about the students
Don't just talk to the people in financial aid or the person giving a campus tour or even the teachers, because they will tell you that everything is wonderful about their university. Find an actual student to talk to, preferably a junior or senior and preferably someone in the same intended major, so you can get their opinion about what campus life is like for them. They can probably give you the best advice because they've experienced the challenges, opportunities, etc. that the university has to offer.
the living situation. The dorms aren't vey big, there are often cockroaches, and the eloevators are constantly broken.
My classmates were very very intelligent people with coherent and interesting opinions. Most all of my classmates were vocal...
My classmates were very very intelligent people with coherent and interesting opinions. Most all of my classmates were vocal in their opinions and beliefs which lead to a more interesting class. And rather than being pretentious as one would expect them to be, all of my classmates were well rounded, personable, and "real" people.
There is always a way to pay for it. Loans aren't everyone's favorite thing in the world, but they're a fact of life when it comes to college. Pick the best ones, and worry about paying them later, don't stress it. Stay on top of your stuff! Educate yourself on the financial aid avaliable. Maintain a healthy balance between social life and your studies. It is possible for both to coexist! BE YOURSELF! And rather than going for what looks good on paper, go for where you feel like you belong.
The best thing about Duquesne is that we can do extremely well academically while holding down jobs and social lives. We work hard and play harder. The location and the campus are also great things about Duquesne.
the pharmacy program
the pharmacy program
We are in the downtown area of the city but at the same time we are separated from the general hustle and bustle because we are on top of a bluff. we get the best of both worlds.
Visit and spend time at the various colleges that you are considering. Do not go to a school for the wrong reasons. Make sure that it is the right institution for you because you will be potentially spending a whole lot of money there for the next 4+ years of life!
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