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Duquesne University


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Recent Reviews

Nicole
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Duquesne is a school that embodies religion in an understanding way.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Duquesne is a school that embodies religion in an understanding way.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you feel that you belong on the campus. That the people around you look like you have similar interests. Be at a school that makes you want to learn, not only in the classroom but outside as well. Talk to the teachers and get a feel for the classes, one of the most valuable things that I have learned is that if a teacher acts like they don't want to be there the students will reciprocate.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known that you could have the city and a quiet atmosphere in the same campus, like here at Duquesne.

chelsie
Describe the students at your school.

They are all very similar to eachother. They seem to be from upper middle to richer white families. Alot of them play sports ...

Describe the students at your school.

They are all very similar to eachother. They seem to be from upper middle to richer white families. Alot of them play sports like football or soccer. They are nice but it seems as though they are scared of people unlike themselves. Rather than ask questions so that they are informed and know more, they seem to shy away from the unknown, even from myself at times.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I would say our school is best known for the fact that it is still so strict. The rules at Duquesne are regularly broken and laughed at by everyone whether they go to the school or not. Many of the rules and regulations that we have at the school are from when the school first opened and although administration knows the rules are broken and alot of them don't fit in with present day college experiences, they do not change them.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure that your "dream school" is really where you should go. Don't choose a school based on the greek organizations, athletic organizations or other school activities that they have. Base things off of your intended major and the academic resources that the school has to offer you because in the long run that is what you are going to have to rely on. Really think about whether you would rather go to a small campus or a larger university because the right or wrong choice will definitely affect your experience and it will determine if you even continue your education at your beginning institution. Also, apply for as many scholarships and grants as possible! If your school offers a study abroad program then definitely look into it. I am going to Italy this fall semester and couldn't be more excited :) Also STAY AWAY FROM THE DRAMA. This is college people, not 13th grade haha Most importantly enjoy this time because it goes all too quickly and then your an adult which is the scariest thing EVER lol

Jeremy
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

pharmacy school. law school.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

pharmacy school. law school.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

For incoming students I would suggest you search for schools that have a very good program for your major first. AFter you research which has the best program for what you want to do, weigh the other options of the school. Only you know what kind of setting you feel comfortable in and choosing a setting that in conducive to your learning is important for you to excell. At the same time going outside of your comfort zone can be end up being very rewarding in the long run and allow you to experience new things. As a final note i would say that give whatever college you choose a chance, because at first you may hate it. Speaking from expereince, i did not enjoy my school at first and after a month of two, maybe even three for some people, i learned to love my school and realized it was the best school for me and my future.

What's unique about your campus?

Safe campus. plenty to do outside the campus. Friendly people, great learning environment.

Gina
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise parents to be active in their child's search for the right college, but to allow the incoming freshman to sele...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise parents to be active in their child's search for the right college, but to allow the incoming freshman to select where they feel they will be comfortable and successful, because the student is the one who will have to live/study there. Also, do not limit your child based on your financial situation; you are both eligible to apply for loans that don't require payment until after graduation. Students, research more than just the academic prestige of each school you are interested in; there is so much more involved in college life than just your classes. Be sure to personally visit each campus and tour as many facilities as you have access to, you gain so much more perspective than just viewing their website or reading up on other students' reviews of the school. Once you feel that your parents and you have made an informed decision of where you wish to study based upon your own personal criteria (campus size, security, activities, academics), get involved on campus. What gives you the full college experience is to get involved in campus activities, service in the surrounding community, and socialization with your fellow students.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about Duquesne University is the administrators of the Residence Life Department; they are almost impossible to get a hold of and seem to rarely be in their office or on campus. If you have a concern or a problem, it takes over a month to even get a hold of someone who is willing to help you. If you have a problem, I would recommend going directly to the Resident Director of your dorm or your floor RA.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about Duquesne University is how early on-campus dining closes. Most students have at least one evening class that does not get out until close to 9:00PM and almost all dining areas close or stop taking your designated meal plan by 7:00PM.

Eric
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There are so many factors to consider when selecting a college or university to attend after graduating high school. Initial...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There are so many factors to consider when selecting a college or university to attend after graduating high school. Initially, I found that it helped to settle on a major that interested me at the time and was then able to narrow the list down by a considerable amount. Another thing that should be taken into consideration is the cost of tuition at each school and the availability of financial aid. Make sure you stay realistic with your college choice; is the cost of an education at that school just too much?, will the school award you with enough finiancial aid to allow you to attend?, etc. Surprisingly, one of the factors that had the most influence on what school I chose was how far away it was from home. It's rare to find a first-year college student who doesn't eventually want to go home for a weekend during their first semester or year at school. These three things are what I debated with myself for the longest time and as a result, I've been more than satisfied with my choice of school and major.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

There's free laundry, carpeted and air-conditioned rooms, and beautiful views of Pittsburgh. Geographically, you know that you're in the middle of Pennsylvania's second largest city, but when you're on campus that isn't so obvious anymore; you don't realize that you're only a five minute walk from the center of Pittsbugh's downtown.

Kaitlyn
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Duquesne is an awesome school in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh that focuses on students academically while still providing...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Duquesne is an awesome school in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh that focuses on students academically while still providing ample opportunities to relax and have fun on campus and to venture into the city for things like Pittsburgh sporting events, nightclubs, theatres, restaurants, and more.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college is difficult when you don't know what you are looking for. Make sure that you know what is important to you--things like class size, campus location, and availability (or lack of) greek life. Then make sure that your school has a good program for your major. Don't go to a school known for its music program when you want to be a lawyer! Also, check the tuition; the best school does not mean the most expensive. Take a tour of the school, and talk to students that are already there (students: do this without your parents next to you. You'll get an honest answer this way). You can learn a lot about a school from the people who are already there. Once you get to college, get involved!! There are so many things to do on campus (and off) that you should never feel left out or alone. You will make so many friends with similar interests if you join a club, intermural sports teams (you don't have to be an all-star), theatre group, or get a job. There is so much more to college than just classes! Have fun!

Alex
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Duquesne is a nice little school in downtown Pittsburgh. The area surrounding Duquesne is pretty shady, so you shouldn't be w...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Duquesne is a nice little school in downtown Pittsburgh. The area surrounding Duquesne is pretty shady, so you shouldn't be walking around much.

Describe the students at your school.

Most of the students are white and catholic, i think, but it really makes no difference. being asian wasn't ever a problem. I really felt that I was a minority though, being from california. if anything, i stood out from the crowd at duquesne because i was asian.

What are the academics like at your school?

In the music school, the class sizes are pretty small. Sometimes it felt like high school, because all the teachers knew everyone's name and were very involved with everyone's progress. I guess it's a good thing, but it can get annoying at times.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

It helps to have a car on campus to get around, or to learn the bus routes ahead of time. I've spent much of my freshman & sophomore year getting stranded in various places, because public transportation isn't very reliable in Pittsburgh. Even the cabs. There are no sorority/fraternity houses on campus, and you can't drink on campus. Not to worry, there are plenty of parties elsewhere, in Southside, Oakland, etc., and the happy bus takes all the Duquesne students there and back.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Small Catholic school with many rich Catholic students

vanessa
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Duquesne because it is a smaller University. I had a choice to go here or to Pitt Main and I chose Duq because of its...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Duquesne because it is a smaller University. I had a choice to go here or to Pitt Main and I chose Duq because of its size. I like that the classes arent as large as they would be a pitt and everything is closer together. You dont need a shuttle to get to your next class. One class I had only had 8 people in it! I also like it being smaller because it feels more like a community there. I am a commuter and Duquesne really takes care of their commuters. There is a lounge specifically made for commuters. It has a big screen tv and a lot of couches so you can hang out down there in between classes since you dont have a dorm to go to.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Like I said, Duquesne is just like any other school that is not a Catholic University

What are the academics like at your school?

My major is sociology and i really like it and the teachers in the department. Since the school is smaller the teachers are able to get to know students more and actually know their names and remember them. People are always participating in class too which makes them more interesting. IT is not like highschool where everyone is afraid to speak and you just have to sit and listen to the teacher. The proffesors here like to make class fun and they actually have a lot of interest in what they are teaching and they know what they are talking about. THey are also always there after class to give their students extra help that they need.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

I think some people feel some kinda way about Duquesne because its a Catholic School, but you do not need to be a Catholic or even religious to come here. It is a normal school like any other non-Catholic school.

Hunter
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall: Being at Duquesne feels like a parent is watching your every move and that if you "step out of line" you won't be su...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall: Being at Duquesne feels like a parent is watching your every move and that if you "step out of line" you won't be supported by the student body. Duquesne administration is too controlling. I feel seriously confined and I feel that my voice is stifled. Every little thing a student, school group, and school organization does must be "OK'd" by Duq staff and admin. Although there are some awesome women and gender studies classes available, I, as a feminist must say that it has been EXTREMELY difficult for me to deal with the anti-woman anti-gay vibe here. The school allowed fliers to be posted for anti-choice marches in D.C., but not fliers for pro-choice marches... Something really cool that happened recently should be mentioned I suppose. I live in the duq-owned apt. building on the opposite end of the campus. When the Pens won a game recently (during the Stanley Cup competition) fireworks went off. From my window I had a perfect view-I was up high and I felt like they were right in front of me. It was awesome. The music school has a very different feel than the other ones. There are more "chill" people who seem to have a different, more progressive mentality. When you walk in there are often ppl hanging out talking and playing guitar and other instruments. Until recently a professor's dog hung out there during the day!

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Duquesne Stereotypes: Duq is known for it's good pharmacy school in particular, and law, nursing, and music school, as well. Frats and sororities are big here. Student stereotypes: absolutely true

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors know your name and also have a sign in sheet to make sure you're there... The most unique classes I've taken at Duquesne: 1. Bad Girls of Fiction and Film--so much fun! it was a 3 hr night class, we watched movies and read interesting books, and had VERY interesting and fun discussions. The assignments were fun, as well. 2. Sex, Myth, and Media--fun and interesting. We had a lot of film clips, popular magazines were brought in for discussions. Discussions were fun and interesting.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Duquesne Stereotypes: only a pharmacy, nursing, law school, music school, frat/sorority school Student Stereotypes: sports obsessed (Steelers, Penguins), frat/sorority obsessed, pharmacy students, stuck-up, high-heels wearing girls, students dressing up for class, conservative, more religious than students at non-affiliated schools (obviously), Christian--Catholic, white, suburban (a lot of pa students!), fairly apolitical, republican

Tristan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The professors are by and large extremely helpful. I enjoyed the small class sizes, as well as the course content. It is ex...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The professors are by and large extremely helpful. I enjoyed the small class sizes, as well as the course content. It is extremely cliquey, and it lacks the social atmosphere of a larger school. People think it is ritzy and expensive, and they are correct. School spirit it minimal. I would say students mostly complain about housing and the price of parking. The dorms leave a lot to be desired.

Describe the students at your school.

Duquesne is not wildly diverse. There are many Catholics, and not many different races or religions. Duquesne is more politically conservative than I would say other universities. Many students dress up everyday, and it is often regarded as a fashion show. If you are not in a clique, forget it. People are not open to new friends. Most students are from Pittsbugh or Cleveland, and many students come to Duquesne with their high school friends. Most are upper middle class or wealthy.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors almost always know our name, because of the small class sizes. A good amount of people are serious about studying, but as with most colleges there is a group of people who are there for the parties. The History Department has amazing professors with great class option. The Political Science Department's professors aren't as great, but I had a ood experience in tat department. I worked on projects with professors outstide of class, and they were very good about communication outside of class. Duquesne's requirements are reasonable and provide a diverse education.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Sports are not that important at Duquesne, but if any are relevant I would say it would be basketball. There are more females than males, and if you are not a partier, you probably dont experience the dating scene. I had few good friends at Duquesne. Most people drink in the Southside on weekends and week nights. Sororities and frats are not big.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Rich, stuck-up, obsessive about looks, filled with cliques

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