Duquesne University Top Questions

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


I wish I had known that it was in the arctic. -2 degrees right now, come on!


I wish I would have known how important it is to be involved. I loved this school and everything it had to offer, but I wish I would have taken more advantage of it. College is such a wonderful time in life and it passes by so quickly. I think if students would become more involved, it would better shape them for the future and their goals.


That they technology side of the campus is slower than the music technology program that I am inrolled in. So my major is advanced and top in the state but the college is a little behind.


How close it was to downtown Pittsburgh! I sometimes forgot where it was located simply because it feels so self-contained on the bluff.


I wish I would've known how financial aid works; Duquesne is expensive and while financial aid is helpful when answering questions, they are not helpful in helping students find outside resources to help pay for school.


It goes fast, so don't wish it away! Also, in regards to joining honor societies, look for the ones that you can actually do stuff in. If there is no involvement, it's a waste of money.


That not having a kitchen is not a fun experience.


I wish I had known more about the International Relations Program and Political Science, but fortunately I ended up in the program anyways. The Political Science teachers are amazing and really intelligent. Half of them are Ivy League educated and have connections to people in the government that can help you get a job.


I wish I had known the Catholic afflilation with the college, because such an affiliation directly affected the particular methods and regulations of the university.


I am now at Emory University earning my dual degree in Nursing and Public Health. I wish I had known how fast of a tract this program actually is. I am concerned, primarily because of finances, of the amount of information and the number of incredible classes that I will not be able to have. Earning both degrees in a span of 2 years seems like a long time at the beginning, but now in the heart of the program, I wish I had the finances to stay an extra semester.


What I wanted to major in so I could have had more time taking classes that would further my knowledge in that field as a freshman.


The school sent home a lot of information about the school before the school-year began and what was to be expected, so I would have to say there is nothing I wish I could have known.


Not too much happens on campus. When students need something to do, they ALWAYS leave to go to a nearby university or out into the city. It's also a dry campus because it's strongly religious, with VERY strict residence life policies concerning visiting.


How expensive it actually is, and how little money the government gives to help out


More financial aid opportunities


I wish I had known what area I wanted to focus my studies in. I bounced from liberal arts school to the business school and then back to the lberal arts school. If it hadn't been for the help of the academic advisor office I would have had to take summer classes (which I didn't have to ) and would have not been able to graduate on time- which I was successful in doing.


I wish I was more assertive. Not so shy. I wish I had made more friends at school.


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.


That the Internet wasn't as good as the y bragged about. That the student to teacher ratio can be misleading in some classes.


That the financial aid package I actually received wasn't exactly as much as they originally estimated/promised.


I needed to improve my study habits.


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