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Pittsburgh, PA
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5,650
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$30,034
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Easy
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Reviews 1114 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty awesome at Duquesne. It's a great network of people, and although it does tend to get somewhat catty, greeks in the end stand together. Personally, I am in a social and professional greek organizations, and I have friends in and out of Greek life. It is definitely easier to party if you are in greek life, as many parties in the South Side are exclusive to only frats and sororities. I would recommend rushing to anyone looking to expand socially and meet older students in their majors, and in other academic areas.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: All rich white kids. On the rare occasion of having a black person in class, the first question asked os "Which sports team are you on?"

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are many competitive majors at Duquesne such as Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy. These programs are exclusive and require a high basic academic requirements to remain in the programs.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As a science student, I have gotten to know many of the professors personally. They all are wonderful and willing to help their students.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of local restaurants downtown that are easily accessible to Duquesne! It's super easy and fun to try all the restaurants nearby. A favorite of students is Milanos pizza, who offers a $10 college special of a cheese pizza and soda delivered right to your dorm.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most students are middle to upper class white kids. They are preppy, and very into brands and appearances. Certain sororities and fraternities are specifically known for this sort of branding.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in the honors dorms my freshman year, and although the rooms are bigger, I would not recommend if you want a normal social life. For freshman, the best option is St. Martins. Duquesne is undergoing what students are calling the "housing crisis". More students want to live on campus than they can hold, so they have been forcing doubles into triples. The lottery system is completely random and based off seniority. Luckily, I am a member of a sorority, so I will live in a renovated wing in Towers with only one roommate.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received about a $20,000 academic scholarship per year and this is the largest I have heard from besides people who received scholarships from outside companies. Almost everyone gets something, but when the cost of attendance is over $40,000, not many people can afford the school without significant help from parents, or the government if you are needy enough.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's a complete rip off. The food sucks, and everyone runs out of FLEX dollars a few weeks in. The campus doesn't allow you to transfer meal swipes, and from then on you are limited by meal times and portion sizes. If you want to buy a box of cereal to keep in your room from campus market, expect to pay $8 for a small box. It's just bad all around.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall Duquesne is pretty great. It offers a great academic experience combines with an exciting social scene. Due to the high cost of attendance, however, I would not recommend the school to someone unless they are partaking in one of Duquesne's programs like Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, ect. These programs ensure you are definitely getting your money's worth.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Because it is a smaller school, the connections you are able to make with professors and other students are unlimited. The school has a population of mainly students from affluent families who have connections. Getting a degree from Duquesne is definitely extremely well respected.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities are alright. The gym isn't huge, but it is up to date. The classrooms have the technology necessary for a competitive university. My biggest complaint would be the hours of the facilities. For example, the gym and library both have limited hours, which is terrible when you have 3 exams in one week and a library that closes before 1am.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Duquesne parties take place in the south side, where off-campus housing resides. This is also where all the bars are located, which are central to the University's night life. Most bars are strict with IDs, but underage students always seem to find a way around the age barriers, and there are always parties located nearby if that doesn't work out. The campus also offers a shuttle to Oakland, Pitt's campus, until 2am. Pitt parties are larger and a ton of fun if you want to party with strangers. In short, there are tons of options for a good time at Duquesne, and always somewhere to go.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a pre-med student majoring in biology. Duquesne has awesome affiliation programs with Temple Med and LECOM, in which you can be pre-addmitted to medical school as an undergraduate students. These programs are literally unheard of at larger state schools, and make the private school tuition totally worth it. In addition, Duquesne has scholarship programs for science students though Bayer for lab work and internships. We are also located right next to UPMC Mercy, so it's easy to get in hospital volunteer hours.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The classes are hard, but not unmanageable. Once you get through the first year or so, it supposedly gets easier, as the earlier classes are supposed to "weed out" weaker students. As long as you put the work into classes during the week, you can balance a social life on the weekends as well. During finals week, stake your claim at the library early if you want a spot. People literally sleep there to keep tables.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Although located near a "bad" part of town, the campus police do an amazing job of keeping the campus safe. Students often joke that Duquesne is a bubble- we don't even feel like we are in the city while on campus. The police really just want to keep us safe, and although drinking is a huge part of the social scene on campus, I have never heard of anyone getting an underage unless they were endangering their own health. It's pretty awesome.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is affordable, and located in the South SIde where all the bars, parties, and shopping is. The only downside really is that it isn't a reasonable walk to campus in the winter, so most students have to get cars and parking passes in order to live off-campus. Because the passes are so expensive, many students will split the pass with friends to reduce costs.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school itself has strict policies, but it really isn't that bad. Everyone I know drinks and keeps alcohol in the dorms, and as long as you aren't stupid about it, no one cares. The campus police are more focused on keeping students safe rather than citing them for underages. Visitation in dorms is strict though, especially after hours, even for students who just live in another building on campus, but everyone figures out ways around it. In short, the campus is strict in theory, but it's easy to get around the rules and do whatever you want.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most people take more pride in their home teams and attend games for the Steelers, Pirates, and Pens since we are downtown and they are easily accessible. However, some people do attend Duquesne sporting events, but usually for the sole reason that they have a friend on the team.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Duquesne is located in downtown Pittsburgh, so you are in the center of the action for sporting events, parades, marathons, ect. Because Duquesne doesn't have large sports programs, many students find it simple to attend the Steelers, Pens, or Pirates games in their respective seasons, and even with student discounts! The campus is in a sketchy part of town, but campus police are awesome about making sure the campus always feels safe. Duquesne is a short walk from the southside and strip district which are awesome for bars and thrift shops.

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Most of the students on campus seem to come from money and the fashion trends show it, although students who don't fit the cliche fit in well also. The only complaint is the lack of guys compared to the amount of girls. Some students go out all the time while others prefer to stay in. Just depends on your preference.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't think there's a huge sense of school spirit among all students. Some people get really into fan activities with the DU crew club, but I'd say overall going to the sports games is kind of just a shoulder-shrug. That may just be me though, because I have a hard time sitting and watching other people run around; I like to move too much. The athletic field that we call our stadium is a little sad, and if there's a soccer or football game during the day people just glance over on their way to classes.

I think it's really neat, however, that we have a mini-soccer field and a mini-track on campus.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I felt like there were definitely harder and easier classes in the Nursing program. It was frustrating, as I've previously stated to be the "guinea pigs" for the new curriculum because I felt like some classes were just thrown together. I'm excited to see how the program turns out though, because some upperclassmen seem jealous/excited at what we'll be doing that they didn't get to do.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: As an Honors College student I have the perk of getting to register early. I loved that, but my advisor didn't know I was part of the Honors College and ended up getting stuck in a Theology course that I wouldn't have gotten Honors credit for unless I participated in a research symposium. While I was underwhelmed with my advisor, overall registration is really easy.

In terms of study places, everyone finds there niche on campus. A lot of my friends like they library, but personally, I'm not a fan.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I haven't personally had any run-ins, in terms of academic or drug/alcohol codes. I know that upperclassmen are able to sign-in alcohol, which seems pretty reasonable to me.

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Lauren A. Hensley (pictured) and Kalifa-Afia Augustus
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Nazareth, PA (Lauren) and Petit Valley, Trinidad (Kalifa)
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Journalism (Lauren) and Spanish/Journalism (Kalifa)
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Students gripe about issues like tuition and parking, but overall, most feel the education and experiences found at Duquesne are worth every penny. Presenting a wide range of majors and programs, the University offers something for prospective students from all walks of life. Most think the campus beautiful, even in its urban setting. Students feel safe, welcome, and challenged here.

Duquesne continuously invests time, effort, and money into improving both the physical surroundings and educational content of the campus. The University emits the feel of a large institution, while still promoting the individuality of each student. Its diverse student body embraces students from all backgrounds. One should never feel lost on this campus. Help is always available for those who need it. The campus's technologically-advanced Living and Learning centers enhance the on-campus learning experience.

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