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  • 07/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 1 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Duquesne is great for everyone- city goers, small-towners, preppies, gamers, jocks, geeks, you name them. There is something for everyone. And no matter what your major is or what you're into, trust me, you will find stuff to do and people to hang out with.

    Tips for prospective students

    one) if you don't know your roommate, call/Facebook with them beforehand, and get to know them; two) if you have any issues during the semester, seek help- RAs, teachers, friends, anyone. It's worth it.; three) go to class, and do your work. It'll make finals so much easier. four) get to know the teacher. It'll make it easier to ask for help if you need it. five) get involved. There's tons of stuff to do. six) you'll get out what you put into your college experience; seven) NEVER go into the city without a buddy, cab money and a cell phone; and finally) it's okay if you feel scared and/or homesick. You're not the first, and you won't be the last to feel that way. And it will pass in time.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really love being here!!!!!! There is right now about 10,000 total students- not too big, not too small. The campus is its own community, and yet if you want to explore the city, it's easily a ten minute walk to get there. There are TONS of activities, sports, and clubs to join, and if you don't see one you like, you are free to create your own. Dormrooms feel a bit cramped, but it's homey, and comes with decent furniture. The campus is nice too (i.e. no litter). Food is decent- not like home cooking, but then again, what is? And finally- be prepared for Steeler mania, cause this is where it's at.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here so far are high-quality. They care about whether or not you learn what they are teaching you, and they are always willing to answer your questions and meet with you if you are having difficulties. Each has a different teaching style, so you may not get along 100% with everyone. However, in the end, I promise that you will learn at least something from every class.

  • 08/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 2 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any students that want to go to a well-respected school that teachers will promise to know your name in the first few weeks of school. It holds about 6,000 undergraduate students and every semester I have had all of my teachers know my name. Also, if you want to live in a big city with great night life but want to be far away from it that it will be quiet and mellow at night if you stay on campus, this is perfect for you. Also, just because it is a Catholic school does not mean that every student is religious and you will not be forced to see any religious view if you do not wish to. However, I do know that if you went to a Catholic high school you get a decent discount.

    Tips for prospective students

    If I can give you any advice, I would definitely recommend eating at Options as much as you can. Out of all the food places and cafeterias on campus that you can use your meal plan for - Options is the best. It's the closest to home cooking and the staff workers are always super friendly. Also, Starbucks accepts flex only during evening hours... but remember that usually the last 2 weeks of school they accept it any time of the day! And trust me it will be needed during finals week.

    Bang for the buck

    As I mentioned previously, it is a prestigious school and it definitely will leave a dent in your wallet. The school offers plenty of jobs for students, activities, internships and more. Also, unlike larger colleges, the majority of classes will consist of about 30 students and teachers will learn your name quickly. Which is nice to have because they get to know you personally rather than just be a name on their attendance sheet. So it may be more expensive than some public or other private schools but you will end up paying for it in the end.

    Am enjoying being here

    This university is practically in the heart of Pittsburgh, however, it has it's own little environment. Unlike the crowded, busy hustle of the streets of Pittsburgh, Duquesne offers a laid-back environment. In the warm seasons the campus constantly is being trimmed and having flowers planted. Walking to class you're almost guaranteed to see a squirrel or two run across your path. It honestly is the best of both worlds. Also, Duquesne has the a weekly newsletter emailed out to all students every week updating everyone on the events that happens daily. Last year I remember talent shows, carnivals, free food, caricature paintings, and so much more that is always free. And if none of that floats your boat, you're only a 10 minute bus ride from Oakland or the Southside works.

    Am learning a lot

    Duquesne University is a very prestigious school that has an entire melting pot of students. You will find an interesting mix of people from all different races, religions, and ethnicities. Also, teachers are absolutely great. I am going to be a sophomore and I must say that the teachers I met in my freshman year were exceptional. I am a psychology major and I feel like I had a great relationship with my psych teachers. One teacher offered me advice and told me that I could use her as a reference anytime. I feel that the professors at Duquesne actually care about their students and are not solely there for a paycheck.

  • 08/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 3 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Almost anyone, everyone is friendly and anyone will fit in. There are tons of majors and minors to choose from too that allow almost everybody to be able to apply for what they want to do, but most majors have minimum GPA requirements so you can't be lazy and have to do the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the Pittsburgh area before starting school, the public transportation takes time to get used to and bring a map of the city with you. Stay organized, there are so many students that your teachers aren't going to give too many second chances, many of the schools are very competitive so you don't want your grades to drop below expectations.

    Bang for the buck

    The experience is definitely worth it, for the great education and the life lessons learned through everything going on, on and off campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is so much to do, there are soccer, football, basketball, volleyball and many more games to watch. There are also literally hundreds of clubs and organizations to, multiple intramural activities that are scattered through out the day to fit in anyone's schedule, and numerous events put on by Duquesne, including video game contests and movie nights. Plus there is the city life, professional sporting events, tons of restuarants, fairs, parks, and so much more

    Am learning a lot

    Learning is very easy here, the teachers use many methods from group work to recitation sessions and having tutors available for everyone. Teachers are very approachable and easy to communicate with; via e-mail, office hours and many teachers give a phone number as well. Also, many subjects have numerous Teaching Assistants and some even have Undergraduate Assistants that make it even easier to learn the material for courses.

  • 12/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 4 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any student that is open to learning new ideas and expanding the way that they look at things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and look at what the schools are offering. The program/major that I am studying is DPT, and part of this that I have six years of school and when I graduate I was have a BS is Biology and Health Science Management and a DR in PT. This program was a get set up and that is why I picked it. When I went to visit the campus, I really could see myself doing well.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am a good distance away from home, and I am the only student from my old high school to go to Duquesne University. I have gained more meeting new people and I have made so many different friends. I enjoy the hills and the view.

    Am learning a lot

    As a Freshman student at Duquesne University, I have learned so much during my first semester. I have taken courses in philosophy, English, and science. I learned something new in all of these course and each new idea expanded on the stuff I already knew.

  • 12/09/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Duquesne University is great for people who know exactly what they want to go for and for those wanting to get into the medical field somehow. The schools of study on this campus are, pharmacy, nursing, natural and environmental sciences, music, liberal arts, leadership and professional advancement, law, health science, education and business. So there is a school for almost anyone who knows exactly what they want to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always try to do your best and do not be afraid to seek help if you need it. There are more than enough opportunities to get help in any subject possible. Try to get to know your professors as well, the more you know them, the better standings you are in with them.

    Bang for the buck

    Duquesne offers great programs to study in, programs that few other colleges have. Though they can be a bit pricey, in the end it is completely worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love this campus. It truly is like it's own little community inside of the huge city of Pittsburgh.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are for the most part incredibly insightful and want you to learn as much as possible when studying under them. The courses can be rigorous at times, but when you learn to manage your time correctly, there is a lot of knowledge gained and time well spent.

  • 07/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Come into Duquesne with an open mind. There is no better piece of advice that I was offered as a new student than to make as many connections as you possibly can. It may sound daunting, however you'll find that it is very doable and beyond worth it. Get yourself involved in anything that interests you; Greek Life, Orientation, Volunteering, Drama Club... The possibilities are seemingly endless. Make sure that you have a firm foundation in extracurricular activities like those I just listed and you will be reaping the benefits in no time! Also, never hesitate to contact your professors outside of class. Once you establish to your professor that you care about the class and express your concerns and goals, you will, once again, only benefit.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Duquesne is a bit pricey, it is beyond worth the expense. The experience and knowledge that you gain at this school will far outweigh the price that you pay for tuition. Besides, the money you are putting into this school is going towards the amazing educators and facilities on campus that enable you to reach your goals and graduate with a prestigious degree.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love being in Pittsburgh. Duquesne's campus is gorgeous and so peaceful compared to most Universities located in a central, downtown area. Living on campus has definitely been a rewarding experience, letting me get involved in a number of different activities ranging from Greek Life to helping the freshman as a Team Leader during Orientation. Also, many people will refer to Duquesne as a happy family, which may sound a little awkward to most... However, rest assured that you really do become a family in the sense that you have an instant connection with anyone involved with Duquesne. There is always, always, always someone that knows of someone that has gone to Duquesne. Believe me, even after studying abroad in Rome (another HUGE thing offered by Duquesne!), I realized just how small the world really is.

    Am learning a lot

    Duquesne University has SO much to offer for students of any age and status in school. Starting out with the basic courses you gain an even stronger knowledge in areas such as Mathematics, Theology, and Philosophy, which will most definitely help you as you advance into upper class courses. The professors at this school are absolutely incredible and want nothing more than to see you learn as much as you possibly can while enrolled. There is a lot of work involved regardless of what degree you pursue, but that's the whole point of attending school, to gain knowledge!

  • 08/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Duquesne is well known for their health services programs (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Speech-Language Pathology, and Nursing) as well as for the Mylan School of Pharmacy. If you are considering these professions, then Duquesne University should be high on your list!

    Tips for prospective students

    Adjusting to college life is difficult. Dorm life is a necessary evil, and hopefully you are blessed with a great roommate, if not try to make the best of the situation. You must be diligent with your studies especially during the first month because as soon as the first round of tests hit, the rest of the semester only gets harder. Please take advantage of the free tutors that are available if the material is difficult and hard to understand. Try to get involved in at least one organization on campus to maximize your potential while at Duquesne. Finally, find a routine for studying that works and stick with it. Remember that you are there to earn an education, you can party the rest of your life once you earn that high paying job!

    Bang for the buck

    Duquesne is expensive. However, by going here you will learn a lot from professors, other students, and life in general that is invaluable. You will be with students from all over the world and have opportunities to study abroad in Ireland and Italy if you wish. Plus, the financial aid office is willing to help out as much as possible to ensure that all costs will be covered. This university really wants to help you to succeed.

    Am enjoying being here

    Duquesne has 80+ organizations on campus that hold events almost every week including free movies on Fridays. One of these organizations is the Office of Freshman Services, which assists freshman in their adjustment to college by offering guidance, newsletters, and a one of a kind orientation program. Duquesne is also located in the heart of Pittsburgh and within walking distance of the Consol Energy Center. For sports fans, this town is perfect since it is home to the Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates. I would definitely check out Duquesne and all it has to offer by going to www.duq.edu.

    Am learning a lot

    Duquesne University is a mid-size campus with all buildings within walking distance from the dorms. The learning community (with approximately 10,000 students) is extraordinary with teachers willing to help you in any way possible in order to earn that A. Paid tutors are available for students which shows that the university does care about your success. Teachers are willing to work with you over conflicts that may arise and offer lots of opportunities to hear and help with any questions you may have. Duquesne also brings in a lot of guest speakers, which can be listened to free of charge. One that was brought in last year was Eric Holden Jr., Attorney General of the United States! I have learned so much, and I know that if you go there, you will too! : )

  • 12/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    anyone who likes getting to know teachers. not a lot of large lectures in business school. duquesne has a very strong business school.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply! it doesn't hurt to! it's a really beautiful campus and great school, strongly recommended.

    Bang for the buck

    a bit pricey since it is a private university, but they offer lots of scholarships for academics.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone is very friendly, and they offer lots of clubs and greek life to meet new people. They also have university sponsored night programs and lots of deals to have fun with friends on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    the size of the classes is about the same as in high school, so it is easier to get to know professors. all the professors i have had are very helpful for students to be as successful as they can potentially be.

  • 08/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Good for those who are dedicated and like to get involved, and who also don't mind working summers and during classes because you'll need it to pay off those loans.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself and get involved!

    Bang for the buck

    Overpriced but still quality.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have already made a lot of memories, gotten involved, and found a lot of friends. The education is quality and the experience is great.

    Am learning a lot

    The curriculum is an absolute blessing. The professors in the education department in the School of Music are very dedicated to cultivating the strengths and improving the weaknesses of the students.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    with seven sororities and eight fraternities, duquesne greek life is not a huge deal on campus. however, take the opportunity to explore what sets each group apart - you'll find that many greeks defy the sorority girl or frat boy stereotype.

    Clubs and Activities

    all organizations advertise themselves well and encourage students to seek them out and join. even if you are not directly involved with a group, you're welcome to join in the fun and sponsored events. there is a great sense of community amongst the organizations to provide a wonderful holistic experience for students.

    Great for these types of students

    duquesne has a wide mix of students, so no one stereotype fits a duquesne student. in general, duquesne students take their studies seriously, and also find the opportunity to have fun and goof off with friends. this sounds pretty typical of all colleges, but it's nice to know that a prestigious and studious university such as duquesne is not all about book learnin'.

    Bang for the buck

    as a private institution, we rely more on tuition and other sources of income rather than state funding. public institutions need state aid to fund their programming, and if this funding is insufficient, they'll turn to raising tuition. while in this economy, all colleges and universities are raising tuition, but duquesne strives to provide quality education with minimal backlash on student wallets.

    What to do for fun

    it may take awhile to find your place, but whether you stay on campus or go off campus, there's plenty to do! the city of pittsburgh provides plenty of opportunities to explore, shop, take pictures, exercise - whatever! you'll find that many organizations on campus meet regularly, so you'll always be caught up! though, there's plenty of downtime which can be used to chill in your room or bum around with friends.

    Food and Dining

    aramark provides all the dining services for duquesne, so you'll become very accustomed to the food. keep your wits about you and know when to indulge and when to eat smart. ultimately, it's up to the student on how to eat, so don't point the finger at aramark or duquesne.

    Dorm Life

    different dorms have different perks and social stigmas, but on the whole, living on campus is a great choice. every college student can relate when you comment about cafeteria food and fire alarm drills and the like. but the experience of living together with your peers and making the most of your environment is well worth the money!

    Academic Rigor

    you'll get out of class what you put into it. this rule applies for all majors, all classes, all years. whether you're in an easy major or an easy school, the amount of interest and dedication you'll devote to the class will determine your grade and you're ability to move forward with confidence.

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to evaluate all your college choices based on several factors, such as feeling/sense of the school as a whole(you will be spending a great deal of time with it!), cost, academic and social opportunities. with duquesne, you'll surely find plenty of extracurricular activities in which to participate and opportunities to have fun off campus in southside, station square, downtown, etc. and for your curricular life, you'll find lots of interesting classes and experiences to share with friends across your academic field.

    In three sentences

    duquesne welcomes students of all types, be they left-brained, right-brained or a bit scatter-brained. many students come to study pharmacy or other health sciences, but you'll find a great number of students in the music school and liberal arts school. despite your differences in study or where you've come from, duquesne offers a home to students who desire to connect more with others through learning, serving others and enjoying all that god has provided(don't let the catholicism aspect of duquesne scare you - it's honestly not a huge part of all student life here, but it is really nice to live in a moderately religious community, as many people are so genuine in all the joy they exude).

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have 24/7 police enforcement. Blue Emergency stations in-case you are being followed or get injured on campus and no one is around. These emergency stations allow for the Police to be deployed and come to aid in the situation.

    Greek Life

    We hold lots of pride in our Greek life. Being a City University, the Greek Life holds wings Towers hall and that acts like a house which is monitored by residence life to insure safety to all students on campus. You get the full Greek Life experience with out venturing off the safety of campus at night!

    Clubs and Activities

    All organizations and activities on campus are great!

    Great for these types of students

    All Types. We even have a large number of international students which adds to our universities diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Music School students like to venture down 2 blocks to a pizza shop called Pizza Milano's which offers good deals on pizza and subs for the University. After a big test, we all like to go down and fellowship with awesome food! On Campus there are many traditions but you will have to attend to find out! That is what holds all of us students together is the bond of our activities and organizations on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    With the University being so close to everything, it's hard not to say that you can do it all! Learning experience is very high and stimulating, living on campus is doable and food, if you don't like campus you can venture not far and get a delicious meal! Overall I love Duquesne and I wouldn't change my decision for the world.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Pittsburgh offers great adventures for those culturally evolved. In the Culture district you can visit any 3 concert halls and see a show (Symphnoy, Opera, Broadway, Comedian... etc), PPG offers an ice rink for the winter months only 5 blocks from the University. Market Square offers food and evening entertainment (Jazz singers, Swing joints, bands...etc) If downtown isn't quite your scene you can also venture to Station Square, South Side Works (for a Movie or Cheesecake Factory), or Oakland. All of these are also accessible by Walking (long distance)/Biking/Busing.

    Food and Dining

    Armark is our food coordinator on campus. My 1st year here the food was awesome ... then last year they decided to go all healthy and weird. Not all of the food is bad but be cautious of eating something that doesn't look quite right.

    Dorm Life

    Residence life is one to be debated about. Living in any dorm is an interesting situation weather your a freshman or a senior. Duquesne is offering new housing in Fall of 2012, Des Places Hall across from the Music Building and St. Ann Hall.

    Academic Rigor

    All Universities have those professors who don't really care about your class and they will pass you no matter what! You do run into that from time to time but over all, all of the professors I've encountered have pushed my learning experience in the right direction. Overall a good learning environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here with the intent to learn and have a set degree in mind. Each School has a set 4 year program and with that in mind you shouldn't waste any time deciding on a major.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne University is a well rounded and dedicated establishment. Faculty to Student Ratio is 14:1 and students have more opportunities to succeed. While the university is pricy... it is defiantly worth every penny for it's investment into students and higher education.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. However, Mercy Hospital is near by, as well as the county jail, so be cautious.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty popular, but everyone is not in a sorority or fraternity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Scary Jesus...

    What to do for fun

    Duquesne provides many activities and programs during the school year. There are many clubs and sports to join. The University of Pittsburgh and Southside are near by for fun outings. The student union offers fun activities everyday.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent. It is up to you how you eat, healthy or unhealthy. They have the choices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small, but it works out. Get to know the people living on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are great! They will challenge you. They want you to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should always ask question and keep up-to-date on their work. The professors take their classes very seriously, and you should too!

    In three sentences

    Duquesne University has very high standards and holds its student to achieving the most they can in all they do. The teachers and advisors are very helpful and do the most for their students. Duquesne has a very positive and friendly atmosphere.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have on campus police that make us feel 100% safe.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek Life, however we do have it and some of my friends are involved and they absolutely love it! It just depends if it's for you or not and you won't know until you try!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and activities to be involved in including art, music, science, theater, Greek life, Best Buddies (pairing up with Special Ed people and attending Duquesne events with them), volunteer opportunities. There is so much to do!

    Great for these types of students

    If you want a moderately small school with a compact campus Duquesne is right for you. If you are into Pharmacy, Music, Physician's Assistant, or Nursing Duquesne is known for these schools! It's really easy to meet people so if you're shy like me, it will be easy to make friends!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the Scary Jesus Statue that people say if you walk in the inner circle where He is located that you have bad luck on Final Exams for the year, but I don't believe in it because I walked in it and I was fine! :)

    Bang for the buck

    You are so getting everything you deserve for the pay. The food is pretty good I don't really have many complaints. The dorms are spacious enough to have enough room for your things and space to lounge around. The campus is easy to figure out and gives a workout (lots of hills, haha!). I love everything about Duquesne, I couldn't be happier.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do for fun in the city. There is an ice rink nearby, musical theaters downtown, University of Pitt football games close to campus. The Southside always gives an exciting time, there are restaurants and ice cream shops. Farther down is the Southside Works with shopping and a movie theater and restaurants. I love being in the city because there is always something to do!

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest you visit the schools you applied to because once you step on the campus you know whether or not that is the school for you. Be open-minded to all campuses you see because if you have expectations, you'll always be let down somehow.

    In three sentences

    I love everything about Duquesne. The music school is an excellent environment: helpful and encouraging; the campus is very easy to maneuver and it is secluded so I love that as well. I really feel like I fit in and chose the right school just for me.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Duquesne is a college where students, staff and visitors can feel safe and secure at all times. Duquesne has their own personal police force and a student government ran Loop Bus for safely transporting students around the area. To add, Duquesne has an emergency alert system. The emergency alert system allows the people of Duquesne to stay informed about any hazards or conflicts that have occurred or are current problems around the campus. Duquesne is a safe, secure campus.

    Greek Life

    At Duquesne, Greek Life is very popular. If you are a social person who likes to do group activities, Duquesne offers students plenty of groups to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of organizations and activities to join. For example, for people interested in physical activities, there are free yoga and spinning classes, a workout center, and basketball courts. For religious people, there are a lot a lot of Bible study groups to join. There is a lot to do at Duquesne.

    Great for these types of students

    Duquesne is a place for people interested in law, health care--pharmacy and nursing, and liberal arts.

    Bang for the buck

    Duquesne is a private school that can be very expensive, except for education majors that get half-off tuition. Grants, scholarships, and financial aid are available, but unfortunately that aid is not enough to cover the cost. A big chunk of it is up to the student to come up with, otherwise they cannot attend Duquesne.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, Duquesne offers students a ton of ways to get involved. There are intramural pickup teams friends can make on their own. For example, you can join flag football and soccer leagues. There are places to go hangout with your friends around campus, too. Like little cafes or tables and benches outside.

    Food and Dining

    Nothing compares to home cooked meals from home, but Duquesne dining halls offers students a variety of meals to choose from, so odds are everyone will find something they like to eat. There are several different places to eat around campus. There is a place to buy smoothies, a Starbucks, a Subway, and a little convenient store to buy snacks in case you are not that hungry. Overall, the food and dining at Duquesne is decent.

    Dorm Life

    Living in dorms at Duquesne has pros and cons. Yes, the rooms are kind of small and there are communal bathrooms, but there are places to reside at Duquesne where you can have your own bathroom or a bigger place. The pros of dorm life are that you can potentially meet a lot of great people. There are free laundry rooms and computer labs that are open 24/7. Dorms also have study rooms where people can study in quiet areas to help them focus. Dorm life at Duquesne varies based on personal preference.

    Academic Rigor

    Duquesne is all about graduating well-rounded people that have grown intellectually and are ready to face the world. To make sure students get the most out of their education, group tutoring centers and private tutoring are always available for the student. Help is never far away for students struggling academically. The professors really have a passion for teaching and try to do their best when educating others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Duquesne is a college meant for students that desire to learn and are willing to work for their future success. To succeed, students must be open to constructive criticism from their professors. Effort is the key to success, no matter how intelligent or deserving a person thinks they are. Duquesne gives everyone an opportunity to succeed, but the students who actually go after it are the ones that take advantage of the privileges.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne is a great school for respectable students that really want to learn and better themselves. Duquesne truly cares about improving people all around--mentally, emotionally, physically, and religiously. This is not just a campus where people go to get an education; it is a place where a family goes to improve individually and as a whole.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 66

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police are always on duty around the school, and the Pittsburgh Police are also very nearby. Duquesne offers police escort for students who do not want to travel to their dorm after a late night of studying or for whatever reason.

    Great for these types of students

    Duquesne is the perfect school for someone who doesn't want to be overwhelmed by the size of a big college but still wants the big college experience. People will know you by name not just by your student id. It is a great place to be surrounded by people who want to be challenged academically and still like to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the Christmas season, Duquesne has a light up night, where students go around campus with christmas lights and decorate. It's a lot of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, like any private school, Duquesne is pretty pricey. Fortunately, they do give out pretty good scholarships ranging from $6,500 to $15,000 in just academics alone. If you are a music student, you can expect the same amount for a music scholarship as well. I think that their overall effort to help you afford the university is a great asset, and the school itself is a beautiful campus.

    Food and Dining

    I would definitely recommend getting a meal plan, because without it, the food is very expensive. That being said, Duquesne just made a deal to bring in a brand new food company that offers a wide variety of foods. I personally am a vegetarian/vegan, and I have no trouble finding food that I can eat. There are also two Starbucks stores and a Subway on campus in addition to several dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    I unfortunately don't have much dorm experience, but I will say that the dorms are well kept and in a good location on campus making it easy to get to your classes in a matter of minutes.

    Academic Rigor

    Your core classes will challenge you, and your specific classes for your major will challenge you even more. The blow-off class is hard to come by. Expect to study outside of class about 20 hours a week. Music students can expect to be practicing about 4 hours a day.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Keep an open mind. If you limit yourself only to what you think you like, you will miss out on wonderful opportunities. 2. Get involved. You will hear this a lot on campus because it is 100% true. Getting involved in clubs, going to school events, checking out Greek life, and even starting a club of your own are THE ways that you're going to meet tons of great people and make lasting friendships. 3. Ask for help. A lot of incoming freshman think that they have to figure out everything on their own. Duquesne has a tutoring center that helps in every subject and every specific class, and the professor is accessible 24/7 via email, or even cell phone sometimes. The main difference between high school teacher and college professors is that the college professors will always make an effort to meet you outside of class to make sure you understand the material regardless of class size.

    In three sentences

    This university has its pros and its cons. Being in the heart of Pittsburgh allows students to really feel like they are living an independent lifestyle while still under the ethical guidance of a private university with an outstanding reputation. Unfortunately, the school is limited in size, which I personally did not like.

  • 10/06/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    smart and athletically fit

    Tips for prospective students

    Look out about everything that you can accomplish

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap if you earn it

    Will enjoy being here

    You will definitely love it here from what i have heard

    Will learn a lot

    I have heard duquesne is one of the best schools there is in academics andd athletically

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus, itself, is very save, but walking off campus is not ideal.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is basically every type of activity for any person.

    Great for these types of students

    students who want to live in a huge, crazy city, but who also crave individualized attention in most classes.

    Bang for the buck

    expensive, but scholarships are available for sports and good grades.

    What to do for fun

    it's pittsburgh, so there might not be too much to do outside of campus but there are always fun activities until old enough to expand throughout the city.

    Food and Dining

    the food is decent tasting and not too bad price-wise.

    Dorm Life

    never lived on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes can be pretty tough, but the professors are always wiling to help and there is plenty of tutoring available if needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    ask for help. professors and tas are willing to give it.

    In three sentences

    i love the atmosphere, location, and professors. for the most part, the professors are geared towards ensuring the success of all students.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    the faculty are all really dedicated to the learning of their students and seem very personable. the campus is gorgeous, but is quite a workout with all of the hills. duquesne provides a great environment for students to work and also serve the community

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police can be seen swarming the campus daily, and there is a feed system that alerts you to any going-ons via text message and automated call. The staff does its part to watch for strange goings-on, and students are encouraged to be vigilant. Even outdoors in the commons there are red buttons fixed to lamp posts to call for a campus emergency- as well as their emergency number- if you ever feel threatened at Duquesne University.

    Greek Life

    I am personally not involved, but if this is what is for you- a group organization motivated to both give back to the community as well as dabble into your respective major as a preparatory step to your career- then it is definitely worth a try. There are many opportunities to join the Greeks and they are represented clearly across campus by posters, t-shirts, and fliers.

    Clubs and Activities

    Honestly, I have yet to participate in any college club activities as I am in an accelerated, 5 year master degree program. From what i've seen, they are rather difficult to find to join, but they are all around campus. Just inquire with the professor who sponsors them and you'll find yourself right where you want to be.

    Great for these types of students

    Duquesne is great for all types of students as it features a variety of majors, however expect a lot of gum chewing. It is a rather expensive school and the privileged tend to take advantage of its curriculum.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's only one tradition I can think of other than the surprise fire drills, and that's Scary Jesus. There is a monument on campus of Jesus nailed to the cross, and it is rumored that if you walk too near to the inner circle during finals week you will fail them all. Personally, I don't walk by him everyday, so i'm not all that concerned.

    What to do for fun

    There are many areas on campus available to have fun, the most noted being the Night Spot on the first floor of the Student Union. A line of couches view a large screen television and display programs, and it also features all the most up-to-date videogame consoles at the cost of a student ID card- show it and you can do anything you want without cost. Also, the academic walk is excellent for hanging out with friends when the weather is fair.

    Food and Dining

    The food is healthy enough- they provide a large salad bar and a variety of foods- and there are many locations to visit. However, the same food is present at each and the choices do exhaust after several weeks. From what I have seen, the healthy food is actually more expensive, so most freshmen start off eating poorly nutrition wise- so make sure you fork over the extra cash to eat a salad every once in a while.

    Dorm Life

    I really have no ability to comment on this section as I am a commuter. However, the dorms have an excellent view of the Allegheny river and overlook some of the best views on campus. In addition, a new dorm is opening for this next semester.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what major you intend to pursue. I know everyone has had an academic counselor pull them aside and quite plainly tell them if you treat college like high school you will struggle, but this is doubly true of the environmental sciences. But you shouldn't worry, the rest of the class will be suffering along with you and eager to form a study group or two to understand the material-just start talking to others early and actually attend the orientations.

    Tips for prospective students

    The only tips I can offer are to learn the campus layout before the first day of class. Without any idea where to go, you'll get lost pretty quick, even if the campus isn't all that large. Also, if you're commuting, get a garage parking pass before they're all gone- surface parking is illegal under the terms against cruel and unusual punishment.

    In three sentences

    A small but homely campus community that is safe and secure in its surroundings. The staff and professors are accommodating and supportive, and even the janitors will have a nice thing or two to say when you encounter them in the halls. Student activities are abundant, just make sure you handle the heavy work load with grace!

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have our own police that are on campus. You have to swipe in to get into your dorm building and there is always someone at the desk to let only students in.

    Greek Life

    Join a sorority or fraternity! Greek life is very fun and involved on our campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    All different activities for a variety of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone meets up at creepy Jesus during orientation,.. you will know it when you see it.

    What to do for fun

    Southside, oakland, nightspot movies.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't all that great, but millonos pizza is right down the street and will deliver to campus.

    Dorm Life

    Its fun to live with a bunch of new people but some of the rules and RA's are annoying.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are not too hard because teachers are always willing to help. If you show up for classes you should do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Beware the cockroaches at towers. 2. If you do not get along with your roommate hang out in the wings or lounge areas of your floor to meet other people. 3. If you go to the health center they're always going to check you for mono or tell you your pregnant.. even if you obviously aren't just humor them and take the tests so that they can narrow down whats wrong with you.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne University is a great campus with friendly teachers who are always willing to help. The small class sizes allow the teachers to get to know each individual student and help them. Be sure to bring an umbrella and coat because its always raining and super windy!

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Religious

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They are very religious since it is a catholic private school.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the southside, market square or even just walk around for fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check the school out completely and talk to students to make sure you will fit here. If your not used to Pittsburgh then don't go out roaming alone at night. Make sure you can afford this school it may be cute, but there are other schools that may fit your budget better.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne has a very small and welcoming campus, it's easy to get from class to class quickly. The food on campus is pretty good for college food. The instructors i have had so far have been amazing and love their job, which makes going through long classes better.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are always DuPo on the weekends, keeping track of the partiers, and there's always security around which makes many students feel safe, especially since the campus is located right in the city of Pittsburgh.

    Greek Life

    It is there, but it isn't as important as other colleges may make it seem.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities on campus, however it would be nice to see them doing more, or at least getting their word out a little better.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers, academic students, all diversities are welcome, and students who like smaller campuses.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing too unusual; there are masses held for the catholic religion, but that is about it.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a great education, but since the campus isn't all that great, the price is quite high for no specific reason.

    What to do for fun

    There is not too much to do on campus for fun, except every week there is a Nitespot where student life has set up fun activities to do, but not many people actually go to that.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, but many students wish there was more available on campus to eat.

    Dorm Life

    It is a typical catholic college with rules and regulations about quiet hours and opposite sex interactions.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a challenging school, but the professors are always there to help, and the available tutoring hours help greatly as well!

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a rain jacket! Expect that the campus WILL be windy. The birds are not afraid to sing early in the morning, and neither is the loud train in Southside.

    In three sentences

    An expensive college. Duquesne feels like a family. It is very well located within the city of Pittsburgh.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    emergency alert system

    Great for these types of students

    Non-traditional students. Returning professionals. Long distance or online learners.

    What to do for fun

    On and off campus activities. Nightly social events.

    Food and Dining

    Food is excellent and reasonably priced.

    Dorm Life

    Great on campus living accomodations. New dormitiory construction to meet the rise in student living.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent and up to date teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do a virtual tour of Duquesne University Campus. Maken an appointment to talk to a guidance counselor.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne University is an institution of moral excellence. They have afforded me the opportunity to manifest as a leader of excellence. They have shown this through their actions, teaching, and overall learning environment.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Duquesne has it's own police and cameras hidden throughout the campus.

    Greek Life

    Very large prevalence and lots of activities, sororities, and fraternities to chose from. Greek Week/Rush week is almost seen as a holiday.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many to choose from

    Great for these types of students

    Honors students, competitive, upper class, interested in Greek life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Matriculation ceremony to begin your freshman year with performances from the European dance troupe, The Tamburizans.

    Bang for the buck

    Duquesne promises that your money is well spent for a superior education that sets you above others.

    What to do for fun

    Free transportation to the Water Works, South Side, South Side Works, and Oakland. Within walking distance of Consol Energy Center. Strong prevalence of Greek Life and nightly/weekend activities and sporting events.

    Dorm Life

    More strict since it is a Catholic University.

    Academic Rigor

    Very intensive and competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you complete all your research of Duquesne and the costs that could be hidden! Be prepared for an intensive and competitive program that could be very rewarding.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne is very expensive and competitive. The campus is very safe and has a decent nightlife. However, parking is very expensive.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very helpful, and unobtrusive.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many school and student run clubs and organizations which students can join. It's well worth your time to find an activity on campus, weather it be anything from the church choir, to the chess club.

    Great for these types of students

    Good for a wide variety of students. While not a party school, there are parties near by which the more party oriented students can attend. Many great quiet places near by for those who prefer spending time in coffee shops and studying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not technically on campus, but make sure to check out Pizza Milano (or as everyone on campus calls it, Milanos). $10 for a large pizza and large drink of your choice with the college special. By far the most popular location for Duquesne students.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a private university, so it can be a bit expensive. However, the academics and excellent location more than make up for it. They offer fairy good financial aid if you push for it.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city! Pittsburgh has a plethora of old and new shops, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and just about anything else you could think of. You would be hard pressed to not find something interesting to do in this city. In addition to all the great off campus options,

    Food and Dining

    The main dining hall is decent, but not exactly high quality dining. The other dining options on campus typically provide a much better eating experience, but sometimes cost a bit more than a meal swipe.

    Dorm Life

    The sign in system is a pain, but overall the dorms are very nice. Make sure to fill out the dorm questionnaire to ensure you get the type of dorm you want! The dorms range from quite, to loud. The suite dorms are very nice if you can get one.

    Academic Rigor

    Very professional, and classes will be tough. However, you get a lot out of them, and almost all the professors show a great concern for the students actually learning the material, rather than just forcing them through it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be smart, study hard, and treat it like a serious college. It's not a party school, so it's wise to take the time to really study the material, particularly for the sciences. Make sure to check out all the great resources at the school, and attend some of the events hosted during the year. During time off from class, get out and explore the city, as there are many great places to visit. Make SURE to attend orientation, no matter how lame you think it will be. It's a ton of fun, and they go all out to ensure new students feel welcomed.

    In three sentences

    A wonderful college, with a beautiful, almost park-like campus, which is tucked away in the heart of Pittsburgh. Spiritual growth is greatly encouraged right along side academic growth, and there's a great community atmosphere. Being located on the bluff, there is never a shortage of things to do during down time, as well as many great study areas scattered near by around the city.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Great Variety

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Catholic

    What to do for fun

    South Side

    Dorm Life

    SUCKS

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    While it is right in the city, the campus police do a great job of making you feel safe. There are a lot of colleges in the area too, so the police are really aware and cautious.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is popular but does not overtake the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are very service-oriented and dedicated to their major. The smaller schools really allow you to focus on your major and graduate educated and prepared.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One funny tradition is avoiding the inner circle of the scary Jesus statue. There is a circle of bricks underneath it, and if you step in it it is bad luck.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Pittsburgh is a great place to be because there is always something to do on campus and off-campus. The bike trail is right off campus, and there are also a TON of great places to eat downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't too great, but they are working on changing the menu and dining halls. The all-you-can-eat ice cream is a definite plus though.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms as freshman are small, but as sophomores you have more living opportunities.

    Academic Rigor

    While the core undergraduate classes are not too difficult, the classes involving your major really prepare you for your career.

    Tips for prospective students

    While the tuition is expensive, if you are interested in this school I would definitely consider applying. They give out many academic scholarships, and they also have many opportunities for endowed scholarships as a student there.

    In three sentences

    I love the size of the school and location. It is not tiny, but small enough to where you really are a person and they genuinely care about you. They are also very service-oriented and contribute a lot to the community, giving you plenty of opportunities to volunteer while also boosting your resume.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police do a wonderful job of monitoring the campus 24/7. I have never worried about my safety in my three years at Duquesne.

    Clubs and Activities

    The intramural sports are very competitive and exciting. They serve as a great means of reaching out to your fellow classmates.

    Bang for the buck

    As a private school, it can be quite expensive without any external aide. However, the prestigious name creates opportunities when seeking future employment.

    What to do for fun

    Because Duquesne is located in the heart of Pittsburgh, it is surrounded by entertainment and fun activities. The neighboring South Side offers students a lively night life.

    Food and Dining

    The food is typical college, cafeteria style dining.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are the worst aspect of Duquesne life. They are small and separated according to gender.

    Academic Rigor

    Speaking for the business school, the level of difficulty for classes can be somewhat strenuous at times. However, professors are eager to aide students in mastering the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enter college with a strong desire to master which ever subjects interest you the most.

    In three sentences

    The small, compact campus makes it extremely convenient in getting to and from class in a timely fashion. The professors are friendly and get to know students on a personal level.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Duquesne's campus is most definately safe for everyone. To get into any building you need to swipe you student identification card. Also for anyone other than yourself that needs to get into your dorm hall has to go through some signing in steps to assure they can be admitted. Duquesne University takes safety seriously and I have never felt unsafe at all on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Duquesne has over a hundred activities for students! From a rowing team to ten different intramurals teams Duquesne has something for anyone. Also, there are choirs, drama club, greek life and so much more for the students here it is wonderful.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any student going into the medical field, we have many award winning hospitals within walking distance from us. Duquesne's business school is actually one of the best so anyone interested in that should really look here. If you love the city and know your major Duquesne will be a great option for you!

    Bang for the buck

    A little on the expensive side but well worth it for the great education you are about to receive.

    What to do for fun

    Since Duquesne is minutes away from the South side of Pittsburgh and downtown, there are plenty of things to do here and around the city! Shopping and dining are easy to do in Pittsburgh as well as catching a sports game. Duquesne also offers many things to do its self from school games, planned trips, and greek life.

    Food and Dining

    Food here is pretty good. We have a couple dining facilities and they all suffice anyone's personal preferance concerning food.It is buffet styled, so eat as much as you want!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty standard at Duquesne. You have four different choices for freshman dorms which all are pretty small but still very nice. Dorm life is very fun however and most floors have room parties to get to know each other very well!

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, Duquesne is very good. It is nationally ranked with the U.S. news for best schools in America and most can see why. Every major has a very compact schedule that will prepare this person for the field they would like to work in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the campus and see if you really enjoy the atmosphere, you will really know if you will like it. Research and find out what you want to do with your life and see if Duquesne has this to offer. Go as many times you can to Duquesne to see as much as you can and enjoy it!

    In three sentences

    Duquesne is a great school for kids who know what they want. All of the programs offered at Duquesne at top notch and you will be well prepared for the world after graduation. Duquesne University sets its self apart by being a small school in a big city with huge opportunities everywhere.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Yes, Duquesne is expensive but the attention I have received there has been very personalized. Anytime I needed a question answered about housing, rostering, or even technology, they have been extremely helpful. I have hardly ever felt frustration towards the school that has not gone unanswered.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events are always fun, even if they aren't Duquesne's teams. Downtown is close enough for an afternoon or evening shopping trip or just to walk around, and there are a ton of parks in the area which are always good to go to with a football or frisbee.

    Food and Dining

    All the food that I have had Duquesne so far I have liked- but I haven't had everything. They do have a variety of venues to choose from, as well as kiosks all across campus which can be used with my student ID at any time.

    Dorm Life

    My roommate and I get along, as well as I have been able to connect with other students living in the same hallway this coming year as me as well. It's great because the wings separate the boys from the girls, which I like. It isn't a far walk to the bathrooms or to the laundry room.

    Academic Rigor

    My class roster for next year is very challenging- I have labs that are 2 or more hours long, as well as classes that are just set for discussing the main class's content. I also have to take 18 credits as a freshmen- that is certainly not going to be easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you let them know you are interested- don't just apply. Visit as often as you can, as well as if you have any questions email them- they have the answers and want to share their knowledge with you.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne's campus is beautiful, and in the heart of the city you can easily access anything that you need. The professors are all accommodating and enjoy answering your questions and having thought- provoking conversations with their students. All of the students that I have met so far love Duquesne, and are super friendly and are eager to help!

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    South Side, Squirrel Hill

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to learn

    In three sentences

    Duquesne has been completely helpful in me finding what I want to do and choosing a major. They have helped me do well in classes. My GPA has improved ten fold from high school to college

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Duquesne police (Dupo) are always around making sure that kids are safe. It is off campus where you need to worry about your safety.

    Greek Life

    Very very small percent of students join. I understand the appeal at a large school but at a school like Duquesne it is mostly paying for t-shirts and friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There aren't that many clubs to join at Duquesne. It takes some time to find a group that fits you perfectly.

    Great for these types of students

    People who live close to Pittsburgh.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    School spirit is very limited.

    Bang for the buck

    If you can get into a good state school and save yourself the money, I would. Unless you are an athlete getting a full ride Duquesne is a ripoff.

    What to do for fun

    Pittsburgh is full of great things to do as long as you are willing to leave campus. Campus can be very boring sometimes because a lot of people go home on the weekends. Southside is the most common place to go on the weekends due to the bars. Duq is very close to all of the major sports arenas which is very convenient as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't terrible. There are three main places to eat at and they all offer the same general choices. The main downfall of the dining halls is the lack of health choices.

    Dorm Life

    Very strict in all aspects. Boys and girls are not allowed to spend the night in each other rooms and are not allowed to sign in opposite gender guests overnight which is ridius. There are many ways to get around these rules though. You can get written up very easily for drinking/music.

    Academic Rigor

    If you check out professor's ratings before choosing your classes most classes are easy. The higher level classes require you to keep on top of your work but are not too difficult. Attendance is required in a lot of the classes just because of the small class sizes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up your GPA because they do not look at SATs too hard. Look into meeting as many people as possible when you first arrive. Be open to all opportunities that come along.

    In three sentences

    Very expensive but worth the money if the program you are looking for is ranked highly. Great location with a lot of activities. Academics are not too difficult if you keep up with the work.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food at Duquesne all of which have delicious food. Towers is an all you can eat style dining room where I spent most my time!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were one of my favorite parts of Duquesne, I made many friends living in St. Martins. The rooms are a little small, but it is comfortable and the bathrooms are very nice. There is a great custodial staff that helps keep the dorms very clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Duquesne is a rigorous school, however it is not unmanageable. If you study and put the effort into your school work you will reap the benefits. No matter how hard you may think the class is at the time, you will always leave retaining the knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for rigorous, yet educational classes that challenge you to discover your full potential. Be sure to keep up with all of your class work as well as get involved in everything the school has to offer. Get involved in Greek Life, it is a great way to meet people.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne is a very dynamic university with many opportunities for students to decide a lifetime career choice. It is a small campus with a great atmosphere and and intercity feel. After finishing my first year at Duquesne, I have decided there is no other university that I would rather attend

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus seems really, really safe. It's kind of strange considering you're in the middle of a city, but it's great. There are police officers that watch over campus. There is a jail located near campus, however, so be careful.

    Greek Life

    I have no experience with Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge variety of clubs and programs to join. Unfortunately, a lot of things seem to meet on the same night/time.

    Great for these types of students

    Good for pretty much anybody looking for a good school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a statue of Christ on the cross by Rockwell. It is widely referred to as Scary Jesus. Supposedly if you walk through the inner circle of bricks under the statue during finals week, you'll fail all of your finals.

    Bang for the buck

    It is rather pricey, but the academics are good, there are a lot of activities, and the advisers are great.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of University sponsored activities on the weekends. The campus itself is enjoyable, so playing games with friends is fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to eat on campus, which is nice. You don't necessarily need to go sit down in the dining hall to eat if you're rushing to a class, so it's pretty convenient. The food itself isn't amazing, but there are a lot of choices. Chances are that you'll find something that you enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty standard. Kind of small. They aren't frivolous, but they aren't awful. Dorm life itself can be daunting depending on your personality. I found it to be pretty irritating because noise carries on the floors and my floor mates weren't bothered to be quiet. If you like going out, you likely won't notice. Quiet hours are enforced intermittently from my experience. The bathrooms are cleaned pretty often, but people can do a number on them in the time between.

    Academic Rigor

    I've found most of my classes to be appropriately challenging. Obviously there are some that seem to be blow-off classes and some that are more difficult. Generally though it is pretty rigorous, but that's the most important part of college. The classes are a good size, generally, and the professors are helpful during office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs your first semester. Get to know people in your classes and form study groups. Get in touch with your professors early so they can place a face with your name. Collaborate with your advisers.

    In three sentences

    People are generally very friendly. There are a lot of clubs and campus activities. The city itself is beautiful and offers lots of opportunities.

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since you're in the city there are lots of different and interesting things to do and places to go. Pittsburgh is a huge sports city so there are always games to go to and University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, along with many other schools, are close by so there is a lot of student activity in the city.

    Food and Dining

    Food at Duquesne is not amazing, but not bad. The school is re-doing their main dining hall this Summer so who knows what it will be like when they're done.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors definitely expect you to keep up with your work and challenge you, however it is not impossibly hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the school first to get a feel for campus, no matter what school you're looking at.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne is a great school with very helpful staff and intelligent and eager faculty. The campus is great; even being in downtown Pittsburgh it does not feel like it is in the middle of a city.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour, and ask questions. Everyone is there to help you make the right college choice.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school. Very friendly and helpful. Wonderful learning environment.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a priority at Duquesne because the university is in the city. There are emergency call buttons all over campus and the campus police are always out patrolling. Duquesne also utilizes mass texts, e-mails, and calling to get emergency info to all students and faculty, so whenever a robbery or other emergency happens on campus or near-by students and parents are always aware.

    Greek Life

    There are a number of sororities and fraternities at Duquesne with social, service, and academic purposes.

    Great for these types of students

    Duquesne University is great for students who want to enjoy the city life and for students that are serious about their academics and futures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some unique things about Duquesne University. One would the Duquesne Tamburitzans. The Tamburitzans are a world traveling, performing group with some amazing skills and they are awesome to watch. Another unique thing about Duquesne is the annual Bluffstock. Every year, an organization sponsors a concert with some popular performers and it is free to students. It is always a good time.

    Bang for the buck

    Duquesne is an expensive university, but the academic programs are worth it, the campus is beautiful, and overall it is a great school.

    What to do for fun

    City life is right around the block, so there is always something fun to do. Duquesne also offers a variety of clubs, sports, and organizations that students can get involved in. Whether you like helping out in the community, working out at the gym, or the Greek Life, then you'll never be bored on campus

    Food and Dining

    I would say Duquesne has some of the best dinning than most universities. There's a wide variety of places to choose from for dinner; there is a large cafeteria, a deli, a pizza joint, another smaller cafeteria, a Subway, and a full size restaurant on campus. There are also two Starbuck's, several other cafes, and a convenient store. The options are endless and you will never go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    The living options are endless, you can live in a smaller dorm or a large suite, by yourself or in a wing. There are two new living and learning centers and the older ones are being remolded and updated.

    Academic Rigor

    Duquesne University is tough, simply put. A lot of the school's academic programs are highly selective and require a QPA of 3.00 or higher. The core classes and major curriculum are difficult, but get you well prepared for your future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come take a look, you'll be surprised what you find; Duquesne is located in the heart of the city, but you would never guess it. The campus is secluded, beautiful, and clean. If you're into Going Green and keeping the environment beautiful, you should know that Duquesne University is very environmentally friendly; the University produces its own clean energy right on campus, you can find recycling bins all over, and even the bathrooms are equipped to save the environment. If you're not sure about a major, Duquesne offers a variety of academic programs from the arts to medicine, and everything in between, so there's plenty of room for exploration.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne University is a beautiful, lively university in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, PA. They have top-rated academic programs, that includes some of their Health Science fields, their law school, and music program, with caring, active professors and faculty that will help students achieve their degree. I love how happy I am here and enjoy learning at Duquesne, one of the best universities in the country.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You are in the city and across from the ghetto, but I feel the campus police do an excellent job on patrol and you are far enough away from the danger

    Greek Life

    Love it! Greek life is awesome! You will make the most friends and have the best experience by joining Duquesne Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous things to be involved in! For every type of student there is something for you to participate in whether it be chess, drama, radio, the paper, tv, dance, fitness. I could go on forever

    Great for these types of students

    Most kids have a lot of money which is kind of scary. You will run into the occasional snob but for the most part everyone is pretty humble and nice.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The dreadful stairs are horrible when coming from south side and back. The skywalk is beautiful and gives you a great view of the city skyline.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel the school is overpriced. If you have good grades you will surly receive an academic scholarship so strive for that.

    What to do for fun

    You are in Pittsburgh. Besides attending the sports games, there are concerts almost every weekend at stage AE or Consol Energy. Southside is a great place for students over 21 and its in walking distance from campus.

    Food and Dining

    They have recently updated most of the cafeterias and it has payed off. The food may still be mediocre but the atmosphere is great.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Duquesne is awesome! Everyone hangs out on the wings and you really do make a lot of friends. Towers is especially fun because that is where they house the members of greek life.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel it all depends on what program you are in. In general I feel the academic programs are tough enough to the point you know you are getting an education but manageable enough to receive good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a small academic environment this is a good school for you. Pharmacy is a major program here and it is rigorous but it will pay off in the end. The faculty here is very nice and very helpful through the application process.

    In three sentences

    I feel the campus is a safe and comfortable learning environment. The student body is small enough that you can feel a sense of community and personalization from the teachers and faculty. There are many ways to get involved and plenty of fun for anyone.

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is really safe, the department of safety sends out text messages and calls if there is a security alert on campus.

    Greek Life

    There are a large number of Greek life fraternities and sororities. They all seem to be very good and long standing parts of the Duquesne University tradition.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something going at Duquesne. Clubs and activities are everywhere, each school of learning has their own clubs and activities, and of course there are sports clubs for those who are interested.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students Just make sure that you are prepared to study for all test and quizzes.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is pretty good, there are 11 locations all around campus to eat or grab a quick snack. There is a all you can eat dinning hall inside Towers, and a Starbucks in the student union. Several food courts are in the union as well. Overall the food is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good. The floors hold about 40-45 people. Separated into two wings for boys and girls in the St. Ann dorm. Towers, Vickroy, and St. Martin are separated by floor. There is always stuff to do on the dorm from games to movies and sports.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are pretty tough. Be prepared to study hard for all test and quizzes. The classes are small sizes but the material is challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at the entire campus, there is more then just Academic Walk, all of the professors are amazing and the sports are pretty good here too. It might be a small school but it has a highly touted Business school and Law school, the Pharmacy program is also very good and popular. Be prepared to climb hills to get to class from the dorms.

    In three sentences

    Duquense was my first choice of college, and when I can to visit I fell in love with the campus. The classes are good and challenging, the professors really know their material. The university is very good and is one of the top Catholic institutions in the nation.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    A LOT of choices.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the game room!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early.

    In three sentences

    I've been to field trips there, and I just love their game room. Its in a beautiful location and looks great on the inside and outside. I hope to go there.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Duquesne Police (affectionately called DuPo) are around and aware of campus and how it should be run. They enact traffic patterns during peak hours, and help out overall with parking situations, late night patrolling, safety and security, and anything else. I feel very safe with DuPo around.

    Greek Life

    There are a good amount of fraternities and sororities on campus, as well as academically oriented and even ethnically oriented ones. From what I have heard, Greek Life on campus is a good bonding experience and provides great connections and relationships for people, both men and women.

    Clubs and Activities

    Duquesne is most certainly not lacking in its offerings of clubs and other activities. The Nite Spot constantly has stuff going on, and if you look at any given bulletin board, you will be bombarded with flyers about things going on around campus. Not to mention email bombardment!!! DU also has a period where all the clubs get to showcase themselves along A Walk in campus to help get people involved and aware of all the cool societies, clubs, teams, etc. that are offered.

    Great for these types of students

    Duquesne is great for students who are looking for an urban, yet self-contained college environment. The students can access the city quite easily, but the city people don't often venture directly onto campus. Campus is set by itself on the bluff, situated in a specific area that is only Duquesne buildings. So for parents who are concerned about the campus being integrated into the city and its people, DU is a little bit removed from that type of setting (Pitt is much more built into the area).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Creepy or Scary Jesus (located near Old Main and Rangos) is said to have test altering powers. If you walk in the innermost circle, you might not do so well on an upcoming exam, especially one you are particularly nervous about. He is a little weird looking, but I have done it and nothing bad has happened to me. But you see just about everyone else avoids the inner circle, so maybe the rumor is true for everyone else!

    Bang for the buck

    Duquesne is a private institution, so the price is pretty high. But if you have good grades and keep those grades up, there are many opportunities for (major-specific or school-specific sometimes) financial aid and scholarships to make the cost more manageable. There is also flexibility in meal plans now, and also in dorm living costs. But for the quality of the classes and variation of major and class offerings, it is a worthwhile value.

    What to do for fun

    There are many places to go and have fun since DU is so close to the center of the city. Downtown has some fun stuff, including winter activities like ice skating. There are plenty of clubs downtown as well, and an endless amount of bars in South Side. The shopping in the South Side boutiques is also pretty cool. In addition, the Strip District has some pretty great (AND CHEAP) stuff like clothes and groceries. On campus, the Nite Spot has nightly activities, competitions, or movie offerings. And of course, you can always find a party somewhere close to campus, to go hang out and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    I have never been crazy about the food at DU. But it is OK if you are looking for OK food. Brottier has its own kitchens, so I use that now, but in a regular dorm you must have a meal plan, so you have to eat somewhere on campus. Towers is OKish, Off Ramp is OK, Options is good, but there are few other places to get foos with your meal swipe or FLEX. Unfortunately, the Subway on campus does not take FLEX, but the Starbucks does!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty great on campus. There are required floor programs to be done by the RAs to help get freshmen to interact with each other. Also, DU tends to group people together by similarity in personality or sometimes by major, so it can be easier to get along and help each other out with schoolwork. I always tell people to not be afraid to get out there and make friends, because you'll never know if you'll have to borrow their Biostat book next semester, or vice versa. Dorm life helps that bonding and closeness with your peers, even if they have totally different classes, and gives freshmen and sophomores the chance to really get to know the people they see on a regular basis.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of DU's science classes aim to weed out the people who aren't sure what they want to get involved in. The other university-required classes are pretty basic as well. There are many that are Honors level though, for the Honors College to complete their 6 academically required classes, so those are at a different level slightly. But rigorous classes can be found in any program or school of study, and they are well worth fighting for and getting good grades in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Test well and take your academics seriously. Duquesne can cost a lot of money, so make sure your use your time here wisely. DU is very fun when you work hard, play hard, get involved, stay involved, commit, and follow through. It is a really great place to establish who you are as a person, a student, an adult, and as an upcoming member of the work force.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne University is a college that I have wanted to attend since I was a sophomore in high school. It has a multitude of programs and schools of study, all accredited and well reviewed; DU is well-known for its respect and tolerance of all peoples, its academic excellence, and involvement with the city. Located close to the heart of beautifully unique Pittsburgh, PA, Duquesne is self-contained and well protected internally, yet accessible and central to all the essentials which make up college life.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students with wealthy backgrounds who wear designer brands and love to go out and party will probably do great at this school.

    Bang for the buck

    After room and board the school costs $40k on average. This is typical Private Catholic University. Although the campus is safe and beautiful and a free quality gym, it's completely overpriced for what you get. 39% of students drop out of Duquesne, the dorms are very small and pretty gross, Duquesne is the ONLY school in Pittsburgh that doesn't give their students free or discounted public transportation, pretty bad food with mean dining staff, overpriced convenience store, won't take AP Eng Lang test scores, and has way too many core requirements that make it near impossible to transfer to any other school because your credits won't transfer over.

    What to do for fun

    For the first few months it seems like there is an overwhelming amount of things to do. So many shops and places to eat on Southside East Carson Street, Southside Works, the Waterfront, and at Downtown Pittsburgh, but the excitement fizzles out after the first few months. Unless you like to party every weekend, expect to be bored a lot. Duquesne Residence Life and the Student Government Association try to have activities at the NiteSpot and play movies for sober fun which is nice if you take advantage of it. They provide lots of FREE fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food Duquesne serves is the usual college quality... There is a all you can eat buffet called Towers that takes a meal swipe. Towers has a lot of different options, grill food, salad bar, pizza, really bad knock off chinese food, homestyle, pasta, deli, breakfast, cereals, silk, desserts..ect. Options takes flex or a meal swipe for a meal. They serve mostly deli, burgers, salads, and poor quality mexican burritos. Off Ramp also takes flex or a meal swipe. They serve pizza and fast food and salads. Also an on campus convenience store called P.O.D. which has some common in demand items like hot pockets and other microwavable food. They take flex or specific items for meal swipes. P.O.D. is extremely overpriced. We have a Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and a bar-restaurant called Red Ring on campus which all take flex dollars after a certain time. The dining services staff is mostly mean and nasty who swear and act completely unprofessional.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are small and have hardly any outlets and the ones you have barely work. Mine wasn't even cleaned before given to me. Half the female housing in St. Anns hall is forced triples (a living space built to accommodate 2 people but 3 people are forced into). VERY STRICT RULES ON VISITATION. You must sign every guest in (female or male) and they cannot be signed in before noon and must be signed out by midnight on weekdays and by 2 am on the weekends. Only same sex overnight guests and they must be signed in before 11pm on weekdays and midnight on the weekends. Most RA's don't really enforce quiet hours which gets very annoying. The boys side at St. Anns is COMPLETELY DISGUSTING. The water is cold at certain hours of the day which makes showering unpleasant especially in the winter. St.Ann's has one floor for laundry (which is FREE!) with 6 washers and dryers. St. Martin's has one washer and dryer for every floor (FREE ALSO). The girls are really catty and cliquey and the boys are mostly tools. Really wealthy kids go here so you can expect most people to be pretty stuck up. Expect to see everyone in sperry's, girls in uggs, dressed in Pink, yoga pants, North Face, and Vera Bradley and in really short, tight, revealing dresses in HUGE heels. Girls here don't really respect themselves all that well. People who are alternative, artsy, or unique don't fit in very well unfortunately. However, there are always floor activities going on which building the connection is nice. And there are PLENTY of organizations

    Academic Rigor

    Even though I personally don't feel all that challenged here, all of my other classmates seem to be struggling and Duquesne is known for being easy to get into but hard to stay in.

    Tips for prospective students

    The acceptance rate may seem high (70%) but this doesn't accurately represent the difficulty of the school. Don't plan on having any of your credits transferring over to other schools if you plan on transferring.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne is an expensive catholic university. The campus is beautiful and the classes are relatively small which makes great for personal connections with professors.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends and go to the southside

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in studies. Have fun on the weekends.

    In three sentences

    It is a good academic school. It is very costly. In some aspects it is very strict.

  • 02/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Red and Blue Crew is an awesome way to support the sports teams!

    Bang for the buck

    The money is worth the education you will get.

    What to do for fun

    I go explore Pittsburgh, go to Oakland where Pitt is to hang out with friends. Walking through Shenley Park is awesome, going out to eat in the cultural district.

    Food and Dining

    Four different options.

    Dorm Life

    Typical dorm life that you would expect.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to study alot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to study hard. Definitely take advantage of being close to downtown and explore Pittsburgh!

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful urban campus close enough to downtown to enjoy the city but has privacy up on the bluff. You will get a great education here. The staff is awesome and the students are very friendly.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Duquesne is a very safe campus and the police constantly patrol.

    Great for these types of students

    Catholic students will be happy here.

    Bang for the buck

    The education you get at Duquesne is worth the tuition (assuming you get scholarships).

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Pittsburgh has a large amount of free or cheap entertainment. The South Side also has plenty of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is expensive and unhealthy.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are difficult but the professors are, for the most part, excellent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships and financial aid early. Duquesne has a high tuition, but this can be offset if you work to get the money you need.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne University has very rigorous courses no matter what major you are. The science departments are particularly challenging. It is an urban campus, but feels as though it is away from the city.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Duquesne maintains its' own fire and police forces, both stationed on campus. Entry into residence halls is by access controlled doors, with an integrated surveillance system which is interior and exterior to the buildings and dorms.

    Greek Life

    See above.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life, clubs, and service characterize Duquesne.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are planning a career in education, business, pharmacy, law, or looking for leadership education this school rocks. Duquesne prides itself on diversity and an international view.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Duquesne is founded upon the tradition of service to the community. As such, the plethora of chances to help others in this country or in other countries abound.

    Bang for the buck

    Duquesne is rated a Best Buy for educational institutions by Money magazine, and is one of two private schools listed in the top 25 by the Department of Education. Its' business school was recently listed by Bloomburg Businessweek in the top 10 institutions of higher learning. Additonally, Duquesne has study abroad partnerships in Italy and Ireland for enrolled students.

    What to do for fun

    USE THE POWER FITNESS CENTER. Really, a built in fitness, activity center that offers a tremendous variety of physical options. Informal and formal dances have a place in the calendar, along with concerts, movies, and game days and nights. The Penguins home, the Consol Energy Center is located adjacent to campus. The Pirates, Steelers, and other sports teams call Pittsburgh home. A short walk across from campus is the South Side, a night life hub of activity.

    Food and Dining

    Explore the Options program at Duquesne. Many on campus and just off campus dining opportunities are available. Starbucks, Subway, and the Red Ring are all part of on campus dining choices. Many casual and fine dining restaurants are within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    Residence Life is what you choose to make of it while at Duquesne. Finding out who one is is challenging; finding compatible roommate(s) can be as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic excellence characterizes the Duquesne daily life. Be prepared to be prepared for your chosen field in ways you cannot expect, but must experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice is to be involved within the Duquesne mission as soon as you are able. Reach out to others, as the University will reach out to them and you.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne prepares students for professional careers with an outstanding curriculum, versatile professors, and lifetime access to University resources. The university location is urban while separate, sitting on a bluff above the three rivers whose confluence is Pittsburgh. Activities, internships, and faithful service to others are all integral parts of the Duquesne experience.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do downtown or in southside such as shows, sport games, and parties. There are things to do if you enjoy partying or not on campus as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food has almost no options if you are trying to eat healthily.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small and cramped and their aren't many options. Boys and girls are separated but its not too bad and you can move off campus in your junior year.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes are difficult but not overly so. The education department, where I study, often treats students like children but can prepare them for the their profession.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you don't limit yourself to what you think you can do and who you think you should be friends with. Be friends with as many people as possible and find ways to becoming involved.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne is a great university that can really care about its students but is by no means perfect. The classes vary in difficulty and rigor but most apply to whatever your major is. The school overall is great for people who want to live in the city but still have the option of not being completely entrenched by city life.

  • 04/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The safety is outstanding. Duquesne has their own police force and ensures that all students are safe at all times. The police will even escort you at night if you need to.

    Greek Life

    Was not involved in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to choose from. Duquesne has a site where you can look up all of the clubs and join right from your computer.

    Great for these types of students

    All students are welcome at Duquesne University. The business school is OUTSTANDING.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step in the Scary Jesus inner circle near Rockwell Hall. The unusual tradition is that you will fail all of your final exams!

    Bang for the buck

    You are paying a lot of money but getting a great education. Also, a lot of employers know Duquesne University and enjoy recruiting at the school.

    What to do for fun

    The city is nearby so there are a lot of places to hang out on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is average quality. It is a little on the expensive side and some of it does not taste that great.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are OK, some are better than others.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and the professors use real-world examples to supplement the textbook. Exams require several days in advance to prepare, otherwise you won't do well!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take hard classes and challenge yourself. Be proactive with getting a job. Join as many organizations you can and take on leadership roles--employers love this!

    In three sentences

    The professors are extremely knowledgeable and willing to help the students. The campus is beautiful and it does not feel like you are in the middle of a city. The recruiting is outstanding and everyone should have a job upon graduation if you are proactive.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    DuPo is very reliable and always on duty.

    Greek Life

    I am a member of a professional fraternity and I love it. It pays to get involved!

    Great for these types of students

    People who want a good education. People who like the city life

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is bad luck to step in Scary Jesus' inner circle. Supposedly if you do you will fail all your finals so watch your step!

    What to do for fun

    You're right In the heart of Pittsburgh. Southside and downtown are only short walks away. There is tons to do there!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nice but small. Towers is currently being renovated. There are new dorms available for upperclassmen but they are more expensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Duquesne is expensive so apply for tons of scholarships as early as possible.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne is a lovely campus. The academics and professors are great. Tuition, though, is really pricey.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    explore the city! also lots of on campus activites

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to do alot of homework.

    In three sentences

    It is a great education at a big price. It is great living in Pittsburgh but also having an actual campus. Everyone is very nice and friendly.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    great

    Greek Life

    Greek life is amazing

    What to do for fun

    Anything that the city of Pittsburgh has to offer is at the students disposal.

    Food and Dining

    Being in Pittsburgh the restaurants and local dining venues have excellent food but as far as campus dining goes the food could be better.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make it at Duquesne. A lot of people are turned off by the visitation rules as far as coeds go, but that is not a problem once you get use to it.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the teachers at Duquesne are doctors and design their courses accordingly to challenge their students. It is not easy but college is not easy.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go downtown of course! We are right here!

    Food and Dining

    Bugs and nasty. It is just gross.

    Dorm Life

    As an RA, I love it and I make the best for my residents.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers grade hard on purpose while others give you a break

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work, it adds up, especially for science majors

    In three sentences

    Duquesne really knows how to show family here. Everybody on campus really joins together and puts an effort in for their students. Also, the views from campus are to die for!

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Kids who can easily balance social and school life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Jesus statue in the middle of campus has a circle around it, and if you step in the circle you will fail your next test and everyone knows you are a freshman.

    What to do for fun

    The city life is always busy and fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food will get old quickly and isn't very tasty, but there are many options.

    Dorm Life

    I have made some of the greatest friends here.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely challenging every single class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to keep your major broad because once you commit to a major it is difficult to change it.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne University is the most challenging and amazing school I can imagine. It is everything I expected before coming into college. The social and academic life are both surreal.

  • 06/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are weekly activity hosted in the Nitespot.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay but they just changed the whole food program so I am looking forward to it.

    Dorm Life

    Door life is great. There are few curfew regarding Freshmen & Sophomore, other than that it is awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigorous all depends on the major one is studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make use of all the resources available to you.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne is a great school if you're not looking for a big campus. The professors are great & the campus is safe.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events. Go to the south side and south side works. Go downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The quality of food depends on where you go to eat. I would go to Towers to eat occasionally because it only costs a meal but the food isn't that great. Other places like Options and Offramp have better food but they usually cost a meal plus some flex. There is also a Subway on campus but it doesn't accept meal swipes or flex.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is going to be fun regardless of where you stay. As a freshman, I stayed in St. Anns which is probably the least fun out of the other freshman dorms. The upside to it is that most of the rooms in St. Anns are the biggest out of the freshman dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes you take are pretty easy as a freshman but as you go on they start to get more and more intense. That's the case with most schools but at Duquesne the work load is a little bit heavier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a meal plan with a lot of flex. Have your own printer. Study abroad when you get the chance.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive but i have learned more in the two years i have attended than all 4 years of high school and the university i attended before duquesne combined.

    What to do for fun

    Pittsburgh is a great city with a whole lot of activities to offer and plenty of modes of transportation. The best thing to do is get off of campus and explore the town and nightlife with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Not great. Again, you would be lucky to find a pleasant food experience in any major university but it is pretty bad. It is located right in the heart of pittsburgh though so good eats are never hard to find.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not so great. They are out dated and pretty uncomfortable, but most dorms are. The best part about the dorm life is once you know the people in your building, you know a majority of the students on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I have never been more challenged before in my life. If the music school at duquesne is any reflection of the other programs, be prepared to buckle up and work hard. Though many of the professors are there to help you, not fail you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends with your teachers. It's a small enough school where most classes are under 30 students. Building relationships with your professors is always a great way to get ahead.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne is a quiet and serene little campus. Though the student population is small it makes up for it with the overall sense of unity and caring. It's expensive and sometime hard to keep up with the tuition but the financial aid office is very helpful which is a pleasant detour from most other universities.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Brand new dining services! Food is healthy and delicious!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are by no means easy. Teachers expect a lot out of you, and many courses require hours of out of class work. Given this however, the classes are still manageable and if you stay on top of your work, it's hard to get overwhelmed.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne University has a beautiful campus right in the center of downtown Pittsburgh, making it thriving with culture. Class sizes are small, and professors value having personable relationships with their students. I am absolutely in love with my school and happy I decided to go here.

  • 11/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Every week in the Nite Spot Duquesne Program Council hosts bingo! Prizes include gift cards and a few times a semester they host Epic Bingo, with larger prizes including video games consoles, televisions and Keurigs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lorde's Grotto is a neat spot to visit on campus!

    What to do for fun

    Many students take the loop bus on Fridays and Saturdays to Oakland, the Waterfront and South Side to do their shopping or to see movies and hang out.

    Food and Dining

    Duquesne recently changed food service providers, so Parkhurst is trying to adjust and tweak things. Duquesne has 3 dining halls, one all-you-can-eat style. There is a campus market as well as a Coffee Tree Roasters and a Freshens. The food has improved greatly, but their prices are a bit ridiculous.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in Duquesne's on-campus apartment building in a one bedroom apartment, and I'm a senior. I definitely paid my dues living in less than ideal spaces. My freshman dorm, St. Martin Hall was small and crammed with my roommate, and it was difficult to organize our furniture without being forced to bunk our beds, and our floor had a shared bathroom with stalls, showers and sinks. Sophomore year I lived in Towers, on a renovated floor. The floor had wifi, unlike my building freshman year. The rooms were slightly larger and it was nicer. Junior year I lived in Vickroy, which was a large suite style building. It has tons of space and there is lots of room for storage. It's a good building to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    In my major, the classes aren't that difficult because I enjoy the subject I'm studying. A lot of my classes relate to one another and it's nice. Duquesne has a great business school and their pharmacy program is extremely good. Students will get a great education here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you're okay with paying for public transportation- Duquesne does not have a deal with Pittsburgh Port Authority so students must pay to take the bus, unlike students at Pitt. Be prepared to walk up hills! Duquesne is a very hilly campus and helps you get your exercise in! Duquesne is currently admitting more freshman than they can house, so some students were forced to have three people in a two-person room. If you're okay with that, go for it!

    In three sentences

    Duquesne is a small campus in an urban location. The university takes pride in its students and faculty. The faculty truly care about their students and go above and beyond helping them make the most out of their education.

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I believe that the safety on campus is terrific. There are cameras everywhere and the security guards are nice and approachable.

    Greek Life

    Although I do not participate, many of my close friends are involved in Greek life. These aren't your normal sororities. They do volunteer work, are not cliquey, and go out of there way to be accepting.

    Great for these types of students

    Duquesne is a great school for almost anyone. Doctors, athletes, teachers. It is a diverse environment where people are sociable and get along well.

    Bang for the buck

    I think for as expensive as Duquesne is, tuition is definitely worth it. The teachers really care about their students, the advisers are magnificent, and the students are really accepting.

    What to do for fun

    There is a free fitness center for anyone who likes to work out, two footballs fields, basketball courts, volleyball nets, a pool, among so many other things.

    Food and Dining

    The food could taste a little better and have lower prices. However, there are many choices between the three different restaurants. I usually eat on campus around three or four times a week and am satiated with what I eat.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, however my friends who do absolutely love it.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, I do believe Duquesne is challenging, although not overwhelming. There is just enough work to keep the students on their toes.

    Tips for prospective students

    To any students applying or who want to attend I would tell them that Duquesne University will be a great fit. The people who attend are easy to get along with and accepting. The campus is beautiful and in the heart of Pittsburgh.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne University is a nurturing school that is sculpted for bright learners who want to make their dreams a reality. The teachers are nurturing, get to know their students, and will take out of their schedule to help them. This university has taught me to reach my goals no matter how big.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Duquesne is really good about making sure that students are safe. There is a campus police system as well as Help phones around the campus. These phones are in place so that people can directly call the campus police. Also, if an incident should arise, each student receives a text and email of the situation so they know what is going on.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities on campus, you just have to find the right one. The clubs almost always have activities going on across campus and they often offer fun activities or food for a small fee.

    What to do for fun

    In the bottom of the Union, there is a place called the NightSpot. This place holds (free) Bingo, movies, craft nights (such as ornaments, piggy banks, tie-dye shirts), food, and many other activities. It is a great place to get free food or fun.

    Food and Dining

    As far as food goes, it's pretty good. Our food is provided by Parkhurst and, if you are from around the area, you will know that it is the same company that provides for Eat n' Park. There are a lot of places to eat and they all have a huge variety of food.

    Dorm Life

    One thing I can say is a big issue is doing laundry. For instance, my floor has one washer and one dryer. We have a time sheet but people end up taking everyone else's slots and you never know when you can do laundry. Other than that, the rooms and floors are very nice. After you get all of your personal items into the room, it feels like a second home.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and require being in class each day as well as doing the assignments. Different professors may have different requirements but for the most part, just do the work and it will be fine.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne is a great campus for those who like a city but want to play it safe. Although it is in the center of downtown Pittsburgh, it is in its own bubble.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Duquesne has their own accredited police force only one of three colleges in the state of PA. They keep the campus safe and secure 24/7.

    Greek Life

    Many different opportunities to experience Greek Life at Duquesne, there are various organizations that are and are not associated with specific majors.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many different clubs and organizations are available most are geared to specific majors.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want both an urban campus but also a small community. The school is not too large, but it also not too small perfect size!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the coolest things about Duquesne is that it is situated on the Bluff. While Duquesne is located in the hear of Pittsburgh, on campus you never feel like you are in a major U.S. city.

    Bang for the buck

    While it is costly I feel right at home at Duquesne. Teachers are there when needed and offer abundant support.

    What to do for fun

    Southside is always an option, just a short walk from campus! But Duquesne is also close to Market Square, and the Strip District.

    Food and Dining

    Duquesne recently signed a new contract with a new food provider, food is very good for a college atmosphere. Daily specials insure variety every day. Also numerous dining facilities allow you to change up where you eat every day.

    Dorm Life

    I won't lie you can be put on a rowdy floor. RA's are there to help you however they may not always be present to hold the floor accountable to quite hours. However during finals week there are 24 hour quite hours.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are designed very well. It helps that the professors design their own lecture plans and lab schedules. This allows for first hand experience with topics discussed in lecture in the laboratory.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend all classes, and when needed professor's office hours. All of the professors are willing to make sure you succeed but you have to go to them with any question you have.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus in the heart of Pittsburgh. Students love the school and opportunities abound to make good friends. Academic programs provide the rigor needed in the University setting.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Southside offers lots of restaurants and shopping. The North shore has many sports teams and museums.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not Duquesne's strong suit. There are not very many options for food, especially on the weekends.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are getting better but being required to live on campus for two years was a bummer.

    Academic Rigor

    It was a very hard program that required a lot of dedication.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Heavy winter jacket

    In three sentences

    Duquesne University was an exceptional experience. Located in the heart of Pittsburgh, it offers culture, sports and a great education. This campus allowed me to explore my religion without any pressure.

  • 03/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Good lighting!

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of networking opportunities

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to be close to the city while in school.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth it!

    What to do for fun

    Study in the library with classmates...it's law school do people have lives?

    Food and Dining

    Offers a variety of options.

    Dorm Life

    Live off campus in the South-Side.

    Academic Rigor

    As mentioned... The coursework is intense especially the legal research and writing course very labor intensive and time-consuming. Well worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Law School is hard.

    In three sentences

    Law School is convienently located near downtown. All of the facilities are always clean and nice. I think there is a wonderfully friendly atmosphere!

  • 05/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Duquesne is in downtown Pittsburgh. That sentence alone should put in perspective all of the options available for a fun time. Due to its location the options of fun thins to do are nearly endless. Duquesne offers the southside, dining, shopping, sport venues, and more. For example, only two blocks away is Consol Engergy Center, home of the Pittburgh Penguins. Several times a year the Penguins offer Student Rush tickets. The gist of the Student Rush offer is that the Penguins reserve tickets specifically for college students for only $30. For those who know the NHL, they realize how unbeatable this offer is. I myself just took advantage of this offer today. I am going to the playoff game against the Rangers tonight. The kicker, I am sitting in the lower bowl (MSRP: 250).

    Food and Dining

    Duquesne's food and dining is delicous. They offer several different options and are continuing to expand. There newest addition Freshens has quickly become a student favorite. Instead of going into great detail about our food and dining I am going to attatch the schools link to campus dining: http://www.duq.edu/life-at-duquesne/dining They do it much more justice than I can.

    Dorm Life

    Although I am a commuter, I can offer insight on dorm life. Many of my friends live on campus in various buildings. From what I have experienced and what I am told, Duquesne dorm life is a great experience. Everyone I know enjoys their time living on campus.This is accredited to Duquesne community feel. Although Duquesne houses nearly 4,000 students, many know eachother on a first name bases. It seems that, no matter where you go on campus you are bound to know someone. I do not believe many Universities can claim that. *I only am willing to give it 4 stars because I have not experienced it yet myself. After this year I will be able to give you a more personal review.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Duquesne are difficult. Each class I have taken so far has been rigorous. Although, with that being said the Professors want you to succeed. Every Professor I have had, has been more than willing to help me. Their aid has been a great tool so far in my studies. I can not imagine being where I am today without them. I did not realize that most college Professors are not like this. I just assumed that because Duquesne's professors are like this, that it is the custom across the nation. That is not the case. Many of my friends from various other PA schools have told me that I 'lucked out here at Duquesne.

    Tips for prospective students

    My single and most import tip for prospective students would be to get involved. Duquesne offers so many wonderful extracurricular activites. From greek life, intramurals, study abroad, clubs, and campus ministry Duquesne has something for everyone. By getting involved with extracurricular activities you deversify yourself so much more as a person. You make new friends, learn new things, and better yourself for future success. Why not open yourself up and get involved with extracurricular activities? You would be foolish not to.

    In three sentences

    Duquesne University is the ideal foundation for a fruitufl future. Duquesne offers rigorous academics, extracurricular activities, friendly staff, and the feel of a larger University. Duquesne University is the perfect fit for those looking for an enjoyable college experience.

  • 05/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many healthy options available !

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are typical dorms, small and close. But it is nice

    Academic Rigor

    Duquesne puts a lot of pressure on their students to achieve the high standard that they expect.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends with many people!

    In three sentences

    Duquesne University is a wonderful school full of diverse students and professors. Students engage in a variety of academic and extracurricular programs that help the community. You will leave the university feeling fulfilled and glad you attended.

  • 10/02/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I've also eaten at the dining hall, there are lots of options and the food is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    I've stayed in the dorms for a music program. They aren't the best, but when I think about college dorms I think about Duquesne. It was a typical dorm and now I know what to expect.

    Academic Rigor

    I know people who go there and they are doing well. Like any college it's stressful, but Duquesne is enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and the school is very well known. My only qualm is the price. It is a great school but I just don't think I can afford it.