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School Spotlight: University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh
Elyse Krantz

Written by Elyse Krantzon October 21st, 2019

I became interested in the college admissions process after serving as a student tour guide in the admissions office of my alma mater. After graduating, I accepted an admissions counseling position at Bennington College in Vermont where I evaluated applications and reviewed art portfolios from students across the country. Three years later, after pursuing my master's degree in New York City, I joined the admissions staff at Barnard College where I served as a senior admissions officer. At Barnard, I directed Long Island and Boston recruitment in addition to managing the College's alumnae interview program, coordinating admissions statistics, and editing various college publications. Having also served as an alumni interviewer for Dartmouth College and visited over 75 colleges, I feel especially well-equipped to help students prepare for admission interviews and campus tours.
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There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school! School Spotlight: University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA From outstanding programs in business and engineering, to unusual and hard-to-find programs in the health sciences, the University of Pittsburgh offers a wide range of academic and pre-professional programs. 19,300 undergraduates are enrolled in this public/private hybrid university, with one-third of students hailing from out of state. Undergraduates at the main Pittsburgh campus enter the University in one of five divisions (Arts & Sciences, Business, Computer & Information, Engineering, or Nursing), but upperclass students can pursue additional majors from all ten of Pitt’s schools, including programs in applied development psychology, emergency medicine (one of the only undergraduate programs of its kind in the county), and social work. Students with a passion for business and another academic field should seriously consider the rigorous double degree program in business and arts & sciences, which lets students combine business studies with another major such as Chinese, film studies, or political science. Making the transition from high school to college isn’t always easy, but thanks to a supportive First Year Experience program, new students will quickly feel right at home. Fun fact: The University has over 600 registered student organizations, including the Animal Lovers Club, the Disney Club, and Pitt Band – one of the University’s great traditions, now in its 108th season. Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of University of Pittsburgh Getting the Most out of a College Visit


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