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, including this week’s School Spotlight, the University of Pittsburgh. 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.
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