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Old 01-12-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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Point Park is a very ambitious school and I think it is fair to say its reputation is improving--but still, Pitt is a much better established and better regarded school. So there is going to be some tradeoff involved.
Pitt is a large state university. Point Park is a small private university. It's like comparing apples and organges unless majors are taken into consideration. Point Park made the US News & World Report's 2010 Best Colleges list. I'm not saying that Pitt isn't a great school. It's certainly more selective than Point Park, but Point Park is still as selective as Duquesne. Large universities aren't for everyone.

Having Pitt on a resume isn't necessarily going to land a job faster than having Point Park on a resume. Pitt's good but let's be realistic and put it in perspective. It's not Ivy League, and it has hundreds of thousands of graduates. Think about that: MANY people have Pitt on their resumes. That sort of waters down the importance. Unless a university is TOPS for a specific major, the job placement office matters more than the name. The odds are better that a smaller university's job placement office is going to invest more time in helping students land a job. At Pitt, a student is one in a sea of students.

The OP should call and ask both colleges for the job placement rates in the field she plans to study. If it's a draw, she should go to the one she likes the most.
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:40 AM
 
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Having Pitt on a resume isn't necessarily going to land a job faster than having Point Park on a resume. Pitt's good but let's be realistic and put it in perspective. It's not Ivy League, and it has hundreds of thousands of graduates.
Also, university recognition is still very regional. Say to someone in Pittsburgh that you go to Pitt, or CMU, or Point Park, and that person will have an idea of what kind of school that is, and what kind of student you probably are. Say the same thing to someone in Atlanta, and it's not going to mean anything.
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis/ St.Paul, MN
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:55 AM
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Also, university recognition is still very regional. Say to someone in Pittsburgh that you go to Pitt, or CMU, or Point Park, and that person will have an idea of what kind of school that is, and what kind of student you probably are. Say the same thing to someone in Atlanta, and it's not going to mean anything.
Yes and no. People out here in Colorado have heard of Pitt b/c it's big and has a D-1 football team. In health care, it's considered top drawer, and most health care professionals are familiar with it. Point Park, not so much. That is not saying that the education one receives there is significantly better.
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:01 PM
 
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As I said, the major can be a huge factor.

For some reason, I thought the OP was planning to study social services. I dont' know why I thought that.

I've looked back at all of her posts and I can't find it. Maybe I have her mixed up with someone else.

She really should tell us the major she plans to pursue.
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:19 PM
 
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is Point Park a decent school? I haven't heard too much about it, but I think it might fit me a little better than Pitt. But a picking a school with a good rep is pretty important when it comes to job searching in the future..What do you think?
It really depends on what you want to do. If you're looking to go into the arts, Point Park is definitely above Pitt. I'm guessing you don't, because there are audition processes, etc. and you probably would've mentioned that. Otherwise, Pitt's national name and more diversity of programs is probably better.

Pitt is probably slightly more expensive. Not sure what school offers better financial aid.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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Pitt is probably slightly more expensive. Not sure what school offers better financial aid.
Pitt is WAY cheaper because Point State Park is a private institution. Pitt is a public-subsidized university.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:47 PM
 
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As I said, the major can be a huge factor.

For some reason, I thought the OP was planning to study social services. I dont' know why I thought that.

I've looked back at all of her posts and I can't find it. Maybe I have her mixed up with someone else.

She really should tell us the major she plans to pursue.

I'm going for public administration & possibly minoring in environmental studies
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:47 PM
 
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Pitt is WAY cheaper because Point State Park is a private institution. Pitt is a public-subsidized university.
Don't be so sure. Out of state tuition is not cheap at Pitt- I want to say it is like 25K. Don't have time to look it up. Unless OP establishes residency before starting classes, OP will be paying more. Point Park is around 21k I think.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis/ St.Paul, MN
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Pitt is WAY cheaper because Point State Park is a private institution. Pitt is a public-subsidized university.
For me, they're pretty close in cost- Pitt will cost more than "normal" because I'm not a resident & private schools cost the same whether or not you're a resident
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