Location: Pittsburgh, PA (201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222)
Size: About 3,800 students
Percent Women: 56%
Tuition (one year): $36,390 room/board included
Popular Majors: Theater/Arts, Dance, Business, Criminal Justice/Safety, Comunications
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 74% acceptance
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Why Choose Point Park?
"I chose Point Park because of their impressive Cinema Program, and because Pittsburgh is such an up and coming (progressive) city"
“Point Park was the perfect choice for me to commute and get the education I wanted. With it being close, I was able to pursue the education to make my dreams reality!”
“When I was auditioning for schools, Point Park was my last choice but I didn't get accepted into my top choice so I decided to come here with the intentions of transferring after my freshman year. Halfway through my freshman year I decided that I was going to stay at Point Park because the theater department exceeded my expectations!”
"I liked that it has so many transportation options for commuters, as well as the fact that I'd be going to school in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh! The city vibe is just so different from other schools I looked at, and I loved it!"
"I wanted to go to school close to home, and I just loved the reputation Point Park had for being artsy!"
“I felt this sense of acceptance and encouragement beyond just getting an education... acceptance of being yourself and encouragement to try your best no matter what!”
"I loved that it was smack-dab in the city...there are so many opportunities here!"
"It's very career-centric. Lots of people are willing to help you find a job. There are a few job and internship fairs throughout the year."
“Village Park is a nice space to get together in. It helps Point Park feel like a real college campus.”
“Boulevard apartments are really nice. They help students save money because instead of getting take out all the time we can cook our own meals.”
“The gym is a really nice space. I have been to several different gyms and Point Park’s is still my favorite!”
“Village Park is a good addition to Point Park’s campus, which allows us to socialize in an urban setting. There are not many spaces like this downtown!”
“The Library is a super nice, classy space because of the intricate architecture that is there. It makes you feel like you walked into Gringotts!”
"It's downtown, everything is close, and there's always something going on. Lots of theatres!"
"I like being apart of small, city school that has so many employers within a few mile radius of Point Park."
"I love the people, the professors, my suite in Conestoga, and being able to walk to see a show whenever I want!"
"Lots of opportunities to get involved on campus, small classes that allow for a lot of discussion, shuttles to Oakland make affordable off-campus living easy, and a diverse student body."
"The elevators because they are slow and always break."
"Wifi has been added throughout campus, and though it's better, it still a little iffy sometimes!"
"Parking on campus is probably the one thing that needs the most work at Point Park. It would make so much sense to have a student-only lot or garage built! Commuters have a pretty rough time because they either have to take public transportation (which is sometimes unreliable), or pay a ridiculous amount of money to park on the streets or in a city garage."
"No sororities or anything really social on campus. It's definitely something Point Park could benefit from."
New Collegiette On Campus
"I think everyone really loves studying in Village Park next to the waterfall. The Point is a nice place to study too, a park where the three rivers in Pittsburgh meet."
"Obviously Pittsburgh is no New York City, but I secretly felt like a movie star walking through downtown on my first day! That's not a feeling you can get walking to class at many other schools."
"Oh man, there's always things going on! Whether its club events, shows and theater productions, or fundraisers etc."
"The friendliness, activities, and the great education is something you'll immediately notice and be proud to be apart of."
"I feel like they really place a lot of attention on freshman, which is awesome! Point Park really makes sure you're getting the best first year experience."
All About Academics
“In my major (SAEM) you’re required to get a job shadow right away, and they heavily stress internships. I like that because it truly prepares you for a career in your chosen field through experience while you’re still in school.”
“I’m an SAEM major and I can say that no other school has a major just like it. It offers us a business background with all three of those specializations which is really nice to have.”
"I'm a photography major and we get a BFA so we have to do a thesis. All of senior year we decide one concept that we want to base a project/body of work on and we work on that the entire year...and then have a gallery exhibit at the end!"
"Class sizes are really small, so you get the most of your education, plus lots of individual attention from professors."
"I LOVE the library. It's an old bank building so it has this amazing glass ceiling and marble pillars and staircases, and they turned the old vaults into mini study room. It's so awesome.
"Studying in Village Park, the West Penn Lobby, or Starbucks is pretty common. The vibes of those locations are perfect!"
"The majors here are just so diverse. Like Sports, Arts & Entertainment Management. Or National Security & Intelligence."
"My two favorite classes so far have been digital photo editing with Matt Adams - we learned to edit photos with software and also how to edit down photos into a cohesive body of work to best represent you/a client. And principles of marketing with Chris Lovett - it's all about marketing and advertising and branding, and he really has us get involved with projects/social media to get real experience instead of just learning from a text book."
"I get to take classes like Event Management and The Business of Live Entertainment in my major. Like, where else can you do that?!"
Learn From The Best
“The teachers at Point Park are all really great because you can tell they're genuine. They love to come to work and love to their students succeed. I know that teachers of mine offer many opportunities to work outside of their scheduled hours and so many things for the students because that's how much they care. Point Park faculty makes their students feel nurtured.”
“The faculty, especially in the cinema program, are a big reason as to why I love going to Point Park. They really care about your work and are always willing to give constructive feedback. I really have grown a lot as a filmmaker just from how helpful the staff is.”
"The photo department is awesome at getting us places around campus to display our work! They're also super unique within their own fields - we have an exhibition artist, a couple photojournalists, a fashion photographer, a medical photographer..."
“My intro to business and business communication and research professor was probably the most helpful and most influential professor I've had. He really taught me a lot about businesses and how they really work. I got a better grasp with doing hands on assignments than reading and taking notes and taking tests.”
"Pretty much all of our professors have had incredible experience in their field so they always have the best stories."
"The professors in the SAEM major have had some really awesome jobs before becoming professors. The director of our program has a sports agency! People really love the faculty of our department, especially Ed Traverseri & David Rowell."
“My intro to broadcasting professor David Fabilli is amazing. He makes our class a lot of fun. I'm always learning something new and wanting to know more about it.”
“The faculty in the School of Communication are wonderful! They really want the best for us and are always creating new opportunities for us to get involved on and off campus. They care about us as both young professionals and college students, and want to see us thrive in whatever industry we enter!”
"I'm pretty sure David Rowell in the SAEM department is a trained fire breather."
Interests & Involvement
"Some big organizations here would be any sport. Sports organizations are always doing things. Strong Women Strong Girls is also a big one that I'm involved with...we mentor inner city girls once a week. CAB (campus activities board) is also a really big one..they're always planning fun things!"
"Not only is it awesome to get involved with something because it looks good on your resume and builds people/business skills but it's really awesome to get to meet and know other people on campus who, in turn, usually become some of your really good friends!"
"HSO and SAEM Club are my personal favorite clubs."
"Campus Activities Board, USG, and of course, Her Campus is up and coming!"
"I love getting to know lots of different people as well as expanding my talents."
"SWSG, CAB, Her Campus, and The Globe are probably the most talked about organizations!"
"Her Campus has brought me closer to people at this school, and it's fun being involved."
"I'll be honest, I'm not athletic at all!"
"We have quite a few sports teams like golf, basketball, soccer, track and cross country, volleyball, and baseball/softball. They're pretty good too! We're obviously in a small division."
"I think one of our biggest rivals as far as sports is Carlow."
"Don't you dare say dance is not a sport on this campus. Cheerleading too!"
"Our bookstore actually has SUCH cute Point Park apparel. Granted, forest green isn't everyone's color."
"I think being a woman at Point Park is very empowering. Our population is mostly women and the majority of my friends are women as well. The executive board of the club I'm involved in is also all women, so I think PPU really supports us."
"I feel like girls at PPU dress cute, casual and comfy. I don't see too many girls wearing sweatpants to class that often. I feel like the girls at PPU try more than other colleges do."
"Honestly there's a really broad spectrum of fashion here. Some girls look like they walked straight out of a magazine spread, whereas others wear pajamas 90% of the time- especially if they're dancers! It's common to see people dressed casually in the middle. I'd say everyone has a pretty keen sense of style though."
"Women are really appreciated here on campus with our highly regarded performing arts programs and clubs like Her Campus and Strong Women, Strong Girls."
"There are tons of different styles here at campus! We have everything from preppy to bohemian."
“There are lots of opportunities for girls that are offered at Point Park. These opportunities allow you to feel like a strong independent woman!”
“There are lots of girls that go to Point Park, so no one is telling girls that they can’t or aren’t good enough to do something. There is lots of woman empowerment.”
“There are lots of fitness classes at Point Park that are taught by strong, young women. This provides excellent role models for us girls to become strong, healthy leaders!”
“Since there are so many girls at Point Park, you would expect it to be very cliquey. It isn’t thought, it’s actually the least cliquey place I’ve been.”
“I think her campus is an excellent source of Girl Power on Point Park’s campus. Creating an organization that revolves around Her Campus, not His campus, I think is a huge step for girl empowerment.”
Food & Drink
"The best place to get food is in the Point Cafe. They have a great salad bar."
"I frequent Noodles and Company a little bit too much. I used to order Domino's all the time my freshman year. I also order a lot of Chinese food from various restaurants in the area. Though the cafe does make a mean salad and some tasty cheese sticks."
"I have a mini kitchen in my suite. All I need is my toaster oven and hot plate. Though I struggled greatly freshman year!"
"I LOVE Noodles & Company in Market Square. The penne rosa with feta cheese is the way to go!"
"Don't judge me but I've only eaten at Starbucks. Commuter probs!"
"I love going to Market Square which is just about three blocks away....they have SO many things, from nice sit-down restaurants to grab & go places."
"In my experience, everyone gets dressed up and goes over to Oakland and roams the streets in search of a house party. Most weekends, those parties get busted early or aren't successful at all. The party scene at Point Park leaves a lot to be desired if you aren't in COPA."
"I have board game nights with my roommates if we don't feel like going out. Or we watch Say Yes to the Dress or Family Feud. I really like going to concerts and seeing shows. I also have dance parties with my friends. So if you don't like to drink, my room is the place to be."
"We are so close to theaters and stadiums, so there is always something happening on the weekends."
"I think that the alcohol/drug use here is normal for college, maybe a little less."
"There's SO much to do. You can go shopping at many of the different shopping centers around here (PPU provides shuttles every Friday night to the Waterfront). Art galleries and theatre performances, depending on the time of year you can go ice skating or canoeing or other outdoor activities. There are clubs and bars all around, and there are normally parties going on."
"I don't hear of many people going out on weeknights, but many go out on Thursday nights because most of us don't have classes on Fridays."
"Oakland is mostly populated by students, so there are house parties there every weekend. Southside is a pretty big spot if you're over 21."
"If you go out it'll most likely be to Whim Nightclub, The Gallery, Mexico City, and of course, Oakland."
"There are tons of really cool museums to go for free with a student ID and the South Side Works are great for shopping or going out to eat. There are also concerts and plays almost every weekend around the city."
"I'm very divided on housing options. I'm saving a lot of money by living in Oakland, but I don't feel nearly as safe here as I did in the dorms. If someone breaks in, all I have to defend myself is some pepper spray. It would also be nice to not have to worry about things like turning the thermostat down to save money and would be nice to not have to move a ton of furniture every time I move apartments. However, I enjoy the significant amount of freedom that I enjoy in my own place and the responsibility that I've gained here."
"If you don't live in the Pittsburgh area or don't want to commute from home, your options are the dorms, suites, apartments, or Oakland. I lived in the dorms and suites before I moved to Oakland my junior year. Living off-campus isn't as nice, safe, or convenient as the dorms, but it's much, much more affordable. And it's nice to have my own bedroom!"
"I do like the dorms, but I wish I could stay in Conestoga as a junior."
"Some days I enjoy commuting and other days I hate it. I like the fact that I get to live at home and be with my family. I also enjoy the fact that I am saving some money by staying at home. On the other hand, I miss living on campus. I feel like when you live on campus, you are really living the college experience. I think that is what I miss most about not living on campus."
"Because I take the trolley to school, I have never parked near Point Park. I heard it's rather easy to find parking, but it's very expensive."
"All the freshman floors are like little communities and they have monthly themed events that are usually pretty cool."
"I love Lawrence Hall dormitory because of the "homey" feel to them. The carpets and personal bathrooms are very wonderful and give you the comforts of being at home!"
"Freshman housing is just one room dorms, one building has no air conditioning and personal bathrooms and the other has communal bathrooms and air conditioning. Housing gets better as you become upperclassman, with suite and Boulevard Apartment options. I don’t mind my freshman housing, but I really look forward to living in a suite next year because they are really nice!"
"I'm from Pittsburgh, so I'm a bit biased, but Pittsburgh is wonderful. The art scene is great, it's really affordable compared to other cities, the people here are down-to-earth and kind, and there are lots of things to do."
"There are a ton of nightlife options in Pittsburgh. The South Side is tried and true and has something for everyone (different types of bars, clubs, even restaurants and coffee shops), but the scene in Lawrenceville is a bit more off the beaten-path and has unique places such as Belvedere's, which offers roller skating and 80s nights. Shadyside is also a great nightlife option. Oakland's bars have amazing prices tailored to college students and so much cheap pizza And of course, you could always go over to Station Square."
"It's urban and a very busy city...but not too busy that you feel overwhelmed...busy enough to make you feel like you're a part of something larger! The art scene is awesome, and there are always events going on! Pittsburghers also have a very good sense of community and pride!"
"The best parts: we're close to so many businesses/restaurants/galleries and there are always busses to take you where you need to go! The worst ...sometimes it is a little scary...but any city is like it."
"There are clubs and there are always parties in Oakland. The music scene is really great here, there’s always some kind of show to go to and the tickets are normally pretty cheap."
"The best parts are the culture, easy access to walking, and the beautiful city in itself. I have been so in love with this school and city, that there hasn't been anything bad!"
"It's very enriched in its culture. There is plenty to do in all seasons and you get to experience all 4 seasons! It is truly beautiful."
"The city is always alive and busy! Also, you haven't experienced a football, baseball, or hockey game until you've experienced one in Pittsburgh."
"Sometimes, guys on the street can be creepy or make you feel uncomfortable, but that can happen anywhere. What's awesome is being so close to places like Stage AE, Whim, Southside, Station Square, and Oakland!"
"Pros: urban environment, easy to get to via public transportation, lots of parking, lots of energy. Cons: all of the restaurants close early, the bars are expensive due to the close proximity of the cultural district, not many options for shopping unless you go to more of a suburban part of Pittsburgh."
"Pittsburgh is freaking amazing."
HC's Complete College Guide: Point Park University
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