S got into both too a few years ago. He was concerned about the competition at Pitt (taking the prepharm classes on a curve with the premed students, since premed is huge at Pitt). He also didn't like the facilities of the pharm program at Pitt when he did the tour. It seemed as if they were old and in the basement of buildings. On the other hand, Duquesne seemed too small and easy to him. It just didn't feel competitive at all. He wanted a big college experience and didn't want to feel like he'd run into kids from high school every day.
He went back and forth, weighing the great Pitt experience against his perception of having a much better chance of actually becoming a pharmacist by going to Duquesne. The goal ultimately was to become a pharmacist. He was told that there were jobs everywhere, and that it wouldn't really matter where he went to school when it came to finding employment. He acknowledged that if he changed majors, he stood a better chance of finding a good backup major at Pitt. Duquesne, on the other hand, offered him their honors college and a chance of getting really good grades which might help with a transfer or with future opportunities.
Finally my kid made his decision. He's a pharmacy student at SUNY Buffalo.
Good luck with your decision. They are both good choices.
Last edited by Neonzeus; 01-12-2010 at 06:02 AM.