I was accepted to both Pitt and Duquesne for next fall. Duquesne offered me a 14k scholarship (merit) and acceptance to their Honors college. Pitt offered me neither. (SATs: 1360/2040, GPA: around 4.0)
I grew up in a family that attended/still attends Pitt, follows the teams, etc. The only reason I am not jumping into Pitt head first is that I would love to study Criminal Justice as a second major (first being foreign language), and Pitt main does not offer that, even as a Sociology concentration. (Duquesne offers it as a concentration.)
My other "issue" is the foreign language major I want. Duquesne offers a "Modern Languages" major; you study three languages (I would take Spanish, French/Italian, and Arabic). Pitt does not offer any type of degree (major/minor/concentration) in Arabic.....I will take Spanish no matter where I go. I want to study languages but neither has the exact combo I'd love (Spanish, Russian and Arabic as part of a major).
I guess what I'm asking for is...advice on which college you/your family member liked academics wise, what students REALLY think of it, etc. I've read other threads/sites, but none are really close to my situation with the majors I want. Should I sacrifice the Criminal Justice/Sociology major at a cheaper college for the familiarity and closeness I feel with Pitt? Help!! :/