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Pitt vs. Maryland

univerCityuniverCity Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
edited April 2008 in University of Pittsburgh
Hey guys, i am trying to decide between pitt and maryland. I will study business. Ift would be great if you can answer considering factors such as campus, class size, overall qualit.

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  • PlayaX01PlayaX01 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    Those are the exact same schools im deciding over but its most likely going to go in favor of Pitt cause i really dont like UMDs cons which include: not guarranteed housing, commuter school, too many kids, They seem like always 10 steps behind pitt like i havent even recieved my financial aid stuff as if they cant cope with all the things they have to do cause of so many kids, plus i jus think educational quality will be better in Pittsburgh
  • lindz0722lindz0722 Registered User Posts: 698 Member
    Sorry to forum crash, but I saw univerCity's same question in the UMD forum. Just so you know Playa, UMD is not a commuter school. Also, it isn't that the office "can't cope" and is late-- UMD's financial aid information comes out at the same time every year, a date set well in advance by the office that can be provided to you if you ask for it.

    I know absolutely nothing about Pitt or its business school, so I can't really help with your questions, but I did want to set the record straight.
  • LurkNessMonsterLurkNessMonster Registered User Posts: 2,015 Senior Member
    I am a big Pitt fan because my daughter is there and loves it. But the business school at UMD is much better ranked. Also, the schools are very different in terms of city/suburban, size, campus feel, etc. So it seems to me you will get vibes from one or the other. Honestly, I think you can do great at either one. Is there a price difference that's substantial?
  • Emi2008Emi2008 Registered User Posts: 250 Junior Member
    I actually live 20 minutes from UMD and have visited many times (my aunt went there). I am also attending UPitt, so I know alot about the feel of both campuses.

    Both are pretty big. Pitt is more of a city school while UMD is more suburban. Now, because I've lived here all my life, I'm sick of this place, so I'm bias towards Pitt, but Pitt is more... unique I guess. The city feel is really nice there (even when I went there in the DEAD of winter!). UMD's campus is pretty, but I think the campus experience at Pitt would be better. However, if you don't like the city, then MD is better. Each campus is pretty and nice and clean etc, it really just comes down to whether you like a suburbany feel or a city feel.

    I think UMD and Pitt are both great schools. I don't know much about Pitt or UMDs programs (I'm going into engineering) but my aunt went for some type of business-y degree and she seems to be doing great.

    Hope this helped a little!
  • univerCityuniverCity Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    Thanks guys. I have a feeling I would like Pitt's campus better and like its smaller class sizes, but I just don't know if I should give up Maryland's business ranking for Pitt's campus & class size. I also have to consider how much they are going to give me in financial aid (which I've yet to hear from both).
  • LurkNessMonsterLurkNessMonster Registered User Posts: 2,015 Senior Member
    Have you spent time on both campuses?
  • Emi2008Emi2008 Registered User Posts: 250 Junior Member
    If I were you I'd pick the place most comfortable- yeah, rankings are great and all, but honestly, either way you're probably still getting a good education. For example, I got into a "higher ranked" school than pitt, but I simply found pitt's environment more appealing. A higher ranked school doesn't alway mean higher happiness :) Plus, I don't think rankings are always as accurate as they seem.

    However if Maryland is #20 and Pitt is say #134, maybe you should reconsider XD

    PS - I think you'd like Pitt's campus better- alot more to do :P
  • univerCityuniverCity Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    I've seen Pitt's campus, but haven't really spent time in it. I have not seen MAryland's campus.

    Pitt is 50th in business vs. Maryland - 37th. Another factor that makes Maryland appealing is that it is near D.C. (good internship opportunities, etc.)
  • LurkNessMonsterLurkNessMonster Registered User Posts: 2,015 Senior Member
    To me the schools are very, very different, and you shouldn't have a hard time choosing. If you're more governmental and NGO oriented, you'd want to go to UMD, for its easy access to Washington DC. Try to visit both before you have to decide, and I bet one will leap out at you as "the one."
  • MD_MomMD_Mom Registered User Posts: 537 Member
    My daughter is considering both schools as well. I agree with Lindz's points on UMD. It's most certainly not a commuter school (we like nearby and my d is very familiar with it). Pitt did get information to my daughter earlier because it's a rolling admission school and she applied early. She applied to UMD by their priority deadline and has her merit scholarship and financial aid info in hand.

    The feel of the schools are different. I think you're best off visiting each and spending some time talking with students. They're both good schools and I think you can't go wrong if you pick the one that feels right to you.
  • americanbeauty23americanbeauty23 Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    I live in Montgomery County, about 30 minutes from the campus. A lot of kids from my school go to UMD.

    First of all, the PROS from what I know/have heard:

    - It's got a great party scene
    - Beautiful campus
    - Great journalism, business & engineering programs
    - Active student body

    But with a big party scene comes tons of riots. When my friends and I see an ambulance go in the direction of the school we joke about another drinking/riot binge.

    Although the campus is pretty, the freshman dorms are HORRID. No air conditioning, cramped, very bad places to live. And you're required to live on campus freshman year.

    The academics are pretty good, especially for a state school, but a lot of classes are huge and it may be hard to get the one you want.

    The surrounding area is NOT a good place to live. Prince George's County is basically a ghetto with a high crime rate. It's not Baltimore, but...if you want to live off campus, be warned it's not the safest place.

    It is a HUGE school, kids love sports here, and most of the people are (of course) from Maryland. It's not hard to make friends, but it may be hard to get personal attention.
  • Emi2008Emi2008 Registered User Posts: 250 Junior Member
    Hey, I live in PG County! Yes, it has a bad rep., but not EVERY part is a ghetto like you say. I actually LIVE here (my entire life!), and I'm still alive and have never had a problem. I certainly do not live in a ghetto- I live in a nice, safe, suburb. You can't assume the whole county is a bad place... There are certainly areas that aren't the safest, but no more than any other place.
  • univerCityuniverCity Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    americanbeauty, maryland's website does not say anything about freshman being required to live on campus??
  • americanbeauty23americanbeauty23 Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    Not all of PG is a ghetto of course, but College Park isn't the best area. Like I said, it's no Baltimore...but still. There was a recent shooting there, and it's not a good idea to walk around at night alone. The campus itself is pretty secure, though.

    My mistake...freshmen don't have to live on campus. I mixed UMD up with another school.
  • PLANTREEPLANTREE Registered User Posts: 194 Junior Member
    USNWR Undergrad Business Rankings, UMd-CP (Smith) #21, UPitt #38. Ranking is totally based on Peer Assessment MD 3.7 vs. Pitt 3.3
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