Perched above the city of Pittsburgh, which continues its image transformation from one of tall smoke stacks and steel mills to a modern technological center, Duquesne University might be considered a reflection of the city and its future.
Sprawled across 49 lush acres, Duquesne has become a role model for environmental consciousness, focusing on turning its campus green. The university won recognition from The Environmental Protection Agency two years in a row for purchasing more green electricity – electricity that comes from biomass, solar power, and wind, for example – than all of the schools in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Students from more than 79 countries and all 50 states have called the environmentally-conscious university their academic home at one time or another. In fact, Duquesne prides itself on its diverse student population and welcomes the differing viewpoints and life experiences its students bring.
Duquesne students celebrate the diversity among themselves throughout the academic year with university-sponsored events and symposiums, on topics ranging from disability awareness to Native American heritage. Students are invited and encouraged to get involved and have access to counseling, advocacy, workshops, and lectures through the university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.
The university’s mission focuses heavily on having a positive impact on society, as is reflected in its mission statement: “Duquesne serves God by serving students – through commitment to excellence in liberal and professional education, through profound concern for moral and spiritual values, through the maintenance of an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity, and through service to the Church, the community, the nation, and the world.”
In addition to a sprawling campus that features a Barnes & Noble, students have access to the city of Pittsburgh and its eclectic neighborhoods. Downtown is only a quick bike or car ride from the main campus, which sits next to The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Mercy Hospital, and the Pennsylvania transit system (PAT) offers bus service in and around the city and its suburbs.
As Pittsburgh continues to shed its image as a place for retirees and continues to cultivate its reputation as a cultural center, more young people and career professionals are flocking to the city. The South Side, the Strip District, Shadyside, and Oakland are all popular with students. Each offers restaurants, shops, bars, and cultural events on the weekends.
Sports fans can embrace the excitement of Steeler nation – the city and its people live and breathe the Steelers from training camp through post-season – and might want to catch the Penguins and the Pirates in action.