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My experience at UPJ was complicated.BrightChemistry
My experience at UPJ was complicated. Most of my darkest, loneliest moments happened here. The campus unintentionally forces isolation with its harsh winters, large commuter population, small size, and extremely boring social events/parties. Extroverts find ways to make things work pretty well, but this place is truly a challenge for introverts. The food is medicore and overpriced. The dorms are overpriced and amenities are hit or miss. The campus works very hard to host activities, but most are pretty lame. The majority of student keeps to themselves or treat their education like 13th grade.

Yet with all of these awful things, I find myself extremely fortunate to have attended UPJ. The pain and misery I encountered here helped me grow resiliency and self-confidence in a way no other school could have.

Will you find yourself surrounded with students from all over the world in a multi-story Freshman dorm where friendships and wild stories are made every weekend? No. Maybe you'll make a friend or two and drink a few cheap beers while playing Mario Kart 64. Or maybe you'll join a lame fraternity and unexpectedly have a few extraordinary and/or impactful moments like I did.

Will you find yourself surrounded by state of the art technology and groundbreaking scientific research? No, but you'll get a DAMN good scientific education with professors who genuinely care about your future. When I went through, UPJ students significantly outperformed Pitt Main on the standardized ACS O-Chem exam. I never once had a TA. If you're talented and work hard, some professors will practically chase you down and force you into lucrative internships. If you want to go med/dental/nursing, UPJ will get you there if you put in the work.

Will you be able to walk outside your dorm into an exciting metropolis? No. Instead, you have access to some of the greatest hiking trails around. Go find the cemetery or the abandoned power station. Follow the train tracks all the way to Windber. Drink a few beers or smoke something silly by the little waterfall.

Will you have immense school pride or bragging rights over any of your friends at different schools? Almost certainly not. Instead, you'll pay off your school loans decades earlier.

In short, UPJ is as great or as awful as you make it. It took until my junior year to begin to appreciate UPJ and 4 years post-graduation to realize just how special it was. I would absolutely go back given the chance.

4th Year Male -- Class 2018
Education Quality: A-, Surrounding City: D+
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Not sure why UPJ is getting a bad rap.Political Science
Not sure why UPJ is getting a bad rap. Be honest, it is what it is...a small school in a rural area that happens to be in close proximity to a once larger urban area. Yes, the surrounding area is rural and not aways "fun." Yes, there aren't a lot of raging weekend parties. Sure, diversity is not UPJ's strong suit. If you want fun, parties, diversity, and open minded people, go to Berkeley or Columbia, don't expect to go to the middle of Trump country and find a unicorn.

I was not a local student so it wasn't 13th grade for me. My professors were great, classes were small, dining hall food was good. I'm not the stereotype that many people on here have of folks from the area, but I'm not really, really liberal either...regardless, students were friendly and welcoming. I would recommend UPJ to anyone, but I would also point out that it is what it is. If you know this going in, it won't be a miserable experience because you wouldn't have applied there in the first place.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Little to no diversity.Not so bright
Little to no diversity. The students here are closed-minded and vaguely racist. Also, the faint smell is homophobia is also present. Full of Trump supporters that can't tell their hand from their a**
2nd Year Female -- Class 1920
Useful Schoolwork: C+, Faculty Accessibility: F
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