Here, students thrive on a perfect blend of
big city opportunity and small town heart.
By Genna McLaughlin
Each fall when thousands of students arrive to attend one of its
33 colleges and universities, this city does something completely
un-citylike. It stops and takes notice. Oakland, the local epicenter
for college students, pulses with activity and excitement. Throughout
the city, signs welcoming students decorate buildings and shops.
People offer directions and dining suggestions, and businesses advertise
College students enjoy the perfect,
These are the moments when you forget you're living in a 250-year-old
city that is in the midst of an economic and cultural renaissance.
When you feel like you're in a rural college town where the locals
are friendly and leafy neighborhoods are everywhere. At the same
time, you're surrounded by business and cultural opportunities that
rival any metropolitan area. And that's when you remember: this
is what Pittsburgh, The CollegeCity, is all about.
no mystery why over 100,000 students attend college in the Pittsburgh
Region. With colleges and universities that range from small to large,
private to state and co-ed to all women, students from all over the
world find schools that fit their needs. And because Pittsburgh is
a big city with the heart of a small town, students enjoy the perfect,
not-too-urban, not-too-rural college experience.
Once an industrial city and producer of a third of the world's
steel, Pittsburgh has recreated itself as many times as hockey great
Mario Lemieux has rescued the Pittsburgh Penguins. Today the city
sparkles with new life while retaining its unique personality and
charm. You'll feel the energy the minute you enter the city. There
is something big happening here.
You'll probably appreciate the skyline first. It's a breathtaking
view of water, bridges, green spaces, glass towers and elaborate
steeples. This coupled with the city's two new professional sports
stadiums, Heinz Field for the Steelers and PNC Park for the Pirates,
creates a lot to take in at first glance.
When you've recovered from that first exhilarating view, you'll
start to notice the culture. The city is home to more than 200 museums
and art galleries, including the world famous Carnegie complex of
museums in Oakland, the funky Andy Warhol Museum and the groundbreaking
Mattress Factory. The cultural district overflows with live theatre,
music and dance, thanks to the world-famous Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Public Theater and the Pittsburgh Ballet
Theatre. Edgier theater troupes push the envelope at venues such
as the City Theatre and Quantum Theatre. The local music scene is
hip; all over the city you will find local bands jamming in clubs
once frequented by Pittsburgh's jazz greats.
you're ready to look into career opportunities, you won't have to
look far. The city is a technological hotbed ripe for budding startups.
It is home to eight Fortune 500 companies, 250 international corporations,
two of the country's largest banks and a health system that's ranked
in the nation's top 10. And by the way, if you're looking for a
transient city in which people come and go, look somewhere else.
Pittsburghers plant their roots.
People from all over the world have migrated to Pittsburgh for
centuries. These diverse cultural groups formed neighborhoods of
every variety all over the city, marked by one-of-a-kind ethnic
shops, restaurants and churches. No wonder traveling around the
city is almost like hopping from one European village to the next.
Prepare to be surprised by The CollegeCity. The landscape, the
people and the history make this place truly unique. You won't find
any cold aggressiveness here, but you will find a pervasive determination
to explore new frontiers. In this city, expect a courtesy wave from
the driver you just allowed in front of you. Ask anyone for directions
--we can't promise they'll get you to the right place, but they
are sure to give it their best shot. Mention the Steelers, and you've
made yourself a best friend. Oh, and don't be surprised when people
you pass on the street look you in the eye and smile.
You've been warned.
To find out more about the educational opportunities in Pittsburgh
check out the Pittsburgh Council Higher Education at www.pchepa.org.