University of Pittsburgh
January 31, 2017

Pitt Pays You Back, Says The Princeton Review


Joe Miksch


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PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh is profiled in Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck, published Jan. 31 by The Princeton Review. The book and online resource are guides to the nation’s academically best and most affordable colleges that also have excellent records of alumni employment.

The Princeton Review selected the “best value” schools by measuring 40 weighted data points: everything from academics, cost, financial aid, and student debt to statistics on graduation rates, alumni salaries, and job satisfaction. The company used data collected in 2015–16 from its surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges, plus surveys conducted by through April 2016 of alumni of the same schools.

The Princeton Review’s profile of Pitt praises the University as an “academic powerhouse” and includes comments from student surveys:

  • Students are “motivated,” “studious,” “hard working and friendly,” “career minded, but not obsessive.”
  • “Pitt is excellent at helping students find jobs, internships, job shadowing opportunities, and other activities to help solidify a career path.”
  • Students describe the career office as “very helpful and . . . always willing to point you in the right direction.”
  • Many also extol Pittsburgh itself as a hotbed of “career opportunities.”

The 2017 “Colleges That Pay You Back” project is an expansion of The Princeton Review’s annual “Best Value Colleges” list and book first published in 2004. The Princeton Review is an academic tutoring, test preparation, and college admission services company.