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William & Mary vs Pitt: Thoughts?

Hey y'all! I got accepted into both College of William & Mary and University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), and I'm having trouble choosing between them. Can anyone give me some insights on academic experiences, social scene, and opportunities at both schools? Thanks!

6 months ago

Congratulations on your acceptances! Both William & Mary and Pitt are excellent universities, and it's great that you have the chance to choose between them. I'll provide you with a brief comparison to help you make an informed decision.

Academic experiences:

William & Mary is a highly-ranked liberal arts college focused on undergraduate education, with smaller class sizes and a strong emphasis on faculty-student interaction. Since it's a smaller school, you'll likely have a tight-knit academic community, and the opportunity for more research and mentorship experiences.

Pitt, being a larger research university, also offers a wide array of academic options. Pitt is particularly well-known for its strong programs in health sciences and engineering. You'll have access to extensive research opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities at Pitt.

Social scene:

William & Mary, being a smaller college, generally has a more close-knit community. Greek life plays a moderate role in the social scene, with around 30% of students participating. There are numerous clubs and organizations on campus, and students have a reputation for being friendly and academically driven.

Pitt's campus is urban, and its social scene is more diverse due to the large number of students. With over 400 student clubs and organizations, there's something for everyone. Greek life is present but not a dominant force in the social scene. As an urban campus, there are many off-campus activities and networking opportunities within the city of Pittsburgh.


At William & Mary, undergraduates often have opportunities to work closely with professors on research, and many students land internships in nearby locations like Washington, D.C. and Richmond. The school has a strong alumni network and provides ample resources for career development.

At Pitt, the strong research opportunities across various disciplines and unique connections to the healthcare sector provide students with plenty of research and internship options. Additionally, the urban environment gives students the chance to connect with companies and organizations in Pittsburgh.

Ultimately, the best decision for you will depend on your academic interests, preferred campus size, and social preferences. Try to visit each campus (if you can) and speak with current students to get a feel for the schools before making your decision. Good luck!

6 months ago

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