University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration Reputation

Hi All,
I've seen some discussions on good state schools to target and was curious about how employers are viewing/sizing up Pitt CBA graduates. Overall, Pitt has ranked well in recent years (as far as public schools go) but I never considered the business school to be anything special. In my experience the recruiting efforts (OCR, job fairs) for roles outside of the western PA were lacking.

That being said, I feel as though Pitt is generally viewed positively although probably not as strong as Penn State or Villanova from an alumni engagement perspective.

Any input is greatly appreciated! :)

Comments (18)

Jan 29, 2021 - 6:29pm

Apologies for the confusion. I meant the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration. It's the undergrad business school at Pitt (graduate school of business is Katz).

Jan 29, 2021 - 6:51pm

Hate to break it to you but I think that school is probably a complete non-target. That is not to say that you are dumb as others in this forum may claim. What you can do is (1) retake ACT/SAT. boost your scores up substantially and transfer to a semi-target. If you are a POC/URM apply for diversity programs (SEO, MLT). 

On-paper, it's still possible to break into most groups from any school, but you are going to have an exponentially harder time doing so from a non-target. 

Jan 29, 2021 - 7:42pm

Exactly the answer I was expecting - LOL. The brutal honesty on this forum has been a breath of fresh air, I have to say. Although I don't appreciate the knock on my intelligence - not cool, man.

I went there for undergrad and was pretty much on my own when applying to jobs - definitely not worth the money. I was able to get into a F50 FLDP though and ended up at a much better school for my MBA. Paying an arm and leg for undergrad seems unnecessary as long as you target a good graduate school (Top 20 MBA program).

I'm in the Philly area and simply didn't have the money to attend a private school or go out of state (also, not POC/URM). I am biased but I think Villanova and Penn State are a tad overhyped. Pitt students are just as capable but Pittsburgh isn't normally on the radar of most people. It is what it is, I guess. Hindsight is 20/20

Feb 21, 2021 - 5:50am

Education wise maybe they are but the whole notion behind semi target schools is either schools within the location of these bank and easily recognizable e.g rutgers, Cult like alumni that are willing to push for students e.g Villanova and certain clubs that distinguish certain students from other in a school which allows alumni to take notice e,g Penn state N.L.F or Indiana IBW.

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Jan 31, 2021 - 1:13pm

I'm from PA and would agree that Villanova and Penn State(particularly one of their fund clubs) place about semi-target level while Pitt I would call a non-target. This is for banking so if you're looking at more "regular" finance jobs, I'm sure Pitt is a fine choice. I'd classify it as a good state school but nothing special. 

Feb 1, 2021 - 12:57pm

I can see that being the case from a geography perspective and because I don't even remember if there was a student fund at Pitt when I was there.

Pitt recruiting is mostly F500 CF roles and Big 4 Accounting. Totally agree with it being a non-target for IB and that is probably the case for HF, VC, PE, and AM as well.

I took part in OCR when I was there and interviewed with some good companies (Bayer and Siemens come to mind). Outside of CF and Public Accounting I don't think Pitt has much of a presence. A good state school but nothing special. 

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Feb 1, 2021 - 8:40pm

I was referring to Penn State's fund club placing particularly well compared to the rest of its school.

Jan 31, 2021 - 8:53pm

Pittsburgh is not a complete non target but it certainly isn't a semi-target either. I have come across my fair share of people who have gone to Pittsburgh in the industry, but the opportunities coming out of the school seem to have been created by those kids being extra on top of their game, not from OCR. As you mentioned, PSU/Nova seem to have better placement in the industry. Not sure it's for good reason. I think they just do a better job of helping their kids get into the industry (I'm guessing)

Feb 1, 2021 - 1:04pm

Totally agree - You definitely have to hustle in order to get opportunities, especially if you do not want to be in Pittsburgh long-term.

The OCR was not great - I found my first job on SimplyHired, I think. 

The careers services for undergrads was abysmal at Pitt when I was there so I definitely believe Penn State and Nova probably do a better job getting their kids into the industry. Pitt's alumni network is not that strong IMO. Penn State and Nova probably have much stronger alumni networks.

Feb 1, 2021 - 8:17pm

It's funny you mention that - I'm finishing up an MBA at CMU this spring :)

Feb 20, 2021 - 10:23pm

Totally agree! It's very underrated. I have a cousin whose girlfriend went there. I would have loved to go there if I had the money. :)

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