Point Park University Reviews
I graduated from Point Park University's English & Creative Writing program. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the professors of that department. They are passionate and insightful and want only the best for their students. You could go to any one of them without an appointment and they are more than happy to offer advice and guidance. That being said, the program itself is very much in need of development and expansion. The program is geared toward being a writer, which is understandable because it's a CW program. However, there is no focus on the professional life of a writer in terms of how to get published, finding an agent, pitching a book/story, or even doing taxes for people who so often find themselves working as freelance writers or on other types of contracted projects. Likewise, as someone who is interested in pursuing publishing, that industry wasn't even posed as a viable/practical option. The advice from many professors and direction of the program was pretty much to write, learn to teach writing, and never go to grad school because it's too expensive. While I loved my professors and thought that the classes were incredibly enriching, I don't feel that I left the program prepared or informed in any way and, in the four years that I attended, I was only ever made aware of one internship opportunity.
I truly enjoyed my experience at Point Park University. I was a double major in dance and psychology. Both the dance department and psychology department were extremely flexible and helped me to achieve both degrees in four years. My advisers in both departments were always available to speak with me. My psychology adviser still helps me with advice in terms of applying to graduate school. The dance program was rigorous and fully prepared me for the professional dance world. The psychology department was excellent and I received a lot of individual attention due to the small class sizes. I feel the professors truly care about their students at Point Park.
Attending a school for psychology that is largely known for dancers was a bit daunting. It made me worry about the quality of education I would receive in a different program. I'm pleased to report that despite it being a school better known for dance and theater, Point Park had an excellent psychology program. It focuses on the humanistic approach rather than research. I really appreciated this aspect because most schools have a stronger focus on research. It taught me a lot about putting the emphasize on the individual rather than as a subject. You finish the program when you complete a thesis based on the experience of something. It's very interesting, and I would recommend Point Park's psych program to any undergrad student.
I actually went in as a transfer student. The administration at my previous institution couldn't hold a candle to Point Park. They made sure I understood everything. I'm not sure how the on-campus life was because I was a commuter (there were a lot of us). What I enjoyed most were the professors. Not only did they have the professional experience, they were beyond helpful after I graduated. One semester, a professor helped me get an internship at a radio station here. Another professor helped me get a job in my field 6 weeks after I graduated. I'm planning to go back there for my masters next fall.
Point Park was a very nice school, albeit a non-traditional college experience in my opinion.
My college degree has served me from getting the simplest temporary office job to a specialized job in theater. I am very thankful for my degree and the journey I went through in college. It prepared me for the real world.
My university offered a large Conservatory of performing arts program. My experience was decent, but was based much on my own personal pursuits in theater outside of the school. The large number of students limited the attention that could be paid to us as individual students. I regret the lack of general education I received, and due to the state of the economy, on my graduation I was not qualified for many positions that I certainly had the experience to perform
The MET program at Point Park (it was Point Park College when I attended) I found to be more hands on than programs at other universities. The education I received was very adaptable to working in industry and my career was greatly enhanced from what I learned there. Today, it is even better. The modern program curricula has kept up with the industry and the students who graduate from Point Park now are even better than when I graduated. A person graduating from the MET program today can fit right in with the consulting engineering firms and will look forward to a bright career with those types of firms.