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Pitt Business #2 Among U.S. Publics for Student Diversity

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pitt Business students interact on the campus, near Sennott SquareThe University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration has the second-highest level of student diversity among U.S. public undergraduate business programs, according to a new report by Poets & Quants, an online publication for business schools.

The report, based on the entering class of 2016, compared the percentage of under-represented U.S. minorities at business schools nationwide.  Under-represented groups include African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.

With 28 percent of students coming from underrepresented groups, Pitt Business was one of the top schools for diversity.  It was the fourth-most diverse of all U.S. schools, and second-most diverse among U.S. public schools.

“We are proud to be one of the most diverse schools in the country, because it creates a deeper, more global education for our students,” says Audrey J. Murrell, associate dean of Pitt Business and director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership.  “Our mission is to take students from the classroom, to the city, to the world, and without a true commitment to diversity, one backed by academic, advising, and professional support, that journey doesn’t happen.”

“I should also add that it is extra satisfying to receive this recognition at this time, because the 2016-17 academic year is the Year of Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh. We are proud that Pitt Business is leading the way in support of the university’s efforts.”

Pitt Business Diversity Initiatives

  • The Roberto Clemente Minority Business Association – The club is dedicated to academic excellence, visionary leadership, diversity, and service to the Pittsburgh community.

  • Freshman Peer Mentoring Program – First-year students from underrepresented groups are paired with an upperclassman mentor who helps them get acclimated to the University and the business school.

  • Professional Organization Partnerships – Pitt Business has longstanding partnerships with the National Black MBA Association Pittsburgh chapter, ALPFA: Building Latino Business Leaders, the National Association of Black Accountants, the Pitt Business Alumnae Network, Women in Business, and many other organizations.

  • Scholarship Support – A number of scholarships are available to students from underrepresented groups, including the Robert S. Lavelle Scholarship, which provides for full tuition and room and board.

  • Tafel Center for Student Success – Students have access to a centralized location in Sennott Square where all academic, career, and study abroad advising services are offered. There is also an executive conference room space for in-person and video-conferencing networking meetings.

For more information

Contact Tiwanda Taylor, Assistant Director of Academic Advising, at tltst28@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-7449.