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University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration, Pitt Business

Diversity Students

At Pitt Business, diversity is a crucial part of the curriculum because diversity is a crucial ingredient of a global education. Our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program offers students an environment rich in differences, exposing them to people of unique cultures, work histories, life experiences, religions, and political persuasions. Students are placed onto multicultural learning teams and complete group projects that teach them to value input from people different from themselves.

Read our Diversity Brochure.

The Diversity Success Strategy

Tafel Center for Student Success

Designed to support the development of the whole student, the Tafel Center for Student Success integrates Academic Advising, Career Services, Study Abroad, Student Records, and the Robert S. McCulloch Family Alumni Networking Zone.

  • Academic Advising - Professional academic advisors meet with students several times a year to assist them with their academic planning, make sure that they meet degree requirements, and to coach them for academic success.  Advisors work closely with career and study abroad advisors to ensure students develop a cohesive academic plan
  • Career Services – Career advisors give students the tools to "own" their career development by having them clarify their career aspirations, engage with recruiters through networking, and gain experience through internships and other experience-based learning activities.  Through individual coaching, group workshops, and corporate events, students learn to market themselves accordingly within industry
  • Study Abroad – Pitt Business students gain a global perspective matched with global experience.  This is accomplished through study abroad, where students can be immersed in the culture while they are enrolled in classes
  • Alumni Networking Zone - Pitt Business students can connect with alumni in the Robert S. McCulloch Family Alumni Networking Zone.  This space was established in 2011, so that students can network with Pitt Business alumni through presentations, workshops, and web conferencing

Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Pittsburgh and Pitt Business offer scholarships both during the admissions cycle and beyond for students from underrepresented or military backgrounds. Here are just a few examples:

  • Robert S. Lavelle Scholarship – The full-tuition scholarship is given annually to an outstanding incoming freshman business student from an under-represented group
  • Ronald and JoAnn Livingston Fellowship - This fellowship is available to BSBA students who are varsity-sports participants and in good academic standing. The award is restricted by NCAA regulations
  • Stamps Scholarship - In partnership with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, the University is proud to offer a four-year, full-tuition room and board Stamps Leadership Scholarship to five incoming freshmen from Pennsylvania who exemplify leadership, scholarship, service, perseverance and innovation
  • Tafel Scholarship - This scholarship was established in 2001 to enable Pitt Business students to accept challenging internships that prepare them as outstanding business leaders for the 21st century. Fellowships are awarded for significant professional business internships that provide little or no compensation for the Pitt Business student
  • Berg Family Scholarship - These scholarships are provided by a generous gift from Pitt alumnus David Berg, through the David Berg Foundation.  Administered through the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, these funds support undergraduate students who wish devote themselves to completing an academic program or conducting a project related to the use of ethics to solve problems in the business world as they exist today or in the future

Student Organizations

In addition to striving for good grades, students' participation in business student organizations is an essential part of the undergraduate experience, one that diversifies their Pitt experience and offers hands-on leadership skills essential to a career in business.  Here are a few examples:

  • Roberto Clemente Multicultural Business Association - The Roberto Clemente Multicultural Business Association (RCMBA) is a key resource for minority students within Pitt Business. RCMBA sponsors a number of programs and activities with corporate partners that help diverse students take their knowledge from the classroom, to the city, to the world. The RCMBA is dedicated to academic excellence, visionary leadership, diversity, and service to the Pittsburgh community and the world
  • Society for International Business - The Society for International Business (SIB) is a student-run organization, sponsored and funded by the International Business Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout the course of the year, members have the opportunity to participate in the World Quest Competition and to attend an international business panel, information sessions on the Certificate for International Business and Study Abroad, and monthly international dinners
  • Women in Business - Women in Business is a social, professional, and community service-based organization focused on helping young women grow as business professionals. Women in Business is a great way to get to know other women in Pitt Business, gain valuable leadership experience, and enhance oneself as a business professional

Pitt Business Diversity Programs

To provide students with ongoing support and professional development, Pitt Business offer a diverse array of activities, programs, and events as part of the outside-of–the-classroom curriculum.  Here are some examples:

  • Pitt Business Networking Events  - The "Welcome to Pitt Business Networking Program" is the first event of the academic year.  This event will allow members of the Pitt Business Community (including administrators, faculty and staff) to network with diversity students, especially freshmen.  Alumni members and corporate partners are invited to attend
  • Peer Mentoring and Support - First-year diversity students are invited to participate in a mentoring initiative designed to deepen their support network. Students can meet with their mentor (an advanced-level Pitt Business student) throughout the semester as a contact person if they should need assistance with getting acquainted with the University
  • Key Partnerships – Throughout the year, Pitt Business hosts a number of programs and activities with key partners including the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), ALPFA – Building Latino Business Leaders, Pittsburgh Black Alumni Network, Pittsburgh Chapter of National Black MBA Association, and the Pitt Business Alumnae Network