The Engineering Ambassadors are the face of the Swanson School of Engineering (SSOE) for prospective students and their families. They are usually the first student connection or point of contact when a student visits the campus and plays a fundamental role in a student's decision to come to the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering.
What does the life of an Engineering Ambassador involve? It involves building amazing friendships with a group of peers with similar interests and goals. It involves reaching out to those undecided high school students who are looking for a home away from home; a place they will spend four or more years of their life! It involves portraying their loyalty and love for this university and sharing their passion with others. It involves giving back to the Pitt Engineering family.
We have many opportunities to reach out to those scared and undecided students and to help an apprehensive student make an informed and enlightened decision. Some such events are individual campus visits where the Ambassador will meet one on one with a student; this is a time to add a personal touch to undecided seniors. We get to tell them what it means to be a part of the Pitt family and to answer any questions they may have about the Swanson School of Engineering.
We give over 2,000 tours per year to prospective students and their families! This includes tours given at large admission recruitment events and our more personal daily weekday tours. We have prospective students visit from all over the country and some international. The Engineering Ambassadors play a pivotal role in recruitment events by presenting on student panels, answering questions, facilitating engineering tours, and representing one of the most important and best assets to the Swanson School of Engineering…..the student body.
On our smaller weekday tours the Engineering Ambassadors have the rare opportunity to relay their own personal experiences and feelings about Pitt and SSOE to people who, for the most part, know nothing about our university. To them, the University of Pittsburgh is just a name. Most will leave here with a better understanding and sense the spirit which is instilled in every Pitt student. Maybe that will come through as you see the smiles on our students' faces or the enthusiasm of the Engineering Ambassador as they walk them through one of the labs, or the excitement they share about an upcoming Pitt football or basketball game.
In short, the Engineering Ambassadors have a simple but yet important task of sharing their love, enthusiasm, and experiences as an engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh with others. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have an interest in our engineering major, extracurricular activities or just want to ask a general question or gain a student perspective on your college selection process.
Hail to Pitt!!!