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Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
17,256
Tuition (in-state)
$26,280 ($16,590)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2959 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid, as my family found that it was not necessary.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The side streets are lined with housing intended for students. In some cases, however, the students may not maintain proper cleanliness. Also, the landlords in this particular area have a bad reputation for the most part.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There may not be another campus that provides the kind of off-campus dining that Oakland does. There are endless food options which make my mouth water just writing this.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: While some students may only care about what is going on during the weekends, the university maintains a majority of students that attend college solely to get an education. The University of Pittsburgh does not have the reputation of a party school, but more of a "get down to work" kind of school, which I find very respectful.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: While the availability of food is abundant, there is a lack of variety in the campus dining halls.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is a huge variation in overall attitude and teaching ability among the professors. While some professors are very effective in their efforts, some can be rather unapproachable and unhelpful.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are unlimited opportunities for students to find an internship on campus. There is also a heavy emphasis on creating relationships with alumni and university staff.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are taken very seriously at the University of Pittsburgh, especially in the field of engineering. It is because of this that the university is held to such a high standard and maintains a respected reputation.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Civil engineering is everything that I had hoped and expected it to be. While the workload is rather heavy, the curriculum is geared towards providing students with a top-notch education. The Swanson School of Engineering provides an ideal atmosphere for learning. The co-op program at the school is also a very rewarding experience.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The city setting is ideal for a college atmosphere, in that it provides each student with an opportunity to grow. The overall availability of services is also something that cannot be overlooked.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is such variation in ethnicity at the University of Pittsburgh that it is almost impossible to differentiate between a "majority" or a "minority." At the university, everyone is welcome and is treated with fairness and respect.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The University does a stellar job of selecting its students, therefore almost every student is well-rounded. There are many students that I have met that participate in student organizations and really enjoy getting to know new people.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The atmosphere of the University of Pittsburgh is unparalleled. The city setting is ideal for any college student in that it provides unlimited opportunities to have fun and receive a full education.

2 College Senior

Facilities: I think Pitt wants to maintain more of a science setting and not arts.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Health services are good, but the hours are limited. It often takes days or weeks to get in to be seen,

4 College Senior

Greek Life: I wish I had checked out the Greek life sooner.

2 College Senior

Athletics: The gym has very few options for the average student.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is cheaper than on campus.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I transferred to Oakland from one of Pitt's branch campuses. They don't allow transfers to apply to live in the dorms, so I was forced to live off campus.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Football games and basketball games are a blast to attend. Luckily, Pitt has pretty good athletic facilities all over campus, too.

2 College Senior

Diversity: Unfortunately, most students blindly support whatever the media portrays to them about diversity, self-confidence, and how to act like they respect their peers.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Finding off-campus housing can be stressful, because the best apartments get taken quickly. In most places throughout South and North Oakland, higher quality = higher price.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: It's too expensive to eat on campus, but using Dining Dollars is a lot better than meal swipes, because there is a lot more variety available with Dining Dollars than by just eating at Market Central or The Perch.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Eating off campus is delicious, but unfortunately it's pretty expensive.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Do well in high school, especially academically but also with extracurricular activities, and Pitt will most likely give you financial aid.

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Courtney Vock
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
Creative Non-Fiction Writing
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Overall, students agree that they wouldn't trade their Pitt experience for anything. As with most decisions, there are a lot of things to consider. If you don't like living in a city environment, Pittsburgh may not be the place for you. While it doesn't have the feel of New York of Philadelphia, the area is definitely urban. Also, Pitt is a large school—you're in for some big lecture classes and a somewhat overwhelming campus during the first year or so. Everything will seem to get smaller after you've been around awhile, though. Weather can be a concern if you're used to a warmer climate—snow, rain, and wind rule Pittsburgh winters. This is something that you can easily get used to though, unless you're a diehard warm weather fan.

What Pitt does offer is high-caliber academics, plenty of student organizations, and countless opportunities, such as study abroad, cultural activities, and sports. If you're willing to become active on campus, there's a lot more to Pitt than meets the eye. The University's location can also be a great advantage—Pittsburgh itself is a great city that is a positive environment for students to live and learn in, thanks in part to the city being home to a number of colleges and universities. The social scene is always jumping, locals are friendly, and there's always something to do if you explore a little. The best idea is to visit and try to get a feel for the area. You can get the same quality education at Pitt that can be found in many smaller, expensive schools, but here you'll pay less to have a vibrant city right at your doorstep.

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