Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
17,256
Tuition (in-state)
$26,280 ($16,590)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2701 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's always a party going on and there's plenty of bars too

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid so I am unsure about this process

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The club sports at Pitt are great and are usually nationally ranked

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Pitt has extremely cold winters and class attendance definitely decreases

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Pitt provides daily bus services, SafeRider for nights out, and charter buses for holidays

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Natural Sciences curriculum is great and the College of General Studies is very helpful

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not very prominent at Pitt but they still hold the party scene

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety on campus is fairly good with the use of Pitt police and emergency boxes

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Strictness helps enforce rules but it also creates problems for students.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Safety definitely decreasing when moving off campus but the freedom is nice.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity on campus is huge. There are all different kinds of people from different backgrounds who also want to go different places in life.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus for the security and the convenience.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always something going on in the city.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Great school spirit. Great teams. Fun games.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Harsh winters. Shouldn't let it bother you too much

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: its fine could be better

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: i didnt get enoughmoney but i got some and im thankful

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: its okay nice to hang out

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: its okay not enough sometimes

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2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: its fine if u are 21

4 College Freshman

Transportation: We get free port authority bussing, which is so helpful

3 College Freshman

Weather: Very bipolar weather, will be freezing in the morning then raining then very hot then snowing, etc.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Don't give much aid, however I am receiving in state tuition

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Many options for sororities or fraternities if wanted, but no pressure to be involved

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus about 5 minutes from the university and I love it. It's so easy to get to school and its nice to have my own space.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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