Pittsburgh, PA
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$26,280 ($16,590)
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Reviews 2981 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys and girls are casual or preppy and theirs diversity

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's been fine as an adult learner. It's been convenient because of where I live and I like the campus

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was easy to apply and aide office helped when needed

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I don't think the choices are that great

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are only a handful of on line courses. And the class room size on campus is large in size.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Reputable school and having a degree from here will better the chances of getting a job

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's plenty to do and see on campus and surrounding areas

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school is very sports oriented. The athletic facilities are top notch and the fan base aren't just the students

4 College Junior

Majors: It wasn't too complicated of a process as long as you meet the prerequisites. Even if you are just short of the qualifications the school will work with you to accommodate you and get you up to where you need to be.

4 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy my program because I enjoy my major. It is something I am interested in and love to learn about. Additionally the faculty are extremely helpful in guiding you academically and making recommendations for careers and internships

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: No matter what kind of food you like or want to try for the first time you can find it right in oakland. From chain restaurants to local spots to food trucks there's something for everybody and you'll undoubtedly find a go to place.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Pitt is only about 8 percent African-American but one positive that comes out of it is that the black community is very close knit

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: There are several bars in oakland that are practically on campus and are full every weekend. Since half of the students live off campus there are always house parties to attend as well. The southside is a strip of bars and clubs that can be fun but do not take the bus because they stop running at a certain time and you will be stranded unless you catch a taxi

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: On campus housing is a wild card which would explain why almost half of the students live off campus. Some dorms are very friendly and communal while others are full of loners making it extremely difficult to meet people. Since the school is right next to a hospital with a trauma center, some of the dorms come with helicopter traffic throughout all hours of the night making studying and sleeping difficult. On the other hand there are some dorms that are state of the art and in the same building of the main dining hall.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Our sports teams are always near the top of the standings. Students love attending the games and create one of the best student sections in the country

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: For such a big school the class sizes are generally small enough to get to know many of your professors. Even classes in the larger lecture halls provide opportunities to get to know professors during office hours.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Career fairs occur numerous times throughout the year and the school is very helpful in offering internship and employment opportunities

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Being from a big city Pitt is perfect for me. It isn't as fast paced as New York but still offers the city life that I an accustomed to.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Professors are very helpful and most are willing to meet during office hours or outside of office ours if you set up an appointment

4 College Junior

Academics: There aren't many sociology majors at Pitt but it is a great program in and out of the classroom. In addition to the excellent curriculum there are numerous opportunities for outside hands on experience

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus rules are very lenient as long as they aren't blatantly violated or taken advantage of

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office can be very helpful but only if you are extremely persistent.

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.


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Courtney Vock
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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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