Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
17,256
Tuition (in-state)
$26,280 ($16,590)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's nicknamed "an ivy league of public schools" ... I'm pretty sure I should be ok as far as getting a job after graduation. From what I've heard, career services are also really helpful in placing you in those positions.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are so many courses to take at this university and a variety of class sizes. I love it here, and I think most people that come here would love it, too.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I would recommend going in undeclared on your application. It gives you a better chance of getting in (I know from experience). You can just declare your major after your first year in school.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: For some students, they have been able to find internships quite easily, but I think it really depends on how much effort you put into the search.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is really strict when they discover drug use, underage drinking, jaywalking, or alcohol in the dorms. Other than that, they are generally lenient with other matters.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is conveniently located on campus and there are a lot of housing options to choose from.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Average student's looks, not extremely poor or excellent.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining variety can get super repetitive. I would like to see more meal options, and healthier ones, too.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek Life so I can't exactly give an informed opinion, but I know that the students that are involved in sororities and really do enjoy it.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is very easy to find, but South Oakland (where most students choose to stay for off-campus housing) can get very messy, especially on the weekends...

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have a pretty average looking campus. The buildings aren't all too special, just average. Our architectural gem is really the Cathedral of Learning; most everyone studies here at some point, if not all the time, during their college career.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel really safe walking around campus at all times because there are always so many other people out and about at almost all times of the day.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit is huge at Pitt; though, we don't have as much fan support as Penn State, which can be disappointing.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a business and environmental studies double major and so far it's not too difficult as far as workload goes...it's just a matter of being able to take all of the appropriate classes to graduate.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Most of the professors are very friendly and there are a lot of available courses that can range from really challenging to kind of a breeze. Workload is pretty average.

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

4 College Sophomore

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

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

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: 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

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.

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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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