Pittsburgh, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$26,280 ($16,590)
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Reviews 2946 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

3 College Senior

Majors: I love the biology major! It offers unique challenges through classes. I wish there were more opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities related to biology.

2 College Senior

Majors: Internships might be available, but I'd prefer to have a paid job or research position rather than an unpaid internship.

4 College Senior

Academics: A lot of majors are offered, and each department has the full spectrum of faculty - poor professors and great professors. It's unavoidable to get bad professors on occasion. Overall, Pitt has a wide range of academic majors offered and excels in certain areas of each.

3 College Senior

Academics: Professors could be better, advising could help more with finding jobs and internships, and there could be more opportunities for undergraduate research. Being a biology major is fun, but there are so many people it's easy to get lost in the vastness of it all.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Athletic facilities, the library, computer labs, and study locations are all nice but have somewhat restricted hours. There could be more facilities spread around campus, near other dorms, and they should be open later.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on the Quad is the most convenient and close to classes, but as you get farther away from the Quad the dorms generally get nicer and larger per person.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Pitt has a great urban campus with fairly reliable public transportation, and on weekends there's always something going on in the nearby neighborhoods!

College Junior

Campus Dining: I haven't really eaten on campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of off campus apartments and housing for students to live. There are so many choices and so many different areas you can live that are close to the university.

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College Junior

Greek Life: I would be okay with or without Greek life. If you are part of Greek life that's good, if not that's okay too.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have gone to a community college for my first two years of college and the experience was okay. If I could do it all over without worrying about financial support I would have gone to a larger university to start college and finish my bachelors at one place and continue my masters elsewhere.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different local, chain, and home town restaurants to supply a variety of cuisines. There are fast food places, small local restaurants, places to sit and dine that are chain restaurants, and different ethnic food markets.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: the financial aid process was not too difficult I have filled out my applications for financial aid the past two years, so I was fairly familiar with it. I did receive financial abut I need more to cover some more tuition and my book fees.


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Courtney Vock
Pittsburgh, PA
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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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