University of Pittsburgh Summary

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Cathedral of Learning

Basic Statistics

Pittsburgh, PA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
58 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Going out on Thursday nights
  • Not having class on Fridays
  • Nationally ranked football and basketball teams
  • Events with free food

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • On-campus meals
  • Parking (or lack thereof)
  • Hiking up "Cardiac Hill"
  • Waiting for shuttles and buses

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Pitt Student Reviews

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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


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