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17,256
Tuition (in-state)
$27,106 ($17,100)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Sophomore

Weather: It is hard to get around when the weather gets really bad. Winter gets really cold.

3 College Freshman

Weather: it gets cold in the winter, itis sad. yet this was the worst winter in 20 years so it does not matter too much

3 College Junior

Weather: The winter is pretty rough, but I wouldn't say it affects my experience too much

3 College Freshman

Weather: Normally it's fine. This past winter was brutal, but out of the ordinary.

2 College Sophomore

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

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 173rd
    Coldest Winters
  • 273rd
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtney Vock
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
Creative Non-Fiction Writing
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Pittsburgh has a typical, Northeastern conglomeration of weather—plenty of sunshine, snow, rain, and clouds. Typical summers range from warm to sweltering, depending on whether you’re fortunate enough to have air conditioning. There’s always a lot of sun keeping the city warm and bright, and often, humidity runs high. This type of weather usually runs from mid-May until early September, after which it tapers off into winter. During the school year, temperatures often hover around freezing, and effectively keep students from leaving their apartments or dorms, even to go to class. The wind is one of the worst features about Pittsburgh winter. Even when it seems like the buildings should act as a windbreak, there are often frigid gusts to deal with when you’re out walking.

Students who are not used to this type of weather can have a hard time adjusting to the consecutive dreary days. But if you like changing seasons, then you should get along fine in Pittsburgh. Be sure to bring rain gear and wear clothes that can be layered. And remember, there can be a 30 degree difference between any two days, so it's a good idea to have a wide range of clothing with you when you leave for school.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 61 °F
Spring - Low: 38 °F
Summer - High: 83 °F
Summer - Low: 59 °F
Fall - High: 64 °F
Fall - Low: 42 °F
Winter - High: 39 °F
Winter - Low: 22 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.45 in./month
Summer: 3.66 in./month
Fall: 2.84 in./month
Winter: 2.64 in./month

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