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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Sutherland is spacious and clean, but far away from the main campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't participate in social Greek Life but I'm in a co-ed service fraternity that I like a lot.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: People tend to like them, but I don't use them to their full advantage.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I don't hate it, but I'm not happy to be here.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus, I know a few students who have had home-invasion burglaries and bikes stolen but this is mostly off campus in South Oakland

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are plenty of things that I would change about PITT in order to make it "great," but at the same time, I won't be transferring. So I guess I like it here.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This is a very good state, public school. I don't recommend it too much for out of state students unless you're going into a medical profession or engineering.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My on campus apartment at Forbes-Craig is horrible. The lobby always smells like poop. There is no AC or control of heat. There are bugs.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The parties are good, I didn't join though

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I can't speak from experience, but apparently attending men's basketball here at PITT is incredibly fun. They don't call the student section the "Oakland Zoo" for nothing.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I know a lot of people who struggle with their first year at PITT, including myself. It gets gloomy and gray in the city during the long winter. The campus and student population are huge which makes it sometimes hard to find your niche. It gets better though and I am enjoying my time here more and more every day.

2 College Senior

Academics: Many gen eds I took were interesting, but many were taught directly to a syllabus where as long as you checked off a bunch of boxes, you got an A. This was frustrating because even if I had a good idea, it had to conform to someone else's conception of what a good idea looks like.

My actual major's classes were terribly taught. There were no practical skills taught because professors thought they distracted from learning material, so most students came out vastly underprepared for the real world. Additionally, the material itself was often old, with no teaching of important contemporary topics because of the view that teaching undergrads is pointless.

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2 College Senior

Diversity: Pitt is overwhelmingly white, and there are a few black students. Asians are quite underrepresented, and I can't recall ever seeing a Hispanic student in any of my classes, including giant gen eds.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: It's not particularly bad. People drink, but they don't care about whether or not you do. I've never seen anyone doing drugs overtly except for marijuana.

2 College Senior

Overall Experience: Most of my professors viewed undergrads as too stupid to teach anything remotely advanced, so I never once felt like my major was challenging. If I spent a lot of time on an assignment, it was due to busywork and not because the material was actually hard. We received a single elective per semester that met a requirement, so it was impossible to graduate on time without starting really early, getting special permission to take another class, or spending a ton of money to take summer classes. Most of my electives were over 50 people because the department couldn't afford to offer extra sections. The funding situation was so bad, graduate students were being shoved into easy undergraduate courses. Many also refused to use computers, and if they had to, they would have you shove your work into other peoples' code.

People say Pitt is "what you make of it", but that is an absolutely terrible reason to spend so much money on a Pitt degree. I'd recommend picking a better school that cares more about its students.

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2 College Senior

Overall Experience: If you want to work anywhere outside of Pittsburgh, a Pitt degree in anything outside of health sciences is virtually useless. Most computer science recruiters at career fairs want average Java programmers (because they'll search for anything more advanced at Carnegie Mellon), and the only tech companies I've seen are past their heyday, like HP and IBM. Startup activity is virtually nonexistent because, again, the best computer science department in the world is right next door. There's also this overwhelming feeling that most professors do not care about what's happening outside of academia, so your career support network from professors is virtually nonexistent. Additionally, career services doesn't do much to help you other than by Googling things you probably did on your own.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I've never once felt unsafe on Pitt's campus or in the surrounding area, but I think that's more because Pittsburgh is a very safe city, and not because of anything in particular that Pitt is doing. I also wish Pitt wasn't as obsessed with safety because entering dorms at night is a giant pain because security guards have to swipe your card to let you in.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in Lothrop for three years. It was a surprisingly social environment for a group of people with all singles, as long as the floor was co-ed. When I lived on a floor of all males, no one talked to each other and it was like I was a ghost. My RAs were quite good. I just wish that security was LESS strict because it is a giant pain to wait in a line out the door for a security guard to swipe my card and let me in. On a busy night, it can take upwards of 20 minutes just to be able to reenter.

2 College Senior

Overall Experience: I wouldn't choose Pitt if I had to do it again. Everything was based on making the school look as good as possible without actually improving things. For example, the CS department claims a 100% employment rate even though many students are underemployed, and the career services department holds a lot of workshops that aren't actually that helpful. Freshman programs are ubiquitous and keep freshmen happy so they don't transfer, and once you're retained as a student, the university could not care less about you.

My department, statistics, was chronically underfunded and we had a single elective per semester. My advisor practically laughed when I asked for internship advice because none of the professors in the department had any industry connections. The curriculum was horribly outdated and professors treated undergrads like they were too stupid to work with real data or learn material beyond standard linear regression. I once had a semester where three classes were teaching the same material at the same time.

However my other major, math, had very helpful advisors and the classes tended to be far more rigorous and interesting. There were far more younger professors, some of whom were incredibly knowledgable. Despite this, few math majors were able to find internships. I noticed that this was a recurring thing at Pitt. Most departments had one of two attitudes: industry is only important if it makes their numbers look better, or industry is worthless and you're a loser if you don't want to be an academic.

Overall, if you're fine with spending a ton of money on a subpar education with professors who don't care about you and an administration that views you as a number instead of a person, go to Pitt. Otherwise, pick a cheaper school or spend the same amount of money for a better education out of state.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt in danger while on campus no matter what time of day.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It really seems that the school wants to be successful after graduating and it does a lot to ensure that depending on your major. They encourage and are very helpful with finding co-ops and internships for their students. Graduating from Pitt shows employers that the a prospective employee is mentally equipped to do the job.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had one really bad professor, but in general, the professors seem to be adequate. The class sizes are often quite large but decrease significantly in size as you reach upper-level classes. The course material is normally taught at a relatively fast pace.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I absolutely love the community and the dorm that I am currently living in, but the lottery process to acquire housing for next year is a bit annoying.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The University of Pittsburgh's sports teams are entertaining to watch and in many cases are competitive.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of Pittsburgh provides a great opportunity for students from all over the world to flourish in their desired fields. As an engineering major, I feel that the university has guided me along in my academic endeavors and has encouraged me to become an all-around more experienced, knowledgeable person. The University of Pittsburgh boasts an extremely ethnically and racially diverse student body as well as staff. Being from a small, rural town, I was only subjected to interaction with homogenous peoples. Attending a college where diversity is heavily prevalent has helped my cultural awareness grow. Undoubtedly, I would choose to attend Pitt if I were able to relive my college decision. It has aided and will continue to aid me in creating a good future for myself and supporting my personal endeavors.

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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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