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Reviews 3563 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Weather: Summers are hot! Other than that, always raining or snowing. Great if you love snow in the winter.

3 College Junior

Parking: Off street parking is very crowded if living off campus. It is pretty much impossible to drive to class unless you want to pay at a meter or get a ticket.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are a big part of Pitt. Fans are everywhere, there's always an event to attend, and there's school spirit everywhere. Anyone can find their fill of sports here.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I've only done one semester, but the academics are solid. There's plenty of classes that should interest many, the teachers seem knowledgeable so far, and the classwork seems to be fair. If you take the work seriously, you shouldn't have a problem here.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in Pittsburgh are very good, and in Oakland - the part of town the University of Pittsburgh is in - are pretty good. The quality is not any different; they are geared toward college students.One issue could be that many popular, national restaurants do not participate in national deals. Also, many only accept cash, not credit or debit. There are many options to overcome this.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Before I can enter the major I want, Chemical Engineering, I am required to do certain classes to make sure I am prepared to go into that major. I suppose this is a good idea keep people from dropping out of classes they were not prepared for.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: We have so many clubs and activities on campus! There is so much to do and see too. Pittsburgh is rated the most livable city because of it's nice people, beautiful landmarks, and activities/attractions.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Some students drink, even if they're under 18, but there are so many (free) things to do on the weekends!

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Never have I felt unsafe at school. Campus security is provided by Pitt Police. They're really take pride in ensuring all students' safety (on and off campus).

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are well-educated and have lots of experience in their field(s) of study. They really care about your academic success.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The police are extremely strict. If you do the wrong thing, there is a decent chance you will get caught. I like that they are strict because there is so much drinking going on and I think that the students need to know that it is not acceptable to break the law.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love that Pitt always has something to do on the weekends. There are always parties to go to, but I love that I have other options.

4 College Freshman

Academics: At the University of Pittsburgh, to go for a pre-medical major is very popular but the city is also very equipped to provide students with science labs and facilities, job opportunities, internships, and research opportunities through UPMC. I am also very impressed with the university's opportunity to provide undergraduate students with the chance to work with professors and other professionals in the research field. This is not only in the medical field, but also with international affairs, anthropology, and many other topics. Being a neuroscience major, the university has a rich history in medical advancements and it is a great place to get started in the medical field.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: With the campus being in a city environment, there are of course some concerns with crime, but the city of Oakland is generally very safe in comparison to any other cities. Don't walk alone at night of course. The dorms are very safe, however, and security is present all throughout campus buildings.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The public transportation system around Pittsburgh is great for students. Included with intuition is free access to all the transportation provided by Port Authority, which included all the buses, the subway system called the T, and even the famous cable-powered inclines on Mount Washington. The buses are easy to access with many bus stops all over campus. They provide you transportation to downtown as well as the many surrounding neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. It is very easy to travel and experience the city with this public transportation system!

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I only received one scholarship at Pitt, and not large enough to really help compared to how much tuition is.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a really great variety of off campus dining options. A few of them are pricey, but most of them have reasonable prices for college students. Being a vegetarian I love Hello Bistro (although it can be expensive) and Sorrento's is great if you're in the mood for pizza or pasta, plus they have free delivery!

4 College Senior

Athletics: Football isn't as big at Pitt as some schools; basketball is where it is at! Being a part of the Oakland Zoo is a must; it is the student section at basketball games. Tickets are on a loyalty system, so you have to go to other sporting events to get points. There are a quite a few different gyms around campus, and they are all very nice. Pitt doesn't have tennis courts on campus, which was sad because I love tennis, but there are courts nearby in Schenley.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Being able to get on a bus for free gives students so many options! Also, being a Pitt student gets you into the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, and Phipps Conservatory for free. All of them are worth multiple trips, as they have new exhibits throughout the year. I love being outdoors, and Frick and Schenley parks are great for hiking. If you're around in the summer, there are movies in the park at Schenley. There are a few movie theaters around, too. The Manor in Squirrel Hill has the best prices. There are plenty of great places to shop around between the Waterfront and Shadyside. I have always felt safe at Pitt, so no worries there. People in Pittsburgh are friendly and helpful.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Being able to hop on a bus for free, allows students to easily find whatever they are hungry for! There really aren't many types of food that you couldn't easily find nearby. Between Oakland, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, the Strip, and East Liberty you can find foods from nearly any ethnicity for a price that suits your wallet. My favorite place around is Smallman's Deli in Squirrel Hill. (They have a student discount, too!) People go crazy for Pamela's, but in my opinion, DeLuca's in the Strip is the best breakfast around.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Personally, I've encountered very few situations of drug use at Pitt. Once in a blue moon I'll catch a hint of marijuana at a house party or here about some kid using study drugs, but other than that, I feel that it isn't very prominent.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are some gorgeous girls around here at Pitt. Go to the bar any given weekend, and they're sure to be out. Just a matter of if you've got the guts to talk to them.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Local bars (Hemingway's and Peter's) are excellent, but sometimes there is a desire to branch out to other areas such as South Side and Station Square. This is sometimes inconvenient due to infrequent busing, so sometimes a designated driver may be necessary. If you're fine with staying in Oakland, it's great, but if you like going elsewhere, it may require a little more work/planning.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some dorms are better than others, but personally, I never spent a whole lot of time in mine. No matter where you live, how good a dorm is is what you make of it (i.e. making friends around your dorm, at other dorms, etc.)

5 College Junior

Technology: Adequate computing labs, widespread service, and many places where you can print. Speed is only a slight concern in places like the library when it's crowded around finals week, but other than that, it's great.


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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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