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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pitt is unique because it is in the middle of a large city, so there is always something fun to do. The best part for me has been the extreme sense of community in the resident halls and the floor trips and activities that each floor has. My RA is really great, which perhaps adds to the awesomeness of our floor trips. My classes have been very hard and stressful, which takes away from the overall experience, but I guess that is to be expected at college

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: OCC Boosts Your Resume – Outside the Classroom Curriculum is Pitt's program to broaden the horizons of its students and get them to engage in learning outside of the classroom. By attending OCC sponsored events, students accumulate a list of all the events they attended and are given an OCC transcript alongside their normal transcript upon graduation. It looks great, especially in competitive jobs.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Excellent University – Pitt is a great university to be at and it is reflected with rigorous but rewarding classes, outstanding athletics, and a great social life. Being in an urban campus is great because you're in the city of champions with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins. You can't expect to party all the time though (although the parties are good here) because you'll have to study to do well in class. All in all, it is a wonderful university and I would choose it again.

2 College Junior

Parking: Not Good – Do not drive to campus. Street parking is expensive, only 1hr limit and always full. Plus, there is too much traffic... much of it due to people looking for parking spots.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Todd Graham is a HUGE bust. High Octane, yeah right!

4 College Junior

Technology: Computer Labs – The computer lab in Benedum is big, the computers are decent, and the self-service printing system works well. Plus, you can get free/cheap software for your own computers.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Free buses around the city. Can go to southside to chill and go to restaurants or hookah (SO cheap...Hookah bookah is amazing)

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Market Will Drive You Crazy – It seems great at first, but after a few times it gets too repetitive and boring with lack of choice and quality. Opt for more dining dollars as there are plenty of places to go to but hours are not the best for them

4 College Freshman

Academics: Neuroscience, Pre-Med – Can't be happier with my choice, the faculty are top-notch with plenty of opportunities to do research. Intro level science (bio especially) faculty are not easy but possible.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Big Institution-But Not Too Big – It has a lot of what you would hope from a larger (state) school i.e. research opportunities, professional labs, important (in their fields) faculty, but this doesn't come at the expense (entirely, at least) of the benefits of a smaller school, like, relatively small classes and interested professors.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I seem to meet a lot of different kinds of people-in regards to race, sexual orientation, economic background, politics, religion, interests etc.-but, maybe simply as a result of being here for 3 years, it doesn't feel as mixed up as it could be.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Not Stellar Places – You have a lot of options but a lot of the apartments around campus are owned by Lobos MGMT, and they are basically slumlords (google them). Otherwise, it isn't so bad.

3 College Senior

Majors: Pretty Easy – Declaring a major is easy, its getting into the school first that can be tricky. The largest school is arts and sciences, and that one is no problem. If later you decide to change your major and need to change schools, you have to apply, like for example to the school of rehab health science. This requires a bunch of prereqs and a good gpa, but if you have that, you should be okay

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Fraternities have most of their houses on the hill on upper campus. A few are located elsewhere in oakland. 9 of the sororities are located in a single dorm building, with each floor belonging to a different house. One sorority has a house off campus, and the remaining sorority is located in a different dorm. Greek life makes up only about 10% of the campus, but if you pay attention, you'll notice that that 10% actually runs the campus. Nearly every major organization on campus is run by Greeks. If Greek life is not for you, You'll still be perfectly happy and can ignore the entire scene. If it is for you, it opens a lot of doors on campus. Greeks do not act like they are better than non-Greeks, and most non-Greeks enjoy attending the fraternity parties.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Market Central is the main dining facility on lower campus. For school food, its decent, though could be more varied. There is a similar facility on upper campus, as well as a few other options in the Peterson Events center on upper campus. Among those is a burger king and an excellent pasta place. There is also a taco bell next to market central, as well as Bruegger's bagels in another one of the academic buildings. I recommend buying as small a meal plan as possible, with more dining dollars than meal plans. Dining dollars are more convenient, especially to buy snacks and at quick zone

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining Dollars Vs. Dining Passes – At Pitt you have two ways of paying for your meals. There are Dining Passes and Dining Dollars. The Passes are used at the cafeterias/dining halls which are pretty good, but inconvenient. Dining Dollars are used at fast food like places. They are more convenient, but much lower in quality.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Not Too Visible – I have a friend who was President of his frat, and it was a great experience for him. But if I didn't know him, I wouldn't be much aware of the presence of Greeks on campus.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Hard Working Students – There are a variety of guys and girls at Pitt, ranging from the extremely studious to the more social. However, the admissions requirements result in fewer "party school" type students. Many international students, both male and female from both the medical focused programs and others. Heavy presence of graduate students and with Carnegie Mellon right next door, there are lots of techie students. People are nice, friendly, and attractive. Not much of a pick up place.

5 College Junior

Academics: I came to Pitt because it has an outstanding reputation for its Emergency Medicine bachelors program, which combines incredible practical experience with intense academic rigor. I was admitted as a transfer Junior; the program does not begin until the Junior year and requires that all your general education requirements be met, as well as specific science courses. The program is awesome! Junior year includes four shifts a week in both UPMC emergency rooms and ambulance based emergency services in addition to 18 credits of practical (Patient Assessment) and scientific (Pathophysiology) classes, including labs. Payoff includes a Parmedic certification after junior year and a bachelors after senior year (which involves more clinical experience plus management, leadership and legal courses focusing on emergency medicine). This program sets you up very well for a focused career in patient care or as a step toward medical or PA school. Top notch!

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol Mostly, and Some Marijuana – There are drugs around. There's a lot of weed, but psychedelics are hard to come by. Most Pitt students are alcoholics, it seems. Alcohol is literally everywhere.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Forbes Avenue Is Heaven – The off campus dining at Pitt is pretty great. There are a TON of places right on Forbes Avenue, and more places all over. For breakfast, there's Pamela's (World's best pancakes), and for other meals I recommend: Pizza Sola, Pizza Romano, Sorrento's, Qdoba, Chipoltle, Primanti Brothers (A Pittsburgh classic), and just about anything else. McDonalds is a fun place to go in the late night/early morning on weekends. It's always packed.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe, Even for an Urban Campus – Oakland is a really nice neighborhood. I've never felt unsafe anywhere, and the university has quite a bit of security in the dorms: swipe in to get inside, swipe your ID and enter a pin number to unlock your door, all doors lock automatically, etc. Even if you do feel unsafe, you can use safe rider, campus shuttles, or city busses.
Even though I'm a freshman, I've been around the city, especially at night, and never once felt unsafe.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Could Be Better – Getting financial help from the University is not as easy as a private college due to budget cuts. Also, being a large school makes it hard to get time with a real counselor, but there are plenty of online links to help students with what they need.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus Living in the City Is Rough. Pittsburgh is not a city which you want to be caught walking around alone at night in when leaving late from the library. However, transportation is free to students, and it is a city so finding an apartment is realatively easy.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Attractions and Transportation – The University of Pittsburgh is full of beautiful attractions. With a Pitt ID any student can get into the Natural History museum, art museums, and conservatory. Plenty of shopping centers and even the outdoor mall known as the water front is within a short bus ride of the university. Bus fare is also free to all students.


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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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