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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not That Bad. There is a fair amount of off-campus options, and they're pretty close to campus. It definitely helps that transportation is free and convenient, or else it'd be a bummer trying to get home. Not everywhere is too safe, but for the most part off-campus housing is a smart idea. DEFINITELY cheaper than on-campus, if you spend your money right.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Off-Campus – They are very easy to find, The Pitt News has ads in the classifieds all the time. The quality of the apartments are so-so. Its easy to see that it is a college area and you will end up paying for location rather than quality. I suggest heavily cleaning the apartment before you move in because college students are NOT very clean people and the landlords don't really care because they know they will be able to rent out the apartment either way.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: Market Central – Depending on what time you go there, it is okay, but typically the food is not very good. It is usually acceptable for the most part, and there are definitely a lot of options! The best options I found were the sandwich station and Magellan's.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Kind of a Big Deal – Most students drink, and a lot also go out to parties on weekends. Even people who don't go to parties usually drink in the dorms or in apartments. I don't think the drug scene is that big of a deal at Pitt, except for weed and caffeine and prescription pills during finals week. Its a chill scene and not very pressuring. There is always the option to do what you want.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The Oakland Zoo – Going to games is a big deal on campus. Most students get season tickets for football. Its great to get there early to score front row seats. It can get pretty heated, but its a lot of fun. The actual cheering is its own event!

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Library Is the Place to Be – I did not spend much time in Hilman my freshman year, but it really is an impressive library, and a well-known student hang out. It is often referred to as Club Hilman!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am glad to be in psychology it increase my interest on learning people's behavior and actions. I would do it again. I want to be a psychologist and have my own practice to help people. I would find a job with other companies but having my own business is my problem for I want it to be a success.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process is bad it took way too long and when people need it the most they wont be accepted. tips is to keep trying fight for it and tell why you need it.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Night Life – There is a bus called safe rider that will pick you up late at night if you call. Many restaurants are half off after 11, so thats a popular thing to do at night. Upperclassmen like to go to several bars in the area

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Students are only guaranteed housing for three years, so most upperclassmen live off campus. There are lots of apartments. And public buses are free, which allows a greater area in which to find a place where you could easily get to school

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


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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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