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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's Rough – Pitt is a state-affiliated school and only the top 5%, or so, of students get significant financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frats have their own housing and most nearly all of the fraternities or sororities participate in service activities.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: General Review – Overall, the campus is very compact, and it is easy to get around. There are many buildings in which only one type of class is held (Chevron has science courses, Benedum has engineering, etc.) It is not hard to get around, and the resources are abundant if you need to do research or get information.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: "Off Campus Housing" almost doesn't apply to PITT, technically the housing in that area is not owned by the university and tends to be owned by landlords renting out actual houses to college students, but they are located in such close proximity to campus. The quality of these house range, but some of them can be really nice. Rent might be high, but having an entire house to a group of students is really nice

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The City as the Campus – The University of Pittsburgh's campus is unqiue due to its city nature. Although this may be untradtional, it really feels as if it was part of the city, and the academic atmosphere is great. The walks may seem far, but the architectural scenary the city creates is really nice.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Skip the Clubs – Nightlife is for the students who are 21 and older.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Stay on Campus and Eat – There are many restaurants around, but students are better off eating within the school.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: You Can Go Anywhere – Transportation is the last issue for any Pitt student. Every student has free access to all Port Authority transportation systems (it is Pittsburgh's public transportation), allowing you to go virtually anywhere, and the school conducts its own transportation to specific events such as the Pitt football games.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: SO MANY OPTIONS – There are fantastic programs offered for students who want to enter the medical field. An awesome basketball team, along with great athletic facilities. The people here are really nice and come from different backgrounds. Also, the greek life is very active, but isn't necessarily the main source of entertainment. I love PITT!

3 College Freshman

Diversity: PITT says there's a lot of diversity, but I don't believe that's the case. majority of the student population is caucasian which makes some sense. I just wish there were more ethnicities represented at PITT.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The technology and computers that PITT offers are fantastic. They work efficiently and are available in many locations. The only problem I have is that there is no wifi inside the dorm rooms.

4 College Student

Scholarships: Awesome Aid – I got a nice scholarship as an Out-of-State student. PITT offers generous scholarships for academics, merit, or athletics. Applying early is key, and make sure you take your placement tests early in High School and multiple times. PITT will take your highest test scores and consider that for financial aid. The school also offers Grants, and if you're approved for Work Study, the positions can be great career training. I, myself have an amazing position as a lab assistant in a research lab in connection with UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center).

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Dining Diversity – PITT dining is abundant. "Off-Campus" is beyond where you need to travel. All within campus limits there are TONS of restaurants. Forbes Ave is loaded with affordable options, convenient choices, places honoring our student ID Pather Funds, a variety of different cuisines. But even a short walk off of campus, to Craig Street, you will find evem more great places to grab a bite. Dining options are the LEAST of your worries. The biggest concern is WHERE to go today?

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Recitations that are required along with big lectures are very helpful. Also most TA's are very knowledgeable and make concepts clearer, along with helping with homework and answering questions.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: South Oakland – Unless youre a frat rat, house parties in South Oakland are the way to go. Better crowds and shorter waits for the keg!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Pete Gym – Its always crowded and people go over the limit of 30minutes on the ellipticals and treadmills. It's especially bad 2nd semester when everyone's New Years Resolution is to lose weight.

2 College Junior

Weather: Crappy During Cold Months – During warmer months nice days are beautiful. Unfortunately the sky is grey more often than it's blue.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If You Want It – small but very active minority. definitely something to consider if your social

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Not Too Bad, I Suppose. Unless you're in greek life or something of the sort, there's not too much interaction between the guys and girls. So far, everyone I've met has been incredibly nice. People are mostly in casual dress, sweatpants and jeans and stuff like that, except on weekends when people go out and party. Overall, I'd say the gender thing is pretty decent.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There is seriously very little parking on campus. It can be a nightmare. There are garages and meters, but it's all very expensive. Honestly it's not worth having a car on-campus at all, especially since transportation is free and convenient.

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!

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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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