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Reviews 3366 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The Drinking Game – As a freshman, unless you have upperclassmen connections it is very difficult to obtain alcohol. None-the-less most students do drink on the weekends. Drugs are present although not overwhelming, there isn't pressure to do drugs. There is a slight pressure to drink depending on your group of friends.

2 College Freshman

Parking: I Don't Own a Car – Therefore, I give the perfectly average grade of "C". I've never heard anyone complain, but I haven't heard anyone give praise, although that would, admittedly, be odd.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Lots of Drunk People – Also easy weed connections, I assume. I don't go out much.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of Middle-Far Easterns – However I feel that Hispanics are under-represented.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Many Options – There are many options for transportation. The school provides buses that travel through all of the campus and the Port Authority buses can take you anywhere in the city.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The options all provide a nice place to live and learn. The dorms offer a sense of community and allows students to become friends and help each other with school work.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of options in Oakland and all have something special to offer.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Our sports rock!!! Pitt's basketball team is always the top team in our conference. Football games are attended by many people. Student sections cheer on all the teams.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is our middle name. There are so many different people here, especially international students studying here. People get along great and the campus really encourages acceptance of everyone.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Located inside Oakland, a college town about 5 minutes outside downtown Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh offers so much through both the college and the town. Pitt offers so much to its students, from local eateries, to school events, free museums visits, beautiful scenery in the parks, public transportation to take you anywhere, concerts almost every night, and friendly faces everywhere you look. Everything you could want is found either in the town or a short drive away. There are about five colleges right in the town as well, so plenty of chances to meet other students. It is also a very safe atmosphere.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Although the school has shuttles and also provides free city transportation, the buses tend to be late and there is a lot of time between them.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Easy Transportation – There is little to no parking in Oakland, so if you're driving, be prepared to pay for a garage. There really is no need for a car at all though because the Port Authority buses are really easy to catch and Pitt students ride for free. Just be sure you know what your stop is called.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of people smoke marijuana so if you're not comfortable with that Pitt might not be the right place for you. Drinking is also VERY common.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Strictness in the Dorms – There are quiet hours in place for every dormitory on campus. Even though they are helpful and keep loudness in check, if you live in the Towers like I do, noise travels fast and gets magnified. In general though, it shouldn't be much of a problem. Even if you hate them at first, you will come to love them by the time the first exams come around. Another semi-annoying strict feature is that you have to be present to sign friends in and out of the dorms and you will get penalized if you never sign them out at all regardless of whether they left or not. Also, you have to sign every single time.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Pitt has these self-service printers that are so helpful and easy to use. All you have to do is install it on your computer and then when you go to print, use your Pitt username and password. Then, whenever you have time to go pick it up (stays there until you print or delete it), just swipe your card in the card reader attached to the printer and hit print! Also, Pitt students get 900 free prints so there really is no need to have your own printer unless you don't want to go to the dorm lobby. Also, most places on campus have wireless and secure access. Only downside really is that the actual dorm rooms don't have wireless; but Pitt does provide ethernet cables for free.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There are great sights to see in Pittsburgh as well as good shopping. But although there is a lot to do in Pittsburgh, the weather and the public transportation here don't make it a very fun option.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The Clean New York City – Pittsburgh is a large city with so much to offer. The sports are "high octane." The museums, restaurants, attractions are all geared towards the student. The city is built around this university. In fact, the internship and job opportunities are overwhelming.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Drinking Is Less Severe – Drinking gets you in trouble with the university when its done in dorm rooms, drugs get the police called immediately

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Big – There are always parties on weekends, but most people just drink. Not a lot of drugs, drugs are a much harsher consequence

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: plenty of restaurants, pick up sports games, and parties to choose from on the weekends and weekdays.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Pittsburgh weather is very unpredictable. it can go from rain to sun in 10 minutes

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Fun, plenty of people, depending on RA could be a great time or very strict,

4 College Freshman

Technology: Plenty of places with computers including labs, library, and various locations.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Neurosci = Love – I can't wait to delve deeper in my major. Sophomore year is a magic year because your pre-reqs are done and you can FINALLY start taking the classes specialized for your major. LOVE IT.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is safe; but some of the student housing places are a little seedy. At the beginning of the year, especially, a lot of shady stuff goes down in South Oakland. North Oakland is generally thought of as safer, though it's farther from main campus buildings. That being said, I live in South Oakland and I've always been fine. Just, never walk alone after midnight. I think that's the smartest thing to do. As far as campus itself goes, there's nothing to worry about pretty much ever. I've walked around Forbes and Fifth at all hours of the night and I've always been fine.


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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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