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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Forbes Avenue – There is everything you could wish for on Pitt's campus. On Forbes Avenue there are plenty of options, including Asian, subs, salads, Mexican, Cuban, Japanese, etc. Everything is decently priced, and a lot of places offer a late-night half-price menu, which is great for college students.

4 College Junior

Academics: Since it's a larger school, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. If you are careful with the classes you choose, you can still have the small-class feel without the overwhelming size of large lectures. The difficulty of classes really depends on the teacher who is teaching it, so make sure you use ratemyprofessors.com

4 College Junior

Athletics: Football and Basketball – Football and Basketball are really big here at Pitt, the fans really go all out. Nobody watches the club or intramural teams, and women's sports are usually pretty ignored.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: Transfer Students Get Jobbed. Really, I could not obtain any type of academics based relief despite transferring in with a 3.8 and maintaining a 3.6 once I arrived? Kids who I have well outperformed since becoming a collegian are able to keep grants with a 3.0, but I cannot gain one as an Honor Student? As expensive as it is to attend this college - even for an in-state student such as myself (our tuition has spiked 2k in two years and students at many other state Universities throughout the U.S. pay half of what I do for a similar in-state education)I cannot get academic-based relief? I am in the poorest percentage of kids her and will walk out of here owing over $6k for each semester spent here.

3 College Senior

Weather: We Have All Four Seasons – If you like the cool air and colored leaves in the fall; digging your self out of snow and mostly staying indoors in the winter; the rebirth of the world in spring; the hot and often muggy heat in the summer, then Western Pennsylvania is for you!

4 College Senior

Academics: History and Philosophy Program Are Outstanding – I majored in History because I enjoy it and I have not been disappointed. Many of the professors care about the students and their are plenty of outside the classroom opportunities for those that seek them. The philosophy program is one of the best in the world, though the professors sometimes act as though they are too good to deal with lowly undergrads. The preparation I have gained in these two disciplines will hopefully prepare me for my postgraduate education.

4 College Senior

Administration: Doesn't seem like Pitt is too strict on any rules in the dorms. I lived in dorms for 3 years and only witnessed a couple underages when there should have been a million. However, if you are out of campus dorms, watch out for city police, they'll get ya.

3 College Senior

Academics: At Pitt you can take almost any class you could think of. There are sooo many classes offered every semester---scuba diving! However, there are a lot of foreign professors which make learning very difficult.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Pitt is a very diverse community with both international teacher and student. There are so many different culture clubs on campus that hold events every year to help you understand a new way of life. I love it!

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I am a fellow Greek, I am in a sorority. It defintely makes the campus smaller, but it feels like high school all over. There are no sorority houses, there are sorority suites...they are ran by the University and are in the middle of campus. They are a very nice and safe place to live. There are many on campus and off campus frat houses, they are DIRTY! Greeks make up at small portion of the campus, it is not hardcore like the south.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – Most guys and girls at the school are average. There are only a handful of girls that are 10s, and everyone knows who they are. There are different styles everywhere! All of the average and above average girls hook up with athletes and frat guys.

4 College Senior

Academics: Business Administration - Marketing – My major is Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. We have many requirements (14 business core courses and 60 credits of GenEds) before we take actual courses that are directed towards are major, and it is very tedious. Many courses overlap and seem like a waste of time and money. We only take 8 courses directed towards each business concentration, I feel the students are well rounded and understand a lot about other areas but could have more knowledge in their own concentration. The business school has great facilities for students: a leadership and career devolpment center (strictly for business students), an online web portal, newest technology.

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3 College Senior

Academics: There are many areas to study, and hundreds of classes to choose from. The GenEds are great, and very interesting, I feel Pitt has the ability to mold a well rounded graduate, if he/she puts in the effort. I am in the Business school. The College of Business Administration is a small community within Pitt and has a lot of resources for the students, which is very helpful. I do feel that there are too many requirments for a degree in BA. Sonme of the professors are great teachers, and others are very successful in the career and are not good educators. This leaves the students to teach themselves.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Best State School in PA – Out of the four main state related schools in PA, Pitt is by far the most academic and focuses more on the material than extracurriculars.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Some of the facilities at the University of Pittsburgh are great,cutting edge, innovative technology, new, etc. These buildings include all of the professional school buildings. With the exception of the Peterson Event Center, where the main gym is located, the buildings for undergraduates are kind of run down and need work.

4 College Junior

Academics: Good Foundation; but Lacks Connections/ Linkage Programs – I'm a premed student and for the most part, am very satisfied with my education thus far. The program at Pitt is very rigorous, but the professors are really knowledgable and willing to help you if you put in the effort. The only complaint I have is that Pitt lacks connections to medical schools, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical School oddly enough, and does not have any linkage programs for students pursuing medicine.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Do What You Do – Drinking is much more popular than drugs. If you want to do it, and you're not 21, you will have no problem finding a place with beer or other alcohol. If you want to avoid it, it's just as easy. There has been controversy over the alcohol policies lately.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: A Little Something for Everyone – Underage kids party at house parties and frats mostly. The atmosphere is very laid back. There is an even split between students who drink and those who don't. There are usually school-sponsored events on Friday and Saturday nights for those looking to have fun without alcohol.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Not My First Choice, Not a Bad One Either – The University of Pittsburgh was not my first choice, but my top school was well out of my price range. Pitt has a good education for what you pay, and I don't regret my decision to come here.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pitt has amazing sports. Our football team is not the greatest, but the atmosphere and marching band make up for any losses. Our basketball team is one of the best in the nation, and I believe the majority of our other sports (although not as well-known) are successful as well.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Decent but Unhealthy – Our food was not bad for the first few weeks, but then I started to see that the only healthier choices offered was salad. I like salad, but eating it every day gets old. I'd be much happier if they had some grilled options, rather than everything deep fried. They did offer different types of flavored water, which I found favorable.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: It's Challenging, but Rewarding – As an Engineering Student, I faced the typical "weeding out" phase my first two semesters of college. It was difficult to complete my work on time, and honestly I should have spent a lot more time studying. But even though I did poorly in a few classes, I feel like I really learned what college is all about - because the courses were difficult. It takes a lot of will power to be able to have five projects due in one week and avoid the temptations of hanging out with friends. You are not attending college to go to parties, so I personally was fine with the workload. However, they really pile on the work, and they make you decide if engineering is really what you want to do.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There Is Plenty to Go Around – There are plenty of apartments and houses for rent. Many of the students find places in South Oakland, which is like 10-20 minutes away from main campus, but the school has a shuttle that goes out there. The school can provide some help to find places, but not much. Cost depends on the size of the place, and how many people you are moving in with.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Forbes Avenue Has Everything – If you can't find what you want in the on-campus eateries, cafes, or take out places, Forbes Avenue is where to go. You can find Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Coffee Shops, and the best french fries in the city. You will not go hungry around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The school of Arts and Sciences requires a lot of gen. eds. While this might seem to take time away from your major, it is a great opportunity to explore other subjects and find new interests for a possible major. This school is also amazing for science majors like biology, neuroscience, or premed.

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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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