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3 College Freshman

Academics: The curriculum and intensity of your workload varies widely by major, but Pitt has quality resources for most students. If you're a humanities major, you might not feel that you're being given the attention and opportunities that you deserve unlike the engineers and science majors. Most professors approaches to teaching are very traditional and can be frustrating; however, dedicating time to study can fix all of that. My main frustration, though, is the narrow selection of practical courses within the school of Arts and Sciences.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The surrounding Pittsburgh area is very much accepting of college students. There are a variety of activities, mostly sports, that become a part of life. There are nice stores and shops scattered throughout the city also. But, I often feel like most Pitt students make Oakland an island and don't venture out much.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: used to get it, now i dont cause they give it to all the atheletes

4 College Sophomore

Majors: i had on in philly at MetLife, it was fantastic, apply early and always network, it is extremely key!

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Business is great, be enthusiastic, i cant stress the importance of the essays here enough!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great restaurants in the surrounding area. However, the restaurants directly on campus that are friendly to a college student's wallet are not as impressive with their menus nor food quality. On the other hand, the restaurants off campus in the surrounding area vary in prices yet are pretty consistent in food quality. Casbah, in Shadyside, is one of my favorite places to eat off campus, and Hello Bistro is pretty reliable for salads and burgers on campus.

4 College Junior

Majors: You don't have to fill out a special application for HAA, just apply.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Once you're 21 there are plenty of bars & clubs but otherwise your best bets are Frats which can be gross or house parties with friends.

5 College Junior

Majors: I'm in HAA which is a relatively small major at Pitt. My advisory is great and because the classes are small you can really develop a relationship with your professor.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Because Pitt is such a big school, there's always something going on. The Pitt Program Council is a mosty student run organization that organizes free concerts, homecoming events, & excursions like skiing, horseback riding, & trips to Niagra Falls.

Also there are tons of clubs & organization to join so that everyone can feel involved.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There's a program called Pittarts that gives you free tickets and dinner to all kinds of art programs in Pittsburgh. You can go to everything from the opera, ballet, old black & white movies, to school productions for free and they always feed you.

Also Pitt has started a guaranteed internship program. If you go to the workshops, they will match you with an internship so you can get work experience before you graduate.

3 College Junior

Weather: There's a lot of rain and snow which can be inconvenient if you live off campus. Also during the winter it snows a lot so you have to make sure you have sturdy winter boots. But during the fall and late spring its beautiful out.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are plenty of sororities and fraternities available for students to join at Pitt, but they don't dominate the campus by any means. Students who participate in Greek life aren't viewed as having a higher or lower status than those who don't, which is really nice. Everyone gets along regardless.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: As far as drug use and underage drinking goes, the police do get involved when they need to. If you're going to smoke, do not do it in the dorms. Other students and RA's will smell it and you will be reported and possibly kicked out of university housing. They tend to be more lenient with underage long as you're not belligerent it is unlikely that you will be reported. Most RA's are cool about it, but you should still be cautious.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The student body at Pitt is comprised of men and women of all ethnic and religious backgrounds who come from all over the world. The majority of students, though, seem to be middle or upper class white students.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Considering that Pitt's campus is an open campus, police officers do an excellent job keeping students safe. Not only do the Pittsburgh police patrol the area but the university also has its own police force that is friendly, well-trained, and great at what it does. Additionally there are security guards at the entrance of every dorm building to ensure that only students can enter the buildings.

2 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys are relatively friendly, girls are not friendly at all i guess because girls choose who to talk by looking.

2 College Senior

Diversity: I'm new to Pitt (not freshman), but i feel Pitt students seem they dont wanna be friends with me because im asian.and actually i dont really have friends to hang out on weekends at all.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Pitt offers a General Management major through their school of business. For the major you choose two concentrations, such as Human Resource Management and Marketing. This allows you to broaden your knowledge of business and really see how concepts connect throughout a business organization. While the business majors here have labels, they honestly prepare you for anything. You have to take core business requirements and those prepare you completely for a business environment.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There is a lot of student life. There are so many clubs to join and most are very welcoming. No matter what your interest is you can find someone else who shares it and there is probably a club of 30 people that share it too. Since the campus sits on two busy avenues you can choose to hang out on campus or walk a block and hang out at Caribou Coffee or Starbucks. A lot of fun events are offered and most of them have free food too!

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Pitt is an awesome mix between classic architecture and modern facilities. We have this big, gorgeous Cathedral of Learning which is great to study in but there there are computer labs and technical lecture halls that are more up to date. The College of Business Administration (CBA) is top notch. It is not just about classes and requirements; they want you to go out and get real life experience through internships. Networking through alumni is also recommended. CBA also hosts and annual career conference which is essentially one of a kind. You get to lunch with recruits, network, and get your resume out there.

Another great aspect of Pitt is access to local art. The Pitt Arts program takes students to shows and exhibits for FREE. In my financial position, I can't afford to go to the opera, but the school pays to take students to see performances. Also, your student I.D. gets you into many local museums for free (Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History, Andy Warhol Museum etc.)

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Pitt is in the middle of a city, so of course there is a drug scene. However, it's also big enough that if you aren't into that it doesn't touch you. I'm sure there are people out there smoking pot and taking prescription drugs, but if you don't want a part of that there are tons of groups for you. There is a lot of alcohol and parties on the weekend, but no more than any other college. I have never experienced pressure to drink or anything like that.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: You can find a little bit of everything but the vast majority of students are white.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The athletics is a major part of Pitt pride. so many students go to games and become really involved with them. there are also so many places to go to eat and hangout with friends and all of them are so close to you! Another big plus is having the cathedral, its a Harry Potter fans dream because it looks like hogwarts!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are really nice once you get used to them. Holland Hall is where I live and it is an all girl dorm, which kinda sucks, but you get used to it. Also Holland has no ac so until it gets cold out its really hot . The location of the majority of dorms are wonderful though. You wont have to walk further than 10 minutes to get to class so its really nice. The cost can be pricey but scholarships are available.


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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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