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3 College Sophomore

Technology: There is a 24 hour computer lab near the Towers, a computer lab in the library, and email kiosks in main buidings. The only downside is that there is no wifi in your dorm room.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: City Life – Pitt is located near a lot of restauraunts, a park, and it is easy to get anywhere.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: As a Division I school, Pitt has a great sports environment for both serious athletes and college sports fans. When I was there, we did really well in both Football and Men's Basketball, and our other sports did quite well also. Pitt fans are great also, with packed houses for games. And finally, even PE classes, club sports, and intramural teams were good!

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drinking: Yes Hard Drugs: No – Pitt is a huge school, with Division I sports, and pretty big Greek life. So, naturally, the party scene is omnipresent. The big thing is drinking though. I had a pretty diverse group of friends, and I did hear about hard drugs on occasion, but the majority of people drank and smoked casually.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Depends on Which Dorm You're in – I've been in quite a few different dorms and so have most of my friends. I was in Holland Hall freshman year and I loved it. Only downside was that it wasn't air conditioned. Sophomore year, I was in one of Tower C's singles and I hated it. It was too small for me. Junior year I was in Bouquet Gardens and that was probably the best dorm I've ever lived in. Honestly it all depends on where you live. A lot of my friends lived in Lothrop Hall and loved it; both Lothrop and Tower C are singles but the rooms in Lothrop are a tad bigger and more square. I've never been into Sutherland, Forbes, or Ruskin so I can't really say anything about them. McCormick Hall also seemed pretty decent. Towers A and B are nice, but there's only 3 elevators and sometimes one is down which is pretty bad since it may be the elevator that goes to your floor (not all the elevators go to the same floor). That means you need to wait for another elevator and then take a flight of stairs up or down to your floor.
One problem is that everything is based on lottery numbers. If you don't have a good lottery number, chances are that you'll be in a single somewhere. Bouquet Gardens go fast, as does Ruskin. I've known people who have gotten single dorms all next to each other (or on the same floor) instead of getting into Bouquet Gardens or Ruskin. I've had a pretty good experience with the dorms on campus and can't really complain about them (except Tower C- I didn't really like that one.)

2 College Senior

Party Scene: Not Very Interesting – I would not recommending partying out too much because there are not too many places to party at to begin with.

2 College Senior

Majors: It is not easy to continie your unddergrad education as a biology major because the level of difficulty substantially increases so one has to be prepared because it starts out easy and then gets really tough.

2 College Senior

Majors: I Regret Chemistry – I regret taking Chemistry classes because I did horrible in all of them and had to take them over again so that was a major problem for me.

3 College Senior

Majors: Mediocre Instructors – I am not really thrilled with the instructors on campus but they try their hardest i bleive but the work and exams are always more diffucul and not always covered in their lectures.

2 College Senior

Diversity: Mostly Caucasian Students – There are mostly white people but there is a minority percentage of Asian students as well as Afreican American students.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Good – While we don't have the best sports teams the events are either free or relatively chap to attend, which make it very easy for the student population to attend such events and enjoy them without worrying about cost or inconvenience.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It literally end sup raining 5-6 days a week during the school year, I thought people were just saying stuff when they said it rained a lot before I came, but its true, it rains ALOT.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Bomb Threats – Over the course of the spring 2012 semester the University of Pittsburgh received 157 bomb threats. While following safety procedures to evacuate and search all threatened buildings the Pitt Police did an extremely excellent job not only providing us with a friendly and safe campus environment, but also provided students will a mental state of feeling safe and secure throughout the havoc. Had the campus police not done an effective job, the University of Pittsburgh would have not only lost many students, but lost their integrity as well.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: The Pitt student ID works as a bus-pass so students can travel to and from campus at no cost. This is an awesome feature of attending the University of Pittsburgh

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: You Will Find Something That Interests You – There are a huge number of campus and student clubs and organizations that students can choose from. They include sports clubs, academic societies, special interest groups and more. And if you don't find exactly what you want, you are encouraged to form your own student group to promote what you're interested in! Also, I have to mention that the rock-climbing wall in the gym is especially amazing.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: So Much Variety! Oakland is the hot spot for trendy, interesting and cheap places to grub. If you are craving some noodles, LuLu's is the place to go on Craig Street. If you want some cheap American fare, Fuel and Fuddle is a great place to get your fix. There are any number of delis, bagel shops, sushi stops, greasy spoons, and of course restaurants like Black Bean Cuban Cuisine, and Thai Spice Island are sure to satisfy your exotic taste buds--and for a good price too. You can always find a good drink special when you need one.

4 College Senior

Academics: Masters in Public and International Affairs – The workload for this program varies, but for the most part, it is quite demanding. The department spends a lot of time trying to prepare you for the real world, making sure that you have a handle on policy-decision-making, economics concepts, and helping you delve deeply into your specific area of interest. There are a huge amount of options to personalize your degree--for instance, you can take on a minor, pursue a double degree with the law or business school, or pursue a certificate in a specific country or region. You have to work hard, but you WILL be prepared to tackle the working world when you graduate.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Good Deals, Close to Campus, Easy Access – There are many options available for off-campus housing around the Pitt campus. Pittsburgh is a relatively good-size metropolitan city, with many different neighborhoods to choose from. I would personally suggest Lawrenceville--a very artsy, friendly neighborhood with cheap options. If you are feeling fancy, you can live in Shadyside where apartments tend to be a little more expensive, but very safe. Oakland, the heart of the Pitt campus, is also a popular option, but places get snatched up quickly, and some say it's not as safe as they'd hope.

3 College Senior

Academics: Available Courses for International Political Economy Majors M.P.I.A. Even though the major "International Political Economy" is advertised as an important component of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the program relating specifically to this major leaves much to be desired. Most of the effort seems to be placed on the "Security and Intelligence Studies" major and courses. It was only recently that a new professor was hired that completely specializes in IPE--before there were only 1 or 2.

4 College Junior

Majors: Really Enjoy My Program – At Pitt, I'm a Political Science major with a focus on international relations, and I minor in Spanish language. I'm also in the process of completing a Global Studies certificate to be paired with the political science major. It's a mouthful, but I love what I'm studying! All of the classes that I get to take are super interesting and all of the professors that I've had so far are really accessible and make the classes interesting. One of my favorite classes was taught by a guest lecturer and she had worked for NGOs around the world and was really helpful in leading me in the direction of possible career and internship opportunities. Ultimately, I plan to go on to law school and become an international human rights lawyer, so having an abundance of classes to choose from and helpful professors was a huge plus for me.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Attractive Females – Since Pitt is a big school there are a lot of attractive females and a lot of them!

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: All Busses Are Free! If you are a Pitt student, every bus on campus and in the city is free of charge! You can get anyplace anytime for free!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Go Greek? The greek scene at Pitt is pretty big, but you don't need to join to be included on campus and to have a good time. I decided not to join a frat, and I party just as much as they do and I garuntee I have just as much fun.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Anyone can find a party to go to, but Pitt students can find a great party every weekend.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Communication a Bit of a Dud. I have to say the communication program at Pitt is disappointing. I want to be a television journalist, but there is no formal journalism program. The courses in communication are mostly theoretical and research-based, focusing more on graduate school than practical job experience skills. More practical courses are offered through certificate programs in the College of General Studies. As for finding a job in my field, while it might be harder, Pitt has a career office dedicated to getting students internships which is vital for communication majors. On another note, programs in the humanities are the weakest while engineering, medical sciences, and business reign supreme.


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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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