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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.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Science Is Tough – I'm a neurosci major, and I just started. It's really hard the first year because the atmosphere feels so cut throat. A lot of the professors seem like jerks, but think about it. If you spend every semester teaching the same insane, rearing to go freshman who are going to step on anyone and anything in order to get the grade, then you would be the same way. I UTA a Bio 1 class, and sometimes the hostility we get from the class is amazing. That being said, when I was in the class, that mutual bonding over hating the teacher was something that lifted us up and helped us get through it. Intro science classes are hard. No lie. But anyone can do it, if they're willing to put in the time and the effort.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: For the amount you pay in room and board it's cheaper to live off campus, but you give up a lot of the nice amenities of living on campus like the proximity to classes and the actual living conditions

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: there are a lot of restaurants right next to campus along forbes, its also really easy to use the buses to go somewhere farther off campus to get some cheaper food.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Friendly People – locals love Pitt just as much as the students, with a lot of cultural things to do it hard to just sit inside on the weekends

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Best Time of My Life – Pitt has so much to do all the time- it's impossible to get bored. Even if the school itself doesn't have something going on, you can get tons of discounted tickets through the school. You always have options other than partying, which is the best part. You have to take your studies very seriously, but it's so worth it. Being here has been the best time of my life.

4 College Junior

Administration: Don't Be Stupid – Honestly, just be intelligent if you want to drink. The police around campus are more concerned about people being safe than underage drinking. If you're not dumb or belligerent it's difficult to get in trouble. Just don't be in their face and be careful.

College Junior

Party Scene: Night Life – There are a large number of fraternities around campus. I can't really say what their parties are like, I prefer to just hang out with my own friends. It's easy to get to the South Side, where there are a lot of clubs, bars, and late-night restaurants.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Rain, Rain, Rain and More Rain – If you are wondering what the weather will be like tomorrow in Pittsburgh and don't feel like checking Weather.com. You might as well dress for rain, because well chances are... It will be raining some point in the day.

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Not A Party School – If you are underage, regardless if you have a fake or not.. theres really a limited amount of things to do. Your first week of freshman year is the most fun you'll have. You'll think the parties are great because you went to a few frats, which later you'll find out are actually mad lame. There will be a few house parties in South O, but good luck getting any beer, the keg's kicked. As the year goes on and it gets colder, there will be less and less to do on the weekends. You'll spend more nights trying to hear of something to do than actually doing it. If you don't drink much and didn't party in high school, chances are you'll think its amazing. But if you are looking to party 3 nights a week, don't waste your application money. Apply somewhere else. The party scene is so bad I'm actually sending out transfer applications.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Not Too Bad – The freshman dorms are alright, try to get Towers if you can. It is the most centrally located of the options and is usually pretty fun on the weekends. Its where you'll meet most of your friends freshman year. If you get a good lottery number for your sophomore year, stay on campus and select Ruskin, its spacious and has a kitchen. Otherwise try and move off campus, preferably to a house in South O.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's in Walking Distance.. If you are willing to spend a few bucks you can get pretty much any type of food you want. Definitely check out Sorrento's pizza on Atwood on the weekends, $5 pies and you will most likely run into someone you know while you are waiting on line.

3 College Junior

Weather: Generally Okay – Pittsburgh doesn't get a lot of extreme weather such as heavy rain, hurricanes, blizzards, etc. The worst are the temperature extremes in the fall and spring, the dreary winter, and sometimes sticking humidity of summer. Other than that, it offers a nice variety. In the fall (and spring) you can have 3 rainy days in a row then followed by 3 days of sunshine and blue skies. Sometimes you can go from overcast to sunshine to rain to sunshine all in one day! Lastly, the sun shines during mid spring - mid fall, then the winter dreariness kicks in til about March/April. Pack everything!

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a great scholarship to Pitt. When one applies to the college, they are automatically reviewed for scholarships. Many people are here on academic scholarships, which makes it very affordable to go here.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Football Fans – We have a great football team, the Pitt Panthers. They play home games in heinz stadium, where the Pittsburgh steelers play. There is a lot of team pride and the games are fun. Pitt is unique because we get to use a NFL stadium, which makes things more exciting. Students sit in the student section and quickly learn the cheers and traditions for the school, which are great to participate in.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Pitt is very diverse and has students from all over the country and world. There are clubs and organizations for many different diverse groups. Some examples are a club for black engineers, rainbow alliance and secular alliance. We have something called extended orientation where freshmen meet with their residence floors to discuss a new topic every week. One topic that is reviewed is diversity. It seems that there are many diverse people and everyone appreciates diversity.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is very humid! Coming from a place with no humidity, this was the hardest thing for me to get used to. It is very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It rains a lot, and snows a lot in winter. It has different weather depending on the season and it is nice to experience all four seasons, which was not the case where I came from.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: The atmosphere around the University is one of the best things about the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt does not have a typical college campus, but has buildings distributed around a part of the city called Oakland. There are many restaurants and fun places to go right in Oakland...especially getting food on Forbes Avenue...a lot of restaurants are half off for college students after 11. The university provides free public transportation to students so it is incredibly easy to travel all around the city and find stuff to do. There are malls, clubs, coffee shops, movie theaters and more within an easy bus ride. Also, our football team plays at Heinz Stadium where the Pittsburgh Steelers play, so students travel to football games, which is a lot of fun.

College Sophomore

Majors: Too Many Students, Too Few Internships – I have not yet had an internship. I'm a political science major and the internships are very competitive. The department only offers a handful and there are so many students. Finding an internship in this field seems so impossible that I will be looking in other places for one.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Nice in the early fall and late spring, but very cold in between. Often cloudy.

1 College Freshman

Parking: No Need for a Car – There are few places to park and if you find a spot most likely it will be expensive. You don't need a car though because the city buses will take you anywhere you want to go if you have your student ID with you.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is cheaper than living on campus. Most are close to campus and are in pretty good condition.

2 College Senior

Transportation: A Joke – Campus buses only cater to those living in residence halls. They are usually full of drunk men and women on their ways to or from a frat party. Public transportation free with student I.D.; however, public transport in the city of Pittsburgh is a joke - constant reroutes, route cuts, and overcrowding with very little policing or safety concern. Off-campus transportation, especially late at night, is very, very limited.

4 College Junior

Majors: Easy Process – The application process to the Engineering program is all pretty standard. The first year is basic core courses and some intro to engineering courses. You don't have to declare which type of engineering you want to study until your second year.

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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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