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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of Options in Oakland – Oakland has a variety of options for food that fits anyone's cravings. Forbes Avenue has many food establishments that vary from fast food, pizza, smaller meals, to legitmate restaurants. There are also smaller places off of Forbes Avenue in South Oakland as well as Craig street in North Oakland. No matter where you are at Pitt, you will find the food you are looking for.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Many options are available for off-campus housing. Since campus is located in a city, one is usually able to find places to live with good roommates. The free transportation runs 24/7 and is very helpful for reaching classes, restaurants, etc. It is a great step for students after on-campus housing.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Drinking Is King – Like any big school, Pitt is home to quite a bustling drinking scene. There are plenty of parties on any particular night, but you can always find friends that don't drink. Additionally, if you do go to a party, it isn't necessary to drink at a party and people do not pressure you to take part.

5 College Student

Academics: I am an economics major at Pitt and I couldn't ask for anything more from my major. The profs are so helpful and also available for guidance at all times. The teachers are all experienced in their fields which adds a lot to class discussions. These people are so helpful and intelligent.

4 College Student

Academics: Very Respectable Programs – The University of Pittsburgh is an incredible school with incredible academics. The classes are the perfect size and the teachers are always there to help: students are also always able to receive help through the free tutoring center. Class is always worth going to due to the fact that discussion helps specifially with exams.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe, but in the City – For a city school, Pitt is]one of the safest schools. The police force is clearly present throughout the campus. If you live in a dorm, you have to go through security in every resident hall.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Huge Melting Pot – One thing Pitt has for them is a diverse student body. There is a lot of international students attending the school. Plus, there are people from the different parts of the country, but typically a majority of the student body is from Philly (Don't ask me why!) People who goes to Pitt usually has some sort of a culture shock. Typically, most people are open to their culture, religion, and sexual orientation.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Many Options – The public transportation is the best method for getting anywhere off campus. It is for the most part reliable, but unfortunately it does not run very late. The university provides shuttles as well as a van you can call late at night that will take you somewhere on campus. Taxis are a huge hassle and not worth it. For the most part, walking will get you everywhere you need.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Variety – Pitt has a ton of great options for dining. You can find almost anything that you are in the mood for in almost any location. They also have several Starbucks kiosks all over campus. It is however expensive, but if your meal plan is large enough it should sufficiently cover your needs.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: A Good Education – Pitt provides a good and challenging education with a lot of social activities available outside of academics. The people are very nice and interesting and there is almost always something fun to do.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic scene at The University of Pittsburgh is one of the most exciting pros of being at the campus. The fans during game day for any sport love their team and it brings the school together. I feel as if the team performs a lot better due to the immense fan support we have and we will continue to be a prominent school in athletics.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – Big mix of types. It is easy to find the type and style of people you like to be around and it is easy to avoid the type and style of people you do not like to be around.

4 College Junior

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs around campus with printers and alot of paper. All the essential programs you need are on there, including all Adobe ones which is a big money saver.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: On campus housing is nice, but not amazing. Basic needs are there, showers and bathrooms are clean. Off campus varies from not so nice to really nice depending on what area you live in and how much you are willing to spend.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: When It Rains It Pours – While Pitt is gorgeous in the summer months, late spring, and early fall it can be frigid in the months between and there is a lot of rain due to the 3 rivers that run through and surround the city.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: While living off campus is awesome, it is incredibly hard to find a place that is both close to the center of campus and also not too expensive. Most landlords are nice, but some are very frustrating and refuse to make any accommodations. You're best bet for living off campus is making friends with a graduating student and trying to get them to give you the lease.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Everything is amazing about Pitt as far as I'm concerned, from the school pride to the awesome professors to the wide variety of classes and the open campus; however, the one sticking point is the smoke problem. Pittsburgh is a smokey city and if that's a big selling point for you, you might want to considering going elsewhere.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet, but there are tons available if you have time for one! I plan to apply for one next summer, and have high hopes. Because it's such a large university there are lot of opportunities to explore different options.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I have lived in Pennsylvania for nine years and I am very used to the type of weather that we have at PITT. It will get hot, rain and snow. But it is not a big deal

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is the Most Popular – Everybody I know or have heard of has never had any concern with drug safety. Mostly people drink and I have not heard of any horror stories from that

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Pitt EXCEL is an engineering organization that is ran by a few staff members. The group promotes diversity and provides its members with many opportunities. They offer tutoring, peer mentoring, regular academic counseling with a staff member where you can talk to them about anything. It is a great way to network and everyone becomes part of a big family.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety--Not Much to Worry About – I've always felt safe on Pitt's campus. The streets are well lit for the most part, and there are emergency call points spread throughout the campus. The Pitt Police also do a great job and have patrols that go throughout the campus area. I've never had a problem at Pitt.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Great Variety but Only a Few Options – There are four main dining hall areas on campus: The Perch on upper campus, Market Central on lower campus, the Union, and The Cathedral. Market Central has everything from vegetarian options to pizza & pasta, burgers & fries, pick-your-own-stir-fry and sandwiches/wraps, as well as the typical cereals, ice cream, and make your own waffles. The Perch serves similar options, but without the stir fry. The Union has a smoothie/yogurt place, a Pizza Hut, and a chicken place. The Cathedral has quick ready-made sandwiches, veggie boxes, fruit, yogurt, and drinks, as well as Chik-Fil-A, a sandwich/bistro station, and a sushi station. There are also small coffee/baked good stations in various buildings, and Einstein Bros. Bagels places in a few of the buildings. Right next to Market Central there's also a "Quik Mart" you can spend dining dollars in and a Taco Bell that's pretty popular. Overall, I think Pitt has a lot of options for a lot of different tastes. Stick with a medium sized meal plan until you figure out your habits, or you'll end up with a lot of extra meal blocks and too few dining dollars!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking but Thats It Mainly – drinking is common but it is highly uncommon to see anything else that is more serious

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Resources Galore – once you get into your department you become familiar with the students you'll work with and you can develope a closer bond with your professors. They will know you by name


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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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