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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: A Lot of Fun and a Lot of Work – Pitt is a place for students who want to have a lot of fun, enjoy a diverse group of friends, explore the city life, party hard, but work really really hard. Everyone at Pitt is serious about their education, and everyone works really hard to accomplish their goals. Pitt's population of students is extremely diverse, not just in terms of race, ethnicity, and hometown, but also in terms of economic status, personal beliefs and morals, religion, and political affiliation. Pitt is extremely competitive. It doesn't matter if you got straight A's in high school; you will still have to work really really hard if you want to do well at Pitt, and you can count on struggling to achieve an A or a B. Pitt's strongest area is science, but this definitely does not mean that your English class or your History class will not be extremely hard also. The Professors are the best in their fields, and no matter what class they teach, they expect a lot from their students. Pitt's programs are strong, especially its Pre-Med and Engineering. Any science major at Pitt is skilled in their field, and Pitt advisors strongly encourage outside of the classroom experiences, such as work-study, internships, study abroad, and volunteering.
The Campus itself has a lot of character, and has a certain atmosphere that is enticing. You are guaranteed never to be bored, even just on campus, and if you need to get off campus, downtown Pittsburgh is only a 10 minute bus ride away. There are tons of diverse places to eat; within a 5 minute radius, there are food options from Greece, Italy, China, India, etc. The dorms are typical of college campuses, but floormates are very close, and you are guaranteed to make friends that will last your entire life.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Since the University is located in the city of Pittsburgh, places to go for entertainment, especially on the weekends, are infinite. If you want to stay on campus you can go to house parties, frat parties,or apartment parties. If you're not into parties, you can participate in University-sponsored activities, go to University sports events etc. After 11, several of the restaurants on campus are half-price, which is a great opportunity to have dinner with some friends. If you want to entertain yourself off campus, all university students have free transportation on the city buses. You can go to Southside and explore the eclectic shops, the great restaurants, or the bars; you can go downtown for shopping, eating, or sightseeing, you can go to Waterfront for more shopping, or you can go to parties at off-campus houses. There are loads of museums to see if you don't want to party, shop, drink, or eat; there is the Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, and the Carnegie Museums (which are on campus).
There are endless opportunities for eating, drinking, partying, and fun in Pittsburgh at night.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Dining Hall, Market Central has a lot of options. There are sandwiches, wraps, paninis, stir fry, salads, pizza, pasta, vegetarian options, foreign foods, ice cream, breads and desserts, burgers and fries, and more depending on the day of the week. The dining hall is open until 2am on weekdays, which is extremely convenient. There are coffee carts all over campus, which are great for food or coffee before and after class. There are also additional dining halls at various places all over campus, and a taco bell, chick-fil-a, sushi place, sub place, and smoothie/frozen yogurt place. Overall, there are a lot of places to go if you get bored of the Dining Hall, and there are a few options for vegetarian, Kosher, and healthy eating.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Being such a large school, Pitt is not able to offer a large amount of private scholarships for academics, and the scholarships that are offered are extremely competitive. However, there are many athletic scholarships available, and the financial aid department is easy to work with. The Office of Financial Aid at Pitt makes financial matters user-friendly, and is full of friendly financial aid counselors who are eager to meet with you. There is a lot of financial aid available, and if you put the effort into your search, there are many specific scholarships available for certain academic paths or certain talents.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: One of the most enjoyable ways to spend your Saturday morning at Pitt during football season is at Heinz Field watching the Pittsburgh Panthers play. All of the students at Pitt are extremely spirited and love going to games and wearing team gear. Our basketball team is fantastic, and students love going to the games and being a part of the "Oakland Zoo" (aka the student section of the audience). Athletic facilities are top-notch and are open to all students, not just the athletes. The equipment is all very high quality and the newest available. Athletes and athletic fans alike are guaranteed to have a great time at Pitt.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm an intended Neuroscience major at Pitt, and so far, I have been extremely impressed with the quality of the education, especially in the sciences. My professors are experts in their field, and have had experience in laboratory settings. I even had the privilege of taking Biopsychology with a professor who ran his own Biopsychology lab. There are endless opportunities for internships in settings that will prepare you for your major. For example, if you plan to go into research and you want an internship, the University can find a research lab that deals with topics you are interested in. Science is strong at Pitt, and it is obvious even in introduction level science classes.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Couldn't Be Happier in College – pitt is the perfect place for me! so many of my friends at other schools get bored with a closed off campus in the suburbs but in the city there is always something to do! shopping, great places to eat, frats and bars for nighttime. excellent professors and tough academics

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They Make a Decent Effort – I'm lucky enough to be going here on a scholarship which is helpful but I really feel for the kids who aren't. With the cost of attendance for out of state students approaching 40,000 dollars kids really need the university of help out. Pitt provides aid but it wasn't enough for lots of kids and people had to look elsewhere for private loans.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Dont Even Bother – There is almost no reason to have a car at the University of Pittsburgh. Students get free public transportation and the campus is compact enough for walking anyway. If you do have a car you'll pay huge costs of permits and even if you buy a permit you're not guaranteed a spot. Basically, there's no need for a car and if you have one it will be more of a bother than a help.

3 College Freshman

Administration: If You're Not Dumb, No Worries – The University of Pittsburgh takes underage drinking fairly seriously...if you get caught. The fact of the matter is that the RAs don't want to catch you and the police could care less as long as you're not publicly drinking and you can walk on your own. The people who get caught and therefore punished severely deserve it for being stupid.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Stay on Top of It – The financial office is usually open, but unless you are on top of everything, it is often difficult to get a straight answer out of them. Apply for aid early, and look for scholarships. Work study jobs are a great way to make money, as you hardly have any actual work to do and can usually get some homework done while being paid.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A Good Mix – You can find girls of all sorts, whether you're looking for a random hookup or something a bit more serious. Girls tend to be in shape because of the hills and athletic facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: If you're looking for athletic facilities, the Peterson Event Center is one of the best in the country. The Hillman Library is a great place to study but it fills up very quickly even for it's large size. You can usually find an empty classroom in the Cathedral to study in or one of the local coffee shops. But with so many people trying to fit in the same places, it often is very crowded, particularly during finals week.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Pitt gives out excellent FInancial Aid. Out of all the schools I applied to, Pitt had the best financial aid and the Financial Aid office is made of a group of wonderful people that want to do everything they can to give you the opportunity to go to Pitt.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: City Dining. Five guys is right outside the Towers (a group of residence halls) as well as Mcdonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Arby's and other commerical restaurants. We also have popular places to eat like Joe Mama's (Italian), Mad Mex (Mexican, but also has the best chicken wings!), and Fuel and Fuddle (American). We have a Chipotle, which is awesome because I can't live without Chiptole! There are also various ethnic restaurants including Indian, Chinese, and Mexican. Most places are half-priced after 11pm and Pitt students have free busing to South Side, a part of Pittsburgh (Cheesecake Factory, Mccormick and Schmicks), Waterfront (PF Changs) and Downtown. Living in the city gives you plenty of opportunities to try new things and eat at different places. That is one thing I LOVE about Pittsburgh.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Need to Be in Honors College – I am an out-of-state student, so I needed aid in order to attend here. It is easiest to acquire if you are accepted into the Honors College.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Free! Bus lines run throughout Pittsburgh--including one just for the airport. A Pitt student only needs to show their ID and can ride for free anywhere.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe for a City School – The guards at the security desks at every dorm require all guests (including students from other dorms) to be signed in and out by a verified resident of the dorm in order to protect residents from strangers trying to sneak in. The entire campus feels safe, just don't walk around alone at 2am on a weekend.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Experience Wasn't Too Bad – I was able to get some loans out in order to help pay for college. The people on the phone were helpful but it seemed like the process took awhile.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: On Campus Fun – There are definitely more things available to students on campus than off. Clubs are generally 21+ except for a few who have college students nights. Frats are most popular.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol Dominates Over Drugs – While there are some students who partake in the drug scene at the University of Pittsburgh, most students stick to activities centered around alcohol.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I don't know if everyone has this problem, but there are so many gimmicks just to apply for scholarships and so much paper work and individual information that needs to be filled out that there is no way real people actually get financial help (I swear the students that win scholarships in the newsletters i receive are all imaginary people). I have made accounts with so many scholarship sites, filled out my FAFSA, filled out survey after survey, written essays, sent in resumes and for absolutely nothing in return. The entire process is frustrating and tedious and usually gets me no where. In summary, my school is no different than when i search for scholarships myself, it just adds to the headache of the whole process.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I Wouldn't Know – I've never lived off campus, but, from what i can tell its pretty nice and less expensive than on campus. The draw backs would be the distance from campus, your landlord and the condition of the house before you move it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Housing on Campus – At any school, freshman housing is always a little nerve-wracking. You have to live with someone you probably have never met before for an entire year and it can either be a good experience or a bad experience. The staff and resources make it easy for students to get things repaired in the room, complaints get answered almost immediately and the staff is always reassuring and helpful when it comes to emergency situations. Depending on where you live, it isn't extremely expensive, I live in the heart of the campus which is really convenient and there are always people in the lobby or eating or doing something.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Aren't Huge – Greek life at the University of Pittsburgh is different than I've seen it anywhere else. Greek life only makes up a small portion of campus, so you don't have to join to feel like you're part of something. The main times you hear about the greeks are when they are doing something for their various philanthropies.

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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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