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Reviews 3075 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The TA's at the school tend to be a lot of foreigners which can make it hard to understand them or what they are trying to explain to us. While the classes are good the TA's make it difficult to learn if you need extra help.

4 College Senior

Academics: Though the school has dropped in US News and World Report's Law School Ranking, the faculty and learning experience is still fantastic for the price!

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public buses are free to students. The University also provides shuttles to sporting events that are free. Students can use the school's safe rider system, which allows them to call a shuttle service if they are out at night and feel that it would be unsafe to walk back to their residence. Buses to and from the airport are also free (this helps me a lot, because I come from out of state).

2 College Freshman

Parking: Cars on Campus – Parking permits are available, but can be expensive. This is a city school, so everything one would need is within walking distance. There is not really a need for cars. Public transportation is free to students, so it is the preferred transportation. There are a few good parking garages, but one must pay for the day to park there.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The pharmacy program at University of Pittsburgh is six years. The first two are undergraduate. After fulfilling pre pharmacy courses, one can apply to the four year pharmacy school. The work load is very heavy and focuses on science. A typical freshman undergraduate going into pharmacy will take Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, Economics, English and more!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek Life, being a new freshman at the school. It definitely exists but doesn't seem to dominate the social life at the school. I know there are some good academic-based sorority/fraternity options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I live in the University Honors Dorm (at Sutherland Hall) and think it is a great, well-maintained facility. The staff, especially the RAs are incredibly helpful. The best cafeteria to use the meal plan is in the Towers (another dorm). University of Pittsburgh has a very unique facility called the Cathedral of Learning. This is a 42 story learning building where there are class rooms, places to study and the honors college head quarters on the top floor. It also has Nationality Rooms, rooms dedicated to different countries.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The University of Pittsburgh is unique because it offers a 6 year pharmacy degree. Instead of the traditional 4 years of undergrad and 4 years of professional school, University of Pittsburgh combines this into a six year program, resulting in a professional degree. Pittsburgh is a great place for students interested in medicine because of its close proximity and partnerships with many local hospitals. To maintain in the pharmacy program, it is very important to keep up with school work and maintain good grades.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms at Pitt vary. Some of very nice, others are not that great. Still, the "not so great" dorms are decent enough to be comfortable in. On campus housing is way overpriced and you can get an apartment with friends for less money and have more room. Though you will then be further away from campus in most cases.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at Pitt are great. There is a very wide range of subjects that students can study and there professors are, for the most part, very knowledgeable and helpful. It is sometimes hard to study in common buildings simply because the number of students at Pitt and so sometimes the library or cathedral can get kind of loud.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe in the dorms at Pitt because there is a security guard at the entrance of every dorm and you have to swipe you id to get inside the building. also, to get inside your room you must swipe you id and enter a 4 digit code.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Party It up on Saturday, Study It up on Sunday – People at Pitt love their parties, and no matter how many letters the chancellor writes about the University's committment to keeping drinking safe and overage, everyone knows that it's not hard to get smashed underage, Thursday to Saturday. That's not to say that Pitt's exclusively a "party school", however. People love their alcohol and short dresses, but doing well in school is very important to Pitt students in general.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are plenty of computers available on campus, especially since most people do any real work on laptops. Don't wait until the last second to preint something for class because you'll be late, but the most I've ever had to wait for a computer is 10 or 15 minutes. We get plenty of free printing, the University offers lots of discounted and free software, and anytime you have a problem with your personal computer the technology people fix it for free. Only complaint is that the lab computers are suuuper slow- allow at least 3-5 minutes for logging on.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Big Classes but Great Advisors – I'm a History major but I've only taken 2 history classes so far. It seems like there's a range of professor quality, and there don't seem to be very many small seminar-style classes, even in upper levels, because history is such a popular major at Pitt (one of the largest). In terms of academic rigor, I have no qualms- the interest level could be amped up though. However, the advising dep't is great at keeping things personal and keeping students notified of job/internship/etc opportunities. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Punishment? Do We Even Have Those? Pitt isn't very strict. When it comes to drinking and drug use, police don't say much unless the person seems to be a threat to his or her own safety or the safety of others. The University is more strict when it comes to drinking ON CAMPUS. First time offenders get a letter sent home, and depending on the severity or the number of times caught, offenders could lose their housing and may even be removed from the school.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Help When Ever You Need It – The registration process can be stressful but Pitt's advisors make the experience much easier. Most students attending the University of Pittsburgh have an interest in pursuing a career in medicine, philosophy, or political science. There are numerous opportunities for students to get help with their studies. Even though some of the class sizes can be large, any student who is struggling will have no problem getting the help he or she needs.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Great, Safe Place to Be – Oakland, Pittsburgh is a great, safe place for the students to live and study. There are museums and other attractions that students can go to for free! Students can visit the incline, go to Southside or the Waterfront to shop.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A Slight Nightmare!!! If you are a transfer, think about getting a place AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. Places are taken very quickly, and if you start looking past april, you are pretty much doom. UNLESS your parents have funds/you have a decent amount of money to fork over for a nice apartment...If you are looking for a place thats cheap to live, and affordable/near school, look AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. I cannot stress this enough. As a transfer student, trying to find a place was honestly a nightmare. I am still unsure if I have a place, and may have to commute.

The university does NOT offer housing to transfer students, UNLESS they applied very early...Most transfer students however get their news/information/financial too late, and thus can't get in student housing/dorms.

So basically, unless your family is well off/can afford to pay around 600$+ for only you to have an apartment yourself *no roomates*, finding off campus will be a nightmare if you look too late.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Decent, as with most universities, there are places were the food is just awful, to, absolutely delicious. Luckily there are also many places close by to campus students can eat cheapily for lunch or dinner. Picky eaters need not to worry, as there are so many food options everywhere, there is certainly something for everyone. I feel the food options here are much better than my older university which was extremely limited. As in, meals roatated on a bimonthly basis. Gets super old fast. Here, whatever I'm feeling I can grab in school, or if I want, eat out near campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics here are really quite good, being here feels like an actual college, than a rerun of high school. The quality of education you receive at the University of Pittsburgh is certainly worth it, and quite fair for the price. I am pleased to transfer here and start my REAL educational experience in all areas. Not only academically, but socially as well. There is loads to do in Oakland/the campus, being here is never boring and is always exciting! As a Psychology major, the university offers many diverse classes pertaining not only to Psychology, but also just about any subject you can think of/are interested in. In addition, they have a multitude of different languages/cultures you can learn about, which definitely makes my ranking for this school an A. There is not your typical Spanish, German, French, and Latin. You can choose Russian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and more!
Professors vary in interest/teaching skills as with any university, but one thing is for sure. They all know their material well, none are making things up. You WILL learn here, and you WILL have to put effort.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Forbes Avenue – There is everything you could wish for on Pitt's campus. On Forbes Avenue there are plenty of options, including Asian, subs, salads, Mexican, Cuban, Japanese, etc. Everything is decently priced, and a lot of places offer a late-night half-price menu, which is great for college students.

4 College Junior

Academics: Since it's a larger school, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. If you are careful with the classes you choose, you can still have the small-class feel without the overwhelming size of large lectures. The difficulty of classes really depends on the teacher who is teaching it, so make sure you use

4 College Junior

Athletics: Football and Basketball – Football and Basketball are really big here at Pitt, the fans really go all out. Nobody watches the club or intramural teams, and women's sports are usually pretty ignored.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: Transfer Students Get Jobbed. Really, I could not obtain any type of academics based relief despite transferring in with a 3.8 and maintaining a 3.6 once I arrived? Kids who I have well outperformed since becoming a collegian are able to keep grants with a 3.0, but I cannot gain one as an Honor Student? As expensive as it is to attend this college - even for an in-state student such as myself (our tuition has spiked 2k in two years and students at many other state Universities throughout the U.S. pay half of what I do for a similar in-state education)I cannot get academic-based relief? I am in the poorest percentage of kids her and will walk out of here owing over $6k for each semester spent here.

3 College Senior

Weather: We Have All Four Seasons – If you like the cool air and colored leaves in the fall; digging your self out of snow and mostly staying indoors in the winter; the rebirth of the world in spring; the hot and often muggy heat in the summer, then Western Pennsylvania is for you!


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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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