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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: The Experience Is What You Make It – I have had mixed experiences at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work. Even though I have been taught by a few mediocre teachers, I have had the privilege of working with quite a few outstanding faculty. I have, for the most part, enjoyed my experience at the school. There are a plethora of opportunities offered by the school, however they are sometimes very poorly advertised and some of the students lack the interest and/or initiative to pursue them. Some of the school's strengths include:

(1) The Center on Race and Social Problems
(2) The Two-track programs: COSA (macro/mezzo) and DP (micro) programs
(3) The Study-Abroad Program to Cuba
(4) The Certificate Programs
(5) Access to Faculty
(6) Flexibility of Program

Some of the weaknesses include:
(1) Lack of a global focus
(2) Lack of rigor during the first semester
(3) Lack of a Policy or Global Social Work Track
(4) Courses that adequately address prejudicial beliefs, pushing students and faculty to address their biases.

The program is primarily focused on training social workers to deal with local issues, which is unfortunate as we are quickly moving towards a global society. After my first year I would suggest that the aforementioned issues be addressed so that the school can begin to reach its true potential.

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4 College Senior

Technology: Mac or PC – The PC computers are Dell and the Mac computers are great. Never had a problem.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Fast Food or No Food – It is easy to over-indulge on food with a waffle maker and taco bell on the meal plan.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Relatively Clean Campus – I honestly have only witnessed alcohol use the entire 4 years of college.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: There are a ton of things to do on campus whether you are a freshman or 21 year old. Fraternities have parties frequently. The urban campus gives students many options.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Teacher and Student Relationship – I feel that in bigger classes, such as Foundations of Biology, it was very hard to have a good relationship with the Professor, as well as the TAs. There were too many students who needed help.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Good Busing and Shuttles – I love SafeRider and the Shuttle System. Free city busing is also a big plus. it makes it easy to get to where i need to go

4 College Senior

Athletics: People seem to really like attending the athletic events and cheering on Pitt. I have never made it to a game, but I hear talk of it.

4 College Senior

Academics: The teachers are always around in their offices if you need to pop in and ask a quick question. They're willing to help and there are tons of other resources for students.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: A Hassle – My parents and I sent in all the forms and they kept sending them back asking for separate pieces of information until they had probably 7 copies of all the forms necessary. Only then did they decide that it was "complete". By then there were no funds left and I received no money from the school in my senior year after my mother and brother also started college, despite my being a deans list student. Now I am scrambling to find loans.

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2 College Senior

Campus Food: Talked About Poorly – I avoided ever having a dining plan at this school and I am glad that I did. The people seem to avoid the dining halls whenever possible and seem generally to complain about the options.

3 College Senior

Academics: Profs Enjoy Their Work – The teachers seem genuinely interested in the subjects that they are teaching. That helps to get us excited and interested in the topic, making classes run smoothly.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Love This Place! Pitt is truly a welcoming and fun university. Although far from home it's hard to get homesick with tons of fun things to do around the city and on campus every day. There's a club for almost anything, and if you find something there isn't one for, you can make it! Pitt is the epitome of "study hard, party harder". Everyone loves a good time but also knows when to hit the books.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Mostly White, Follow by Black and Asian – Most students come from upper middle class families from the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas, of course with exceptions. Despite this lack of great diversity the students are very accepting of every kind of person, no matter the ethnicity, economic background, or sexual orientation. It is definitely a place where everyone just wants to get together as a whole to have an amazing experience.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: It's FREE! Free transportation throughout Allegheny County and in the city? That in itself is an A +++! As a Pitt student, your Pitt I.D gets you free transportation virtually anywhere in the city and in the surrounding area. And on campus, the shuttles and buses aren't even that necessary since most halls where your classes will be are in walking distance.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Attractive, Friendly, and Well-Rounded Students – Defintiely a lot of diversity in guys and girls at Pitt. For the most part, attractive students, casual dress (during the day)/fashionable dress (for events/at night), very outgoing and friendly with many interests. And Pittsburgh is just the city for different interests and provides an overwhelming buffet of entertainment and social opportunities.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Newer Dorms Are Fantastic! Dorming is a great college experience that allows you to meet a variety of new people and make long-lasting friendships. Living in the dorms also offers the opportunity for interest-based connections, and leadership among your peers. The dorms overall, are definitely above average (as far as college dorms go). The newer dorms, and most of the upperclassmen dorms offer air-conditioned and very spacious rooms equipped with personal fridges/microwaves. All dorms provide access to various amenities including study lounges, fitness centers, vending machines, etc.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I think there is a great deal of diversity at the university in several different categories. In addition to domestic cultural diversity among the students, there are a great deal of international students. The university accepts diversity very well, I believe. Clubs and extracirricular activities allow students to connect with and meet people within their own spheres of ethnicity, religion, political views, and sexual orientation. More importantly however, I think the university encourages relationships between groups, appreciates the diversity of the campus, and fosters a real snse of belonging for everyone.

3 College Junior

Parking: Several parking garages available due to limited street parking. Free transportation with student ID on public buses to virtually anywhere in the Pittsburgh area is fantastic. Buses come regularly and go a variety of places.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great School – Pitt is a great school. The campus is beautiful and close to lots of places to eat. You'll love it!

4 College Junior

Transportation: The public bus system is very convenient and will take students to many locations - shopping, restaurants, movies, etc. It's free with a Pitt ID.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Luckily It's Easy to Find an Off Campus Option – On campus food does not taste bad, but in the large cafeterias there is not much variety. Also, the selection can be carb-heavy. If you look around on campus you can find almost anything you want, but if you want more obvious choices, there are a lot of off campus options just as close to most dorms as on campus options would be.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Nothing Unusual – The presence of alcohol is obvious, and almost everyone drinks on the weekends it seems, but drugs are not prevalent at all. Also, drinking isn't usually too out of control. People drink a lot, but only a few are hospital bound.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food Everywhere – Forbes and Fifth Avenues are both filled with restaurants. There are chains like Chipotle, Qdoba, Noodles and Company, Panera, Quaker Steak and Lube, Subway, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts. There are other unique restaurants like Joe Mama's, Fuel and Fuddle, Red Oak Cafe, and Primanti Brothers. There are also a variety of pizzarias, chinese food and indian food places. Many of these have students deals either all the time or on certain days. My favorites are Fuel and Fuddle, Red Oak Cafe, and all of the Indian restaurants. There are also a couple bars in this area too.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Always Something to Do – Pitt is very much an urban campus and has a mix of buildings. Some are older but very nice looking, and some are more modern. Each dorm has its own gym and any Pitt student can use the gym at the Petersen Events Center. The Cathedral and the Hillman Library are the main study centers; the library is open until 2 and parts of the Cathedral are open all night. There are many coffee/snack places in the university buildings. Forbes and Fifth and the surrounding streets are filled with all types of restaurants. Schenely Plaza, Soldiers and Sailors lawn, the Cathedral Lawn, and Schenley Park are some green space on or around campus,

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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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