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Reviews 3085 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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!

4 College Senior

Academics: History and Philosophy Program Are Outstanding – I majored in History because I enjoy it and I have not been disappointed. Many of the professors care about the students and their are plenty of outside the classroom opportunities for those that seek them. The philosophy program is one of the best in the world, though the professors sometimes act as though they are too good to deal with lowly undergrads. The preparation I have gained in these two disciplines will hopefully prepare me for my postgraduate education.

4 College Senior

Administration: Doesn't seem like Pitt is too strict on any rules in the dorms. I lived in dorms for 3 years and only witnessed a couple underages when there should have been a million. However, if you are out of campus dorms, watch out for city police, they'll get ya.

3 College Senior

Academics: At Pitt you can take almost any class you could think of. There are sooo many classes offered every semester---scuba diving! However, there are a lot of foreign professors which make learning very difficult.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Pitt is a very diverse community with both international teacher and student. There are so many different culture clubs on campus that hold events every year to help you understand a new way of life. I love it!

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I am a fellow Greek, I am in a sorority. It defintely makes the campus smaller, but it feels like high school all over. There are no sorority houses, there are sorority suites...they are ran by the University and are in the middle of campus. They are a very nice and safe place to live. There are many on campus and off campus frat houses, they are DIRTY! Greeks make up at small portion of the campus, it is not hardcore like the south.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – Most guys and girls at the school are average. There are only a handful of girls that are 10s, and everyone knows who they are. There are different styles everywhere! All of the average and above average girls hook up with athletes and frat guys.

4 College Senior

Academics: Business Administration - Marketing – My major is Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. We have many requirements (14 business core courses and 60 credits of GenEds) before we take actual courses that are directed towards are major, and it is very tedious. Many courses overlap and seem like a waste of time and money. We only take 8 courses directed towards each business concentration, I feel the students are well rounded and understand a lot about other areas but could have more knowledge in their own concentration. The business school has great facilities for students: a leadership and career devolpment center (strictly for business students), an online web portal, newest technology.

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3 College Senior

Academics: There are many areas to study, and hundreds of classes to choose from. The GenEds are great, and very interesting, I feel Pitt has the ability to mold a well rounded graduate, if he/she puts in the effort. I am in the Business school. The College of Business Administration is a small community within Pitt and has a lot of resources for the students, which is very helpful. I do feel that there are too many requirments for a degree in BA. Sonme of the professors are great teachers, and others are very successful in the career and are not good educators. This leaves the students to teach themselves.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Best State School in PA – Out of the four main state related schools in PA, Pitt is by far the most academic and focuses more on the material than extracurriculars.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Some of the facilities at the University of Pittsburgh are great,cutting edge, innovative technology, new, etc. These buildings include all of the professional school buildings. With the exception of the Peterson Event Center, where the main gym is located, the buildings for undergraduates are kind of run down and need work.

4 College Junior

Academics: Good Foundation; but Lacks Connections/ Linkage Programs – I'm a premed student and for the most part, am very satisfied with my education thus far. The program at Pitt is very rigorous, but the professors are really knowledgable and willing to help you if you put in the effort. The only complaint I have is that Pitt lacks connections to medical schools, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical School oddly enough, and does not have any linkage programs for students pursuing medicine.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: A Little Something for Everyone – Underage kids party at house parties and frats mostly. The atmosphere is very laid back. There is an even split between students who drink and those who don't. There are usually school-sponsored events on Friday and Saturday nights for those looking to have fun without alcohol.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Not My First Choice, Not a Bad One Either – The University of Pittsburgh was not my first choice, but my top school was well out of my price range. Pitt has a good education for what you pay, and I don't regret my decision to come here.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pitt has amazing sports. Our football team is not the greatest, but the atmosphere and marching band make up for any losses. Our basketball team is one of the best in the nation, and I believe the majority of our other sports (although not as well-known) are successful as well.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Decent but Unhealthy – Our food was not bad for the first few weeks, but then I started to see that the only healthier choices offered was salad. I like salad, but eating it every day gets old. I'd be much happier if they had some grilled options, rather than everything deep fried. They did offer different types of flavored water, which I found favorable.


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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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