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4 College Junior

Academics: Very Good Overall – Professors are generally very good and they all have mandatory office hours every week that they encourage students to come to for help. Workload varies by class but if it's heavy, usually there's a reason for that and students learn alot by the end of the semester. Enrollment is online and easy to do. There are 400 person lecture halls and 20 person seminars and every size in between so students are able to experiment with the class size that works for them. The main study ares are the Cathedral and the Hillman Library.

2 College Junior

Weather: Rain and Wind – People warned me about Pittsburgh winters but it's only snowed three times in the two years I've been there. It rains alot and on windy days it's super windy. The weather also changes quickly. In one day it can be sunny, rainy, thundering and hailing, and then sunny gain in a matter of hours. Everyone jokes about how they always have to be prepared for anything. But when it's nice, everyone is outside.

3 College Junior

Parking: On campus parking for students who live in the dorms can be pretty expensive and the parking garages aren't that close to campus. If you live off campus it can be hard to find a spot on the street and most houses don't have driveways. However, since Pitt is a city school almost everything is within walking distance. The university has a good shuttle system from campus to the off campus areas where students live. And Pitt students can ride city buses for free so it's easy (and cheaper) to go places without a car.

4 College Junior

Academics: Many Resources Available – I'm a Psychology and Sociology double major. The Psych department is very well organized and has many resouces for internships, research positions, and teaching assistant positions. Almost every professor has some unique experience and connections in their field. The problem many students have is that they don't take advantage of everything that's available.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: There is a Greek presence on campus, but you don't have to be in a frat or sorority to have friends or something to do on weekends. Frats have some on campus houses and off campus houses which both have parties but they're usually open to everyone. Sports teams and clubs have just as much of a presence at Pitt and many people are involved with those instead. There isn't a status symbol associated with being involved in Greek life and many people in frats or sororities have friends who aren't a part of Greek life.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Lively, but Possibly Intimidating – Although police always keep a close watch, there is still the ever present uneasiness of being in the city. Some students fear the speed of vehicles and large buses. Others fear the sirens and helicopters approaching the several hospitals.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Diversity at Its Best – There is a wide range to eat at Pitt. Several retail businesses offer stops on campus and the cafeterias food is superior than other schools

2 College Junior

Parking: We're in a city, so parking is a huge pain, and violations will cost a hefty price. You're better off taking the bus than trying to drive to and from campus.

3 College Junior

Majors: Needs Some Work – The Anthropology department is great and tightly knit, but it's a relatively new department, and suffers a little because of it. All of the professors focus on a single area of the world (Latin America) and there's an obvious preference for social anthropology in the Latin countries at the expense of archaeology and especially physical anthropology. Even so, the professors are all great and extremely personable and this is one of the few programs that offers Medical anthropology. It needs some time to grow, but it's a good start.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Overall Worth Going Off-Campus – There are many of housing options. You just need to make sure that you start looking in November in order to find the best deals, cleanest places, and close to campus locations. The school doesn't really help that much. The Pitt News does post some housing ads but they're usually super competitive to get since everyone sees them.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I owe my awesome experience to Honors Housing. If you are debating on whether to live or not, please do it! I have met so many amazing people with really interesting viewpoints. I met my best friends through this experience. Also, the History Department is nothing short of fantastic. I have never heard a negative review of any of the Professors. The reason I gave Pitt an A- though is because of the amount of Financial Aid given. They could do a lot more to help students afford college, but they don't, even when you ask for help.

2 College Senior

Diversity: Not That Diverse – As a student from a very diverse area of New Jersey, when I got on campus, I kept thinking to myself, why is there so many white people? I'm fairly certain that after two years on this campus that I still haven't met a Hispanic student.

There is a lot of political diversity though and people are very accepting of the LGBT community.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: Better Than Average – It's better than average for campus dining but after your first semester, you'll definitely miss home-cooked meals.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Always Helpful – I don't think a month has gone by at school where I haven't heard about some kind of career or activity fair going on at school. Pitt constantly has career fairs, (at least one if not more each semester) to allow students to network, get jobs, or just get their resumes reviewed by real company employers. They allow you to register ahead of time, find which companies would best suit your interests, even give you tips on how to dress and interview. They also have an activity fair each semester to allow students to explore and join all the clubs, activities, sports, and hobbies our school offers.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Get Anywhere – As a Pitt student, we get free access to the any of the city buses with our Pitt ID, which can take you anywhere in the city limits. With the same ID we get free access to the Mt Washington incline ( a popular sightseeing spot) and the subway train downtown. We also have free campus buses that take you to any corner of Oakland day or night. In addition, our safety department provides us with Safe Rider, which we can call day or night, picks us up from anywhere, takes us anywhere, and is always free. We are even allowed a limited number of guests. Pitt is also bike and car friendly, although the campus is small enough that walking is sometimes just the best option.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Everything I Could Ask for. Anything is possible on Pitt's Main campus. Places to enjoy nature, study, hangout, relax, workout, whatever, are abundant here. Although the buildings are noted for their historical value to the city, the facilities, rooms, and equipment is always up to date, clean, and sometimes even brand new. Plus, even though you're in the middle of the city, this campus is extremely safe. Most buildings on campus require a Pitt ID.The combination of city life and homey comfort is perfectly balanced here at Pitt.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football Season Is the Best – Season football tickets are available for $25 but it seems t be the only sport students go to compared to gymnastics and tennis.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There is a 24 hour computer lab near the Towers, a computer lab in the library, and email kiosks in main buidings. The only downside is that there is no wifi in your dorm room.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: City Life – Pitt is located near a lot of restauraunts, a park, and it is easy to get anywhere.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: As a Division I school, Pitt has a great sports environment for both serious athletes and college sports fans. When I was there, we did really well in both Football and Men's Basketball, and our other sports did quite well also. Pitt fans are great also, with packed houses for games. And finally, even PE classes, club sports, and intramural teams were good!

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drinking: Yes Hard Drugs: No – Pitt is a huge school, with Division I sports, and pretty big Greek life. So, naturally, the party scene is omnipresent. The big thing is drinking though. I had a pretty diverse group of friends, and I did hear about hard drugs on occasion, but the majority of people drank and smoked casually.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Depends on Which Dorm You're in – I've been in quite a few different dorms and so have most of my friends. I was in Holland Hall freshman year and I loved it. Only downside was that it wasn't air conditioned. Sophomore year, I was in one of Tower C's singles and I hated it. It was too small for me. Junior year I was in Bouquet Gardens and that was probably the best dorm I've ever lived in. Honestly it all depends on where you live. A lot of my friends lived in Lothrop Hall and loved it; both Lothrop and Tower C are singles but the rooms in Lothrop are a tad bigger and more square. I've never been into Sutherland, Forbes, or Ruskin so I can't really say anything about them. McCormick Hall also seemed pretty decent. Towers A and B are nice, but there's only 3 elevators and sometimes one is down which is pretty bad since it may be the elevator that goes to your floor (not all the elevators go to the same floor). That means you need to wait for another elevator and then take a flight of stairs up or down to your floor.
One problem is that everything is based on lottery numbers. If you don't have a good lottery number, chances are that you'll be in a single somewhere. Bouquet Gardens go fast, as does Ruskin. I've known people who have gotten single dorms all next to each other (or on the same floor) instead of getting into Bouquet Gardens or Ruskin. I've had a pretty good experience with the dorms on campus and can't really complain about them (except Tower C- I didn't really like that one.)

2 College Senior

Party Scene: Not Very Interesting – I would not recommending partying out too much because there are not too many places to party at to begin with.

2 College Senior

Majors: It is not easy to continie your unddergrad education as a biology major because the level of difficulty substantially increases so one has to be prepared because it starts out easy and then gets really tough.

2 College Senior

Majors: I Regret Chemistry – I regret taking Chemistry classes because I did horrible in all of them and had to take them over again so that was a major problem for me.


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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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