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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: it seems okay. It is hard to get a long with some people because of the busy schedule. not too many people can hang around after classes because they either have work or homework to do

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: when i attended they did not have sports assined yet. However, when i left the lady black bears seems to be rather popular. i participated in other activities such as clubs and organizations which were well organized and helpful to the student body.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Starting off as a general studies major, teachers were very supportive of my enducation and did not waste time teaching other material aside from the main requirements. the curiculume is easy and pretty self explanatory.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Since the Port Authority is included in tuition, you can take a bus almost anywhere you need to be in Pittsburgh. The university has a bus system that goes all around campus and has buses to get students home for the holidays.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I Love My New Apartment – I looked at a lot of apartments before finding the one I am currently living in, but I love it. It is a really great price and almost all of the utilities are included. It's only a 7 minute walk to campus and there is a large variety of people living around--students and families.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Generally a Safe Campus – The campus has the common problems that any city campus is going to experience. Not having an actual "campus" can result in petty crimes, but I always feel safe when walking to and from class and my apartment. When living in student dorms, I always felt extremely safe and the Pitt police are always easy to contact.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Couldn't Tell You – I don't really know what th e drug scene here is. I know some folks who smoke pot on the rare Saturday, but it's not really something that you hear public health students bragging about!

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Queer Options – There isn't much in the way of queer (LGBTQQI) nightlife in Pittsburgh. There is Cattivo for the FTM and Lesbian folks, Thunderebird has a karaoke night (Tuesday) that seems to be popular for lesbians as well, and Blue Moon has drag shows and is generally geared toward the whole community, but perhaps heavier on male attendees. There's 5801 for the preppy queer crowd, and a few others. Some general places that are open and friendly to all include Silky's, Bloomfield Bridge Tavern (or the BBT), the Sharp Edge in Friendship, the Shadow Lounge.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Red Oak Cafe, Spice Island Tea House, "the carts" on Bigelow Ave, Fuel and Fuddle, Dave and Andy's,

3 College Senior

Weather: It's really hot one day and by night it's extremely chilly. The variation is great one day to the next. There's a little bit of snow in the winter. I hate the winter rain and resulting winter slush. The air is often humid, but I'm not much of a complainer about sunny days.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I don't like to label people. There's no "look" to a Pitt student. I tend to stay away from the hard-core sports fanatics, but they're around. It's a very casual campus.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: Getting Better – Every year I've been at Pitt, it has improved on its dining choices.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: All-Around Great School – Pitt is a great place to be for a wide variety of people. It's big size allows the school to support a lot of different activities. The city is also a great place for students to pursue any interests. One of the scary thing's can be the large class sizes and feeling more like a number than a person. Dealing with the administration is difficult and impersonal. Still, most students are happy with their experience here, whether it's on a varsity sports team or in a fraternity or in the drama club.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Pretty Diverse Considering That It's in PA – Pennsylvania isn't exactly known for being a diverse state, so a public university here isn't going to be incredibly diverse. Still, there are no hard feelings between different races and racial tension is really low.

4 College Junior

Technology: There are computers within walking distance from almost everywhere on campus. There are almost always computers open, though finding an apple computer that isn't in use can be tricky. There are also computers in most of the dorms and in towers lobby that you can use to access the internet. Wireless is pretty good, though you might need it depending on where you are in the dorms.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Not a Big Deal – I know people that belong to sororities, but is not a big deal. People usually get in to them, because they look good on a resume.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: There ae a lot of cool bars. There is a hookah bar which a good option for people under 21. There are upscale bars and hometown bars. The hometown bars have a great atmosphere.

1 College Junior

Campus Housing: I love the atmoshpere and academics at the University of Pittsburgh, but the cost is outrageous.Tuiton costantly goes up, parking is no included in tuition and can add on an extra 1,000 dollars a year.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The City of Champions – Pittsburgh life evolves around supports. Basketball and football are the main focus. They have wonderful workout centers and plenty of fan support.Some of the others seem to get over looked such as tennis and volleyball.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Lively and Energetic. Oakland has a variety of activities to engage in and it is really close to downtown Pittsburgh where there is even more to do.Oakland has wonderful restuarants, the Carnegie Museum, plenty of concerts, wonderful libraries,and hip bars.There are three other major schools surrounding Oakland,which makes it very diverse and lively.

2 College Junior

Parking: Stick to Taking the Bus – A car is a good thing when travelling, but if you are mostly on campus, it's better to take the bus. Even though the bus can be unpredictable at times, it beats paying the parking meter and being stuck in traffic.

3 College Junior

Administration: They are very strict when it comes to safety and I like that. It makes me feel safe whenever I have to leave the library late or when I need to get home at a late hour.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Okay but Repetitive – When you first get there, everything is like gold, but after spending a month eating the same food over and over again...it gets really repetitive and boring.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Everything Is on Forbes – Forbes Avenue offers every type of food imaginable. Most places offer student discounts after certain hours or on certain days. $5 pizzas are just a short walk away, at Sorrento's or Antoon's. Just be sure to travel in a group to keep safe.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: A Little City – Pitt has a ton of things to offer - great for students focused on academics and athletics. For people reaching outside of the college scene, Oakland offers a ton of things to do and completely surrounds the campus. There are places to eat, shop, and hang out. Everything is just a short bus ride away.

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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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