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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It Depends What You Expose Yourself to – Drugs are obviously a presence on any college campus these days, but I feel that at a school as big as Pitt, you have such a broad option as to who you spend your time with that you can avoid exposure altogether. I chose friends who are similar to me, so I rarely run into drug use. However there is a large population of students that use drugs. Alcohol policies I feel are too strict; the hospitals near campus will contact Pitt police if an intoxicated student comes in to receive treatment and they'll be administered an underage if they're under 21. I feel as if students sometimes avoid seeking help for themselves or their friends for this reason.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Relatively Safe – For a city school, I feel that Pitt is relatively safe. The neighborhood of Oakland is predominantly populated by students, and the Pitt police are an integral part of campus life. Safe rider is a service which students can call for free to get a ride if they're too far from home and don't want to risk walking. I've visited smaller, less urban schools, and I felt more at risk there than I do at Pitt.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Resources Make up for Large Class Sizes – I originally chose to come to Pitt because of it's reputation as a research university with strong science programs. Class sizes are large, especially during freshman and sophomore year when you're in introductory courses, but they do dwindle down a bit once you get into your major. There are many tutoring resources available, as well as free resume critiques. There are also many opportunities for undergraduate research in any major.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Undergraduate Research – Undergrad Research is available to anyone who wants to participate! You just need to get in touch with a professor.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Don't Have to Be Greek – You can be greek or not. It really doesn't matter here. I'm not and I have plenty of fun on the weekends.

4 College Junior

Athletics: School Spirit – Everyone loves going to games when we are doing great but leaves when the game turns for the worst. Its great when we are doing good!

3 College Senior

Transportation: City Buses – The city buses are the best option for transportation in Pittsburgh. They are free to all Pitt students with a valid student ID. They are usually on-time and run many different routes around the city and surrounding areas.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus can be very troublesome. It is not always easy to find a spot and parking enforcement is very strict with metered parking spots. However, having a car on campus is very unneccesary due to the public transportation that you receive free with a Pitt student ID.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Athletic Center – The gym is awesome! There are multiple gyms around campus, however the largest one is beautiful and has everything you could need. They also offer a variety of workout classes for credit that are excellent.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Was Disappointing – I received Work Study as a freshmen but then not as a sophomore, which I dont think is fair because my financial situation and my parents did not change.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love PITT. I love Oakland in all it's uniqueness. I love the sports teams. I love the Cathedral of Learning. I love our rivalry with WVU. I love all the things there are to do in the nearby areas and towns. I would 100% pick PITT if I could do it all over again.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on Campus – My experience with the university housing has been a positive one. They are very safe, and the trash gets taken out for you. The cost is average, and the social atmosphere really depends on your resident assistant and just the general personalities of everyone else on your floor.

2 College Junior

Weather: Weather in Pittsburgh is horrible. It's usually cloudy whether its raining/snowing or not.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I find that many of the girls/guys at University of Pittsburgh's campus march to their own drum. Many people are interested in an array of unusual things, but you can also find many people who watch the typical tv shows, etc.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: After eating in one of two of the major dining halls all year, people find the food boring.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: A Lot of Fun and a Lot of Work – Pitt is a place for students who want to have a lot of fun, enjoy a diverse group of friends, explore the city life, party hard, but work really really hard. Everyone at Pitt is serious about their education, and everyone works really hard to accomplish their goals. Pitt's population of students is extremely diverse, not just in terms of race, ethnicity, and hometown, but also in terms of economic status, personal beliefs and morals, religion, and political affiliation. Pitt is extremely competitive. It doesn't matter if you got straight A's in high school; you will still have to work really really hard if you want to do well at Pitt, and you can count on struggling to achieve an A or a B. Pitt's strongest area is science, but this definitely does not mean that your English class or your History class will not be extremely hard also. The Professors are the best in their fields, and no matter what class they teach, they expect a lot from their students. Pitt's programs are strong, especially its Pre-Med and Engineering. Any science major at Pitt is skilled in their field, and Pitt advisors strongly encourage outside of the classroom experiences, such as work-study, internships, study abroad, and volunteering.
The Campus itself has a lot of character, and has a certain atmosphere that is enticing. You are guaranteed never to be bored, even just on campus, and if you need to get off campus, downtown Pittsburgh is only a 10 minute bus ride away. There are tons of diverse places to eat; within a 5 minute radius, there are food options from Greece, Italy, China, India, etc. The dorms are typical of college campuses, but floormates are very close, and you are guaranteed to make friends that will last your entire life.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Since the University is located in the city of Pittsburgh, places to go for entertainment, especially on the weekends, are infinite. If you want to stay on campus you can go to house parties, frat parties,or apartment parties. If you're not into parties, you can participate in University-sponsored activities, go to University sports events etc. After 11, several of the restaurants on campus are half-price, which is a great opportunity to have dinner with some friends. If you want to entertain yourself off campus, all university students have free transportation on the city buses. You can go to Southside and explore the eclectic shops, the great restaurants, or the bars; you can go downtown for shopping, eating, or sightseeing, you can go to Waterfront for more shopping, or you can go to parties at off-campus houses. There are loads of museums to see if you don't want to party, shop, drink, or eat; there is the Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, and the Carnegie Museums (which are on campus).
There are endless opportunities for eating, drinking, partying, and fun in Pittsburgh at night.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Dining Hall, Market Central has a lot of options. There are sandwiches, wraps, paninis, stir fry, salads, pizza, pasta, vegetarian options, foreign foods, ice cream, breads and desserts, burgers and fries, and more depending on the day of the week. The dining hall is open until 2am on weekdays, which is extremely convenient. There are coffee carts all over campus, which are great for food or coffee before and after class. There are also additional dining halls at various places all over campus, and a taco bell, chick-fil-a, sushi place, sub place, and smoothie/frozen yogurt place. Overall, there are a lot of places to go if you get bored of the Dining Hall, and there are a few options for vegetarian, Kosher, and healthy eating.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Being such a large school, Pitt is not able to offer a large amount of private scholarships for academics, and the scholarships that are offered are extremely competitive. However, there are many athletic scholarships available, and the financial aid department is easy to work with. The Office of Financial Aid at Pitt makes financial matters user-friendly, and is full of friendly financial aid counselors who are eager to meet with you. There is a lot of financial aid available, and if you put the effort into your search, there are many specific scholarships available for certain academic paths or certain talents.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: One of the most enjoyable ways to spend your Saturday morning at Pitt during football season is at Heinz Field watching the Pittsburgh Panthers play. All of the students at Pitt are extremely spirited and love going to games and wearing team gear. Our basketball team is fantastic, and students love going to the games and being a part of the "Oakland Zoo" (aka the student section of the audience). Athletic facilities are top-notch and are open to all students, not just the athletes. The equipment is all very high quality and the newest available. Athletes and athletic fans alike are guaranteed to have a great time at Pitt.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm an intended Neuroscience major at Pitt, and so far, I have been extremely impressed with the quality of the education, especially in the sciences. My professors are experts in their field, and have had experience in laboratory settings. I even had the privilege of taking Biopsychology with a professor who ran his own Biopsychology lab. There are endless opportunities for internships in settings that will prepare you for your major. For example, if you plan to go into research and you want an internship, the University can find a research lab that deals with topics you are interested in. Science is strong at Pitt, and it is obvious even in introduction level science classes.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Couldn't Be Happier in College – pitt is the perfect place for me! so many of my friends at other schools get bored with a closed off campus in the suburbs but in the city there is always something to do! shopping, great places to eat, frats and bars for nighttime. excellent professors and tough academics

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They Make a Decent Effort – I'm lucky enough to be going here on a scholarship which is helpful but I really feel for the kids who aren't. With the cost of attendance for out of state students approaching 40,000 dollars kids really need the university of help out. Pitt provides aid but it wasn't enough for lots of kids and people had to look elsewhere for private loans.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Dont Even Bother – There is almost no reason to have a car at the University of Pittsburgh. Students get free public transportation and the campus is compact enough for walking anyway. If you do have a car you'll pay huge costs of permits and even if you buy a permit you're not guaranteed a spot. Basically, there's no need for a car and if you have one it will be more of a bother than a help.

3 College Freshman

Administration: If You're Not Dumb, No Worries – The University of Pittsburgh takes underage drinking fairly seriously...if you get caught. The fact of the matter is that the RAs don't want to catch you and the police could care less as long as you're not publicly drinking and you can walk on your own. The people who get caught and therefore punished severely deserve it for being stupid.

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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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