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Reviews 3075 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Transportation: One of the best things about Pitt is that with our student id we can ride any of the public transportation in Pittsburgh for free. This is usually very convenient if you are going somewhere closer to campus like downtown or Shadyside, but can be more of a pain when going somewhere that is further away. The school also provides buses home (for a fee) for Thanksgiving, winter & spring breaks.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports at Pitt are really important to campus life. A huge part of the second semester is cheering on the Pitt men's basketball team in our student section, the Oakland Zoo. We have pretty nice athletic facilities too, although I'm not sure about everything that is included because I haven't taken full advantage of them.

3 College Junior

Technology: The computer labs at Pitt are pretty awesome--there are 7 total I think. They can sometimes get crowded but you learn to avoid some at certain times of the day (like the library one on a Sunday night). We get 900 pages of printing per semester, which I have personally never used up. The network is reliable, but can sometimes be pretty slow, especially at the library.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I definately liked going to pitt. it is challenging at times, but there is always something to do if you have free time. the urban campus is great.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: parking passes are $367 per semester and you can only use certain garages at certain times. A lot of the time, these garages are pretty far away on the outskirts of campus. Its inconvenient, but if you are commuting from far away, it is worth it.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – The guys and girls at this school are pretty active in participating socially and connecting with the student life. They are pretty diverse in interests, dress, and looks, but most people have normal everyday style.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Good Luck Charlie – As i am typing this I am on the phone with a potential landlord. He is very sneaky and is trying to con 2 months of rent from us. I told him we want to start renting in August but he stresses that we have to start renting in June. Everybody is home for the summer so it makes no sense. I hope to deal with someone more understanding than him. The neighborhoods surrounding UPitt are generally safe.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: In general the campus is beautiful and the people are friendly and helpful. The dorms are maintained very well. I have to credit the wonderful athletic center for helping me lose over 20 lbs. I enjoy living on campus and having everything at my fingertips. Everything is a short walk from my dorm. I also take advantage of their great buses.

2 College Junior

Academics: Stress and Grey Hair – I feel that some teachers fail you just so they can make you pay for summer classes. But there are a few teachers that will go above and beyond to help you . I understand the competitiveness at Pitt but some teachers aren't sympathetic at all.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Average Process – I received a decent amount of aid, and there are also scholarships available at school.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Forbes Avenue – One of Pitt's main roads, Forbes Avenue, is the home to a lot of off-campus dining. Food is generally cheap and there is a lot to choose from. However, there could be more restaurants on upper campus. Most restaurants offer plenty of discounts.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Many Choices – Food on campus is generally good. There are two main market places: one on central campus and a smaller one on the upper campus. They offer a variety of foods: salads, pastas, stir-fry, grilled cheese, fish, chicken, etc. However, it is somewhat expensive. A "swipe" to get into market central is usually $10. However, it's all you can eat. You can also use dining dollars on campus for places such as Chik-fil-a and Einstein's bagels. If a student utilizes "Panther Funds," they can also use money at places around the campus that are not necessary associated with the campus itself.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not Sure – I'm not quite sure about the Greek Life at Pitt. Some sororities and fraternities to a lot to improve the campus and the community; others do not. There is only one building available to sororities: a dorm on central campus. Meanwhile, fraternities are located everywhere. Most Greek students are highly stereotyped as hard partiers.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The University of Pittsburgh is a very diverse campus. There are many different races, religions, sexual orientations, and political beliefs Generally, however, I think most students are of the same economic background.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen Living Life – Though Freshmen dorms are not the greatest, there is a wide variety to choose from. There are the nicer dorms that are located on Upper campus. However, the less prestigious dorms are on central campus where it is easier to be in the middle of everything.

The only "allowed" amenities are basically a refrigerator and a microwave. Most freshmen dorms do not have their own sinks or bathrooms

The housing process is rather simple, but most students do not even live in a place that is under their top two choices.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There are many clubs for dance, athletics, and cultural awareness. I enjoy walking through Posvar hall and seeing groups rehearse routines for upcoming presentations. It is not unusual to find Indian dance, Brazilian dance, hip hop, ballet, and other activities taking place openly throughout campus. People love playing quiddich outside of the Cathedral of Learning since it sometimes reminds us of Harry Potter!

3 College Junior

Transportation: Port Authority – Being able to use our school IDs for transportation using Pittsburgh Port Authority busses is very convenient and resourceful. As far as parking, this can often be an issue as there is limited space, highly enforced monitoring by meter maids, and busy traffic in an area of predominantly one way streets!

3 College Junior

Technology: Macs, Pcs, Self-Service Printing, Copying – The Computer labs at the University of Pittsburgh are well equipped with options of which types of computers to use, printing options and copying facilities. We are alotted a certain amount of pages to print per semester which is very convenient, although things can be difficult when all of the labs are full of busy students around mid terms, finals, and certain peaks throughout the day. There are even staplers, whole punchers, recycle bins (I like to take unused paper out for scratch paper), and clear plastic folders that are available for student use.

2 College Senior

Administration: I Don't Know Much About It. I've never lived on campus here.. I'm pretty sure you can get in trouble for drinking, but I know underage friends who have gotten away with public drunkenness.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Good – The campus area is always busy, so there are plenty of people to help if needed.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Unexpected Options – The city is old, but has a lot of hidden places that are neat to visit and eat at. The city is large enough that it takes a while to explore.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Very Fitness Friendly – Our varsity sports get a good deal of attention (frequent articles in the school paper, student attendance at games and competitions, etc). We don't always have the best record by the end of the season, but we pretty much always do okay and get a lot of support from student and alumni fans. The facilities open for the general student population are great. Climbing wall, racquetball courts, 3 swimming pools, dorm gyms and campus gyms, etc etc. Lots of diverse equipment and facilities are available and have good hours and quality.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Other Schools Are Jealous – On multiple occasions that my friends from other schools have visited me in Pittsburgh, my girl friends will comment as we go through campus that we have a ton of attractive guys. The words "better than at my school" have definitely been mentioned (and not just coming from girls at science and tech schools, but even schools like UF). A couple of the guys I know at school have admitted that part of why they applied to and then chose Pitt is that during their tours they saw a lot of really hot girls.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are a ton of students from different races, religions, backgrounds, etc at Pitt. There are student organizations for just about any minority group one can think of, and these organizations host frequent events that help them display who they are for the rest of the student body. Our annual Drag Show presented by the "Rainbow Alliance" (GLBTQ organization) is one of the most popular events on campus every year. It's definitely not perfect, but in today's America, Pitt is doing really well with being open and accepting to diversity.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Dry Dorms? All of the freshman dorms are "dry" but for the most part this is not strictly enforced. I lived in the room next to the ra and never had a problem even when I was clearly not sober. Most people pregame in the dorms before going out. If you smoke pot you will get in trouble though. The pitt police occasionally bust parties but just shut them down, if your there you won't get in trouble. There are security guards in all the dorms that you have to sign in all guests even if theyre pitt students which is kind of a pain but is necessary being in the city. There are no rules regarding boys in girls rooms or boys in girls room.


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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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