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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A Good Mix – You can find girls of all sorts, whether you're looking for a random hookup or something a bit more serious. Girls tend to be in shape because of the hills and athletic facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: If you're looking for athletic facilities, the Peterson Event Center is one of the best in the country. The Hillman Library is a great place to study but it fills up very quickly even for it's large size. You can usually find an empty classroom in the Cathedral to study in or one of the local coffee shops. But with so many people trying to fit in the same places, it often is very crowded, particularly during finals week.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Pitt gives out excellent FInancial Aid. Out of all the schools I applied to, Pitt had the best financial aid and the Financial Aid office is made of a group of wonderful people that want to do everything they can to give you the opportunity to go to Pitt.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: City Dining. Five guys is right outside the Towers (a group of residence halls) as well as Mcdonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Arby's and other commerical restaurants. We also have popular places to eat like Joe Mama's (Italian), Mad Mex (Mexican, but also has the best chicken wings!), and Fuel and Fuddle (American). We have a Chipotle, which is awesome because I can't live without Chiptole! There are also various ethnic restaurants including Indian, Chinese, and Mexican. Most places are half-priced after 11pm and Pitt students have free busing to South Side, a part of Pittsburgh (Cheesecake Factory, Mccormick and Schmicks), Waterfront (PF Changs) and Downtown. Living in the city gives you plenty of opportunities to try new things and eat at different places. That is one thing I LOVE about Pittsburgh.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Need to Be in Honors College – I am an out-of-state student, so I needed aid in order to attend here. It is easiest to acquire if you are accepted into the Honors College.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Free! Bus lines run throughout Pittsburgh--including one just for the airport. A Pitt student only needs to show their ID and can ride for free anywhere.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe for a City School – The guards at the security desks at every dorm require all guests (including students from other dorms) to be signed in and out by a verified resident of the dorm in order to protect residents from strangers trying to sneak in. The entire campus feels safe, just don't walk around alone at 2am on a weekend.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Experience Wasn't Too Bad – I was able to get some loans out in order to help pay for college. The people on the phone were helpful but it seemed like the process took awhile.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: On Campus Fun – There are definitely more things available to students on campus than off. Clubs are generally 21+ except for a few who have college students nights. Frats are most popular.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol Dominates Over Drugs – While there are some students who partake in the drug scene at the University of Pittsburgh, most students stick to activities centered around alcohol.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I don't know if everyone has this problem, but there are so many gimmicks just to apply for scholarships and so much paper work and individual information that needs to be filled out that there is no way real people actually get financial help (I swear the students that win scholarships in the newsletters i receive are all imaginary people). I have made accounts with so many scholarship sites, filled out my FAFSA, filled out survey after survey, written essays, sent in resumes and for absolutely nothing in return. The entire process is frustrating and tedious and usually gets me no where. In summary, my school is no different than when i search for scholarships myself, it just adds to the headache of the whole process.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I Wouldn't Know – I've never lived off campus, but, from what i can tell its pretty nice and less expensive than on campus. The draw backs would be the distance from campus, your landlord and the condition of the house before you move it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Housing on Campus – At any school, freshman housing is always a little nerve-wracking. You have to live with someone you probably have never met before for an entire year and it can either be a good experience or a bad experience. The staff and resources make it easy for students to get things repaired in the room, complaints get answered almost immediately and the staff is always reassuring and helpful when it comes to emergency situations. Depending on where you live, it isn't extremely expensive, I live in the heart of the campus which is really convenient and there are always people in the lobby or eating or doing something.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Aren't Huge – Greek life at the University of Pittsburgh is different than I've seen it anywhere else. Greek life only makes up a small portion of campus, so you don't have to join to feel like you're part of something. The main times you hear about the greeks are when they are doing something for their various philanthropies.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Endless Shops and Restaurants – Pittsburgh is such a great city with so much to do. Walking down the main strip by the school there is an abundance of restaurants and shops catered mainly toward the college students here. Then there is public transportation(free to college students) that can take you out to anywhere you'd want to go. The waterfront is full of fun shops, but my favorite place is the Strip District where you can find shops full of homemade things from jewelry to hats and scarfs. It's a great place to spend a Saturday, plus there are fresh vegetables for cheap.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: the worst thing about pitt is the weather
there is rain, rain and more rain
bring a good umbrella, trendy wellies, and a good raincoat

the temperatures are mild
when it gets hot, it gets hot-- luckily most dorms have a/c
the weather did not affect my campus experience
i am a new englander- i have survived storms, blizzards, etc

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: pitt students are a friendly accepting bunch. i never encountered or witnessed anything other than acceptance. since pitt is a great mix of great students

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Get Wired – computer labs are great
there are unlimited copying privileges for pitt students
pitt provides over 1000 pages of printing per semester per student- or some ridiculous amount
i don't know any other school that offers this benefit
the network is highly reliable
the tech support is awesome and available 24/7
you don't need your own printer - the print facilities are highly dependable and convenient

Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: i did not receive any aid. therefore, i have no information to share

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: You're Home – off campus housing is integrated within the pitt campus. that is a major source of luck for pitt students with regard to safety, transportation, dining options, and campus connection.
you will find a place to call home
there are trendy brownstones, stylish high rises, kitschy triple deckers to choose from. the rents range from dirt cheap to overpriced. good places go quickly. most will secure a home in midmarch to early april. the housing office offers a listing of properties, you can also check message boards, and make friends with upperclassmen

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: the pete center athletic facility is state of the art. it is probably one of the best in the nation. the libraries are fantastic. since pitt is a world renown research university the libraries are excellent
the medical libraries are exceptional
there are numerous clubs and campus activities throughout the campus
there is something for everyone, i promise
the campus has green areas where students play frisbee, study, picnic, or just chill

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Dining Done Right – very good and healthy dining choices available throughout campus
flex dollars can be used at local dining establishments
some of my favs- panera, 5guys, chipotle, sushi, chinese, and mediterranean eateries
great options
good value
lots of choices
also there are traditional dorm style eating choices all around campus too

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Middle Class = Nothing – The school only gives out money to those who are at the top of the class and those who are very poor.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Plenty of Options – There are plenty of Greek Life opportunities. Not just ones to party at but a lot of business, professional, honors, and community serve are available.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Solid Environment – Pitt is great because it has anything you could possibly want. Its a large campus in the city of Pittsburgh but it still has the feeling of a campus. The food is great, classes are solid, and the degree carries a lot of weight in the real world. Overall I am very happy I went to Pitt.

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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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