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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It isn't huge but you definitely notice them around campus. Frat parties are existent but not the biggest parties.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: School pride and spirit is awesome! the football and basketball games are my favorite part of pitt.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pitt is a great and fun environment and very welcoming. Challenging academically but worth it and manageable

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The area around Pitt is patrolled by the Pittsburgh Police, the Pitt Police, the Carnegie Mellon Police, and the Carlow University Police, so there is police activity. The area of South Oakland (near Pitt where many students live) is very dark at night and does not have many streetlights. That is my main concern.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The campus housing experience at Pitt depends on which housing you get. I got to stay in a brand new residence hall for my freshman year, so it was nice, spacious, and relatively clean. For my sophomore and junior year, I stayed in apartment housing with a kitchen, which was nice for my food allergy. The space was odd because of renovation, but the apartment was large. For my senior year, Pitt does not offer guaranteed housing, so I will move off campus.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Pitt has a tendency to favor the fraternities over the sororities, it seems, because the fraternities have their own houses while the sororities live on their respective floors in particular dorm buildings. I am not part of Greek life, but many people seem to enjoy it. Especially in my freshman year, I heard a lot of talk of people wanting to join, but there didn't seem to be a stigma to not joining.

3 College Junior

Athletics: This school offers incredible variety in athletic facilities, which makes physical activity an option for many people, both athletes and non-athletes. They include pools, a huge number of weight and aerobic equipment, and even a rock climbing wall. There are facilities in many of the dorms, but most of them are located up "cardiac hill", which might make them daunting to reach for some people. The team performance is okay-- they don't always win, but it is very exciting when they do. Many people attend the games, particularly football and basketball. The Cathedral lights up when either of those teams wins.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have enjoyed my school experience at Pitt so far. It is a school that has a lot to offer in many different subject areas and encourages students to pursue their interests in diverse ways. Many different people come to this school for various reasons and it is beneficial to see their many different worldviews. I also like the urban atmosphere and the access to many different activities that many not be accessible to other schools.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: When needed, cops are very helpful and friendly

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Some professors are really helpful in their courses

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The reputation from the school in the medical/health sciences fields is very high

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is decent, not overwhelming

4 College Freshman

Athletics: A lot of school spirit is present

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not what I expected but still a pleasant surprise.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I almost always see Pitt police around campus and rather than being afraid or intimidated I feel at ease. We were assured we had great resources for safety and I see that now. I know if I ever run into trouble on campus or experience something traumatizing or am a victim of something serious I will have plenty of people and resources I can go to for help.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I just recently finished up a class where I had a great connection with the professor. He helped me with anything that I needed and helped me adjust to the difficult course work. The classes can be overwhelming at times but meeting with professors definitely helps and it's nice to know that even though it is a large campus, so many people are willing to help you succeed.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: When applying for housing I ended up receiving a dorm that I did not request in my top 5 list. That was very upsetting for me. However, I am mostly happy with the dorm I received. I do wish it was more social able though. My building is very close to mostly all of my classes which is very nice. The cost is a little pricey but mostly worth it. My RA makes my on-campus living experience much better than it could be.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I went to every home football game this past season and the atmosphere there was great. I do wish some of the fans would stay longer though. Being in the panther Pitt and singing Sweet Caroline made me feel a feeling that I could not describe to a non-Pitt student if I tried. I love the atmosphere during sporting events and cannot wait to experience more.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have made so many amazing new friends. I also really enjoyed my professors this past semester. I was able to join an organization and get involved and feel even more apart of the Pitt community also. This university is remarkable and I cannot wait for my future semesters here.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe while on campus. Pitt has a blue light system and police that respond to anyone in need. Sexual assault is a big problem at parties but neither I nor anyone I know has ever experienced it. The university is making many efforts to provide support to victims and to prevent it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am very interested in my science classes like general biology and chemistry. These classes cover the basics of biology and chemistry that you may have covered in high school but they help you go deeper and have a better understanding of the information to built upon later. The classes are large but once you are in your major they become smaller. Mine thing I love is the variety of classes Pitt offers and he ability each student has to customize his or her schedule. For example a chemistry major can also take Spanish classes.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am interested in science and for me the name of the University of Pittsburgh will be very beneficial on my degree. Pitt is nationally ranked for its science programs and I feel that Pitt will better prepare me for the work force and internships better than any other school could.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: From what I have experienced the housing is okay. My room is spacious, my floor mates and RA are also great and we have many floor activities. The only thing I don't like is that my dorm doesn't have AC; however, a large amount of the dorms do have AC.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I do not know much about Greek life but the people I know who are apart of it love it. When I see people in Greek life, I find that they are a little cliquey.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I purchased season football tickets and I have enjoyed attending all the home games at Heinz Field. The tickets were a great price and came with a free shirt. I have also been to a basketball game and soccer game and the atmosphere is very energetic.

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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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