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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I just transferred in and I haven't really gotten the chance to see how it is but other then tuition not being affordable, everything else seems great.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I really think Pitt is the best school to introduce you to college life. It's challenging yet not impossible to do well, and everyone on campus cares about their schoolwork but also knows how to have fun! Lots of opportunities for research, there's always stuff going on in Pittsburgh that you can participate in. Campus organizations really make you feel like you're at home; the party scene/nightlife is great but doesn't distract from campus too much. A decent bang for your buck in terms of getting a good education while paying in-state prices.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I chose "okay" because the program curriculum is engaging, but many of the students are disengaged. Professors could be more active in challenging students- the grading standard is fairly low.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Going to Pitt is the best decision I've made in my entire life. There are so many opportunities, experiences, people, and variety that you can find whatever you need to be satisfied. 10/10

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Classes are pretty big but most professors will accommodate for that with extra office hours, extra TA's for help, stopping lecture to answer questions, and being fairly accessible. And each year after freshman year your average class size will shrink. Pitt is a pretty prestigious school and its classes definitely live up to that expectation. You have to work hard and a lot is expected of you.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pitt has so many connections that a degree from here can get you pretty far. Internships, job placement, teaching and research opportunities are all offered. Each semester the school hosts career fairs, internship fairs, and co-op fairs with hundreds of employers looking for Pitt students. Plus each department typically holds similar things (on a smaller scale of course).

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You will run into every type of person you can think of at Pitt, and everyone is generally accepting of that. There are kids I'm friends with that I wouldn't have even talked to in high school. Very open atmosphere as far as being who you are which is awesome.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is not huge at Pitt, but it's presence is definitely noticed. We have a lot of different types of Greek organizations (social, service, academic, major-oriented) which is kinda cool. A lot of people end up rushing but it's by no means essential for a social life or friend-making. Social frats live in townhouse-like buildings on upper campus. Social sororities live in Amos Hall, a dorm in the quad where each floor is a different sorority. some frats have off-campus houses which tend to be nicer or bigger than on-campus frats

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Pitt students have extremely high levels of school spirit. People go nuts over football games and basketball games mostly, but you can find smaller fan groups for baseball, wrestling, and many club-level sports teams.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: South Oakland is usually where everyone ends up at some point. You could be 5 minutes from campus or 25 minutes, it's a fairly big neighborhood. The houses look run down and gross, but realistically that's half the fun. Students don't seem to care because EVERYONE has a place like that. Unless you choose to live in North Oakland or, even further, Shadyside. They're both really nice neighborhoods. Rent tends to be higher with houses in North O and Shadyside than in South O and there are more apartments in North O and Shadyside than in South O.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: House parties are the best. Whether you know the host or you and your friends find an open one in South Oakland, they can be a really good time. The frats on the hill are okay, but so many people go that it usually gets crowded fast. Off campus frats are a good time as well (mostly because they're like bigger house parties).

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Forbes ave and Fifth ave have everything! Subway, Chipotle, Qdoba, a ton of Asian food places, Noodles, Panera, Quaker Steak, Hello Bistro, Primanti's...and much more. You'll never go hungry in Oakland, but you might end up broke. Also check out Schenley Plaza. They have a waffle place, a gyro place, a very nice restaurant called the Porch, and Conflict Kitchen: a food stand that serves food from countries the US is in conflict with.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The food at Market and the Perch aren't AWFUL but they aren't too great either. Market is nice because there's usually a lot of options available. Places like Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Einstein's, and the Cathedral Cafe accept dining dollars which is awesome. And almost every restaurant on Forbes accepts Panther Funds--you load extra cash onto your ID and use it like a debit card.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing may not seem so glamorous at first glance, but it's easy to make living in a crappy dorm the best time of your life. Freshmen housing is so-so. The dorms are kinda small but MOST have A/C and have prime location (except Sutherland). Sophomore and junior year you get the opportunity to move out of dorm life and into suites and apartments. Sure they each have their cons (lack of A/C, distance to campus) but there are definitely perks to each as well (suites are centrally location, apartments have individual rooms).

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It all depends on who you hang around and what your looking for. If you wanna hook up, go to parties. If you want relationships, go to student orgs.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I'm a dude so I can't comment too thoroughly on the safety aspect but the Health services are decent since they're run through UPMC. It's also pretty good insurance too.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There's the good and the bad. For instance, SAE was actually given the nice backronym "Sexual Assault inEvitable". Meanwhile most frats aren't that terrible and GDIs put up with them. Sororities on campus are actually fun people to be around especially the multicultural ones although I've heard a couple horror stories from friends here and there. In general, I keep my distance but some of my best friends are sorority sisters

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Don't be too cheap. I can't stress this enough. If you need to work longer hours like me, do it. There aren't many stressors that can undo your education like housing. South Oakland isn't recommended but if you have to, make sure to visit the actual listing beforehand. If the rent is under 400/person, don't take it unless you've got a ton of positive indicators. Make sure you take elevation into account. Oak Hill is nice but that "Hill" part is quite literal. Stay away from John CR Kelly and Lobos.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: DON'T GO TO FRATS. All you will get is a hangover and tinnitus, and, if you're really unlucky, a disease). Instead, find a group of friends you share interests in common with or a campus org, make friends with them and go to THEIR parties. Trust me, there is more fun to be had around a friends circle than a fraternity, plus they tend to have decent booze since they aren't *trying* to get trashed. If the party is BYOB, just have an older friend get a handle, split the receipt, and dump half of it in a thermos. No need to rely on frat boys.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Pittsburgh is obsessed with food so it's not surprising that off campus dining is great. I'm only giving 4 b/c the best places are outside of Oakland. But literally there are no shortage of options off campus. Also, for the best pizza I recommend Caliente's in Bloomfield.

2 Recent Alumnus

Administration: This is one of the most expensive state schools in the country and they still manage to hike up our tuition!!! They built Nordy Hall for no godforsaken reason while tons of students don't get adequate mental health services and don't get the classes they need so they fall behind while the administration packs us full of more freshmen to pay off the debts they've incurred. They also have a bad rep when it comes to demonstrations and protests although they've been a bit better recently. There are so many projects to work on. Tunnels? How about tunnels so we don't freeze in the current spate of subzero winters? No we need to build yet another dorm. Rant over.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It's pretty middle of the road as far as colleges go. Market and Perch are overpriced with poor quality ingredients in most cases. The times that they jazz it up are for the prospectives and their parents. Sodexo is also just a crappy company in general especially to their employees. If you can help it, work elsewhere on campus. The one silver lining is the Union's lower lounge and the Cathedral Cafe. These places have more of a reason to be competitive with their business since they don't get as much funny money from our dining accounts. You're better off getting a small dining plan for the times your friends drag you to Market.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: South Oakland is sh***y because landlords know that they don't have to treat their tennants with respect, and they will still get paid.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: It's good. Large parties often get really crowded though.

3 College Junior

Administration: I do feel safe, but it is at a sever cost of convenience. I buy groceries and it is so difficult because I have to sign in constantly

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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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