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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.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Party Bus – There are a lot of options for everyone. Frat partie are usually a hit or miss and it I'd very difficult to get guys in unless you know one of the frat brothers. Bars are always an option but are cracking down on fake id's and it's harder to get in now if your underage. House parties are always an option and cmu is nearby and had a fun party week called carnival very spring.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Bring Your Own Laptop and Printer – Free software for students so dont pay for microsoft word. The computers labs are always crammed and it takes forever to get what you printed, but you do get 900 ( I think) free pages a semester. Bring your own printer for when you dont have a half hour to devote to waiting for your papers.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Something for Everyone – There is always something going on in the city and students usually get in free or discounted.

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.


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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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