YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.

Reviews 3448 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

{{ error }}
4 College Freshman

Diversity: ALL Accepted – See all students interacting and participating in eveything together and have never seen any type of harrasement.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety at My School – Very safe. Safety crews are very prompt and friedly. Open campus so some strange folks, but overall a great and comfortable campus.

2 College Junior

Weather: Summer Is Great, Winter Sucks – After march-ish to october-ish the weather is great, lots of places to go outside (parks, etc). But, winter sucks. Lots of clouds, good amount of snow. It can get depressing. Really the only downside to Pittsburgh.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Free Buses = AWESOME – Having access to all the city buses is awesome. Carson st rocks, peters pub or any of the other bars around campus are great. You can go anywhere, drink, and have a free ride home. If under 21, I reccommend house parties and hanging with friends.

4 College Junior

Technology: Pittnet works great, the new remote printing is awesome. Usually you can find open computers, they have apples too. No real need to own a laptop.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many girls are average "sixbrughs" yet there are some hotties here and there. Many random hookups in the first two years, and as people start to hit their junior and senior years then people start getting in relationships.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – I'm not involved in the drug scene at the University of Pittsburgh but I'm sure it's like any other college or university. It's bound to be around somewhere, although it depends on who you hang out with. Drinking is more prevalant around campus, but the great thing is that the university offers so many alcohol awareness events that no one is truly pressured to drink.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Towers Is the Place to Be – If you truly want the Freshman experience, the dorm to live in is Towers. Towers dorms consist of three tall circular buildings. Towers A and B consist of doubles while Tower C consist of singles. It is a little weird getting used to walking around in a circle, but all of your new friends that you make will always be within a couple doors down from you.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Variety That Comes at a Low Cost – The best part about the University of Pittsburgh's off-campus dining options is that there is something for everyone at a low cost. There's Italian, Chinese, American, Indian, and more. There is also a mix between well-known, popular dining locations such as McDonalds, Subway, Chipotle, and more. Then there are also restaurants that are well-known to the people on campus and in Pittsburgh such as Joe Mama's, Fuel and Fuddle, and Primanti Bros. Whatever mood you are in, there will always be a restaurant that will fufill your needs.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – There is a lot of diversity on campus. There are clubs for all kinds of cultures and everyone is very accepting.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Pretty Slow – The majority of computers are pretty slow and take forever to login on, but they are always available. There are plenty of computer labs and self-service printers so there is usually one open. The Cathedral labs are normally full though.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: Laundry Room Availability Rocks! The laundry rooms available for students are great. You don't even need to leave your dorm building and at the least, there is one main one in the lobby of your building.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Since the University of Pittsburgh has its own shuttles, it does help getting around campus however, it is difficult to get off campus in a hurry due to how much traffic and how quickly city buses fill up. The University offers a late night pick up service however, it is usually late and the range that it travels is not very far. For being called "Safe Rider" you have to already be within a safe distance to get picked up. I would think the point is if you were in an unsafe area but that isn't my call.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – The drug scence at the University of Pittsburgh is not big at all. You don't usually notice anyone doing drugs however I'm sure there is a small group of people that do. Drinking is more popular which can be noticed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights every week. No one is pressured to drink but one may notice that a large part of the students do.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Always an Interesting Experience – I know from many of my 21+ friends that the bar scene is a good time and there are plenty of options. However for someone underage like myself, its either a house party, fraternity party, or just hanging out in a dorm/apartment. Pitt's transportation system is very well and I use it often when getting places as well as using the city's buses that students have access to through our tuition. Parties are always fun but sometimes you never know whats going on on campus and many people wander around campus looking for a party that isn't full and is crazy. Being a part of greek life, I sometimes get the scoop on parties, however I also have the choice to just enjoy a night hanging out at my fraternity house.

Pitt's nightlife is reflected in my title because no two nights are the same and sometimes you never know what you might see at a party.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received no financial aid through the university. It's very populated, and has so many different people from different parts of the world that it's hard for everyone to receive money. I suggest applying for scholarships and for the FAFSA so that it's possible to have other opportunities to receive financial aid.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: What Strictness? Due to the size of the campus, it is very uncommon for the police to bust parties, whether they be at fraternities or at off-campus houses. The university forces know that students party, and as long as someone is not being obnoxious in public, they do their best to be lax about the subject. Students are also allowed to have anyone in the dorms at any point in the day, and can even have members of the opposite sex stay overnight.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Could Use Some Encouragement – For varsity sports, football and men's basketball both receive equal attendance and school spirit. Other than that, most sports tend to be overlooked. Intramural sports are pretty big because anyone is able to play. If we could get the students to care about other sports as much as football and basketball, then we would easily be an A+ university when it comes to sports.

5 College Student

Majors: Economics FTW – I am extremely happy with my major so far. The professors are so intelligent and well respected and help whenever students need it. Couldn't ask for me.

3 College Student

Weather: The New Windy City! Always windy in Pittsburgh! Brings fresh air to the lungs though; also, it snows pretty often. Overall pretty nice, but be prepared for the "tornadoes".

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Really Secure – For a large city, Pitt has great safety. Even though I always walk with friends, the police are diligent and keep the students safe. Great community!

3 College Senior

Transportation: Bus pass included in tuition cost. Buses pretty easy to navigate and go nearly everywhere. Biking to campus is simple and parking is a hassle but doable when needed.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Options – Tons to choose from right near campus. Bus line goes right through campus to surrounding areas conveniently.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants of Oakland – In the neighborhood of Oakland, where Pitt is located, has many different dining options. There are plenty of fast food places like McDonald's. There are also restaurants that are one step up from fast food like Panera Bread. Nicer places like Joe Mamma's and Fuel and Fuddle offer better food and they are moderately prices.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Pittsburgh, although a relatively small city, has so many activities, events, and attractions. There are museums, galleries, professional sports, and great places to eat. Many other colleges are located in Pittsburgh, too.


{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Photos More photos . . .

Cathedral of Learning
Cathedral of Learning

Overall ExperienceWhat's this?

View student contributors

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.

Admitted Students' GPA/Test Scores More on admissions . . .

Applicant Status At University of Pittsburgh

How do I stack up?

Compared against the students in the chart, you are in the:

??? Percentile
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!