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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.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It is not hard to do, but you need make sure you do all the paper work on time. If you do everything you need to do such as the FAFSA, then the financial aid that is deemed fit for you will be sent to you and then you simply decide to accept it (or not).

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Hard to Find – I have yet to find a "hot" guy that blows my mind. You really have to search, but every once in awhile you will be pleasantly surprised. Frat boys are somewhat obnoxious and think they are the coolest, while at the same time it isn't the end of the world - frats are free for girls!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Effort Required – While the University of Pittsburgh is a fairly large school, a lot of the academics comes down to the effort the student puts forth. Almost every single professor makes themselves easily attainable for help - some more than others. Even in the very large lecture halls, I have found that most of my professors actually care for the course at hand and also care for the students' understanding and improvement.
The curriculum is not too demanding, however it depends on your major and what general education requirements are still needed. However, either way you still are allowed some freedom in choosing classes.
Personally, my registration process was particularly easy as my academic advisor was very helpful and answered any questions that I had very quickly and always made himself available for office appointments.
Workload really depends on what classes you are taking and the way you are able to space your schedule out. I know some people who never seem to be too stressed by their workload while others are constantly at the library. So, in essence, it is what you personally perceive as a lot of work and what you yourself can handle.
Finally, Pitt offers a lot of special study options from simply majors and minors to certificates and specialty areas that can add to your resume. At Pitt it is also popular for many students to study abroad and take part in research opportunity while at school.

2 College Junior

Parking: Good Luck – It is easier to find parking if you need to go on upper campus. But if you plan on spending tme on lower campus (where most classrooms are) then you better take a bus or get ready to pay high sums in garages. Street parking is near impossible to find during the day.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The Primanti Sandwich Is All That – There are many local places to eat around the Oakland campus, but I have fallen in love with the famous Primanti Bros. above all else. The first couple of times you try to get your mouth around one of their cole slaw and french fry stuffed snawiches it is quite a chore. But they are unique, delicious, and OPEN LATE!

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Everything in the 'Burgh – There is everything to do in Pittsburgh. From the cultural neighborhoods to the beloved Black and Yellow of the Steelers, everything is easily accessible by free transportation. Through Pitt Arts program we get discounted tickets to all local downtown theatre productions. The Pitt ID will get you into all the museums for free as well, including the Andy Warhol Museum, Phipps Conservatory, and the Carnegie Museums.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is Pittsburgh is one of the only things I dislike about the city and campus. There's a fair amount of snow in the winter, but not a lot. They do a good job of keeping sidewalks and such clean. However, Pittsburgh is a pretty grey city, especially in the winter. I wish it was sunnier.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – I think the University does a great job at keeping our campus safe, especially since it is an urban environment. While I never feel unsafe on campus, it is important to walk with another person at night.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: The University's Office of Admission and Financial aid is extremely helpful in assisting students get loans and receive financial aid. During the Pitt Start orientation process there is a presentation on how to obtain financial aid.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Outside the Classroom Curriculum – The University of Pittsburgh offers students a great way to show future employers what they did outside of the classroom through Outside the Class Curriculum credit, called OCC credit. When Pitt students attend events outside of the classroom such as the activities fair or when they do things like visit the study abroad office they have their student id swiped and receive OCC credit. OCC credits are document online and can a sheet can be printed out to which shows every OCC event students have attended during their 4 years of college. Students who attend a certain number of OCC events get green cords for their graduation gown.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: Pitt students have several options for transportation while out at night. The University of Pittsburgh has a shuttle system which operates until 3am. The shuttles run frequently and go to upper campus, south Oakland and to Shadyside. Pitt also has Safe Rider, which is similar to a taxi service. Students call Safe Rider and they are picked up and can get a ride to their residence hall, apartment or destination for the evening. Pitt students can also ride Port Authority buses free of cost to parties at any of the neighboring schools or to bars on the South Side.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I found working with the financial aid office very easy and helpful when trying to complete the difficult task of acquiring financial assistance.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Mostly Drinking – Most people drink on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at Pitt. Not many other drugs are common, but some people do smoke.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Because they are partially state, unless you're destitute or brilliant, its difficult to get much help. They don't release costs until late, making it really hard to get the loans that you need (because they won't cover much). The online billing system is confusing and I've had my fair share of heart attacks reading it wrong.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting busses from anywhere on lower campus is really easy and the shuttles (though they can be annoying to wait for) go everywhere an on-campus student would really need them to go. Wouldn't recommend bringing a car, as parking is rough and buses can get you pretty much anywhere.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Pretty Good – Its really fun how intense the fans are and the teams are pretty good, but the weather here (crazy hot or super cold) makes outdoor sports a bit daunting to sit through if you're not really devoted. Getting basketball tickets is also really difficult, but as a whole, the athletic atmosphere is really energetic and fun.

3 College Senior

Weather: Mix of Sun and Clouds – The sun shines most days until about mid-November, then becomes a rare sight during the winter months. The constant gray winter skies can be an adjustment if you're use to a sunnier climate. But, all of that is made up during the spring months with a lot more regular sunshine and warmer weather.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Be a Part of the Pride: Be a Panther – A lot of people love the atmosphere with the big sports teams, the party life, and academics. Beyond that you even have a vareity of things you can do recreationally that are close to campus. Me personally, it's just not my thing. It's city life at a smaller scale, it's cold most of the school year, and I'm not as much of a party goer, but I do think that the professors here are none par the best and you'd be hard pressed to find a better education for you money whlie additionally being able to enjoy the social atmosphere of the university.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Pitt rarely gives out scholarships, unless you're the class Valedictorian and have a ridiculous GPA and come from a prestegious private school. My best friend in high school applied here and only got 2,000 dollars. I know very few people here that have scholarships at all. The only money that Pitt offered to me was financial aid, which they can be very generous with. I got a good amount of aid for my freshman year.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The residence halls are not very strict compared to schools nearby, such as Duquesne. I live in Holland and I don't like it, but you can have boys in the dorms as long as you sign them in which can be a hassle because it tends to take a long time. The RA's are generally okay, I have heard that my RA has yelled at several people on my floor for noise violations, but I haven't had an issue. It really depends on who your RA is. Also, I've heard stories of things that happened at Towers and it seems that you can get away with a lot more there than in other dorms like Holland which is definitely not as fun.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Pitt's internet system is generally reliable, however you have to constantly enter in your password each time you want to get onto the internet. The internet set-up can be confusing at first, but the computer technicians are very helpful and there is 24 hour help.

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: I Love It – I love everyone here! There are your typical assh---s, but most of the people here are great.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There Are Tons of Places. There are tons of places to eat around campus, and the ones in central Oakland normally will accept your panther funds!

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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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